Born: Los Angeles, California, USA
Cle Shaheed Sloan (born May 22, 1969) is an American activist, actor and documentary director from Los Angeles, California, USA. While still a member of Athens Park Bloods, a Los Angeles street gang, Sloan worked to reform gang culture to put an end to gang violence from the inside. Sloan was introduced to the film industry by football legend Jim Brown, who helped him secure a job as an assistant when he was released from prison. The job allowed Sloan to meet director Antoine Fuqua and sparked his interest in becoming a cinematographer. Sloan has since appeared in small roles in three of Fuqua's hit movies Training Day, Tears of the Sun, and Brooklyn's Finest. During the production of Training Day, Sloan worked as a gang adviser and helped persuade actual gang members to lend their credibility to the project on-screen. Sloan directed and appears in the 2006 documentary film Bastards of the Party which appeared at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and at the 2006 Hollywood Black Film Festival. Bastards of the Party aired on HBO on February 6, 2007. Sloan was featured on Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor and Anderson Cooper 360° speaking out against gang violence on behalf of his non profit organization AKTIVE which is helping to "Change the gangs from the inside" by working with active gang members in communities nationwide. Sloan starred in two of David Ayer's directorial efforts, the 2008 film Street Kings featuring Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves, and End of Watch, a 2012 film about the life of two LAPD officers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña) in South Central Los Angeles. He later appeared on the TNT Drama Southland as Ronnie, a Los Angeles pimp. On January 29, 2015, Sloan and Terry Carter were struck by a truck in a hit-and-run accident in Compton, California. The accident, allegedly caused by Suge Knight, killed Carter and injured Sloan.
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