Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon is an American rapper, actor, comedian, television and radio host, author, activist, and producer. While regularly making guest appearances on hit comedies including 30 Rock, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Chappelle’s Show, Cannon spent eight seasons as the host of NBC’s highly successful talent competition series America’s Got Talent (2009-2016). Additionally, he is the creator, producer, and host of the highly successful, fan-favorite MTV show Wild ‘N Out, which returned to television after a six-year hiatus in 2013.
Cannon simultaneously serves as Chairman, development consultant and talent for TeenNick, earning him the title of “youngest TV chairman in history.” This digital, cable and satellite television channel, owned by Nickelodeon Group, aims to attract teens through programming that portrays the true breadth and depth of adolescence. As Chairman, Cannon not only has an on-screen presence, he also lends his creative vision to the network’s development slate and works behind the scenes to execute new ideas across multiple platforms. As a comedian, Cannon has released three stand-up comedy specials: Mr. Showbiz (2011), F'CK Nick Cannon (2013), and Stand Up, Don't Shoot (2017).
At age 8, Cannon discovered his passion for entertainment after his grandfather gave him several musical instruments. As a teenager, he moved to Hollywood where he regularly landed gigs at renowned comedy venues, including The Improv, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. He debuted on television as a series regular and writer on Nickelodeon’s long-running hit series All That, which also made him the youngest staff writer in television history. Other early successes include appearances on Kenan & Kel (Nickelodeon) and The Parkers (UPN). These breakthroughs led to the creation of The Nick Cannon Show, for which he was star, director and executive producer. Shortly after the debut of the series, he released his first album, "Nick Cannon" with Jive Records.
Cannon made his first feature-film appearance alongside Will Smith and Academy Award®-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black II (2002). He then went on to star in other movies including Drumline (2002), Bobby (2006), Drumline: A New Beat (2014), and Spike Lee's Lysistrata by Aristophanes adaptation, Chi-Raq (2015).
In 2015 Cannon also published the children’s book, Neon Aliens Ate My Homework: And Other Poems, a collection of 65 hip-hop-inspired original poems, with illustrations by Cannon and over 60 street artists.
Always at the cutting edge of entertainment, Cannon leads a highly successful multi-media company, N'Credible Entertainment. Under this banner, he produces numerous TV and film projects, including NBC’s Caught On Camera, MTV’s Wild’n Out, Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop, and TeenNick's Top 10, React To That and the HALO Awards, which profiles teens making a difference in their communities.
Cannon is known as a passionate philanthropist who dedicates his time, resources and voice to giving back to those in need. He has worked with nationally recognized organizations, including Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club, Do Something, Toys for Tots, Stomp Out Bullying, Lupus Foundation of America, The National Kidney Foundation, and is an active member on the Board of Directors of New York’s St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. Cannon established the Nick Cannon Foundation as the philanthropic arm of his global business endeavors. The foundation has a strategic goal of economically empowering under-served youth through entrepreneurship education, workforce development, and by exposing them to the business side of the multi-billion-dollar media/entertainment industry.
In 2012 Cannon was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis. He was hospitalized in 2012 for mild kidney failure, followed by another medical visit weeks later due to blood clots in his lungs, forcing the 32-year-old to give up his New York City radio gig to focus more on his health. Since his diagnosis, Cannon has become a dedicated advocate for people.
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