Common as Elam Ferguson
In Hell on Wheels, musician/actor Common stars as Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice.
Common is a multi-Grammy Award-winning musician, noted actor, literary author, community activist and inspirational leader. His numerous accomplishments in film include Smokin’ Aces, American Gangster, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, Date Night and Just Wright. Upcoming film roles include The Odd Life of Timothy Green, L.U.V. and Now You See Me with Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson.
Prior to acting, Common rose to prominence as one of hip hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists, having recorded over eight albums and garnering multiple Grammy Awards. Common’s highly anticipated ninth album, The Dreamer, The Believer, was released by Warner Bros. Records in December 2011.
His literary work includes The Mirror and Me, I Like You But I Love Me, M.E. (Mixed Emotions) and One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which made the prestigious New York Times best-seller list upon release.
In 2000, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to the empowerment and development of disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring in three areas: character development, creative expression and healthy living.