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Also Known As: Terrence Carson (Tc), Terrence Carson Died:
Born: November 19, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, composer, musician, singer, dancer, choreographer, mime

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An ebullient, versatile African-American actor and musical performer, Carson appeared in a variety of stage roles in his native Chicago (e.g., featured singer and dancer in "Project"), toured nationally with "Sesame Street Live" and once even took a modest part in a road company production of "Dreamgirls" just so he could sing "Steppin' to the Bad Side." After adding some television work to his list of credits (the 1989 Disney NBC TV production of "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story," for which he wrote the music), Carson landed the plum role of homeboy Dexter Jackson, laundry truck driver turned TV journalist, in the sassy, streetwise comedy, "Livin' Large" (1991). He found his biggest audience, though, when he was cast as the stockbroker neighbor Kyle whose verbal exchanges with neighbor Maxine 'Max' Shaw (Erika Alexander) masked their mutual attraction on the popular Fox sitcom "Living Single." After five seasons (1992-97), Carson left to pursue other interests, landing roles in the features "Relax, It's Just Sex" (1998), "Seduced" (1999) and the World War II submarine drama "U-571" (2000).

An ebullient, versatile African-American actor and musical performer, Carson appeared in a variety of stage roles in his native Chicago (e.g., featured singer and dancer in "Project"), toured nationally with "Sesame Street Live" and once even took a modest part in a road company production of "Dreamgirls" just so he could sing "Steppin' to the Bad Side." After adding some television work to his list of credits (the 1989 Disney NBC TV production of "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story," for which he wrote the music), Carson landed the plum role of homeboy Dexter Jackson, laundry truck driver turned TV journalist, in the sassy, streetwise comedy, "Livin' Large" (1991). He found his biggest audience, though, when he was cast as the stockbroker neighbor Kyle whose verbal exchanges with neighbor Maxine 'Max' Shaw (Erika Alexander) masked their mutual attraction on the popular Fox sitcom "Living Single." After five seasons (1992-97), Carson left to pursue other interests, landing roles in the features "Relax, It's Just Sex" (1998), "Seduced" (1999) and the World War II submarine drama "U-571" (2000).

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 Uncle Drew (2018)
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 U-571 (2000)
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 Relax...It's Just Sex (1998) Buzz Wagner
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 Gang Related (1997)
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 Firehawk (1993)
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 Livin' Large (1991)
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2000:
Co-starred as the only black crew member on a submarine in "U-571"
1993:
Co-starred on the popular Fox sitcom "Living Single" as stockbroker Kyle Barker
1991:
Made film debut in the leading role of Dexter Jackson in the comedy "Livin' Large"
2001:
Cast in the thriller "Proximity"
1998:
Had featured role in the film "Relax, It's Just Sex"; premiered at Sundance Film Festival
2003:
Co-starred in the horror sequel "Final Destination 2"
1989:
Composed music and sang on the soundtrack for the NBC drama "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story"
1992:
Made TV series debut in a recurring role on the short-lived "Key West"
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Worked with the Free Street Theater in Chicago; was also principal soloist with the Omni Move Dance Troupe
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Education

University of Illinois: Urbana, Illinois -

Notes

Carson's other stage work includes appearances in regional productions of Jules Feiffer's "America", "The Wiz", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "The Gospel at Colonnus" and the choreography for "Pecong".

Carson believes that "Livin' Large", though a comedy, nevertheless teaches an important message: "Assimilation into the white world is what black Americans are taught. But you don't have to give up your central self to succeed. You don't have to give up who you are." --Quoted in PEOPLE in 1991

He acknowledges that "Livin' Large" will be compared to other recent films about people of color such as "Boyz N the Hood" but notes, "That was such a good film, but we should also be making comedies and romances and all the rest. That's been a lot of the problem with the media portrayal of African-Americans. They're either doctors or street people. We don't see anyone in the middle--a blue-collar guy who goes to work every day to support his family and send his kids to college." --Quoted in the DAILY NEWS, September 17, 1991

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