O'Shea Jackson Jr
Straight Outta Compton actor O'Shea Jackson turns 25 on 24 February 2016 Angela Weiss/Getty Images

After a tremendous year, O'Shea Jackson Jr deserves to go all out and celebrate his 25th birthday today (24 February 2016). The actor rose to prominence in 2015 playing his father Ice Cube in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton but there is still a lot to be discovered about one of Hollywood's hottest rising stars.

Although he was snubbed from the Oscars 2016 nominations, Jackson Jr received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a younger Ice Cube during his rise to fame as a member of the iconic gangsta rap group. Incredibly, it was Jackson Jr's first major acting role, although he has been keen to point out that the opportunity was not given to him because of his famous father.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the promising film star said: "I went through two years of auditions, and it's all these things to build confidence within me. I'm ready to show my versatility within cinema as an actor. I'm definitely ready to put my foot in it."

In celebration of his milestone 25th birthday, IBTimes UK reveals some things you may not know about the actor.

O'Shea Jackson Jr
O'Shea Jackson Jr portrayed his father Ice Cube in the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton REUTERS/Danny Moloshok