Today is Snoop Dogg's 46th birthday. Celebrate by watching 10 of his most memorable TV and film cameos.
Snoop Dogg's longevity can be in part attributed to the fact that his appeal is not merely aural, but visual. As his voice embodies cool, so does his physical presence — tall and unflappable. Early on, Snoop showed signs of promise as an actor.
During the beginning of his 1993 music video "Who Am I (What's My Name)," he rebuffs an expression of affection from his girlfriend. "You don't love me, you just love my doggystyle," he tells her, with a note of sorrow. The next year, he starred in Murder Was The Case, an 18-minute short film about his death and subsequent resurrection. This experience surely developed Snoop's appetite for thespian endeavors. Since then, he has made nearly 100 appearances in films and TV shows.
Ever eager to grow his brand, Snoop has fearlessly traversed all corners of Hollywood. He's written and produced pornos. He's appeared in soap operas and Oscar-nominated films. And though his range is somewhat limited, he's stayed committed to his craft. “Snoop is actually a really good actor,” said Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. “I never had to wait for him. We had over 200 people show up on the street — people screaming ‘Denzel! Snoop!’ I could barely get the shot out.”
"When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg," Snoop once said. This (sort of) sums up Snoop's artistic approach. He does not view himself as merely a rapper. He is eager to adapt, to make himself useful in any setting. Indeed, some of these film and TV roles to which he has agreed give off the faintest whiff of desperation. But Snoop (estimated net worth: one hundred and thirty-five million dollars) is from desperate. He's a man who can't say no to life. He's Jim Carrey in Yes Man. In this regard, we could all stand to be a little more like Snoop.
Today is Snoop's 46th birthday. Happy birthday, Snoop! (Snoop-a-loop!) Celebrate by watching 10 of his most memorable TV and film cameos, from "Old School" to "Training Day" to "Soul Plane"... and beyond.