Who is Marcell Johnson?
Marcell is an American actor and model best known for his role as Marcel in the hit TV series “Empire” (2016-2019), in addition to several other notable roles he has had so far in his career.
Marcell Johnson Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Marcell Johnson was born on 10 May 1994 in Washington, D.C. USA, the son of famous actress Taraji P. Henson and William Lamar Johnson. At just nine years old, Marcell faced a life-changing tragedy when his father was murdered. Raised by his mother, he attended a local high school and later transferred from the University of Southern California to Howard University, where his mother had previously studied.
Despite being the son of Taraji P. Henson, Marcell has gained recognition for his own acting skills and modeling career. Before stepping into acting, Marcell kickstarted his career as a model at 18, promoting MySquare Bear apparel, plus gracing New York Fashion Week.
In 2015, Marcell made his acting debut as a Student in the American crime-drama film “Misled”, directed by Scott Baldyga. The movie revolves around two brothers in southwest Detroit, navigating through financial hardships and tough decisions. Marcell shared the screen with notable stars, including Jonathan Stanley, Matt Lockwood and Sammy Sheik.
The same year, Marcell appeared as an Extra in the drama film “A Girl Like Her” – directed and written by Amy S. Weber, the film revolves around Jessica Burns, played by Lexi Ainsworth, seeking the help of her best friend, Brian Slater, portrayed by Jimmy Bennett, to document the relentless harassment she faces from Avery Keller, one of the popular students at South Brookdale High School, played by Hunter King.
Rise to Stardom
However, it was the role of Marcel in the TV series “Empire” (2016–2019) that propelled Johnson to stardom. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, “Empire” is a drama that revolves around a hip-hop record label owner, Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, who is faced with a life-changing decision as he needs to choose a successor among his three sons who fight between themself for the control over the multimillion-dollar company. On the other hand, his ex-wife Cookie Lyon, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, also wants a piece of the cake.
Johnson extended his portfolio with roles in other projects. In the 2017 TV movie “Needlestick”, he played the role of Patient alongside stars such as Lance Henriksen, Harry Lennix, and Michael Traynor. The film revolves around a desperate doctor locking down a hospital to keep a groundbreaking discovery to himself, while a young intern races against time to save lives.
Additionally, Marcell appeared as a Basketball Player in the TV series “Detroiters” (2017–2018). Created by Zach Kanin, Joe Kelly, and Sam Richardson, the show is a buddy comedy that follows Sam and Tim, two local ad men in Detroit, Michigan, as they navigate their aspirations and friendship while making low-budget commercials.
Since 2019, Marcell has withdrawn himself from the film industry and is pursuing a music career.
According to authoritative sources, Marcell Johnson’s net worth is estimated at $1 million, as of late 2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single
Marcell is very secretive about his personal life and as a result, there’s no reliable information, however, some reports state that he’s married and has a son.
In 2014, Marcell faced a controversial situation when he drove through a crosswalk with a pedestrian passing through in Glendale, California, which led to a police stop. Authorities discovered hashish oil and marijuana in his possession. At first, it was believed that the whole incident had a racial touch and was addressed by Taraji herself. However, following the release of a video depicting the incident, Marcell’s mother publicly apologized on Instagram to the officer and the Glendale Police Department, recognizing the challenges of both motherhood and law enforcement duties.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Marcell Johnson has black hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), while his weight and other vital statistics are currently unavailable.
Marcell Johnson’s Mother, Taraji P. Henson Short Bio
Taraji Penda Henson was born on 11 September 1970, in Southeast Washington D.C. USA. Her parents are Bernice, who worked at Woodward & Lothrop, and Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator. Raised in a challenging environment, Taraji’s maternal grandmother, Patsy Ballard, helped her overcome problems while growing up, and in her honor, Taraji took her to the Academy Awards event when Taraji earned her Oscar nomination. Her first and middle names Taraji (“hope”) and Penda (“love”) have Swahili roots. She has done a DNA test and it was determined that she has lineage from Cameroon’s Masa people.
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Completing her education at Oxon Hill High School in Maryland in 1988, Taraji worked as a secretary at The Pentagon, and as a singing-dancing waitress on the Spirit of Washington dinner cruise ship to fund her college studies. Initially aiming for electrical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she later pursued drama at Howard University.
Taraji’s acting career began with background roles, earning her SAG membership in the early 1990s. She gained prominence in the 2001 film “Baby Boy”, portraying Yvette alongside Tyrese Gibson. Subsequent roles in “Hustle & Flow” (2005) and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008), for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
Venturing into television, Taraji starred in the Lifetime film “Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” (2011), earning an Emmy nomination. From 2015 to 2020, she portrayed Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series “Empire”, making history as the first African-American woman to win the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Time recognized Taraji’s influence, naming her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. Her New York Times best-selling autobiography, “Around the Way Girl”, was released the same year.
When it comes to film, Taraji’s career soared with the critically acclaimed “Hidden Figures” (2016), earning numerous award nominations. She continued to take roles in films such as “Proud Mary” (2018) and “What Men Want” (2019).
She was engaged to former National Football League (NFL) player Kelvin Hayden from 2018 to 2020, when she called off the wedding.
According to sources, Taraji P. Henson’s net worth is estimated at $25 million, as of late 2023.