A filmmaker and painter turned musician and actor, Tunde Adebimpe proved the widespread suspicion that very few forms of creative expression were out of boundaries for him. Adebimpe jump-started his career as a student at New York University's prestigious and exclusive Tisch Film School; in that venue, he developed a startling facility for stop-motion animation that helped him land a job working on MTV's violent cult claymation series Celebrity Death Match. After graduation. Adebimpe honed his facilities as a painter on the side and shot a series of experimental films and videos, hitting something of a creative peak with his creation of the music video for the garage punk band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' song "Pin," which depicts a female doll-like character being skewered by mechanical hands with safety pins, romantically cavorting with a giant insect, and -- ultimately -- morphing into a butterfly. Adebimpe then broke out as a musician on his own, headlining the experimental rock ensemble TV on the Radio opposite fellow visual artist David Andrew Sitek.
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In terms of acting, Adebimpe signed for one of his premier roles by headlining the light, offbeat romantic seriocomedy Jump Tomorrow (2001) as a Nigerian expatriate who forsakes his arranged bride for a gorgeous Latina. Additional projects included the quirky 2003 sci-fi comedy The First Three Lives of Stuart Hornsley (as a Brooklynite scientist who hurtles himself into the past, via a time machine, to try to "correct" mistakes in a prior romance), and the Jonathan Demme-directed, Anne Hathaway-headlined ensemble comedy Rachel Getting Married (2008). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi