New York City, USA
Fred Scruggs (born April 18, 1971) better known by his stage name Fredro Starr, is an American rapper and actor from South Jamaica, Queens, New York best known as a member of hardcore hip hop group Onyx.
After being discovered by RunDMC and the late Jam Master Jay, Fredro Starr released six albums with Onyx, which included the cousin and fellow group member Sticky Fingaz. He also contributed to the Sunset Park, Light It Up, and Save the Last Dance movie soundtracks.
Onyx split with Def Jam Recordings after their 1998 release Shut 'Em Down, and temporarily broke up, during which time Starr released his first solo album, Firestarr, in 2001. Onyx reunited the next year and released Bacdafucup Part II, and Starr's next album, Don't Get Mad Get Money, arrived in 2003. He formed a new group called Yung Onyx in 2006. As of 2011, he and Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are planning to release a joint EP entitled FireSquad, which is set to be released late 2011/ early 2012.
Starr made his acting debut in Forest Whitaker's 1993 award-winning HBO drama Strapped, for which he earned a Cable ACE Best Supporting Actor nomination, in addition to several Onyx songs appearing on the soundtrack. Other film credits include Clockers, Sunset Park, Ride, Light It Up, and Save The Last Dance.
On television, Starr had a recurring role on Moesha as the title character's boyfriend and fiancÃ©. He appeared in three episodes of HBO's The Wire as Marquis "Bird" Hilton. Starr co-hosted Paramount Domestic Television's daily half-hour urban dance competition, Dance 360, with actor Kel Mitchell. The program aired for one season in 2004 before being canceled due to poor ratings.
Starr also filmed guest appearances on NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Blade: The Series (in which Sticky Fingaz starred in the title role), and "Promised Land." He also played Ricky Gannon on a CSI: Miami episode that aired February 2, 2009.
He also appeared on New York Undercover in the episode entitled "Student Affairs."
Starr plays the lead in the independent feature-length film "Diamond Ruff," in post-production as of May 2013.
Fredro Starr married Croatian Supermodel Korina Longin in 2007.
Longin, of Zadar, divorced the Jamaica, Queens native less than two years after their Spring wedding. It was reported that Longin did not tell her parents of her intent to marry the hip-hop artist turned actor until after the nuptials took place. She posted her new status as a "Mrs" on her online profile by changing her name to Longin Starr and announcing that she married the rapper.
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