Joe Torry

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Torry was born and raised along with his brother, actor and comedian Guy Torry, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he earned a B.A. in mass communications/broadcast journalism. While attending school, Torry pledged Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In 2001, Lincoln honored him with both The President's Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2002 an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters. He was also inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001. Torry has older son Kameron Torry from a previous relationship. He married Chrystal Benson and they have one son together : Joseph II. They currently reside in Los Angeles.

Career

Torry began his acting career around the age of 23. He brought his own style of humor to such roles in films such as, Strictly Business and House Party . He also made guest appearances on television shows including E.R., NYPD Blue, Girlfriends, NCIS, The Conan O'Brien Show, Jon Stewart, The Bryon Allen Show and became a crowd favorite on Def Comedy Jam. Appearing on earlier shows such as Roc and Amen jump started his television roles. It wasn't until 1992 when Torry would receive his big break, he was given the job of hosting Def Comedy Jam after Martin Lawrence left the show. Which tripled his exposure in the entertainment industry. This also brought Torry larger roles in newer movies. He starred in Motives 1 & 2, Lock Down, Hair Show, Mannsfield 12, Poetic Justice, Sprung, and Tales from the Hood among others. He has also been in various commercials for large corporations such as Anheuser Busch, Pepsi, and Nike.

Joe founded the Giving Back the Love Foundation in 1996. With this foundation, he gives back to his hometown community (St. Louis) through youth and community programs. Torry has recently developed and begun his own production company. His production company is called MO Films and he started it in 2003. With this company Torry plans to bring filmmaking to the Midwest and help other actors, musicians, and artist showcase their talent. He works many times with his brother, Guy. He has also been writing and producing projects for his company and plans on directing in the future

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Filmography

Actor (42 titles)
2013 Soul Ties (completed)
Morris
 
2013 Zane's: The Jump Off (TV series)
Chandler Bishop
 
2012 Love Overboard (video)
Angelo
 
2012 Pawn Shop
Pierre
 
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas (TV movie)
Perry Winkle
 
2009 Nite Tales: The Series (TV series)
Thug #1
Ima Star (2009) … Thug #1
 
 
2009 Mimi's Place (short)
Fred
 
2008 Boston Strangler: The Untold Story (video)
Arthur Winfield
 
2008 Hood Hostages (video)
Homeless/narrator
 
2007 The Mannsfield 12
Trey Pound
 
2007 Redrum
Tyrone
 
2007 Motives 2 (video)
Derrick
 
2006 Getting Played (TV movie)
Josh
 
2003-2004 Girlfriends (TV series)
Mel
A Partnerless Partner (2004) … Mel
 
2004 Motives (video)
Derrick Woods
 
2003 NCIS (TV series)
Darryl Wilkins
Seadog (2003) … Darryl Wilkins
 
2003 The Great Commission
Parnell Vegas
 
2001 Commitments (TV movie)
 
2001 The Flamingo Rising (TV movie)
Pete Moss
 
2000 Lockdown
Alize
 
1999 NYPD Blue (TV series)
Willis
Dead Girl Walking (1999) … Willis
 
1997 ER (TV series)
Chris Law
Random Acts (1997) … Chris Law
Tribes (1997) … Chris Law
 
1997 Sprung
Clyde
 
1997 Back in Business
Tony Dunbar
 
1996 Dangerous Minds (TV series)
Martin
Evolution (1996) … Martin (as Joe Torre)
 
1996 Fled
Bo Grant
 
 
1994 Exit to Eden
Baggage Cop
 
1993 Poetic Justice
Chicago
 
1992 Roc (TV series)
Lee
What's Up Roc (1992) … Lee
 
1991 Strictly Business
Darryl
 
1991 Amen (TV series)
Ice Pick
Three's a Crowd (1991) … Ice Pick
 
1991 The Three Muscatels
Andre Squire
 
1991 Talkin' Dirty After Dark
Audience member
 
1990 House Party
Student in Cafeteria (uncredited)