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Thomas Jefferson Byrd: “She’s Gotta Have it” Actor | Know Him Better

aisha Published On Sun Jun 21 2020   Modified On Sun Jun 21 2020
Thomas Jefferson Byrd: “She’s Gotta Have it” Actor | Know Him Better

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, best known for his movie 'Set It Off' (1996) as Luther is an actor and producer. He is also known for his works in 'He Got Game' (1998) as Sweetness, 'Clockers' (1995) as Errol Barnes, and 'Ray' (2004) as Jimmy.

Byrd was born in 1941 at Griffin, Georgia, and has a star sign of Capricorn. Here are some more interesting facts about Byrd: 

Net Worth: $3 million

'Bamboozled' actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd has gained a whopping net worth of $3 million from his career as an actor and producer. 

He also has signed a movie named 'Freedom's Path' where he will be portraying the character of Abner. Byrd has also earned his worth from doing commercial for United Negro College Fund (2001).

A picture of Thomas Jefferson Byrd.
A picture of Thomas Jefferson Byrd who is worth $3 million.
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Education & Alma Mater

Byrd attended Morris Brown College from where he got his bachelor of science degree. He then got interested in acting so Byrd enrolled at California Institute of the Arts from where he received his master of fine arts degree in dance.

Started His Career At 51 

Although 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' actor started loved acting, he started his acting career very late as he was 51 years old in 1992, when he got his first debut in a series 'In The Heat of the Night' as Louis Arthur. 

Thomas Jefferson Byrd who stared his career at the age of 51.
Thomas Jefferson Byrd who stared his career at the age of 51.
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Since then Byrd has acted in almost thirty movies, television series, TV movies, mini-series, and short videos. Some of his well-recognized roles are 'Trois' as Thomas, 'Red Hook Summer' as Deacon Zee, 'Chi-Raq' as Apollo, 'Broooklyn's Finest' as Uncle Jeb, and so on.

Highest Rated Movie Was Ray

Byrd has acted in nineteen movies and among them, he has given many highest rated movies like 'Get on the Bus', 'Chi-Raq', 'He Got Game' and 'Ray'. His movie Ray was also the highest- grossed movie as it made a huge profit of $123 million while it was made on a budget of $40 million. 

The movie also won two Oscars Award which was made alongside Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Regina King, and so on. 

A picture of Thomas Jefferson Byrd who starred at the film 'Ray'.
A picture of Thomas Jefferson Byrd who starred at the film 'Ray'.
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Producer of MacArthur Park

Byrd is an associated producer of an action and drama movie 'MacArthur Park' that was released on January 21, 2000. He also has played the character of Cody in the movie alongside Brandon Quintin Adams, Tami Roman, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Ellen Cleghorne, and others. 

Broadway Play

Jimmy from 'The Last O.G.' has acted in various play and stage production including the San Diego Repertory Theater's award-winning performance of "Spunk". 

He has also performed in other plays like 'Home' by Samm-Art-Evans, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', 'Two Trains Running', 'The Piano Lesson' at the Alliance Theater. Byrd other act includes 'Flyin' West', 'Hamlet', 'Miss Evers' Boys' at the Indiana Repertory, and other performances of Flyin' West' at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Long Wharf Theater.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd in one of his play.
Thomas Jefferson Byrd in one of his play.
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Part Of Omega Psi Phi 

T-Bird is also a member of Omega Psi Ph, which is an intercollegiate, historically African American Greek-letter fraternity that was founded by Frank Coleman on November 11, 1911. The phrase Omeha Psi Phi refers to "friendship is essential to the soul,".

Breakthrough From 'Cloclers'

Only after starting his career, Byrd got his breakthrough role in the movie 'Cloclers' as Errol Barness in 1995. He acted with the other co-stars like Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, and others. 

Thomas Jefferson Byrd as Errol Barness in 'Cloclers'.
Thomas Jefferson Byrd as Errol Barness in 'Cloclers'.
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The movie is about a young drug pushers who are in the project of Brooklyn living their dangerous lives that are trapped between their drug boss and detectives. Since his breakthrough, Byrd became the part of various successful movies and series between the years 1995 to 2000.

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