Up close with rising star Brandon T. Jackson

January 13, 2010 2:45:45 PM PST
A favorite children's book comes to life on the big screen. Meet one of the film's rising stars!Fox's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

The film is based on the popular children's book series read in classrooms as a fun way to learn about Greek mythology - it will be released on Feb 12 (Presidents Day weekend).

For more information and to see a clip go to www.foxinternational.com

About Brandon T. Jackson:

Brandon T. Jackson is a multifaceted young actor carving his own path in Hollywood. Earning critical praise at every stop, he started out in stand-up and has evolved into a burgeoning young film star.

In February, Jackson will star in FOX 2000's blockbuster franchise "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." He will take on the role of the satyr Grover Underwood, the best friend and protector of Percy Jackson.

In August, Jackson will star in "Lottery Ticket" for Warner Bros. He will co-star with Bow Wow in this comedy about surviving a long weekend in the projects with a winning lottery ticket.

Also this winter, Jackson appears in Twentieth Century Fox's "Tooth Fairy," a family comedy starring Dwayne Johnson. Jackson is perhaps best known as "Alpa Chino" from the high-concept comedy "Tropic Thunder."

He co-starred with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black in the runaway hit for Paramount. The role earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Black Reel Awards and Daily Variety named him one of "10 Comics to Watch."

Jackson won Black Reel's 2006 Best Breakthrough Performance award for his part in "Roll Bounce" for FOX Searchlight. Jackson's talent for entertaining was apparent early on. By the age of 14, he was performing at his father's church and was soon invited to perform at the famed "Showtime at the Apollo" and BET's "Comic View."

From there, Jackson and BET launched the "Teens of Comedy Tour," showcasing the nation's funniest teen comedians. He also hosted the "Up Close and Personal Tour," featuring Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Lil Wayne. Jackson would later host his own sketch comedy special, "The Brandon T. Jackson Show," on The N Channel and was a series regular on Nick Cannon's MTV sketch comedy show "Wild 'N Out."

Jackson grew up in Detroit with seven siblings and parents who were both pastors. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the fence between suburbia and the inner city. He now lives in Los Angeles.