Daniel Curtis Lee is an American actor, comedian, rapper, and movie director. The 31-year-old is probably best known for his acting roles as Nelson Simon-Cook in Nickelodeon’s live-action sitcom “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” and as Kornelius Jonesworth in DisneyXD’s popular sitcom “Zeke and Luther.” Daniel has also featured in several popular television shows, including “The Shield” and “Friday After Next.”

Although he still has some movie roles in the works, Daniel is currently focused on his music career, primarily as a rapper and as a music video director.

Interview with Daniel Curtis Lee

Daniel Curtis Lee has been seen in Disney Channel productions like Zeke & Luther, as well as Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. We talked with the Mississippi native about the projects he's currently working on.

Posted by Marcus James on Monday, March 18, 2019

Early Life

Daniel Curtis Lee was born on 17 May 1991 to Nathaniel Lee Sr. and Sharial C. Lee in Jackson, Mississippi, USA; both parents are African-Americans. Shortly after Daniel’s birth, his parents moved to Clinton, his father’s hometown, together with their three children. They settled there for a few years, then as soon as Daniel turned 10 years old, the family moved to California – the exact reason for the family’s relocation remains unknown, but probably due to environmental or social factors, but no one has come out to validate any of these assumptions.

There is very little available information regarding Daniel’s educational background, and the same applies to his siblings. The only information is his college history, with sources disclosing that Daniel eventually graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics.

Daniel began to develop an interest in music, acting, and basketball at a very young age. His interest in the entertainment industry began while the family lived at Clinton, most likely a result of influence from his immediate relatives. His father was an actor, producer and entertainment manager, while his mother is known to have been an actress. Daniel’s brother, Nathaniel Lee Jr., also ended up picking a career in acting.

Career

Daniel started his professional acting career at the age of seven. During this period, he was scouting for acting roles for teenagers with his friends. The fact that he started at a very young age, indicates that Daniel’s family was very supportive of his acting career, and possibly why the family relocated to California. Daniel’s official debut was in 2001 when he played an uncredited role as a Student in Tom Rice’s historical drama “The Rising Place,” and the same year he played his first major career role in in Marcus Raboy’s 2002 comedy movie “Friday After Next,” and featured as Corner Boy in the drama series “First Monday.”

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In 2003, he appeared as Cassius in Shawn Ryan’s crime drama series “The Shield.” He eventually got his big break in 2004 when he featured as Simon ‘Cookie’ Nelson-Cook in the popular American sitcom “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” The show ran for 55 episodes from 2004 to 2007, and for his role in the series, Daniel was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series as a Supporting Young Actor.

In 2007, he also featured as The Son in the short movie “Quiet As Kept” by Charles Burnett. Both his parents featured in this movie, with his mother playing the role of The Mother, and his father the role of The Father. It is noteworthy that this is the only movie that Sharial C. Lee is known to have ever featured in as an actress.

In the same year, he voiced a character named Starter Sparrowman in the short movie “Pixie Hollow Games.” Daniel also played a major career role as Kojo in “Zeke and Luther,” an American TV series that ran from 2009 to 2012, for which he was nominated for the Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Series as a Leading Young Actor. Concurrently, in 2011, he featured as Raymond Blues in the popular television series “Good Luck Charlie.” In 2012, he appeared as Phil Lipoff in the TV series “Glee”, then in 2013, he wrote and directed the short movie, “Lovers Land,” in which he also featured as Saint Maurice. In 2014, he starred as QG Slimbone in the movie “The Slimbones,” and as Ike the Waiter in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

Daniel also played roles in “I Am,” “Evening Installation,” and “Payment Received,” then began to appear more in TV series, including “Game On! A Comedy Crossover Event” and “9-1-1.” In 2021, he appeared as Billy Blaster in “Bart Bagalzby and The Garbage Genie,” and featured as Jameson in the 2021 movie “Involuntary”. In 2022, he appeared in the popular American TV series “NCIS.”, and as Police Photographer in the American TV miniseries “Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”

In 2018, Daniel won the Accolade Competition’s Award of Recognition as the leading actor in the movie “Evening Installation.” In 2019, he won the Los Angeles Film Awards’ January Award for Best Duo in “Evening Installation,” shared with Tatiana Sokolova.

Daniel has gained credits in various capacities in the entertainment industry, as an actor, director, producer, writer, composer, sound crew member and performer. Throughout his career, he has gained 22 acting credits, and a total of 37 in various capacities, including acting as himself; some of the TV series in which Daniel has featured as himself are “NBA Fit,” “Disney XD XTRA,” and “Disney 365.”

Personal life/ relationships

Daniel is also known as Dan Curtis Lee. Much of his personal life is private. However, there are some interesting facts to note about him.

For a while, he collaborated with his brother, Nathaniel Lee Jr., to record a gospel album, releasing their only album, “Warming” in 2004, under the band name BrotherLee, with Daniel playing the guitar and drums, however, the group has remained defunct ever since.

He’s also a member of the celebrity basketball team, Hollywood Knights.

Even though he is a big player in the entertainment industry where all the buzz is happening, Daniel has a blank dating history and is still unmarried. There have been rumors that Daniel dated Ferisha Flavien, however, neither of them has verified these rumors.

Net worth

Daniel Curtis Lee has had a successful career in the entertainment industry, so according to several sources, his net worth is estimated to be well over $2 million.

Physical Characteristics

Daniel looks fit physically – he’s 5ft 10ins (1.80m) tall, weighs around 165lbs (75kgs), and his vital statistics are 44-32-40. His hair color is black and he has dark brown eyes.

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