Donald Adeosun Faison is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor, best known for his leading role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC/NBC comedy-drama Scrubs, and a supporting role as Murray in both the film Clueless and the subsequent television series of the same name. He also starred as Phil Chase in the TV Land sitcom The Exes. Take a look below for 25 more fun and interesting facts about Donald Faison.
1. Faison was born in Harlem in New York City, the son of Shirley, a talent agent, and Donald Faison, a building manager.
2. He is the elder brother of actor Olamide Faison.
3. His middle name stems from the words “ade” (meaning “crown”) and “osun” (meaning “river of life”) in the west African language of Yoruba.
4. His parents were active with the National Black Theater in Harlem.
5. He attended the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan with his best friend, actor Dash Mihok.
6. Before his debuts on Scrubs and Clueless, Faison appeared in a 1991 commercial for Folgers coffee at the age of 17, in which he played the younger brother of a soldier returning from war.
7. The following year, he appeared with Malik Yoba in the ABC News special Prejudice: Answering Children’s Questions, hosted by Peter Jennings.
8. He also had a small role in Sugar Hill starring Wesley Snipes.
9. He then became famous for his role as Murray Duvall in the 1995 film Clueless and the subsequent television series, which ran from 1996 to 1999. In 1995, he also appeared in Waiting to Exhale as Tarik, the son of Loretta Devine’s character, Gloria.
10. He was featured in New Jersey Drive.
11. He also starred in Big Fat Liar alongside Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, and Amanda Bynes.
12. In 2008, Faison voiced Gary the Stormtrooper in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. Afterwards, he interned on the Robot Chicken show to learn more about stop motion animation, and started a Star Wars-themed Lego stop-motion show, BlackStormTrooper, on his YouTube channel, shundigga.
13. On February 13, 2009, Faison participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game. Other celebrities participating included NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, NFL wide-receiver Terrell Owens, actor Chris Tucker, and four Harlem Globetrotters.
14. In 2010, Faison starred alongside Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Eric Balfour, Laz Alonso, and Crystal Reed in the Brothers Strause science fiction thriller Skyline.
15. Faison was in the 2010 CBS comedy pilot The Odds.
16. As of March 2011, Faison appeared in commercials for The Sims Medieval.
17. In 2012, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Pitch Perfect.
18. In 2013, Faison hosted the short-lived TBS comedy sketch show Who Gets the Last Laugh.
19. Starting in 2018, Faison voiced pilot Hype Fazon, a character written and named for him by Dave Filoni, in Star Wars Resistance. Faison had caught Filoni’s attention via his stop motion Star Wars cartoons.
20. Faison started dating Lisa Askey in 1997, to whom he was married from 2001 to 2005.
21. After six years of dating, Faison married his second wife, CaCee Cobb, on December 15, 2012.
22. The wedding was held at the home of Faison’s former Scrubs co-star and best friend Zach Braff, who also served as a groomsman.
23. Serving as a bridesmaid was singer Jessica Simpson, for whom Cobb formerly worked as a personal assistant.
24. Faison has six children: son Sean, born in 1997, with ex-girlfriend Audrey Ince; fraternal boy-girl twins Dade and Kaya born in 1999, and son Kobe, born in 2001, with first wife Askey; and with second wife Cobb, a son born in 2013 and a daughter born in 2015.
25. He appeared in the music videos for Brandy’s “Sittin’ Up in My Room,” Fall Out Boy’s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and Gavin Degraw’s “Chariot.”