Louie Rankin

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Leonard Ford (1953 – 30 September 2019),[1] known professionally as Louie Rankin, was a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist and actor.

Leonard Ford was born in Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica and grew up in Rockfort and East Kingston.[2] His most successful song was the single "Typewriter", released in 1992.[3] In his lyrics, Rankin often referred to himself as the "Original Don Dada," a term used by many of his dancehall competitors, such as Super Cat.

Rankin also performed notable acting roles as a Jamaican "gangsta", in the movies Shottas and Belly. He lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was considered "the real Jamaican Don Dada". Rankin was a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

He died on 30 September 2019, in a car accident on Highway 89 near Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. He lived in Hanover, Ontario at the time of his death.[4][5][6]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Belly Lennox
2002 Shottas Teddy Bruck Shut
2014 We Run These Streets Choppa


  1. ^ "Obituary of Leonard Louie 'Ox' Rankin Ford | New Haven Funeral Centre Inc".
  2. ^ "Artist Biography". Platinumcamp.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Review of "Showdown"". Reggae-reviews.com. Archived from the original on 16 February 2001. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Louie Rankin dies in Ontario car crash | CTV News". Toronto.ctvnews.ca. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  5. ^ Rob Gowan More (1 October 2019). "Police identify crash victim as reggae artist who lived in Hanover". Owensoundsuntimes.com. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Actor, musician Louie Rankin dead at 66 in car crash in Ontario". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 1 October 2019.

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