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Drake Shows Off His Acting Chops
You used to call him on his cell phone — and watch him on TV. We revisit some of Drake's memorable onscreen appearances from years past.
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Saturday Night Live in 2014
Drake has already appeared on SNL, serving as the host and musical guest for an episode in 2014. In a spoof of the star’s career beginnings on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, the “Before They Were Stars” sketch imagines different hip-hop artists getting their starts on family TV. Drake plays Lil Wayne on Family Matters and Jay-Z on Watch Mr. Wizard.
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Jimmy Gets Shot on Degrassi
Speaking of Degrassi —Drake (then credited as Aubrey Graham), played Jimmy Brooks on the teen drama for eight seasons. One of his most shocking and memorable moments came in season 4, when the bullied Rick shoots Jimmy, paralyzing him, after he’s been tricked into thinking that Jimmy played a prank on him.
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Jimmy’s Michael Jackson Dance on Degrassi
Jimmy dons a single sparkly glove and breaks out his best MJ dance moves to impress everyone at the ‘80s-themed school dance in a season 2 episode of Degrassi. The performance doesn’t go as planned, however, when Jimmy drops into a split and rips his pants.
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Jimmy Raps on Degrassi
Before he was Drake as we all know him, when he was still Aubrey Graham playing Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi, Drake hinted at who he would become. After being shot and paralyzed, Jimmy develops his musical talent and pursues a career as a rapper.
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T-Mobile's “Restricted Bling” Super Bowl Ad
Drake spoofed his “Hotline Bling” music video in this T-Mobile commercial, which aired during the Super Bowl. Performing the song’s signature goofy dance, he is interrupted by three executives who ask him to add lyrics about wireless network restrictions. “I love changes,” Drake tells them genially. “These changes don’t ruin the song at all.”
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Drake had a brief cameo (credited as “Soul Brother”) during the opening credits of 2013’s Anchorman sequel, in which he shouts out to Ron Burgundy that Veronica Corningstone has “an ass like the Loch Ness Monster.”
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Drake, along with a few other Degrassi cast members, appeared in the 2007 indie Charlie Bartlett, about a high school student who acts as a therapist (and pharmacist) to his fellow students. Drake plays one of the title character’s classmates, who confides in Charlie about his troubled relationship with his father.
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Ice Age: Continental Drift
Drake provided the voice of Ethan, a studly teenage woolly mammoth, in Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth film in the prehistoric animated franchise. Ethan is the love interest for Peaches, who is the daughter of protagonist mammoth Manny.