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Isaac Hayes

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American songwriter, musician, singer, and occasionally an actor. Hayes was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes, Porter, Bill Withers, the Sherman Brothers, Steve Cropper, and John Fogerty were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of notable songs for themselves, the duo "Sam & Dave", Carla Thomas, and others. The hit song "Soul Man" written by Hayes and Porter, and first performed by "Sam & Dave" has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. This song was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, Hayes also became a recording musician, and he recorded several successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971). In addition to his work in popular music, Hayes worked as composer of musical scores for motion pictures. Hayes is well known for his musical score for the film Shaft (1971). For his composition of the "Theme from Shaft", Hayes was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. Hayes became the third African-American, after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel, to win an Academy Award in any competitive field whatsoever covered by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hayes also won two Grammy Awards for that same year. Later, he was given his third Grammy Award for his music album Black Moses. During 1992, in recognition of his humanitarian work there, Hayes was crowned as the honorary king of the Ada, Ghana region. Hayes also acted in motion pictures and television, such as in the movie, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, and as Gandolf "Gandy" Fitch in the TV series The Rockford Files (1974 – 80). Then from 1997 to 2005, he lent his distinctive, deep voice to the character "Chef" on the animated TV series South Park. On August 5, 2003, Isaac Hayes was honored as a BMI Icon at the 203 BMI Urban Awards for his enduring influence on generations of music makers.Throughout his songwriting career, Hayes received five BMI R&B Awards, two BMI Pop Awards, two BMI Urban Awards and six Million-Air citations. As of 2008, his songs generated more than 12 million performances. Description above from the Wikipedia Isaac Hayes, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 20, 1942 In Covington, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location 1971-06-02
Latest Project:
Movie Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015-01-25
Known For
Poster of Ninth Street
Poster of That '70s Show
Poster of South Park
Movie Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Himself (archive footage) 2015-01-25
Movie Stand Self 2009-05-25
Movie Kill Switch Coroner 2008-10-06
Movie Soul Men Himself 2008-11-07
Movie Return to Sleepaway Camp Charlie the Chef 2008-11-04
Movie Anonymous Rex Elegant Man 2004-11-19
Movie Dream Warrior Yoshi 2004-12-21
Movie Michael Jackson: Number Ones Self 2003-11-18
Movie BaadAsssss Cinema Self 2002-01-01
Movie Chelsea Walls Man in Elevator 2002-04-19
Movie Only the Strong Survive Himself 2002-01-14
Movie Dead Dog 2001-10-01
Series The Bernie Mac Show Unknown 2001-11-14
Movie Reindeer Games Zock 2000-02-25
Movie Shaft Mr. P (uncredited) 2000-06-15
Series Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Movie Goin' Down to South Park Himself 1999-05-03
Movie Ninth Street TippyToe 1999-01-10
Movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Chef Jerome McElroy (voice) 1999-06-30
Movie Blues Brothers 2000 The Louisiana Gator Boys 1998-02-05
Series That '70s Show Unknown 1998-08-23
Series Stargate SG-1 Tolok 1997-07-27
Movie Six Ways to Sunday Bill Bennet 1997-09-01
Series South Park Chef 1997-08-13
Movie Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored Preacher Hurn 1996-01-26
Movie Oblivion 2: Backlash Buster 1996-04-02
Movie Illtown George 1996-07-09
Movie Flipper Sheriff Buck Cowan 1996-05-17
Series Sliders Unknown 1995-03-22
Movie It Could Happen to You Angel Dupree 1994-07-29
Movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights Asneeze 1993-07-28
Movie Posse Cable 1993-05-14
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Final Judgement Lt. Herb Jefferson 1992-01-01
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Guilty As Charged Aloysius 1991-03-01
Movie Prime Target Tompkins 1991-09-27
Movie Counterforce 1988-02-05
Movie I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Hammer 1988-11-10
Movie Dead Aim Jamal 1987-01-02
Movie Betrayed by Innocence Frank Moreno 1986-03-01
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Series Solid Gold Unknown 1980-09-13
Movie It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time Moriarty 1975-09-11
Movie Truck Turner Truck 1974-06-26
Movie Three Tough Guys Lee 1974-05-29
Movie Save the Children Self 1973-05-13
Movie Isaac Hayes: The Black Moses of Soul Himself 1973-11-26
Movie Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location Himself 1971-06-02
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