Gentle Jack is a Nollywood actor, producer, model, bodybuilder and a television personality. He acts mostly in action thriller movies. He is popularly known as Vuga and has been in the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood for more than two decades. He has been regarded as one of the highest paid actors in Nigeria, one of the richest actors in Nigeria, one of the best performing actors in Nigeria and also one of the most influential.
He has also been described as one of the most talented actors in Nigeria. He is always known for playing criminal and hitman role in movies. He always play the role of a warrior, a palace guard, a presidential agent, a terrorist, an armed robber, a cultist and a leader of a campus confraternity in several Nollywood action thriller movies. He has been in the industry for over 20 years and regarded as one of the pioneer of the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood.
He was born on 20th November 1970 in Abonnema, a small village in Kalabari kingdom of Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is currently 53 years old. He is popularly known worldwide as Vuga. He was born and bred in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria, but he is originally from Abonnema, a small village in Kalabari kingdom of Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria.
Gentle Jack completed his nursery school education in Lagos State, Nigeria. After which he relocated to Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria to further his education. He completed both his primary and secondary school education in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the south southern part of Nigeria and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. While still in secondary school, he was actively involved in drama, stage play and performing art. He joined his school dramatic club and acted on stage in several occasions, ceremony and events. He was also fond of writing drama script, poem and short stories while still in secondary school.
After completing his primary and secondary school education in Port Harcourt, River State, Gentle Jack got admission into Ogun State Polytechnic in Abeokuta and later quit his studies due to personal reason. After which he left for Hellymag fitness school where he studied Fitness and Nutrition and then became a body therapist. He was able to build a wonderful body structure and became the highest Nollywood star with six packs. Due to his physical appearance and tough look, he is always given a hitman role in movies and he delivers his role very well.
In 1997, Gentle Jack joined the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood through the help of his brother Gbasemi Tariah, and acted in his first movie titled “Blood Money” alongside with Pete Edochie. In 1998, Gentle Jack rose to fame after starring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie “Vuga” an epic movie he acted alongside with Nollywood diva Genevieve Nnaji. Since then he has featured in several Nollywood blockbuster movies. He is often referred to as Nollywood’s Macho man because of his large muscle and body building structure and sometimes he is being hailed by his fans as Nollywood living legend.
Gentle Jack aside from been an actor is also a body therapist and a fitness instructor. He runs a body fitness equipment outfit in Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria. Gentle Jack has also won the Abuja carnival king twice and has featured in uncountable number of movies in Nigeria. Gentle Jack is very handsome, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He knows how to interpret his roles very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
Gentle Jack has acted in more than 250 Nollywood movies. Some of the movies he has acted include Vuga, Blood Money, War Front, The Ghost, Light Out, State of Emergency, Black Diamond, Ebube, Ijele, and many more. Gentle Jack is currently married to a beautiful lady and the marriage is blessed with beautiful kids. Gentle Jack currently lives in Port Harcourt, River State in the south southern part of Nigeria with his family.
He is fond of playing the role of an armed robber, bodyguard and warrior in several Nollywood movies due to his body fitness and tough appearance. He has been hailed as one of the most rugged actors in Nigeria. And few people when they see him in real life get easily scared thinking he is what he acts in movies. But in real life he is gentle just like his name implies, generous, funny and lovely to be with.
Gentle Jack act mostly in action thriller movies alongside with Saint Obi, Jim Iyke, J.T Tom West, Sam Dede and other top Nollywood stars. He often acts as a terrorists, arm robber, cultist, warrior and sometimes bodyguard in several movies. He fits very well in that kind of role because of his physical appearance and body structure. His muscular physique has always being a reference point in Nollywood.
Gentle Jack in the cause of his acting career has won several movie awards both locally and internationally. Some of the awards he has won include Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Best Actor of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Best Performing Actor at the Best of Nollywood Movie Awards and Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Gentle Jack is indeed a legend in the game of movie making. He started showing interest in acting right from his secondary school days, he was fond of writing drama scripts and acting in stage play. As a teenager Gentle Jack dream was to become a professional actor. He admired several British, American and Hollywood actors and wanted to become famous when he grows up.
Gentle Jack currently has an estimated net worth of over $1.3 million, making him one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria. He is also very popular on social media with more than a million followers on his official Instagram handle. In 2011, Gentle Jack was awarded a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) being the highest honor and award giving to a celebrity who has contributed immensely to the economy growth and development of the country through entertainment. Gentle Jack is also considered to be one of the most sought-after actors in Nigeria and also one of the most richest and influential actors in Nigeria. Although, he hasn’t produced any movie yet, but he has plan to set up a movie academy and start up his own production company very soon.
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