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Marcellas Reynolds was a houseguest on Big Brother 3 (US) and Big Brother 7 (US).

In Big Brother 3, Marcellas was instantly targeted by Josh Feinberg, and he was nominated by first HOH Lisa Donahue as the target. However, Gerry Lancaster won the Silver POV and went against his alliance to save Marcellas from the block. After being saved, Marcellas then aligned with Amy Crews, Danielle Reyes, and Gerry, although he didn't fully trust Gerry in the game. Marcellas then won HOH in Week 2 and decided to target Josh. During the week, Tonya Paoni started an argument with Amy and Marcellas, causing Amy to vote to evict Tonya keeping Marcellas’s target Josh in the house. As he was aligned with Danielle Reyes, Marcellas was kept safe for the next few weeks. During this time, Marcellas started to align with Lisa Donahue as well. In Week 8, Marcellas won HOH for the second time; he decided to target ally Amy as an 'intervention' for her behavior in the house; however, Danielle and Jason Guy convinced him to change his target to Roddy, and Roddy was evicted. Marcellas' behavior towards Amy in Week 8 turned the other Houseguests against him, and after he informed Danielle that he was going to target Jason, Marcellas became the house's next target for eviction. In Week 9, Marcellas was nominated by Jason against Amy, and he was convinced that Amy would be evicted. Marcellas was so confident of his safety that after winning the Golden POV, he decided not to use it to save himself, leaving himself on the block. In an infamous move, Danielle Reyes betrayed Marcellas and voted to evict him from the house, and Jason Guy cast the tiebreaker vote to evict him. Marcellas was evicted by a vote of 2-1, placing 5th and becoming the 8th member of the jury.

In Big Brother 7, the old rivalry between Marcellas and Danielle Reyes was reignited, however, they later made amends, and began working together. Marcellas also developed a rivalry with the ChillTown alliance, being the only person in the house to consistently target them. In Week 6, despite his ally, Janelle Pierzina, winning Head of Household, Will Kirby infamously convinced her to nominate Marcellas, after Janelle's target, Danielle, won the POV and took herself off the block. Despite Janelle thinking Marcellas would be safe, she was blindsided when he was evicted by a 6-0 vote, placing 9th and becoming the first jury member. Marcellas was the only jury member to vote for Erika Landin to win.


Retrived from

Age: 30s
Marital Status: Single
From: Chicago, IL
Three adjectives that best describe me: Stylish, sexy, beautiful
Favorite film: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Favorite TV show: All the Law & Order franchise, except Criminal Intent.
Favorite actor: Tom Hanks, Jude Law
Favorite actress: Julia Roberts, Audrey Hepburn
Favorite band: Radiohead, Coldplay
Favorite hobbies: Reading, watching movies, spending massive amounts of time on the telephone
Personal hero: Be your own hero
Why did you want to be on BIG BROTHER? First and foremost, the challenge. An unreal opportunity to do something so far-removed from myself. The chance to meet new people, and to claim my $500,000!
What strengths do you bring to BIG BROTHER? My ego. My intelligence. My openness to new experiences. My sense of humor. My massive ego.
What weaknesses do you bring to BIG BROTHER? My massive ego. My need for excitement. My intolerance of ignorance and meanness in others.
What comfort item from home will you miss the most?: My big screen TV! I'm like a junkie with cop shows. I can watch Law & Order reruns a million times!
What type of news from the outside world will you miss the most? None, actually. Lately, the news has been so horrid that ignorance (to it) could be bliss.
Do you tend to perform better in physical or mental competitions? I can be very lazy. Mental competitions, definitely. I'm also a little clumsy, and if I have to run, forget it! It's like, "Run, Black Forrest (Gump), run!"
How do you plan to win BIG BROTHER? I intend to win by doing the unexpected in every situation. I intend to do whatever it takes to turn bad situations into positive situations in my favor. I want to be kind and truthful, but I will do everything and anything to be last man standing!
What is your biggest fear as you begin BIG BROTHER? My biggest fear is that I'll be nominated for eviction the first week. What a way that would be to start! To come off as a stereotype. I can't help but feel some responsibility to my race, my family and friends to portray "us" in a favorable light.

What is your motto? First one on the cover of Time wins![1]

Films: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Closer, Eyes Of Laura Mars, Fight Club, Great Expectations '98, How to Marry a Millionaire, King Kong '76, Looker, Lost in Translation, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Philadelphia Story, Rebecca, Unzipped

TV Shows: ANTM; Captain Caveman & The Teen Angels; Charlie's Angels; The Closer; Cold Case Files; Degrassi; Felicity; Get Christy Love; Josie & the Pussycats; Kolchak: The Nightstalker; Law & Order: SVU; Murder, She Wrote; Night Detective; The O.C.; Project Runway; Samurai Jack

Actors: Bow Wow, Brad Pitt, Cary Grant, Chad Michael Murray, Clive Owen, Gregory Peck, Jude Law, Lucas Black, Montgomery Clift

