JB Smoove

JB Smoove

Date of Birth

Birthday: December 16
Birthplace: Plymouth, North Carolia

Born in Plymouth, North Carolina and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, J.B. Smoove is an Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and writer, who continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his unique brand of comedy. His breakout role in Curb Your Enthusiasm as Leon Black has firmly planted him as one of the best comedic actors today.

Born in Plymouth, North Carolina and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, J.B. Smoove is an Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and writer, who continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his unique brand of comedy. His breakout role in Curb Your Enthusiasm as Leon Black has firmly planted him as one of the best comedic actors today.

Smoove joined HBO's Emmy winning Curb Your Enthusiasm in its sixth season and has remained an integral part of the show since that time. During his run, Smoove has received a SAG nomination as a part of the series ensemble cast in 2018 as well as a NAACP Image Award nomination in 2012. ...the fast-talking New Yorker with high-end fashion sense to match his loquaciousness, has reached new heights thanks to his role as Leon Black... where he's formed a celebrated and often-quoted comedic duo with [Larry] David, noted The Washington Post. The show recently completed its eleventh season.

His extensive work in television also includes The Last O.G. alongside Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan, the hilarious satire Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET+, as well Mapleworth Murders, which earned him an Emmy Award. He has continually lent his memorable voice to animated projects and can currently be heard in Woke on Hulu as well as the Amazon Original Fairfax, in addition to the beloved Frank the Plant character in Harley Quinn.

In 2019, Smoove starred alongside Tom Holland in the blockbuster SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME and reprised his role as Mr. Dell in the follow up, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, one of the highest grossing films of all time at the U.S. box office.

Smoove began his career in 1999, when he moved to Los Angeles and landed a recurring role on MTV's The Lyricist Lounge Show, as well as featured guest spots on The Chris Rock Show and Premium Blend. This led to his first big feature film, where he narrated and starred in the cult classic POOTIE TANG, reuniting with Rock. Smoove subsequently followed this up with a co-starring role opposite Adam Sandler in MR. DEEDS in 2002.

After a season as a cast member on the sketch comedy program Cedric the Entertainer Presents in 2003, Smoove moved back to New York City where he landed a coveted writing position on NBC's iconic sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. During his fourth year on the show, Smoove received a 2007 Writers Guild award for Best Comedy/Variety Series for his work.

An accomplished stand-up comedian, Smoove has hosted NBC's Last Comic Standing, the Comedy Central stand-up series Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus and shot his own one-hour stand-up special How I Dooz It for the cable channel. Smoove's show Four Courses with JB Smoove where he hosted comedians, athletes and entertainers during four-course meals to discuss everything New York City, ran for four seasons on the MSG Network.

Smoove's previous film credits include: DATE NIGHT, HALL PASS, THE DICTATOR, TOP FIVE, WE BOUGHT A ZOO, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT and ALMOST CHRISTMAS. Past television credits include: Everybody Hates Chris, 'Til Death, Bent, The Millers, Fresh Off the Boat, and Life in Pieces. In the animation space, he has voiced roles in ICE AGE 4 and THE SMURFS 2 on the big screen, and in TV shows such as American Dad and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Smoove is a car enthusiast, an avid sports fan and a proud supporter of the Mt. Vernon Boys and Girls Club.

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Awards & Nominations

1 Nomination | 1 Emmy
Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series - 2021
  • Winner
  • JB Smoove, as Chief Billy Bills
  • Mapleworth Murders
  • Quibi
  • Universal Television in association with Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions

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JB Smoove, Frank Scherma, and Melissa Fumero
J.B. Smoove accepts an award at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys.
J.B. Smoove speaks to the press at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Courtney B. Vance and J.B. Smoove at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
J.B. Smoove poses for a portrait during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
J.B. Smoove presents an award at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys.
J.B. Smoove speaks to the press at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
JB Smoove presents the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys.
JB Smoove presents the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) to Ludwig Goransson for The Mandalorian on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys.
JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program  to Jordana Hochman for “Queer Eye” at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.
JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program to Jordana Hochman for Queer Eye at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.
JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program to Greg Whiteley for Cheer at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.
Margo Harshman, Joey King, Tad Quill, Amanda Peet, David Walton, Jeffrey Tambor and J.B. Smoove onstage during the Bent panel at
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JB Smoove announces the nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 74th Emmy Nominations.

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JB Smoove, Frank Scherma, and Melissa Fumero
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JB Smoove, Frank Scherma, and Melissa Fumero present the nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards.

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J.B. Smoove accepts an award at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys.
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J.B. Smoove, winner for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys

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J.B. Smoove speaks to the press at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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J.B. Smoove speaks to the press at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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Courtney B. Vance and J.B. Smoove at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Courtney B. Vance and J.B. Smoove at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys

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J.B. Smoove poses for a portrait during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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J.B. Smoove, winner for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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J.B. Smoove presents an award at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys.
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J.B. Smoove at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys

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J.B. Smoove speaks to the press at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, September 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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J.B. Smoove, winner for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, at the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys

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JB Smoove presents the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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JB Smoove presents the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys. 

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JB Smoove presents the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) to Ludwig Goransson for The Mandalorian on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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JB Smoove presents the Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) to Ludwig Goransson for The Mandalorian on Night Five of the Creative Arts Emmys. 

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JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program  to Jordana Hochman for “Queer Eye” at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program to Jordana Hochman for Queer Eye at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.

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JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program to Jordana Hochman for Queer Eye at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program to Jordana Hochman for Queer Eye at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.

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JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program to Greg Whiteley for Cheer at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys.
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JB Smoove presents the award for Outstanding Directing For A Reality Program to Greg Whiteley for Cheer at Night One of the Creative Arts Emmys

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Margo Harshman, Joey King, Tad Quill, Amanda Peet, David Walton, Jeffrey Tambor and J.B. Smoove onstage during the Bent panel at
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