Kobe Bryant (Kobe Bean Bryant), African-American Professional Basketball Player, was born August 23, 1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Father: Joe Bryant, a professional basketball player. Mother: Pam Bryant. Marriage: Vanessa (Laine) Bryant (April 18, 2001-January 26, 2020, his death). Children: Capri, June 2019; Bianka, December 2016; Gianna, May 2006; Natalia, January 2003. Take a look back at his life and career. Here's Kobe Bean Bryant Biography and Profile.