Russell Edward Brand (4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist.
Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian and later becoming an MTV presenter, Brand first achieved notoriety in 2004 as the host of Big Brother’s Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian’s, and the following year he landed a major role in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to him starring in a spin off, the rock comedy Get Him to the Greek, alongside Jonah Hill in 2010. He also worked as a voice actor in the animated films Despicable Me in 2010, Hop in 2011, and Despicable Me 2 in 2013, and played the title character of the 2011 remake of the romantic comedy Arthur. In 2013, he released the successful stand-up special Messiah Complex. 
Russell Brand, The comedian has repeatedly called for an Israel boycott, and has been accused of anti-semitism for calling action in Gaza a financially-driven attempt to suck up to right wing groups in the US. Brand himself has claimed he’s not anti-semitic, writing an op-ed called “Why I Oppose Anti-Semitism” for the Huffington Post. 
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