Who is O’Shea Jackson Jr.?
O’Shea was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 24 February 1991 – his zodiac sign is Pisces, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor with close to 20 credits to his name, perhaps known best for his portrayal of the lead character Ice Cube in the critically acclaimed 2015 biographical historical movie “Straight Outta Compton”, directed by F. Gary Gray, and which also starred Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. It follows the lives of members of the rap group N. W. A., which emerged in Compton, Los Angeles in the mid-‘80s; the movie won 28 of the 69 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
O'Shea Jackson, Jr, also known by his stage name OMG, American actor, rapper and oldest son of rapper Ice Cube…
Early life and education
O’Shea was raised in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County alongside his younger siblings Kareema, Shareef and Darrell, by their father O’Shea Jackson Sr., who’s a famous American rapper and actor, known better as Ice Cube, and their mother Kimberly Woodruff.
O’Shea became interested in acting while attending William Howard Taft High School, looking up to his father who had already made a name for himself in the film industry. O’Shea appeared in various plays performed at the school, as well as several played at a local theatre. He was interested in a couple of other activities during his teenage years, including playing football with his peers, and dancing.
Upon matriculating in 2009, O’Shea enrolled at the University of Southern California, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2013.
Roles in movies
O’Shea made his debut film appearance in the 2009 musical crime comedy “The Janky Promoters”, written by his father, who also starred in it alongside Mike Epps and Jeezy; it follows two concert promoters who’ve messed up booking a superstar rapper.
O’Shea didn’t appear in any movies or TV series in the following years, wanting to instead focus on his education, so his following role was in the 2015 “Straight Outta Compton”, and the same year saw him star in the music video “Pia Mia: Touch”.
In 2017, he was cast to play Dan Pinto, one of the lead characters in the popular comedy drama “Ingrid Goes West”, written and directed by Matt Spicer, and which also starred Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. It follows a social media stalker who’s moved to Los Angeles and befriended an Instagram star; the movie won two of the 12 awards for which it was nominated.
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O’Shea’s also known for his portrayal of Donnie Wilson in the hit 2018 action crime drama “Den of Thieves”, written and directed by Christian Gudegast, and which starred Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber. It follows the clash between the most successful bank heist crew in Los Angeles, and an elite County Sheriff Department’s unit; the movie was nominated for a National Film and Television Award for Best Actor (Gerard Butler).
Three of O’Shea’s most recent film roles have been in the romantic comedy “Long Shot”, the action adventure fantasy “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and the biographical crime drama “Just Mercy”, all released in 2019; he’s currently shooting for three upcoming movies, including “Cocaine Bear” and “Den of Thieves 2: Pantera”.
Roles in TV series
O’Shea made his debut TV series appearance in the 2018 episode “Game Changers” of the historical comedy “Drunk History”, and his following TV role came in 2021, when cast to play Cooper in the episode “The Ballad of Jesse Wheeler” of the comedy drama “The Premise”.
Also in 2021, O’Shea starred as Coop in the comedy mini-series “The Now”, created by Peter Farrelly and Pete Jones, and which also starred Dave Franco, Daryl Hannah and Jimmy Tatro. It follows a suicidal man who’s learned that he’s the third person in his family to be suicidal, and has thus decided to turn his life around; the mini-series was nominated for a Canadian Cinema Editors Award for Best Editing in a Web Based Series.
O’Shea also attracted attention with his portrayal of the lead character Isaac ‘Ike’ Edwards in the 2021 sports drama “Swagger”, created by Reggie Rock Bythewood, and which also starred Sean Anthony Baker and Isaiah R. Hill. It follows successful basketballER Kevin Durant during the time that he competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Most recently, in 2022, O’Shea played Roken in the action science fiction adventure mini-series “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, which won one of the nine awards for which it was nominated.
O’Shea’s been featured in many short documentary movies, such as “Evolution of the Titans: Creating Ghidorah”, “Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian”, and “All’s Fair in Love & Politics: Making Longshot”, all released in 2019.
He’s made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “The Talk”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, and “Celebrity Page”.
Awards and nominations
O’Shea’s won four of the 10 awards for which he’s been nominated. In 2015, he won a Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble and a Hollywood Film Award for Breakthrough Ensemble, both for his and his colleagues’ performance in “Straight Outta Compton”; the following year saw him win an Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and a Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award, both for “Straight Outta Compton”.
Love life and relationships
O’Shea prefers to keep the details of his love life away from the media’s attention, but there are still several women whom he’s been with, that the public knows about.
It’s believed that he dated Instagram star Celina Powell in 2015 and 2016, although this hasn’t been confirmed by the popular actor.
In the second half of the 2016, O’Shea began dating non-celebrity American woman Jackie Garcia, and she gave birth to their daughter Jordan Reign Jackson in August 2017; O’Shea and Jackie have since split, but it’s said that they are equally involved in raising their daughter.
