Faizon Andre Love (born Langston Faizon Santisima) is a Cuban-born American actor, comedian, and writer, who has appeared in some of pop culture’s most iconic films, such as Friday and Elf. Love’s characters bring life to each film, and his comedic timing was honed as a stand-up comedian and Off-Broadway actor.
Raised in Southeast San Diego, California and Newark, New Jersey, because of his father’s career in the United States Navy, Love’s early interest in comedy started at the early age of fifteen. Shortly after graduating high school in San Diego, Love relocated to New York and landed his first Off-Broadway performance by nineteen. Soon after, he was making his first motion-picture debut in the animated comedy Bébé’s Kids, in which he earned praise for providing a close vocal impression of comedian Robin Harris, who had died suddenly before the production on the film started. With the success of Bébé’s Kids, Love landed a role in the Meteor Man starring Robert Townsend, who then later cast him in a co-starring role on his sitcom The Parent ‘Hood.
Love has since appeared in a vast number of films and TV shows such as Couples Retreat (Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau) Money Talks (Chris Tucker), Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While
Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, The Players Club, Blue Crush, Torque (Ice Cube, Lawrence Fishburn), Idlewild, Who’s Your Caddy (Terry Crews, Sherri Shepherd), The Perfect Holiday (Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams), Black-ish, Big Mommas (Martin Lawrence), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, That’s So Raven, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Step Up: High Water and The New
Edition Story, just to name a few.
Through the years, Love has also lent his stand-up comedy to a number of comedy specials including Def Comedy Jam, Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam, and Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand-up.
Love’s most recent roles can be seen in the action-comedy film Bullet Proof 2 on Netflix, The War with Grandpa alongside Robert Dinero, and the upcoming Season 3 of Step Up: High Water.