Donald Faison

Active - 1992 - 2020  |   Born - Jun 22, 1974 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Matthew Tobey

Comedic actor Donald Faison began his acting career with bit parts in gritty urban dramas like Juice and Sugar Hill before breaking through with a supporting role in the hit 1995 comedy Clueless. A year later, he was one of the few cast members to make the leap to the film's TV spin-off and stuck with the show throughout its three-year run. After Clueless bowed, Faison wasted little time before joining the cast of the popular drama Felicity. But it was in 2001 that he would land his most noteworthy role, that of surgeon Dr. Christopher Turk on the hit NBC medical-sitcom Scrubs. When Scrubs ended in 2010, Faison immediately jumped to another show, the TV Land sitcom The Exes.

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  • Acting career began with TV commercials.
  • At age 5, began attending New York City's Children's School for the Development of Intuitive and God Conscious Art, a school developed by the National Black Theater (where his parents worked).
  • Made his film debut in 1992's Juice, a film starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur as two of four Harlem friends involved in a holdup.
  • Appeared on Sesame Street in 1993 (an acting gig his younger brother Olamide also eventually landed).
  • Wrote and acted in a play called When the Lion Roars at age 6.
  • Recurring role on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch reunited him with former Professional Children's School classmate Melissa Joan Hart.
  • Appeared in Brandy's 1995 music video for "Sittin' Up in My Room."