Davidson's mother was a Black civil rights activist in Mississippi. Unable to raise him herself, she gave him to a white friend, also a civil rights worker, who adopted him. He has suffered racial abuse from both whites and blacks.
His films include Booty Call, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Strictly Business; his television shows include In Living Color and Later.
"From Foster Kid to Funnyman: Tommy Davidson." [Includes portrait]. Available at: 
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