Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington,
Tennessee) is an actor, soul singer, Academy Award-
winning songwriter, musician, and arranger. He voiced the
character "Chef", a singing ladies' man and elementary
school cook, on the animated sitcom South Park.
In 1972, Hayes won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the
film Shaft. Hayes became the first African American to win
an Academy Award in a non-acting category. After Hattie
McDaniel, James Baskett and Sidney Poitier, he became
only the fourth performer of African descent to ever receive
an Academy Award. He was also nominated in the Best
Original Score category (for Shaft) as well.
Hayes won Grammy awards for:
Best Instrumental Arrangement, "Theme From Shaft"
(arranged with Johnny Allen) in 1971
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A
Television Special,"Theme From Shaft" in 1971
Best Pop Instrumental Performance By An Arranger,
Composer, Orchestra and/or Choral Leader, "Black Moses"
In 1992, Hayes was crowned an honorary king of Ghana's
Ada district thanks to his humanitarian deeds.
On June 9, 2005, Hayes was inducted into the Songwriters'
Hall of Fame alongside Bill Withers, Steve Cropper, Robert