Jharrel Jerome

  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Filmed a three-minute taped audition for Moonlight on his 18th birthday; a week later, he got the part and was flown to Miami to begin filming.
  • While attending Ithaca College, he could not watch the 2016 Oscars because he did not have a TV; one year later, he was at the Oscars as part of the cast of Moonlight.
  • Presented a Human Rights Campaign award to Tarell Alvin McCraney, the author whose play inspired Moonlight.
  • Won the 2017 MTV Movie Award for "Best Kiss" for his part in Moonlight, his first major film role.
  • Is also an accomplished musician, having performed at the Eclectic Café and Vinyl in Charleston, South Carolina, and recorded an EP called Moonwalk.


  • 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Attends Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, United States

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