MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon’s Jerry Brooks!
Jerry Brooks, who grew up in Mount Vernon, turns 51 on Wednesday.
Brooks, an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, who began his television career on Russell Simmons's "Def Comedy Jam" in the early 1990s, was born Dec. 16, 1964, in Plymouth, N.C.
He is better known by his stage name J. B. Smoove, and his recurring role as Leon on the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He currently portrays a fictionalized version of himself on the BET comedy-improv reality television parody "Real Husbands of Hollywood."
He was a recipient of the 2007 Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy/Variety Series (Including Talk). Smoove's film credits include "With or Without You," "Mr. Deeds," "Date Night," "Hall Pass," "The Sitter,"" We Bought a Zoo," "The Dictator," "A Haunted House," and "Clear History," an HBO comedy film directed by Larry David. Smoove hosted the standup comedy series "Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at The El Rey" on Comedy Central in July 2010.
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