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Ray J

Mostly Credited As: Ray J
Sometimes Credited As: Willie Norwood Jr.
Ray J. Norwood
Ray Jay Norwood
Willie Norwood


Birth Name: William Ray Norwood Jr.
Date Of Birth: January 17, 1981 (Age 33)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: McComb, Mississippi
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Ray J



Ray J was born Willie Raymond Norwood Junior on January 17, 1981 in McComb, Mississippi. The Norwoods moved to Carson, California in 1983 and that’s when his desire for the spotlight grew.

Ten years later Ray J appeared on the scene a few months after his sister, Brandy enter the spotlight. He did commercials for Walt Disney, Nintendo, McDonalds and Denny’s (before the lawsuit). He appeared as LJ on the Fox series-The Sinbad Show (1993-94) and despite high hopes the series left the air after one season.

Not letting this failure get to him, Ray J appeared for a month long run on Broadway (1995) in the production of “Twist.” He starred with Phylicia Rashad in the autobiographical movie “When We Were Colored” and with Forrest Whitaker in the HBO special “The Enemy Within.” He had a minor role in Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks” in 1996 as Joe Brown’s son
He released his first album-Everything You Want with the popular (yet never played in Dallas, Texas) single-“Let It Go.” The song appeared on the soundtrack of the cult classic movie-“Set It Off.” The album featured a return to funk that only Prince could produce. Keith Crouch, Delite and Rashaan Patterson (who saved Tevin Campbell’s career, wrote for Jason Weaver and The Boys) helped produce the highly underrated album that music critics loved, but the public couldn’t appreciate due to lack of publicity.

Ray J’s acting career got put on hold after he did the horrible DC Comic adaptation of “Steel” with Shaq. The movie made only $1.6 million during its run in theaters. Ray J wasn’t to blame for the movie’s failure since Steel already had a history prior to the movie. In the comic, Ray J’s character was younger and Steel had to defeat him. Ray J failed to include a song for the fantastic soundtrack much like Brandy for I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

Ray J released the single “That’s Why I Lie” for the movie “Dr.Doolittle” soundtrack. The song received little or no airplay and the single was released overseas.

Ray J returned to acting on Moesha playing Moesha’s half brother-Dorian Long. Many fans approved of him being on the show until they found out Dorian was Moesha’s brother. Many felt the series went from a comedy to a drama that ruined a positive father figure for no reason at all. Others felt the show was just showcasing the Norwood children and others felt the show was now a thirty-minute bathroom break before The Parkers came on. Ray J’s tour of duty as Dorian came to a shocking end with Moesha being cancelled and replaced by One on One with Flex (Shanice’s husband) and Kayla Pratt (Love & Basketball). UPN claims it will produce a Moesha movie to tie up lose ends, but no date has been set. He was the host of The Source Soundlab.

Ray J released “This Ain’t A Game” his second album on June 19, 2001. This is the second release date since the first date was cancelled. Once again the public has yet to hear the single “Wait A Minute.” This album is already being written off as not being the springboard to get Ray J out of Brandy’s shadow. Vibe calls the album weak and five songs will leave listeners thinking Ray J is best suited for the small screen than the music studio.


Ray J
TV Appearances

Main cast 
Bad Girls All Star Battle (2013)As: Himself (Host)
The Rickey Smiley Show (2012)As: Kenny
Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business (2010)As: Himself
2009: That Really Happened!?! (2009)As: Himself
The Great Debate (2009)As: Himself (Interviewee/VH1 All Stars vs. Ivy Leaguers)
For the Love of Ray J (2009)As: Himself
Black Sash (2003)As: Bryan Lanier
One On One (2001)As: Darrell "D-Money" McGinty (S05)
The Source Soundlab (2000)As: Himself
Moesha (1996)As: Dorian Long (S05-S06)
The Sinbad Show (1993)As: L.J. Beckley
Episode Cast Credits 

Watch What Happens: Live (2009) 
  1500th Episode: Ray J & Vinny Guadagnino 09x85: (May/21/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Wendy Williams Show (2009) 
  Bad Girls All Star Battle 04x151: (May/21/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Iman; Ray J 03x49: (Nov/12/2009) As Himself 
  Ray J. 01x14: (Jul/31/2008) As Himself 

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (2007) 
  Drew Lachey, Ray J, Chuck Nice, Patrick Meagher, "The Real Housewives of New York City" 03x123: (Feb/18/2009) As Himself 
  Joan Lunden, Ray J 02x166: (Apr/21/2008) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Mark Harmon, Corbin Maxey, Ray J 16x99: (Apr/14/2008) As Himself 
  Heath Ledger, Heidi Klum, Ray J 14x76: (Jan/17/2006) As Himself 

The Tyra Banks Show (2005) 
  Ray J and the Dos and Don'ts of Dating 03x110: (Mar/10/2008) As Himself 

Shark (2006) 
  Love Triangle 01x08: (Nov/16/2006) As Rapper 

Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out (2005) 
  Episode #27 03x07: (Sep/28/2006) As Himself 

Soul Train (1971) 
  Ray J/ Ebony Eyez 35x03: (Nov/19/2005) As Himself 
  Ray J/ Angie Stone/ Coo Coo Cal 31x04: (Oct/27/2001) As Himself 
  Levert/ Ray J/ Lil' Kim 26x20: (Mar/01/1997) As Himself 

Making the Video (1999) 
  Talk About Our Love 11x07: (May/02/2004) As Himself 

The Proud Family (2001) 
  EZ Jackster 01x05: (Oct/05/2001) Voiced  Mega 

Moesha (1996) 
  Moesha Meets Brandy 04x01: (Oct/06/1998) As Himself 
  Break It Down 03x11: (Nov/11/1997) As Charles 
  The Regulations of Love 02x11: (Nov/12/1996) As Charles 
  Million Boy March 01x05: (Feb/20/1996) As Charles 

All That (1994) 
  Ray J. 03x13: (Feb/08/1997) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
Featured Songs

Daria Songs:
Is It Fall Yet? + Formal Invite 
One On One Songs:
Missing the Daddy Express + One Wish 
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Trivia

Dated Lil Kim in 2001

His video Wait A Minute was banned by BET

Recruited by gangs

Brother of Brandy

His latest video: "What I Need" premiered on BET's 106 & Park on 2/22/06.

"One Wish" was his first released single off of his new album entitled: "Raydiation" released 2/22/06 and "What I Need " is his second single.

Sold the sex tape of him and his girlfriend to a company for one million dollars.

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