On this day in comedy on June 14, 1968, Comedian, Actor, Faizon Love (Langston Faizon Santisima) was born in Santiago de Cuba.
The offspring of a Naval father, Love moved around a lot. His main stomping grounds were Newark, New Jersey and San Diego, California. He got into stand-up comedy and cut his teeth in clubs like Maverick Flats and The Comedy Act Theater. Coincidently he made his film debut as a voice over of the latter club’s host, Robin Harris in the motion picture based on Harris’ routine, Bebe’s Kids. Harris passed away suddenly of a heart attack as his career was on a fast ascension and Love was there to lend his vocal talents for th project. From then on we heard less of Love and saw more of his face and the rest of him.
Faizon Love has amassed an impressive array of hood flicks and mainstream films throughout his career. His first film appearance was in Robert Townsend’s Meteor Man followed up with Fear of a Black Hat and his signature role as Big Worm in Friday. The year was 1995; the same year he signed up to co-star in the Townsend sitcom, The Parent ‘Hood. That gig lasted until 1998, but Love kept busy as the time passed. He was seen in Don’t be a Menace in South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, B*A*P*S*, Money Talks and The Players Club,
Once The Parent ‘Hood was canceled, Love stayed on the set. He made 3 Strikes, The Replacements, Made, Mr. Bones, Blue Crush, Wonderland, Elf, Idlewild, Who’s Your Caddy?, The Perfect Holiday, Animal, Torque, Couples Retreat and Big Momma’s: Like Father Like Son just to name a bunch. He also did TV: My Name is Earl, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Black-ish and more voice-overs: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Zookeeper. He appeared on “Freaky Thangs from Ludacris and “Put Yo Hood Up” by Lil Jon & The East Side Boys. Love starred in the theatrical version of Thornton Wilder’s classic, Our Town and did commercials for Boost Mobile.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton
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