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This Day in Horror: Happy Birthday Jordan Peele

It wasn’t too long ago that Jordan Peele was best known as one-half of the comedy duo Key & Peele. All that changed in 2017 with his feature film debut, Get Out, which literally changed the face of horror. Three years and a Best Screenplay Oscar later, Peele is a top-tier rising star in the genre; he followed up Get Out with Us, a film just as fraught with subtext–and terror. He’s also producing this Summer’s Candyman reboot, not to mention the recent Twilight Zone reboot, which he also narrates.

Other stars on his production resume include the upcoming Amazon series Hunters as well as Lovecraft Country, a limited series where a “young African-American travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father.”


His father, Hayward Peele, was African-American, from a North Carolina family. His mother, Lucinda Williams, is white, and has English ancestry. She is the daughter of Earl Haworth Williams and Josephine Helen Taylor, and has roots in the United States going back to Colonial America of the 1600s, specifically Maryland and Massachusetts. (Source)

As a child, Jordan Peele appeared on a March 1994 ABC News special called “President Clinton Answering Children’s Questions”. The question he asked President Clinton, “Um, yeah, I was just wondering, how can you help the families where there’s a mom, and she’s taking care of a kid or kids, and the father isn’t willing or isn’t able to pay child support?” was inspired by his own family’s situation. (Source)

Jordan Peele was born on February 21, 1979 and, today, all of us at Dread Central wish him a very Happy Birthday!

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