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Ahmed Best (born August 19, 1973) is an American actor, voice actor, and musician. He gained recognition in 1999 for providing motion capture and voice of the character of Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars franchise. He also created, wrote, directed, and produced his own TV show, which he titled This Can't Be My Life.
Best during his first convention appearance at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 2, 2010
|Born||August 19, 1973|
New York City, U.S.
Best likewise collaborated with director George Lucas in three films and seven episodes of the cartoon show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He won the Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for lampooning Jar Jar Binks in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II.
Ahmed Best was born on August 19, 1973, in New York City. He lived the majority of his formative years in the Soundview section of the Bronx. He moved to Maplewood, New Jersey, in 1984. He attended Columbia High School and graduated from there in 1991. He then studied percussion at the Manhattan School of Music.
He is the younger brother of Dunia Best Sinnreich, lead singer and co-founder of Brave New Girl, Dubistry and Agent 99 and formerly with The Slackers.
In 1994, Best joined the acid jazz group The Jazzhole. He contributed to the success of the group for two years. He co-wrote and co-produced three albums for the group including The Jazzhole, And the Feeling Goes Around, and The Beat is the Bomb. In 1995, he co-wrote and co-produced Escape by Bill Evans.
In 1997, after casting director Robin Gurland had observed his flexible, athletic movements in Stomp, Ahmed was cast as Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005). He reprised the role on the Star Wars themed episode of Robot Chicken (as well as its sequel), Star Wars: The Clone Wars and on an episode of Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report.[episode needed] Best said he put a lot of himself into the character, so when Jar Jar drew hostility from moviegoers, it sometimes extended toward the actor or he otherwise interpreted it personally. His Jar Jar Binks character was so disliked that Best considered suicide. Best later appeared with fellow Star Wars alumni Dee Bradley Baker, James Arnold Taylor, and Daran Norris on the TV show Big Time Rush.
|"The Jazzhole"||Co-wrote and co-produced|
|"And The Feeling Goes Around"|
|"The Beat is the Bomb"|
|"Mean What You Say"|
|"Is It Worth"|
|"It's the Jazz"||on the album Vitality of Expression by Jeff Peretz|
|"Forms of the Rhythm"|
|1989||Lean on Me||Extra|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||Jar Jar Binks (voice and performance capture)|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||Jar Jar Binks (voice) and Achk Med-Beq|
|2002||Armitage: Dual Matrix||Mouse (voice)||English version|
|2004||Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!||Louis Booker (voice)|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith||Jar Jar Binks (voice)|
|2009||Mother and Child||Julian|
|2010||The Pink House||Actor Judge|
|2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams||Crow|
|2011||Poolboy: Drowning Out The Fury||Sidney Moncrief|
|Some Guy Who Kills People||Mayor Maxwell|
|2012||FDR: American Badass||Curtis|
|2013||DJ||Mouse (Armitage segments)|
|2003||Alias||Seth||Episode: A Free Agent|
|2006||The Colbert Report||Jar Jar Binks (voice)||Episode: George Lucas|
|2007||Robot Chicken: Star Wars||Jar Jar Binks and AT-AT Driver (voice)|
|2008||This Can't Be My Life||Ahmed||Episode: The Pink Pages|
|Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II||Jar Jar Binks and Stormtrooper (voice)||Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production or Short Form|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Jar Jar Binks (voice)||7 episodes|
|5 Second Movies||Himself|
|2009||Cougar Town||Dwayne||Episode: Mystery Man|
|Big Time Rush||Marketer||Episode: Big Time Audition|
|2010||Episode: Big Time Blogger|
|Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III||Jar Jar Binks and Carl the Stormtrooper (voice)|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Dell Gregory||Episode: Van Nuys|
|Zeke & Luther||Sal Sackelson||Episode: Bro'd Trip|
|In the Flow with Affion Crockett||Black Jock|
|2012||Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out||Jar Jar Binks (voice)|
|2003||The Stockholm Syndrome||Himself|
|There's a Sucker Born Every Minute||Nathan|
|2007||Charlie's Bitch Ass Hos||Makeafoolofme West|
|2008||This Can't Be My Life||Ahmed|
|1999||From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Magic||Himself|
|2001||The Beginning: Making Star Wars Episode 1||Himself|
|R2-D2: Beneath the Dome||Himself||uncredited|
|2005||Science of Star Wars||Himself|
|2009||Black to the Future||Himself|
|2010||The Life of Bob Marley||Bob Marley|
|2001 Maniacs: Behind the Screams||Himself|
|2010||2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams||"The South's Gonna Rise Again"|
"Rot in Hell"
"Hey Hey Howdy Howdy Hey"
"Fun, Games and Feastin'"
"Building From the Ground Up"
|2008||This Can't Be My Life||Episode: The Pink Pages (Theme song)|
|2008||This Can't Be My Life||Short film|
|Episode: The Pink Pages|
|1999||Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||Jar Jar Binks (voice)|
|Star Wars: The Gungan Frontier|
|2000||Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles|
|2001||Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds|
|Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing|
|2005||Lego Star Wars: The Video Game||Uncredited|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Unknown (voice)||Uncredited|
|2007||Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga||Jar Jar Binks (voice)||Uncredited|
|2009||Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution||Unknown Boxer (voice)|
|Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2||Cloak (voice)|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Jar Jar Binks (voice)|||
|2007||The DL Chronicles||Episodes: Wes & Robert (executive producer)|
Boo & Mark (co-executive producer)
|2008||This Can't Be My Life||Episode: The Pink Pages (co-producer)|
|2008||This Can't Be My Life||Short film|
|Episode: The Pink Pages|
|1995||Stomp||Sarge||Winner of Obie Award|
|2002||Uncle Tom's Cabin||Lead|
|2003||Vacuums||J. Buttersworth III|
- "Bio page at Best's official site". October 20, 2009. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009.
- Newbold, Mark (January 5, 2019). "Ahmed Best: That Moment I Opened Up About Suicide". Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Nordine, Michael (January 5, 2019). "Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Opens Up About Racism-Fueled Backlash". Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Star Wars actor: 'I considered suicide'". Jul 4, 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Jar Jar Binks Actor Says He Considered Suicide After 'Star Wars' Backlash". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.