American actor Doug E Doug, now 51 years old, took the world by storm in the early 1990s and 2000s with his tremendous acting skills.
With a career that began at an early age, he slowly gained relevance in Hollywood, featuring several classic series and movies. He officially became a household name in 1993 after he was cast in the American comedy sports film "Cool Runnings."
A picture of Doug Bourne in a scene from "Cool Runnings" | Photo: Youtube/athreerider
The movie, which was based on a true-life story, saw Doug play the role of Sanka Coffie. After appearing in "Cool Runnings," the actor landed other roles in movies like "Eight Legged Freaks," "Shark Tale," and many more.
HOW DID DOUG'S CAREER START?
Born on January 7, 1970, Doug began his journey to success at 17 as a stand-up comedian at the Apollo Theatre. A student at Bishop Loughlin High School at the time, the teenager saw himself as everyone's little brother in the club. Shortly after, he got the stage name, "Doug E Doug."
During an interview with an outlet, Doug opened up about how he obtained his unique stage name. He explained that while doing stand-up comedy, an emcee called Mel Stanley, the Comedy cop always called him "Dougie Dougie."
The actor said he liked the name and began using it. Doug improved his comedic skills by watching the comic animated television show "Fat Albert" — a character from a Cosby Routine.
The young star looked up to Bill Cosby as a role model and listened to his comedy albums. But, all he wanted to do was make people laugh even at things that were not hilarious.
Doug stayed true to his talent for three years before getting his first appearance on the screen. Finally, in 1990 he got his first role as Jimmy, the busboy in the film "Mo' Better Blues."
One year after his debut on-screen performance, Doug showcased his acting talent, featuring Willie Stevens in "Hangin' With The Homeboys" and Livin' Large's friend on "Jungle Fever."
Things got better for the youngster, and the following year, he appeared in two other films, "Class Act" and "Dr. Giggles." After years of hard work, Doug finally landed his first major role in 1993 as a cast member on "Cool Runnings."
Three years later, he got to feature as Griffin Vesey in the CBS series "Cosby." Doug's character portrayed a small-time engineer in pursuit of schemes that would make him wealthy.
The series ran for four years between 1996 and 2000, and fans of the show witnessed what amazing actor Doug was. He was described as an actor who brought life into his character.
LIFE AS A FAMILY MAN
It has been almost three decades since his role in the sports film, and many wonder what the actor and comedian have been up to. Doug still pursues a career in the movie industry; however, he also takes his personal life seriously.
He is happily married to Raqiba Bourne, and the pair are doting parents to two children. Despite his busy schedule, Doug makes sure to spend time with his little family and keep his social media fans updated with lovely snapshots.
He once shared an image of him and his son sitting closely during an event. Doug was clad in a black suit, white shirt, and an oxblood tie, while his son wore a blue suit, white shirt, and striped bow tie. Doug's son seemed engrossed in reading while his dad placed a hand over his shoulder.
The comedian's supporters were impressed with his parenting skills and took to the comments section to let out their thoughts. A fan tagged the snap as "photo of the year" and described the father and son as two lions.
When Doug is not spending time with his family, he shows them off on Instagram while commemorating important occasions.
To celebrate his marriage anniversary in 2015, the father of two shared a short clip of his son, showcasing his dancing skills. Alongside the cool video was a simple caption that read:
"Happy anniversary to my wife. We did this and it is good."
Doug is not only keen on being present for his family; he also sees great importance in leaving a great legacy, not only for his kids but also for the children in his community.
The actor wants to teach his children to make sincere efforts in living honestly and assure them that they could do well and do good.
DOUG'S WRITING SKILLS
Apart from leaving a legacy for his two children, Doug appears to be interested in preserving the experiences of the Hip Hop generation and their impact.
After noticing that his generation gained little or no attention, the icon released his first novel last year called "The Fall of 1987."
The book tells the sad story of a black man investigating the sudden death of his brother during the rise of the Hip Hop genre. "The Fall of 1987" went on sale on Amazon.com and has continued to inspire many to date.
Doug's writing skills go beyond book writing; he has also shown his talent for writing screenplays. Some of his works include "Slap The Donkey," "The New Music Report," "Citizen James," and "Lil Girlgone."
These days, Doug appears to be focusing on other aspects of life, but many are unaware if he still harbors thoughts on becoming an elementary school teacher. He once revealed during an interview that elementary and high school kids were his fan base.
According to the actor, he spoke to them about the importance of education and many other things. Doug wants children to fight for what they want, irrespective of people's opinions.
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