Nick Cannon. biography
Nicholas Scott "Nick" Cannon was born on October 8, 1980, in San Diego, California. He started his music career during his teenage years as a member of the rap group Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad and later launched his acting career with a reoccurring role on the Nickelodeon sketch show All That (1998 - 2000). In that same year, Nick landed his first lead role in the teen romance comedy Whatever It Takes, which led him to an additional starring role in Drumline (2002) and an appearance in the box office hit Men in Black II (2002) with Will Smith.
Also during this time, Nick returned to his music roots and signed a record deal with Jive Records prior to releasing his debut studio album Nick Cannon in 2003, along with the hit single "Your Pops Don't Like Me." In 2005, he launched his own record label, called Can I Ball Records, and planned to drop his second album Stages later that year, but it was officially canceled due to his growing acting career.
In that same year, Nick made his debut as a producer and host for the MTV improv show Wild 'N Out (2005 - 2007) as well as Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards and The 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards. Several hosting gigs soon followed, including the 2006 BET Awards, Nickelodeon's Friday Night Slimetime, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2008), the 2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, America's Got Talent (2009 - 2012) and Rachael Ray (2010 - 2012).
Soon after starring in Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003), Nick's acting career took off and led him to substantial roles in the romance film Shall We Dance (2004), the crime comedy Underclassman (2005), the family animated film Monster House (2006), the history drama Bobby (2006) with Anthony Hopkins and Demi Moore, the horror flick Day of the Dead (2008), the comedy TV series Up All Night (2011) and Mash Up (2012).
In 2010, Nick began hosting the 92.3 NOW FM morning show and later created the weekly chart program Cannon's Countdown. A year later, he ventured into the world of comedy and released his debut comedy stand-up special Mr. Showbiz on May 31, 2011.
Apart from his music and acting career, Nick married singer Mariah Carey on April 20, 2008 at her private estate in The Bahamas. The two first hit it off after meeting at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards and announced they were pregnant in 2010, but Mariah unfortunately miscarried. On April 30, 2011, the couple welcomed their fraternal twins, daughter Monroe and son Moroccan, while celebrating their third wedding anniversary.
On January 4, 2012, Nick was hospitalized after enduring kidney failure and again made a hospital visit for blood clots in his lungs on February 17, 2012. He later announced that he had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease named lupus nephritis on March 5, 2012.