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Reno Wilson Biography

Birth Name:
Roy Wilson
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Father was a blues pianist and mother is an opera singer
  • Changed his stage name to Reno to honor his father, who died when Wilson was 4, and who gave him the name
  • Graduated in the same high school class as Jennifer Aniston
  • Landed his first entertainment-industry job at 16, appearing in a commercial for The $25,000 Pyramid
  • First TV role was on the long-running sitcom The Cosby Show
  • Lent his voice to the video game Final Fantasy XIII and the 2007 Transformers movie
  • Has been a regular on several shows, including sci-fi series The Chronicle, police drama Blind Justice and sitcom Mike & Molly
  • Plays the piano


  • Roy Wilson -- Father
  • Shirley Wilson -- Mother
  • Coco Fausone -- Significant Other
  • Renzo Wilson -- Son
  • Coco Wilson -- Wife