Today in Black Jewish History Month, Khleo Thomas.
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Khaleed Leon Thomas is an American actor, rapper, singer, and entertainer best known for his role as Zero in Holes and Mixed Mike in Roll Bounce. Khleo also starred in other films like Walking Tall starring Dwayne Johnson in 2004 and Remember the Daze starring Amber Heard in 2007. Khleo is currently working on a new album entitled “Just A Sample” where he is mentioned to collaborate with different individual artist including his close friend and musical companion, Bow Wow.
Thomas was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the son of Raquel and Leon Thomas, the latter of whom is an army officer who at the time was stationed in Alaska. Khleo’s mother is a Jewish immigrant from Morocco and his father is African-American. After living in Germany, the family returned to the United States when he was four. He has three younger siblings, Khadeem, Khameel, and Khaleea.
When Khleo was four years old, he saw a television commercial and decided to pursue an acting career, which was encouraged by his mother. Thomas’ first television appearance was on an episode of Bill Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things”, and he has since starred in such films as “Holes”, “Friday After Next”,”Going to the Mat”, “Walking Tall” and “Roll Bounce”. During production, his fellow actors sometimes call him “Lil’ Khlee Khlee.” He guest-starred in Poppin’ Tags, an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2006. He also co-starred in the first episode of the television series “Teachers”, which was canceled after six episodes. He was in the main roles of movies such as Hurricane Season & Remember the Daze. Khleo currently is starring in the upcoming films “Boogie Town” and “Krews”.
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