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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Casting Director
Television Producer
Film Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Beans, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible.

Birthplace

Born:
2/11/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Casting Director
Television Producer
Film Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gray
Favorite Food:
Beans, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible.

Birthplace

Born:
2/11/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Producer and casting director Reuben Cannon was born on February 11, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the Harold I. Ickes housing projects and attended Southeast City College.

Wanting to move into the entertainment industry, Cannon decided to try his luck in California. Dogged in his pursuit, Cannon went to film studios daily looking for work. After months of doing this, his perseverance paid off and Cannon was offered a job in the mailroom of Universal Studios on New Years Eve. Unbeknownst to him, the mailroom was the studio's executive training program, and thus a successful entertainment career began.

Cannon worked at Universal Studios from 1970 to 1978, eventually becoming a casting director. From 1977-1978, he served as Head of Television Casting for Warner Brothers. In 1978, he began his own casting agency, Reuben Cannon & Associates. As a casting director Cannon has been credited with launching the careers of many stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Bruce Willis, Michael J. Fox, and Whoopi Goldberg. His casting credits include: "Promised Land", "Touched by an Angel", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "Desperado", "What's Love got To Do With It?", "The Color Purple", "Village of the Damned", "The Josephine Baker Story", "Moonlighting", and many others.

Cannon then moved into the realm of producing film and television in the 1980s. As a producer Cannon has made it a point to make movies about African Americans that are also financed by African Americans. His television producing credits include: "The Women of Brewster Place", "Amen", and many others. He has also produced his own films, including "Down on the Delta", "Get on the Bus", and "Dancing in September". Cannon has also worked as a producer on most of Tyler Perry's television shows and movies.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reuben Cannon's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reuben Cannon remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reuben Cannon meets his father, Reuben Cannon, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reuben Cannon, Jr. witnesses his father's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reuben Cannon befriends Warren Dur, a Chinese classmate
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reuben Cannon learns an important lesson in multiculturalism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reuben Cannon discusses the Harold Ickes Housing Project, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reuben Cannon challenges his grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reuben Cannon continues to battle his grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reuben Cannon discusses his adventurous adolescence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reuben Cannon remembers the smells and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reuben Cannon reveals his singing talents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reuben Cannon finds a pair of male mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reuben Cannon becomes a teenage father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reuben Cannon pursues the married life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reuben Cannon finds the inspiration to leave Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reuben Cannon navigates the Universal Studios mailroom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reuben Cannon begins a career in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reuben Cannon becomes an influential Hollywood casting director
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reuben Cannon discusses his casting philosophies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reuben Cannon reveals his entrepreneurial spirit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reuben Cannon befriends Alex Haley in the casting of 'Roots II: The Next Generation'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reuben Cannon characterizes Redd Foxx
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reuben Cannon goes independent with Reuben Cannon & Associates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reuben Cannon takes interest in 'The Color Purple'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reuben Cannon casts Oprah Winfrey in 'The Color Purple'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reuben Cannon discusses the legal side of the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reuben Cannon discusses his experience with 'The Women of Brewster Place'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reuben Cannon embarks on a producing career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reuben Cannon discusses 'Down in the Delta' and 'Get on the Bus'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reuben Cannon considers diversity in Hollywood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reuben Cannon considers his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reuben Cannon names inspiring public figures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reuben Cannon imagines his father's and grandmother's reactions to his success