Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), also known simply as Tyrese, is an American R&B singer, rapper, actor, author, former fashion model and MTV VJ. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several Hollywood releases.
As an actor, he rose into prominence when he starred in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001, which Singleton confirmed "A prequel of Boyz n the Hood" in which he wrote and directed 10 years earlier in 1991, receiving an Academy Award nomination. Tupac Shakur was originally chosen to play the character of Joseph "Jody" Summers, but the role landed into Gibson's hands after his death. Baby Boy co-starred with Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg and was a blockbuster hit. The film lead Gibson into doing two more films with the director in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), opposite Paul Walker and Eva Mendes, and Four Brothers (2005), with Mark Wahlberg, André Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. Both films were box-office hits in the summers of 2003 and 2005, respectively. Gibson went on to act in Waist Deep in 2006, starring Meagan Good. In 2007, he co-starred with the ensemble cast of Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight in Transformers, Directed and produced by Michael Bay, with Steven Spielberg as the executive producer. It was a blockbuster smash that led to two more successful sequels; in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), playing his role of USAF Master Sergeant Robert Epps. In 2008, he co-starred with Jason Statham in Death Race, Legion in 2010, the same year he appeared in the music video "Telephone" by Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé. In 2011, he reprised his role of Roman Pearce in Fast Five , which was set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tyrese has spoken out on paternal involvement in child rearing, writing a poem on fatherhood and appearing on HLN in June, 2012.
- Black Movie Awards
- 2006, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Waist Deep (Nominated)
- Grammy Awards
- 2013, Best R&B Album: "Open Invitation" (Pending)
- 2004, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "How U Gonna Act Like That" (Nominated) (released December 17, 2002)
- 2000, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Sweet Lady" (Nominated)
- Literary Awards
- 2011, Best Writer, African-American Literary Award, Category: Self-Help, "How To Get Out of Your Own Way" (Nominated)