Jamaican born hip-hop legend Heavy D was a major force in the rap world, leading influential rap group Heavy D & the Boyz, singing and rapping as a solo artist, and working as a producer with artists like Mary J. Blige and Soul for Real. He also extended his creative talents into the realm of television and movies, composing music for shows like In Living Color and The Tracy Morgan Show, as well as nurturing a serious acting career. Beginning with appearances on TV shows like Living Single and Roc in the early '90s, Heavy D developed an undeniable skill at acting that would eventually find him making memorable appearances in films like The Cider House Rules and The Tower Heist, and on TV shows like Boston Public and Bones. Heavy D died in November 2011 at age 44.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Youngest of six children.
- Former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz; they released their debut album, Living Large, in 1987.
- Sang the theme song for In Living Color.
- Collaborated with both Janet Jackson, on "Alright" in 1990, and Michael Jackson, on "Jam" in 1991.
- Had a recurring role on Living Single as Darryl.
- Named president of Uptown Records in 1996.
- Appeared in the first season of Bones as Sid Shapiro, the owner/bartender at Wong Fu's Chinese restaurant.