In 2019, he dated American actress Danielle Nieto, and it’s said that they were together for around a year.
O’Shea hasn’t mentioned any other women whom he’s perhaps been with, SO as of August 2022, he seems to be single, hasn’t married, and has a daughter with his former girlfriend Jackie Garcia.
Hobbies and other interests
O’Shea’s quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his more than 1.2 million followers; he’s uploaded over 1,000 pictures onto the network, most of which feature him during his everyday life.
He’s a huge fan of anime, with some of his favorites being “Demon Slayer”, “Death Note” and “Naruto: Shippuden”.
O’Shea loves to travel, and his career’s already taken him to various US states and several European countries, while his dream travel destination’s Berlin, Germany.
He’s physically highly active and works out at the gym nearly every day, mostly because it’s important for his acting career to stay in shape.
O’Shea has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Al Pacino, Will Smith and Helena Bonham Carter, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Scent of a Woman”, “Bad Boys” and “Independence Day”.
Age, height and net worth
O’Shea’s age is 31. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.83m) and he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).
As of August 2022, his net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million, and his father Ice Cube’s at more than $160 million.
Who is his father, Ice Cube?
Ice Cube was born in Los Angeles on 15 June 1969 – his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he holds American nationality. He’s popular for having been a member of the American hip hop group N. W. A., as well as for his acting career; Ice Cube’s appeared in close to 100 movies and TV series, but is probably still known best for his portrayal of the lead character Craig Jones in the 1995 comedy movie “Friday”, which he also wrote. The film also starred Chris Tucker and Nia Long, and follows Craig and Smokey who owe $200 to a local bully, and have less than a day to find the money; it won one of the six awards for which it was nominated.
Ice Cube was raised in Los Angeles alongside his older brother and half-sister, by his father Hosea Jackson who was a machinist, and mother Doris who was a hospital clerk; Ice Cube’s half-sister was murdered when he was 12 years old.
He was attending ninth grade at George Washington Preparatory High School when he began writing rap songs, and chose ‘Ice Cube’ as his professional name because his brother often threatened to shut him in their freezer and let him out when he was an ice cube.
He went on to attend William Howard Taft High School, and upon matriculating in 1987, moved to Arizona and enrolled at Phoenix Institute of Technology.
He began acting in 1989, starring in many of N. W. A.’s music videos, and in 1990, O’Shea founded his own record label Street Knowledge; it wasn’t long after this that he converted to Islam. Ice Cube married Kimberly Woodruff on 26 April 1992, and they’re together to this day.
He launched his career as a rapper in 1986, when he, K-Dee and Sir Jinx formed the rap trio C. I. A., and in the same year, he became a member of N. W. A. Their debut album “Straight Outta Compton” came out in August 1988, but because Ice Cube wasn’t happy with the group’s management, he left them in December 1989; N. W. A. disbanded in 1991.
Ice Cube launched his solo career in 1990, with the release of his debut album “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”, and the same year saw the release of his debut extended play (EP) “Kill at Will”, which became the first rap EP to be certified platinum. His second album – “Death Certificate” – followed in 1991, while Ice Cube went on to release the albums “The Predator” in 1992, “Lethal Injection” in 1993 and “War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)” in 1998 – the second volume followed in 2000.
The year 2006 saw him release “Laugh Now, Cry Later”, and Ice Cube’s since released only three albums: “Raw Footage” in 2008, “I Am the West” in 2010 and “Everythang’s Corrupt” in 2018.
He gained recognition as an actor in 1991, when cast to play Doughboy in the critically acclaimed crime movie “Boyz n the Hood”, written and directed by John Singleton, and which starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne and Hudhail Al-Amir. It follows three young men living in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw ghetto, and the movie won 12 of the 37 awards for which it was nominated, including two Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
Some of Ice Cube’s other notable performances in the ‘90s were in the 1992 action thriller movie “Trespass”, the 1993 musical comedy film “CB4”, and the 1999 action adventure comedy movie “Three Kings”.
What marked the 2000s for him was perhaps his portrayal of the lead character Darius Stone aka XXX in the 2005 action crime adventure movie “xXx: State of the Union”, directed by Lee Tamahori, and which also starred Samuel L. Jackson and Willem Dafoe; it follows a new xXx agent who’s been sent to Washington, D. C. to rescue the US President; the movie was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Rap Artist in a Movie (Ice Cube).
In 2014, Ice Cube voiced Candle Maker in the hit animated comedy film “The Book of Life”, and later reprised his role as Darius Stone in the 2017 action thriller movie “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”.
Three of his most recent roles have been in the 2017 comedy film “Fist Fight”, the 2017 short sports movie “I Am Boxing”, and the 2020 romantic musical movie “The High Note”; Ice Cube’s currently shooting for five upcoming movies, including “Lifeform” and “Ride Along 3”.