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      Denise Nicholas

      Denise Nicholas

      Highest Rated: 65% Capricorn One (1978)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Ghost Dad (1990)

      Birthday: Jul 12, 1944

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      Not entirely unlike Sydney Poitier, Denise Nicholas was a quietly dignified, cool yet powerful on-screen performer who was instrumental in the civil rights movement during the late 1960s and early '70s. After touring America as part of a progressive theater group, she began acting on television and almost immediately landed her signature role as compassionate guidance counselor Liz McIntyre on the socially conscious college dramedy "Room 222" ('69-'74). During her run on the show, which regularly dealt with issues such as race relations and women's rights, she also broke barriers in the world of cinema, co-starring in such blaxploitation classics as the absurdly inspired horror send-up "Blacula." She remained a fairly prolific TV force throughout the '70s and into the following decade, but it wasn't until she joined the cast of the gritty, hot-button crime drama "In the Heat of the Night" ('88-'95) that she again found a truly resonant role. While portraying "Night"'s Councilwoman Harriet DeLong, Thompson took part in a momentous, close-to-home story line which not only provided her with a sort of personal closure for her own sister's murder but also inspired her to pursue a writing career. She penned several episodes of the series before heading back to school to formally study her second craft. Her first novel, "Freshwater Road," was adapted into a stage show at Brown University in 2008. Following a string of decidedly lighthearted roles in projects such as the feel-good family comedy "Ghost Dad," she retired from acting in '04.

      Highest rated movies

      65% Capricorn One
      60% Let's Do It Again
      46% Blacula
      6% Ghost Dad

      Photos

      LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Sidney Poitier, Lee Chamberlin, Bill Cosby, Denise Nicholas, 1975. GHOST DAD, Denise Nicholas, Brooke Fontaine, 1990, (c)Universal A PIECE OF THE ACTION, Tracy Reed, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Denise Nicholas, 1977 A PIECE OF THE ACTION, Denise Nicholas, 1977 LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Denise Nicholas, Lee Chamberlin, 1975 BLACULA, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala, 1972 LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Denise Nicholas, 1975 GHOST DAD, Denise Nicholas, Brooke Fontaine, Bill Cosby, Salim Grant, 1990, (c)Universal A PIECE OF THE ACTION, second from left background: Denise Nicholas, Bill Cosby, Tracy Reed, Sidney Poitier; center foreground: James Earl Jones (kneeling), 1977, (c) Warner Bros. A PIECE OF THE ACTION, Tracy Reed, Sidney Poitier, Denise Nicholas, Bill Cosby, 1977 PIECE OF THE ACTION, A, Bill Cosby, Denise Nicholas, 1977, (c) Warner Bros. A PIECE OF THE ACTION, Tracy Reed, Sidney Poitier, Denise Nicholas, Bill Cosby, 1977 GHOST DAD, Denise Nicholas, Brooke Fontaine, Salim Grant, Kimberly Russell, 1990, (c)Universal GHOST DAD, Bill Cosby, Denise Nicholas, 1990, (c)Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ritual Sylvia Becker (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors Leddy Hutch (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 100% In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along With Me Harriet Delong Gillespie (credit only) (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound Harriet DeLong Gillespie (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice Harriet DeLong Gillespie (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life Harriet DeLong Gillespie (Character) - 1994
      6% 32% Ghost Dad Joan (Character) $20.9M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Plates Darlene Carter (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story Cleo Babilonia (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother's Day Elizabeth Sturgis (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Enemies Unknown (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marvin and Tige Vanessa Jackson (Character) - 1983
      65% 58% Capricorn One Betty Walker (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Passion Marva Trotter Louis (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Countdown to the Big One Marva Trotter Louis (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 81% A Piece of the Action Lila French (Character) - 1977
      60% 86% Let's Do It Again Beth Foster (Character) - 1975
      46% 44% Blacula Michelle (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Desperate Women Joy (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parent 'Hood Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night Harriet DeLong (Character),
      Writer
      1988-1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Mrs Blake (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. T.C's Date (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Chase Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby, I'm Back Olivia Ellis (Character) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Liz McIntyre (Character) 1969-1974
      No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970