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GQ (Gregory J. Qaiyum)
Born February 7, 1976 (1976-02-07) (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Writer, MC

Gregory J. Qaiyum (born 7 February 1976), better known by his initials, GQ, is an American actor, writer and MC.

The son of a Caucasian American mother of German and English descent and a Pakistani father. GQ was raised in Chicago, where he attended Loyola Academy (high school), and later studied at New York University's (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts. Before graduating from the Experimental Theatre Wing of NYU, he put some friends together to create his senior project, merging hip hop and theater, combining two of his passions, rapping and acting. The result is off-Broadway production The Bomb-itty of Errors, in which GQ is actor, rapper, co-writer and original producer. The show won the jury prize for Best Show at the 2001 Aspen Comedy Festival.

GQ's first professional acting job was at the Manhattan Theatre Club in the hit London play, East is East. His film credits include What's the Worst That Could Happen?, On the Line, and Drumline.

After his experience in theater, GQ turned his attention to television: a musical sketch/comedy series for MTV called Scratch & Burn. He and the other members of the Bomb-itty crew, including his little brother, JAQ (who also wrote and produced all of the music for the show), created, wrote and starred in the series.

GQ's next project was his directorial debut for a film for Showtime called Just Another Story, which he wrote and starred in as well. GQ also guest-starred on Fox's Boston Public, writing his own rhymes for a role as a delinquent student in a Shakespeare class who brought the material to life for the other bored students by rapping it.

GQ currently lives in Los Angeles. Alongside his brother JAQ, the two have created Q Brothers Productions and are working together on an album, The Feel Good Album Of The Year, a mix of jazz, rock, R&B and electronica.

The name "GQ" comes from his own initials, but is also a reference to GQ magazine, which itself has become somewhat of a colloquialism referring to stylish males.

Selected filmography

Title Year Role
Rescue Dawn 2007 Farkas
I Think I Love My Wife 2007 White Rapper in Elevator
Jonny Zero (TV series) 2005 Random
Taxi 2004 Mario
Man with a Van 2004 Keith
Boston Public (TV series) 2003 Daryl
Just Another Story 2003 Director/Stix
Scratch & Burn (TV series) 2002 Himself
Drumline 2002 Jayson
On the Line 2001 Eric
What's the Worst That Could Happen? 2001 Shelly Nix
Perfume 2001 Charlie

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