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The son of sharecroppers, Isaac Hayes was born Aug. 14, 1942, in Covington, Tenn. At age 5, he joined the church choir, and by the time he was a teen he had mastered multiple instruments. Soon, he was performing with R&B groups in Memphis. After cutting his first solo album in 1967, Hayes began to receive offers from Hollywood; he struck gold with (and won an Oscar for) his score for 1971's Shaft.

Also interested in acting, Hayes made his big-screen debut in the Italian flick Three Tough Guys (1974); later that same year, he landed a starring role in Truck Turner. It would be seven years, however, before he appeared in his next film, John Carpenter's Escape from New York.

Since then, Hayes has continued to split his time between music and film projects such as I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Blues Brothers 2000 and Hustle & Flow. From 1997 through 2006, he voiced the role of Chef on "South Park." Hayes died on Aug. 10, 2008, at the age of 65.

Isaac Hayes in Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

1993 PG-13

It's the classic tale of Robin Hood ... reenvisioned by comic master Mel Brooks. As evil Prince John (Richard Lewis) oppresses the people, Robin (Cary Elwes) steals from the tax collectors, triumphs in an archery contest, foils (literally!) the Sheriff of Nottingham (Roger Rees) and makes goo-goo eyes at Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck). The titular musical number, involving song, dance -- and, yes, men in tights -- is an undisputed highlight.

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  • Isaac Hayes in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Isaac Hayes in South Park: The Passion of the Jew South Park: The Passion of the Jew
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  • Isaac Hayes in Dr. Dolittle 2 Dr. Dolittle 2
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  • Isaac Hayes in Oblivion Oblivion
  • Isaac Hayes in Flipper Flipper
  • Isaac Hayes in Anonymous Rex Anonymous Rex
  • Isaac Hayes in Guilty as Charged Guilty as Charged
  • Isaac Hayes in Dead Dog Dead Dog
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  • Isaac Hayes in Fastlane: The Complete Series Fastlane: The Complete Series
  • Isaac Hayes in Dream Warrior Dream Warrior
  • Isaac Hayes in America's First Family of Music America's First Family of Music
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  • Isaac Hayes in The Stax Records Story The Stax Records Story
  • Isaac Hayes in Return to Sleepaway Camp Return to Sleepaway Camp
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