Orlando Jones Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 30 May, 2018
Facts of Orlando Jones
Date of Birth: 1968 , April-10
Age: 53 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
Name Orlando Jones
Birth Name Orlando Jones
Nick Name Jones
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Toulminville, Alabama
Ethnicity African-American
Profession Actors
Working For MADtv
Net Worth $5 million
Married Jacqueline Staph
Married to Jacqueline Staph
Children 1
Movies Bedazzled, Evolution
TV Show The Orlando Jones Show, The Evidence (TV series)
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Born and raised in Toulminville, Alabama, Orlando Jones is an American comedian and actor. He is best known for his role as the 7 Up spokesman from 1999-2002. He was an original cast member of the sketch comedy series MADtv. His works like Father of the PrideThe Adventures of Chico and GuapoBlack DynamiteRunaway Jury is thoroughly popular as well.

Early Life Of Orlando Jones

Orlando Jones was born on April 10, 1968, in Toulminville, Alabama, the U.S. His father was a professional baseball player but Jones was never interested in the game. He moved to Maulida, South Carolina and graduated from Mauldin High School in 1985.

He first acted in a haunted house to raise money for the junior/senior prom. Then he attended the College of Charleston, South Carolina but dropped out in 1990.  

Orlando Jones' Career

Orlando Jones founded a production company,  Homeboy's Productions and Advertising along with comedian Michael Fechter. The duo worked on several projects and was associated with various brands. In 1987, Jones got his first Hollywood job in NBC comedy, A Different World as a writer, he also had a small guest appearance in the season five finale. 

Jones composed the Fox series, Roc in 1991-92 and co-produced The Sinbad Show. He rose to fame after starring in the MADtv in 1994. The series was commercially successful and helped him gain public attention. However, after two seasons, he left the show at the end of its 2nd season in order to pursue his movie career. 

CAPTION: Orlando Jones at public event SOURCE: Fandom

After MADtv, he enrolled in films. In 1991, he made his big-screen debut in  In Harm's Way but his appearance was uncredited. Then in 1998, he starred in the Sour Grapes where he played the role of an itinerant man. Some of his notable films include Woo (1990), Mike Judge's Office Space (1999),  Magnolia (1999),  The Replacements (2000),  The Time Machine (2002), and  Runaway Jury (2003) among others. 

Orlando Jones made several television appearances, however, he got recognition for his humorous commercials for soda company rather than TV series. In 2000, he became the spokesperson for 7 Up and gained international fame. He hosted an HBO First Look special in 2000  and then in 2003, he featured on The Bernie Mac Show and on Girlfriends

Jones is also known for his voice-over in animated films and TV series. In 2004, he lent his voice in NBC anime TV series, Father of the Pride.  He was hired as a principal actor in the FOX television series Sleepy Hollow in 2013. 

Orlando Jones' Net Worth

Orlando Jones is a quite popular name in Hollywood, he is active in the industry since 1987 and appeared in numerous films and TV series. As per Celebrity Net Worth, Jones' estimated net worth is $5 million and according to The Richest is $3 million. He earned between $500k-$900k for his appearances on Television and films. He made more than $50k from voice over.

He became the spokesperson for 7 Up for nearly three years and he made a huge sum from the commercials after its success. Some of his highest grossing movies are,

Year Movie Budget (US dollar) Box-office Collection (US Dollar) IMDb rating Starring
1999 Office Space $10 million $12.2 million 7.8 stars Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Stephen Root, Gary Cole
2000 Bedazzled $48 million $90 million 6 stars Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O'Connor
2001 Double Take $24 million $31.6 million 5.4 stars Eddie Griffin, Edward Herrmann, Gary Grubbs, Daniel Roebuck
2002 The Time Machine $80 million $123.7 million 5.9 stars Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Mark Addy, Sienna Guillory
2002 Drumline $20 million $57.6 million 5.7 stars Nick Cannon, Zoë Saldaña, Leonard Roberts

Orlando Jones' Personal Life

Orlando Jones is happily married to his longtime girlfriend, Jacqueline Staph who is a former model. The duo exchanged vows on January 2, 2009, at a private ceremony at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Jones proposed Staph in 2008 with a nearly century-old platinum engagement ring. The couple is blessed with a daughter.

CAPTION: Orlando Jones along with his wife, Jacqueline Staph SOURCE: Zimbio

In October 2011, he faced criticism after he tweeted someone should kill former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. After few days, he apologized via his facebook where he said,

This has gotten way out of hand. The tweet I posted on October 22nd has upset a lot of people. For this, I apologize. I pray that no harm to comes to Governor Palin. I'm not a political pundit and I certainly don't believe in murder. I think laughter is great medicine. I'd love to elevate the conversation but no one seems interested in that. So I'll keep on going for smiles even when I miss by a mile :-).

Check out the video of Orlando Jones interviewed at  Rich Eisen Show studio,