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Joel Smollett

Joel Smollett has no Wikipedia page, but that doesn't stop us from learning some basic things about him.  He was born in 1958. The only publicly distributed information about him concerns his race, ethnicity, and family. He was Jewish and is believed to have moved to the United States from Poland and Russia. He was a cable splicer and he died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 58 years old. He and his wife Janet, an African American, had six children together. They had two girls named Jurnee and Jazz and four boys named Jussie, Jake, Jocqui and JoJo. All of the children were born in New York exept Jazz and Jussie, who were born in California.   Joel's obituary is at Eden Memorial Park. We are going to take a look at his children’s achievements, as there is no other information openly available about Joel.

Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee starred in the popular ABC sitcom On Our Own with all of her siblings for two seasons in 1994 and 1995. She also appeared in many more shows, including House, Martin, True Blood, Friday Night Lights, Cosby, Full House, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, and Grey’s Anatomy.

In 1996 Jurnee got a role in the movie called Jack by the famous producer Francis Coppola. She also performed in Eve’s Bayou when she was just 10 years old, receiving much recognition for her role. In 1999 Jurnee starred in Disney’s Selma, Lord, Selma and in 2000 she appeared alongside actress Sharon Stone in Beautiful Joe. She was a successful actress by all rights, however the 2013 film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor didn't do her any justice, as it was a box office flop. .

She's also actively involved in HIV/AIDS charities and in raising awareness for the disease since she was 11 years old.  

Jussie Langston Smollet

Jussie, one of Joel's sons, is also an actor, photographer and singer. He began his acting career relatively early in his childhood, appearing in national commercials in New York City at only 4 years old. When he was 9, he appeared in the 1992 movie The Mighty Ducks.  He also starred as the gay musician Jamal Lyon in Fox's primetime drama Empire and was praised for the role for portraying a black gay man in a positive light on the show. He played Ricks in Ridley Scott's sci-fi film Alien: Covenant. His most recent film role was as Langston Hughes in the 2017 movie Marshall

He recently publicized the fact that he is gay on the Ellen Degeneres show in March of 2015. 

He's won 4 NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration, Outstanding Song, Outstanding New Artist, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 2017, he was nominated for Choice TV Actor Drama in the Teen Choice Awards. 

He's also appeared in a Mariah Carey music video in 2015 for the song "Infinity". 

Jake Smollett

Jake was born on July 29, 1989. He is also a professional American actor who began his career as a diaper model in his first years of life. He got his first acting role in the TV series Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and later starred with his siblings in On Our Own aired by the ABC network. Jake also played a role with his sister Jurnee, portraying Samuel L. Jackson’s son in Eve’s Bayou by Kasi Lemmons. He also played Noser in The Middleman.

In 2016, he cooked homestyle meals with his five brothers and sisters on "Smollett Eats" on Food Network. Jake has also appeared most recently in 2017 on The Rachael Ray show and on "Chopped Junior".  

Jocqui Smollett

Considerably less is known about Joel's son, Jocqui.  He first acting appearrance was in On Our Own (1994).  His next recorded appearance came 15 years later, in 2009, in Amanda's Return and Pitch This. He is listed as the producer of the 2016 Food Network series Smollet Eats


Quick Facts
Date of Birth: 21-06-1983
Birth Place: United States
Birth Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Brazilian, American
Profession: Actor, Singer
Employer: Movies, TV Shows
Marital Status: Not Yet
Wife: Not Yet
Girlfriend: Raven Symone
Ethnicity: Mixed(Black)
Net Worth: $500 Thousand Dollar
Height: 1.82 m
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Published : Jan 25 2016
Modified : Sep 15 2018