Donald Faison Biography

Donald Faison is a versatile American actor, comedian, and voice artist, known for his memorable roles in both television and film. He gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of Dr. Chris Turk in the beloved ABC comedy-drama ‘Scrubs’, as well as his standout performance in the iconic film ‘Clueless’. Faison’s talent extends beyond the small and big screens, as he has also made appearances in music videos and even participated in the NBA Celebrity Game. Currently, he can be seen hosting the hilarious comedy sketch show ‘Who Gets the Last Laugh’ and the exciting game show ‘Winsanity’. With a career spanning from childhood acting to starring in hit movies like ‘Remember the Titans’ and ‘Kick-Ass 2’, Donald Faison continues to captivate audiences with his comedic timing and undeniable talent.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Donald Adeosun Faison
  • Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: CaCee Cobb (m. 2012), Lisa Askey (m. 2001–2005)
    • Father: Donald Faison
    • Mother: Shirley Faison
    • Siblings: Dade Faison, Olamide Faison
    • Children: Dade Faison, Kaya Faison, Kobe Faison, Rocco Faison, Sean Faison-Ince
  • Actors
  • Voice Actors
  • Height: 6’0″ (183 cm), 6’0″ Males
  • City: New York City
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers

Childhood & Early Life

Donald Faison was born on 22 June 1974 in Harlem, in New York City, to Shirley and Donald Faison. His father was a building manager and his mother Shirley was a talent agent. He has an elder brother Olamide Faison who is also an actor. He did his schooling from Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. Along with that, he also went to La Guardia high School for Music, Art and Performing Arts. His popularity began to rise after he graduated in 1992.

Career

Donald Faison made his acting debut with a commercial in 1991 for Folgers coffee at the age of 17, where he played the younger brother of a soldier returning from war. In 1992, he featured with Malik Yoba in the ABC News special ‘Prejudice: Answering Children’s Questions’ which was hosted by Peter Jennings. In 1995, his movie ‘Clueless’ was released in which he played the role of Murray Lawrence Duvall. His performance in the movie was highly acclaimed and he became famous after that. In the same year, his other movie ‘Waiting to Exhale’ was also released. He got the opportunity to play a recurring role as Tracy on ‘Felicity’ (1999). He has also appeared in the movie ‘Remember the Titans’ (2000) as Petey Jones. Moreover, he has provided voice work for many characters in the MTV animated series ‘Clone High’. In 2001, he landed a permanent role in ‘Scrubs’, a comedy about medical interns. Faison has featured in number of sitcoms where he had minor roles such as ‘Sister, Sister’ and ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’, and also in the movie ‘Josie and the Pussycats’. He has also produced one episode of MTV’s ‘Punk’d’ with his co-star from ‘Scrubs’ Zach Braff, in 2005. In addition to this, he was seen in the music videos like ‘Sittin’ Up in My Room’, ‘Fall Out Boy’s’ cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ and Gavin Degraw’s ‘Chariot’. Donald also participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game on 13 February 2009. With Faison some other celebrities too participated like NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexter and Dominique Wilkins, NFL wide-receiver Terrell Owens, actor Chris Tucker and four Harlem Globetrotters. In 2010, he co-starred in science fiction thriller ‘Skyline’ alongside Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Eric Balfour, Crystal Reed, Laz Alonso. He was also seen in 2010 CBS comedy pilot ‘The Odds’. In March 2011, he featured in commercials for ‘The Sims Medieval’. He has also made a cameo appearance in the famous movie ‘Pitch Perfect’, in 2012. Currently, he is hosting TBS comedy sketch show ‘Who Gets the Last Laugh’, and game show ‘Winsanity’.

Major Works

Donald Faison has appeared in number of movies and sitcoms over the years. But the role for which he is best remembered is from 1995 movie ‘Clueless’ where he played the role of Murray Duvall. He was also seen in the TV series of ‘Clueless’ which went on for 62 episodes. He is also remembered for his role in ‘Scrubs’ which aired from 2001-2010 for which he was nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

Personal Life & Legacy

Donald Faison got married to Lisa Askey in 2001 and the couple had twin girls, Kaya and Dade, followed by a son, Kobe. Faison and Askey got divorced in 2005. On 15 December 2012, Faison married his second wife, Cacee Cobb after they dated each other for six years. The ceremony was held at home of Faison’s friend and co-star from ‘Scrubs’ Zach Braff who was also the groomsman. Singer Jessica Simpson served as the bridesmaid. They have a son Rocco who was born in 2013, and a daughter Wilder Frances who was born in 2015. Donald Faison also have a son named Sean (born in 1997) from a previous relationship.

Trivia

Donald Faison is a big Star Wars fan. Before he started acting, Faison has worked as a lifeguard. His middle name is Adeosun which is taken from words ‘ade’ meaning ‘crown’ and ‘osun’ which means ‘river of life’ in Yoruba. Due to his popularity from the movie ‘Clueless’ his ‘Scrubs’ co-stars used to refer to him as ‘that guy from Clueless’. Faison once gave his used napkin to Improv Everywhere for one of their missions. Basically, their mission was to sell used celebrity trash in Times Square for which he provided the napkin.

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