With Raven-Symone returning to the Disney Channel for a That’s So Raven spin-off, lots of people are wondering what some of the other stars from that show have been up to. Orlando Brown played Raven’s best friend Eddie in the show, but since the series ended back in 2007, he hasn’t found the same success Raven has. So what is Orlando Brown doing now?
Orlando Brown’s Early Life
Orlando Brown was born in Los Angeles in 1987, and was only seven years old when he began his acting career. His first role was in 1995 for the TV series Coach, an ABC sitcom that starred Craig T. Nelson. Later that year he was in two films: Family Values, an ABC made-for-TV flick, and Major Payne, the military comedy.
Through the 90s, Brown showed up in almost a dozen different sitcoms, usually for a single episode. In the House, Malcolm & Eddie, and Sister, Sister are just a few of the shows he appeared in. He also did a lot of voice acting work, notably for Warner Brother’s Waynehead.
In 1997, Brown had his first recurring sitcom role on the Perfect Strangers spin-off Family Matters, showing up in the seventh season and becoming a main character for the last two.
In the early 2000s Orlando Brown started to become a Disney regular, playing Sticky Webb on the animated Proud Family, and Cornelius Fillmore in Fillmore!. He also had some silver-screen success with his role in Max Keeble’s Big Move, where he played Dobbs, one of the bullies.
Orlando Brown on That’s So Raven
By 2001, Disney was ready to use Brown for a full-time part on a show, so they cast him as Eddie on That’s So Raven. In the show, the main character, Raven, has brief psychic visions. She uses these to try and solve problems, usually creating bigger problems along the way.
The song’s opening theme was performed by the three main actors, Raven-Symone, Anneliese van der Pol, and Orlando Brown. Raven-Symone sung the verses, Anneliese did the chorus, and Orlando rapped near the end.
Orlando Brown’s character on the show was Edward “Eddie” Thomas. An aspiring rapper, Eddie was also on the school’s basketball team. He was Raven’s best guy friend, and served as a big-brother figure to Raven’s younger brother, Cory (played by Kyle Massey, who got his own spin-off with Cory in the House).
That’s So Raven was a milestone for the Disney Channel. It was the first Disney series to reach 100 episodes, the first to lead to a spin-off, and helped set the tone of subsequent Disney live-action sitcoms. The series became the highest-rated show the Disney Channel has produced.
The show also helped Orlando Brown start a music career. He ended up working on six different tracks for Disney. In 2006, he even released a solo album, Trade It All. The single, “Trade It All” provided some insight into Brown’s life as a child star, highlighting how he’s had to give up normal relationships for his career.
What’s Orlando Brown Doing Now in 2018 – Recent Updates
When That’s So Raven ended in 2007, Orlando Brown had aged out of being a Disney Channel regular. It seemed like Brown was ready to embrace a life away from celebrity, though, especially considering the tone of Trade It All.
Over the past few years, he’s been in a few shows and movies. In 2011, he showed up several times on The End, a late night show in Ireland. He also competed on Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsey’s infamous cooking show. Brown also had a minor role in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton.
Unfortunately, most of his headline appearances were unrelated to new productions. In 2014, Brown was charged with disturbing the peace and public intoxication. In 2016, he was charged with battery and drug possession, and there were rumors that he stole Raven-Symone’s phone.
Things haven’t been all bad for Brown, though. Last year he started a label, Young Star Entertainment, and released an album and single, both titled “Fuck My Fame”. The song reinforced what Brown established with his first album a decade ago: he isn’t thrilled to be a celebrity.
Later that year, when Raven-Symone announced the That’s So Raven spin-off, Orlando Brown immediately chimed in to say there couldn’t be a real spin-off without him. He argued that it was the group dynamic between him, Raven-Symone, and Annaleise that made the show a hit.
A month later, back in November, Brown seemed to accept he wasn’t going to be a part of the spin-off. He did a couple interviews with VladTV on YouTube, where he alluded to getting intimate with Raven-Symone on the set of That’s So Raven, which seemed to kick off a one-sided feud that Raven-Symone has yet to acknowledge.
Earlier this year, Orlando Brown appeared to leak his own sex tape, but quickly deleted it. He also released a video where he called Trey Songz, the R&B singer, gay.
Hopefully, Brown can make it through the rest of the year without stirring up too many headlines, so his music, which legitimately isn’t that bad, can get more attention. But if past years are any indication, it doesn’t look likely.