Many people wonder if Jessie T. Usher, the star of The Boys, Shaft, and Independence Day: Resurgence, is related to Usher, the famous singer and actor. The answer is no. Jessie T. Usher is related to Usher in name only. They are not biologically or legally related in any way.
Who is Jessie T. Usher?
Jessie T. Usher Jr. was born on February 29, 1992, in Silver Spring, Maryland, to parents Jessie T. and Judith Usher. He has a sister named Jesstia Usher, who also acted in some TV commercials. Jessie showed an interest in acting at the age of five and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 2003 to pursue his career.
Jessie graduated from high school at the age of 15 and studied culinary arts in community college. He joined Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society and earned academic excellence throughout his education.
Jessie’s first professional acting job was in an episode of CBS’s Without a Trace in 2005. He then appeared in several TV shows, such as Hannah Montana, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, and Lincoln Heights.
His first big break came in 2011 when he starred as Lyle Hugginson in the Cartoon Network TV movie Level Up, which later became a TV series. He also voiced American Boy in the documentary Teenage in 2013.
In 2014, Jessie appeared in the sports drama film When the Game Stands Tall as Tayshon Lanear. He also landed the lead role of Cam Calloway, a basketball star, in the Starz comedy series Survivor’s Remorse, executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James.
In 2016, Jessie played Dylan Hiller, the son of Will Smith’s character from the original film, in Independence Day: Resurgence. He also co-starred in the Christmas-themed comedy-drama Almost Christmas opposite Danny Glover and Kimberly Elise.
In 2019, Jessie played John “JJ” Shaft Jr., the son of Samuel L. Jackson’s character from the 2000 film, and the grandson of the original Shaft, played by Richard Roundtree, in the sequel to the 1971 film Shaft.
In 2020, Jessie starred with Camila Mendes in the Netflix thriller Dangerous Lies as Adam Kettner. He also played Tony Jackson in The Banker, a biographical drama film about two African American entrepreneurs who hired a white man to pose as the head of their business empire in the 1960s.
In 2021, Jessie voiced Quinn in Seal Team, an animated series on Netflix about a team of Navy SEALs who embark on covert missions around the world.
In 2022, Jessie appeared in Smile, a psychological horror film about a social media influencer who becomes obsessed with his online persona.
Currently, Jessie is best known for playing A-Train, a superhero with super-speed and a drug addiction, in the Amazon Prime Video series The Boys, based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
Who is Usher?
Usher Raymond IV was born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to parents Usher Raymond III and Jonetta Patton. He has a younger half-brother named James Lackey.
Usher began singing at the age of six and joined a local R&B group called NuBeginnings at the age of ten. He moved to Atlanta with his mother and auditioned for LaFace Records co-founder L.A. Reid at the age of 13.
Usher released his self-titled debut album in 1994 at the age of 15. He then released his second album My Way in 1997, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single “Nice & Slow”.
Usher’s third album 8701 was released in 2001 and featured four top-ten singles: “U Remind Me”, “U Got It Bad”, “U Don’t Have to Call”, and “U-Turn”. The album sold over eight million copies worldwide and earned him two Grammy Awards.
Usher’s fourth album Confessions was released in 2004 and became his best-selling album to date with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. The album featured four number-one singles: “Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II”, and “My Boo”. The album also earned him three more Grammy Awards.
Usher’s fifth album Here I Stand was released in 2008 and featured two top-five singles: “Love in This Club” and “Trading Places”. The album sold over five million copies worldwide and earned him another Grammy Award.
Usher’s sixth album Raymond v. Raymond was released in 2010 and featured four top-ten singles: “Papers”, “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”, “Lil Freak”, and “OMG”. The album sold over two million copies worldwide and earned him two more Grammy Awards.
Usher’s seventh album Looking 4 Myself was released in 2012 and featured two top-ten singles: “Climax” and “Scream”. The album sold over one million copies worldwide and earned him another Grammy Award.
Usher’s eighth album Hard II Love was released in 2016 and featured the singles “No Limit”, “Crash”, and “Rivals”. The album sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.
Usher’s ninth album A was released in 2018 and featured the singles “Stay at Home”, “ATA”, and “Peace Sign”. The album was a collaboration with producer Zaytoven.
Usher’s tenth album Usherland was released in 2021 and featured the singles “Bad Habits”, “I Cry”, and “Don’t Waste My Time”. The album was a return to his R&B roots.
Besides music, Usher has also ventured into acting, appearing in films such as The Faculty, She’s All That, Light It Up, Texas Rangers, In the Mix, The Ballad of Walter Holmes, Hands of Stone, Burden, Hustlers, and Bad Hair. He has also appeared in TV shows such as Moesha, The Twilight Zone, American Dad!, Soul Train, The Voice, Songland, and Atlanta.
Usher has won numerous awards and accolades for his music and philanthropy, including 18 Billboard Music Awards, nine Soul Train Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, eight Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, three BET Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe nomination, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation.
Jessie T. Usher and Usher are both talented and successful entertainers who share a common surname. However, they are not related in any way. Jessie T. Usher is the son of Jessie T. and Judith Usher from Maryland, while Usher is the son of Usher Raymond III and Jonetta Patton from Texas. They have different backgrounds, families, and careers. They are both proud of their names and achievements.