The Smollett Family
The Smollett family is known as one of the most successful families in the entertainment industry. The mother, Janet Smollett (African American) was born on November 27, 1952 and from a young age became known as a civil rights movement member. After getting married to Joel Smollett she gave birth to six children (Jojo Smollett, Jocqui Smollett, Jurnee Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jake Smollett, and Jussie Smollett) and they raised them to be very successful. The father, Joel Smollett (Jewish, half Russian and Polish) was born in October 1956. Their father was never in the film industry but invested in his children in hopes of building their career for success in the entertainment industry.
Jojo Smollett was born on August 28, 1997. Although, growing up his father left the family he eventually came back. Jojo grew up pursuing a career as an actor and rose to fame alongside his siblings on the TV series On Our Own. He was also seen on Smollett Eats, a food series as a cast member. He made his debut in acting in an episode of Roseanne then later starred in the City of Hope. He made a couple of appearances on shows including The Practice and Moesha. He was known as a quiet man that stayed away from the media until the hate crime controversy came about with his brother.
Jocqui Smollett was born on February 8, 1993, in Santa Rosa, California. He lived and grew up with his siblings. He is known as an American actor famous for participating in shows such as Smollett Eats and On Our Own. He is also known for being in Amanda’s Return and Pitch This. He started his career as an actor in 1994 when he was starred in On Our Own. He was not only seen again in Smollett Eats but he was also one of the producers of the show. He has an estimated net worth of $600,000 earned mostly from both his acting and DJ career.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on October 1, 1986. Her career as an actress began when she was a child. She appeared in shows such as Full house, Eve’s Bayou, which she won a Critics Choice Award for, and On Our Own along with her siblings. She also starred in famous films such as The Great Debaters, Jack, and Temptation along with many tv series including True Blood on HBO, Friday Night Lights on the NBC channel, and Underground on WGN America tv network. She has won a total of three NAACP Image Awards. She is also known for being a part of HIV/AIDS awareness.
Jazz Smollett was born on April 1, 1980. Just like her siblings, she began her acting career through the series On Our Own. She played a role in all 20 episodes. She took a break from acting when the series was over but eventually came back playing a role in I Want You and she also was part of production for In Silent Space and Always With You. She produced Hydia Broadbent Speaks and 12 Years A Slave which received an Oscar in 2014. Jazz Smollett co-authored the cookbook, The Family Table. She considers herself a lucky person being born into a family of actors. Even though she has not yet received any awards she is still motivated and ambitious. She also participates in charity work.
Jake Smollett was born on August 28, 1977 and began his career as a model for a diaper brand. He was later seen in a Series called Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper which was his first official scripted series. After he appeared on On Our Own which was an ABC sitcom with his brothers and sisters. He was seen on the ABC channel in The Middleman. He was even introduced as a guest judge for a Chopped Juniors, a hit show on the Food Network channel. He was also known for cooking family meals along with his siblings on Smollett Eats on the Food Network.
Jussie Smollett is an American actor born on June 21, 1982. He began acting as a child appearing in the film The Mighty Duck and Rob Reiner’s, North. He gained a lead role in The Skinny which is an LGBT comedy-drama. He gained a big role in 2014 as Jamal Lyon on the Fox Series, Empire. He plays the character of a gay musician trying to gain the approval of his father on the show. He confirmed that he had come to an agreement and signed with a recording contract with Columbia Records and intends on dropping an album. Jussie came out as gay on Ellen DeGeneres’s interview stating an openness to love is more important than gender.