Chaz Lamar Shepherd Wiki Bio
Chaz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, on 26 October 1977 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and singer-songwriter, who’s appeared in close to 30 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Stevie in the action crime movie “Set It Off”. It was directed by F. Gary Gray, starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Vivica A. Fox, and follows four women who are about to rob a bank in Los Angeles, California; the movie won five of the 11 awards for which it was nominated.
There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that Chaz has retired from acting, however, he’s still quite active in the film industry, and is currently working on several projects.
Early life and education
Chaz was raised in Philadelphia by his mother Cheryl Shepherd, who was a choreographer and dancer prior to quitting her job in Philadelphia’s public schools, to become Chaz’s manager; his parents divorced when he was four years old. He hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, so most people believe him to be an only child.
He became interested in acting while still attending a local elementary school, and Chaz appeared in various plays performed at both the school and a local theatre. He made his professional debut at the Walnut Street Theatre in the play “Fame”, and was 15 when he made his debut film appearance in the 1993 action thriller “Survive the Night”.
Upon matriculating in 1995, Chaz enrolled at Evelyn Graves Christian Academy, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1999.
Roles in TV series
He made his debut TV series appearance with his portrayal of Young Abner in two episodes of the hit 1993 romantic biographical mini-series “Queen”.
It starred Ann-Margret and Patricia Clarkson, and follows the life of the mixed-race girl Queen, whose father was the owner of a plantation, and whose mother was a slave; the mini-series won six awards, including a Primetime Emmy, while it was nominated for 13 other awards.
In 1994 and 1995, Chaz starred in all the 19 episodes of the comedy “Me and the Boys”, and the following years saw him make a guest appearance in an episode or two of various series, such as the family comedy drama “Moesha”, the comedy “Minor Adjustments”, and the family comedy “Sister, Sister”.
Between 1996 and 2001, he played John Hamilton in the popular family comedy drama “7th Heaven”, created by Brenda Hampton, and which starred Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks and Jessica Biel.
The series follows a minister, his wife and their seven children, and won 24 of the 82 awards for which it was nominated.
Chaz appeared in only a couple of series in the following 15 years, including the mystery crime drama “The Division”, the comedy “The Parkers” and the romantic comedy drama “The Game”.
In 2018, he played Raymond ‘Piranha’ Jones in the hit action crime drama “Luke Cage”, created by Cheo Hodari Coker, and which starred Mike Colter, Simone Missick and Theo Rossi. It follows Luke Cage who has obtained unbreakable skin and super strength through an unsuccessful experiment; the series won seven of the 29 awards for which it was nominated.
Most recently, in 2020, Chaz played Tommy Markin in the episode “Brothers” of the critically acclaimed mystery crime drama “The Blacklist”.
Roles in movies
In 1994, Chaz played Royce in the adventure comedy drama “A Pig’s Tale”, and gained recognition in 1996 with his appearance in the hit romantic science fiction comedy “The Nutty Professor”. It was directed by Tom Shadyac, starred Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith and James Coburn, and follows obese professor Sherman Klump who becomes slim Buddy Love with the help of a potion; the movie won 11 awards, including an Oscar for Best Make-up (Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson), while it was nominated for 12 other awards.
A couple of Chaz’s following roles were in the 1996 action crime drama “Set It Off”, the 1998 science fiction “Twice the Fear”, and the 2004 drama “Woman Thou Art Loosed”.
It was 12 years later that he appeared in his next movie: the 2016 drama “Grandma’s House”. It was directed by Paul D. Hannah, starred Loretta Devine, Coco Jones and Paige Hurd, and follows a girl and her step-brothers who have to start living with their grandma; the movie won a Las Vegas Black Film Festival Award for Best Religious Film.
Chaz has appeared in only two other movies: the 2019 romantic comedy “Almost Love” and the 2021 drama “Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas”.
He was the panelist in the 2001 episode “The Anger Test” of the game-show “The Test”.
Chaz made a guest appearance in a 2011 episode of “The Mo’Nique Show”.
Chez has released only a single album, “Love & Truth”, on 26 October 2010; it comprises 14 songs, with some of the most popular amongst these being “By My Side”, “Chemical Reaction” and “Turn Your Light On”.
Love life and relationships
Chaz is highly secretive when it comes to sharing the details of his love life with his fans, and hasn’t spoken of any women (or men) whom he has perhaps been with. There are various rumors circulating the internet, concerning both his sexual orientation and current relationship status.
Some of his fans believe that he’s gay, and this to be the reason behind Chaz not speaking of the women whom he has dated, however, others believe this to be highly unlikely, because Chaz is a deeply religious man.
There are also those who claim that he’s today in a relationship with a non-celebrity American woman, but prefers to keep his relationship, or even marriage away from the media’s attention; no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Chaz addressed the rumors.
As of February 2022, he seems to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Chaz is quite active on Instagram, and is today followed by close to 20,000 people, while he’s uploaded nearly 1,000 pictures and videos onto the network.
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Most of these have been taken during his everyday life, while many feature him singing.
Chaz is into travelling, and his career has taken him to various US states, while his dream travel destination is Rome, Italy.
He’s physically highly active and has four to five training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body.
Chaz has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Will Smith, Keanu Reeves and Julia Roberts, while a couple of his favorite films include “Seven Pounds”, the trilogy “The Matrix”, and “The Runaway Bride”.
Age, height and net worth
Chaz’s age is 44. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and he weighs around 140lbs (65kgs).
As of February 2022, his net worth has been estimated at more than $1 million.