He was born in Florence, Alabama, an area known as The Shoals, home of W.C. Handy and Helen Keller. His mother is a retired school teacher, his father is still a city politician, and his brother is an accomplished visual artist based in Atlanta.
In the early 1990s, Cedric Pendleton graduated from DeVry Institute in Computer Sciences and went on to sell banking software and participate in many large-company installations. Having an undeniable desire to perform, Pendleton studied acting under Chris Coleman at Actors Express Theater Company in Atlanta and went on to appear in regional theater (including the Alliance Theater), working with such renowned actors as Ruby Dee, Angela Gibbs, Taurean Blaque, Ella Joyce, Joan Pringle, and Woody King, Jr.
His subsequent work in commercials, voice over, and industrials led to roles in independent films in Atlanta and, inevitably, Los Angeles. He won winning roles in hit features such as Runaway Jury, Summer Catch, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Madea’s Family Reunion.
He has had supporting and recurring roles in several hit television shows including The Fantasia Barino Story, The Shield, The Guardian, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Strong Medicine, True Blood, CSI: NY, and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.
An active member of the community, Cedric founded Gold Drops of Life, a private, residential, personal-- care facility for Alzheimer patients. He has also taught public speaking, acting, and improvisation skills in various capacities. He was co-founder of Revelation Generation, a theatre troupe that operated out of an inner city church in Atlanta. He has served as a Resident Drama Instructor for Young Audiences, Inc., which operated in low-income housing developments in metro Atlanta. He acted as the Artistic Director for the SIMBA Program, an initiative that uses the arts as a therapeutic means of rehabilitation in the Juvenile Justice System.
In 1994, Cedric parlayed his various talents and skills into the business side of arts and entertainment. Founder and principle of Footprints Entertainment, LLC., he has successfully produced a wide variety of events, including touring concerts, festivals, gospel fests, touring plays (including Tyler Perry’s, I Know I’ve Been Changed), church conferences, and poetry slams (see list of productions following) and is directly responsible for negotiating several intellectual properties including national books, film, and television properties.
He is currently developing projects for film and television.