Actresses: Audrey Hepburn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jessica Lange, Katharine Hepburn, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Kidman

Bands: See Music, below

Hobbies: Boggle, bowling, dining out, dominos, games, hanging out, magazines, Parcheesi, shopping, text messaging

Sports to Play: Badminton, horseback riding, tennis

Sports Teams: No favorite

Outdoor Activities: Outlet shopping, shopping, running

Music: Alicia Keys, America, Brandy, Cat Stevens, Chet Baker, Coldplay, Dimitri From Paris, Duncan Sheik, 50 Cent, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jill Scott, Kansas, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, The Killers, Massive Attack, Naomi Campbell, Radiohead, Sugababes, Thievery Corporation, T.I.

Cereals: No favorite

Snacks: Cashews, pistachios, popcorn, raw almonds, Raisinettes

Cookies: Nutter Butter, Oreo

Candy Bars: Clif Bars

Alcoholic Drinks: Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Veuve Clicquot champagne

Non-Alcoholic: Glaceau Smartwater, Max Chocolate Banana Creme Pie protein shake

Player History - Big Brother 3[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 Food Win
Reward Loss
HOH Loss
Silver POV Loss
Luxury Win
Week 2 HOH Win
Food Sat Out as HOH
Silver POV Loss
Week 3 HOH Previous HOH
Food Win
Silver POV Loss
Week 4 HOH Loss
Food Win
Silver POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
Food Win
Silver POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
Food Win
Luxury Win
Silver POV Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
Food Win
Silver POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Win
Food Win
Silver POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Previous HOH
Food Loss

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Vetoed Lori Olsen Yes
3 Nominated
4 Eric Ouellette Yes
5 Josh Feinberg Yes
6 Returning HG Amy Crews Yes
Chiara Jude Berti Yes
7 Gerry Lancaster Yes
9 Nominated/POV
Finale Jury Member Lisa Donahue Yes

HOH History[]

Original Nominees Post-Veto Nominees Intended Target
Week 2
Tonya Paoni
Week 8
Roddy Mancuso

Player History - Big Brother 7[]

Competition History[]

Week 1 Co-HOH Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 2 HOH Loss
Food Loss
POV Not Picked
Week 3 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Picked
Week 4 HOH Loss
Food Loss
POV Not Picked
Luxury Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 6 HOH Loss
HOH Redo Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Coup d'État Sat Out

Voting History[]

Week Position Voted for With Majority?
1 Alison Irwin Yes
2 Nakomis Dedmon Yes
3 Jase Wirey Yes
4 Diane Henry Yes
5 Kaysar Ridha Yes
6 Post-POV Nominee
Finale Jury Member Erika Landin No

Post Big Brother[]

  • Marcellas made a cameo in Big Brother 4 (US) to host a luxury competition in week 7.
  • Marcellas, along with ten other Big Brother alumni, appeared on an episode of Yes, Dear that aired on October 20, 2003.[2]
  • On November 3, 2020, Marcellas appeared on a local Fox affiliate to discuss the upcoming election.[3]


  • Marcellas is the first houseguest to ever be vetoed.
  • Marcellas is the first African-American male to win a Head of Household competition.
  • Marcellas is the first African-American male to win a Power of Veto competition.
  • Marcellas is the first LGBT houseguest to be the Head of Household. He is also the first LGBT houseguest to win some form of the Power of Veto.
  • Marcellas is the first houseguest to win the Golden Power of Veto after its introduction during the final five of Big Brother 3.
  • Marcellas is the first of six people not to use the Power of Veto on themselves while being nominated. He was followed by Dick Donato, Daniele Donato, Brendon Villegas, Matthew Clines, and Jedson Tavernier.
    • He is the only one of the six not to use it at all; the other five all used it to save the other nominee.
    • He, Brendon, and Jedson were all evicted as a result of not using the Veto on themselves.
  • Marcellas is the first male houseguest to win a competition in his first season, but not in his second.
  • Whenever Marcellas was HOH, he was nominated for eviction the week after.
  • Up until the finale of Big Brother 7, Marcellas always voted with the majority.
  • Marcellas is the first houseguest to serve on multiple juries.


Big Brother 3 (US) Houseguests
BB3 Small Lisa
BB3 Small Danielle
BB3 Small Jason
BB3 Small Amy
BB3 Small Marcellas
BB3 Small Roddy
BB3 Small Gerry
BB3 Small Chiara
BB3 Small Josh
BB3 Small Eric
BB3 Small Tonya
BB3 Small Lori
Big Brother 7 (US) Houseguests
BB7 Mike
BB7 Erika
BB7 Janelle
BB7 Will
BB7 George
BB7 Danielle
BB7 James
BB7 Howie
BB7 Marcellas
BB7 Kaysar
BB7 Diane
BB7 Jase
BB7 Nakomis
BB7 Allison