The time has come, once again, for us to discuss a celebrity who has gone above and beyond in the awesome department. This time, we’re focusing on an actor who’s taken the Internet by storm through goodnatured trolling, open-minded thinking and a willingness to connect with fans as much and as often as he can. I’m talking about Orlando Jones … and if you don’t adore him yet, read on.
Fake Boyfriend Name: Orlando Jones
Name says: The name Orlando comes from German and Italian roots and means “famous land” or “fame of the land.” It’s like Orlando’s parents knew what their son was destined for! (Although some of my sources *cough*Google*cough* says he was named after Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Orlando Cepada.)
Date of Birth: April 10, 1968
Age says: Your new boyfriend is old enough to be a father (which he is, actually, to an ADORABLE little girl), but not too old to understand how to have a good time. He can be silly without it seeming awkward—no Dad jokes here—but can get serious when the situation calls for it.
Place of Birth: Mobile, Alabama
Birthplace says: I’ve never been to Mobile, but from what I’ve read/seen/heard about the people of the city, Orlando’s likely a total southern boy, which means that he knows how to be kind, how to show respect, and how to treat a lady properly. Good qualities, all.
Education Background: Graduated from Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina, in 1985; attended College of Charleston, South Carolina, but left in 1990
Education says: He got the basics down, but when Hollywood called, he answered—and was one of the lucky ones who actually got a job soon after moving to Southern California.
Where You Have Seen Him/Seen His Work:
Orlando’s entertainment career began with a production company—Homeboy’s Productions and Advertising—that he started with comedian Michael Fechter. The company’s biggest project was a commercial for the McJordan, a specialty McDonald’s burger named after basketball great Michael Jordan.
Orlando’s first Hollywood gig came when he started writing for NBC’s A Different World. He then went on to write for Fox’s Roc, was a co-producer of The Sinbad Show and hosted Fox’s music show, Sound fX (with Jeff Probst!). And in 1995, he became one of the original nine cast members of MADtv.
I first remember taking note of Orlando around 2000, when he starred in a series of commercials as the 7UP Guy.
The quality of those clips isn’t the greatest—but they totally still make me laugh.
Post 7UP fame, Orlando went on to have roles in various movies and TV shows, including:
The Replacements ...
Where You Can See Him Currently:
Orlando stars as Captain Frank Irving on Sleepy Hollow, which airs Monday nights on Fox. (The show’s two-hour season finale airs tonight!)
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t watch the clips below unless you’re caught up on the show.
Although Captain Irving is a serious character, Orlando isn’t really method about the job.
If you’re still unconvinced, keep reading. Not only is Orlando a great actor, but also he's super entertaining on the Internet.
Why You’ll Adore Him:
Orlando is extremely active on both Twitter and Tumblr, two places on the Internet known to house fangirls/boys of the most ardent variety. When said fans attempt to trick him with Internet terms, he plays right along.
He’s extremely skilled at using hashtags, GIFs and Tumblr tags to make his points, and even suggests hashtags like #ichabodmakeover, then tweets photos he’s manipulated himself.
Orlando loves fanart, too, be it of Sleepy Hollow characters or himself, and he’s always gracious to his fans.
I mean, check out this letter he wrote and posted on his Tumblr.
The man is also a huge Supernatural fan, and often live-tweets episodes with the hashtag #SuperSleepy, because he’d really like a mashup of the two shows to happen.
Is he a little crazy? Yes. But the man knows how to handle the Internet, and even though he’s made mistakes in the past, he’s trying to teach people to be better in the present/future.
(Check out the rest of his "How Not to be a Dick on the Internet" at Buzzfeed.)
Plus, he's a man after FYA's own hearts:
How can you not love someone like this?