Actor, writer, producer, comedian and internet troll
In a career spanning 30 years, Orlando Jones' versatility is well documented. He began his career by launching an advertising agency in his teens and then working behind the scenes as a writer on “A Different World” and “Martin”. He wrote and produced “Roc Live”, the first prime time scripted American series since the late 1950s to broadcast each episode of an entire season live. He then worked as part of the creative team that launched the FX Network into 18 million homes as a writer and on-camera personality. Jones later combined his writing and acting talents when he was handpicked by Quincy Jones to join sketch comedy franchise, “MadTV”. Following his tenure on the show he partnered with 7Up to write, produce and star in a series of iconic television commercials that are still recognized among the Top 100 most successful advertising campaigns of all time. Heralded as a creative innovator across multiple media platforms, Jones was recognized as WhoSay’s social media celebrity of 2014 and MTV’s “King of Fandom” in 2015. His passionate advocacy for the changing relationship between fans and creators has afforded him the opportunity to speak at various fan studies conferences and contribute to numerous academic publications. In 2015, Jones co-founded the immersive content studio Legion of Creatives with former Disney executive Jay Williams and writer/producer Noam Dromi. The company is producing a wide range of multi-platform programs including the original series “High School 51”, created by Star Trek, Transformers and Amazing Spiderman 2 writer/producer Roberto Orci. In 2016, Jones was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to host The Oscars Backstage for the 88th Academy Awards, an interactive second screen experience tied to the official broadcast of the event. Also in 2016 he'll be seen in the independent feature film "The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea" as well as the film "Tainted Love", based on the graphic novel-style action comedy, which he also wrote and produced. It's a first of its kind digital feature that is the launching pad for a unique narrative journey across multiple platforms. In 2017 he stars in the BET event series "Madiba" and as "Mr. Nancy" in the Starz original series "American Gods".