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FutureStarrA Laz Alonso
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Born and raised in Washington DC, Laz always knew he wanted to be an actor. He graduated from the prestigious Howard University School of Business, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After college, he worked on Wall Street as an investment banker at MERRILL LYNCH and began his acting career simultaneously, doing NY off-broadway theater. He credits his ability to tackle so many different types of roles by his theater training. He now splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
Laz has also executive produced and starred opposite Danny Glover in Alan Jacobs’ DOWN FOR LIFE, which ended up with a much-coveted position in the Toronto Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim. He has directed a mini documentary that premiered at Art Basel titled I AM, which highlighted a Washington DC artist who paints homeless people in prestigious settings. (Source: www.lazofficial.com)
Before launching a successful acting career, Laz Alonso worked on Wall Street, before beoming a TV host, and then having his pop culture moment in the famous Budweiser "Wassup" ad campaign. Then he broke through as an actor, including a featured role in the biggest movie of all time, "Avatar" (2009). Laz Alonso, who is of Latin and African-American descent, was born on March 25, 1974, in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the Howard University School of Business, Alonso got a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and went to work as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. Then Alonso formed his own marketing business, which gave him a freer schedule to study acting at night and look for gigs. Alonso won roles in commercials and music videos, including the promo for Toni Braxton's single "Hit the Freeway." for Toni Braxton, then he became an overnight pop culture sensation co-starring in Budweiser's "Wassup" ad campaign, which debuted during the Super Bowl in 1999. Alonso won an Emmy for his performance in the series of commercials, which spawned a temporarily unavoidable catchphrase. After hosting the morning news and talk show "A.M.@BET" (BET 2000-01), Alonso began working steadily in small TV and film roles. His first high-profile film role came in the Chris Rock comedy "Down to Earth" (2001), followed by appearances in films like the Iraq War drama "Jarhead" (2005), dance-off competition "Stomp the Yard" (2007), and the action sequel "Fast & Furious" (2009). He played the key role of alien warrior Tsu'Tey in the biggest box-office success of all time, James Cameron's lavish fantasy "Avatar" (2009). His next major film, the romantic comedy-drama "Jumping the Broom" (2011), found him playing his first leading-man role. Alonso then returned to the small screen with a supporting role on the short-lived soapy drama "Deception" (NBC 2013). After that series was canceled, he moved to a co-starring role on the comedy-drama "The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC 2014-16) as police detective Billy Soto, partner of the headstrong title character Laura Diamond (Debra Messing). (
With 20 years of experience as a professional actor, it’s safe to say that Laz Alonso has earned his stripes. Throughout his career, he has displayed the ability to play a wide range of roles and he has become a fixture on both the big and small screens. Laz has gotten the chance to work with some of the biggest names in the industry. He is perhaps best-known for his role as Tsu’tey in Avatar. He has also appeared in films like Jarhead and TV shows like The Boys. Regardless of the role or the project, Laz can always be relied on to put on a performance that no one will forget. Continue reading for 10 things you didn’t know about Laz Alonso. (Source: tvovermind.com)