Mel Jackson was born on October 13, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout his career he has been a producer, actor and even an R&B musician. He has had a career that has thus far spanned over film, television and the stage. His film career began in 1997 with an appearance in the movie Soul Food. Since this small role, he has been in movies including Deliver Us from Eva, The Temptations and Uninvited Guests. In television, he is best known for his role as Tripp on the show Living Single. He also is known for playing Johnnie on the final season of the show The Parkers. On stage, Jackson began his career in 2003. He starred opposite Deborah Cox in the play Love on Lay-Away. He also appeared in a play in 2005 entitled Friends and Lovers. Jackson also loves to sing and has been known to sing a few lines on various movies and television shows. He hasn't created an album yet, but considers himself an R&B singer.