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      Jurnee Smollett

      Jurnee Smollett

      Highest Rated: 92% The Burial (2023)

      Lowest Rated: 39% Spiderhead (2022)

      Birthday: Oct 1, 1986

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Jurnee Smollett, born Jurnee Diana Smollett, was born on Oct. 1, 1986 in New York City, one of six children to parents Joel and Janet. Smollett began acting professionally as a young child, making her screen debut in the short film "Sunday in Paris" (1991). More memorable early turns involved recurring performances on popular TV shows "Full House" (ABC 1987-1995) and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" (ABC 1992-97), playing the character Denise Frazer on both series. Smollet and her siblings Jojo, Jazz, Jussie, and Jocqui then co-headlined their own sitcom, "On Our Own" (ABC 1994-95). After the conclusion of this program, Smollett toggled between film and television work, appearing notably in the Robin Williams movie "Jack" (1994) and the TV series "Cosby" (1996-2000). In her teen years, Smollett turned her attention away from family comedies and toward material like "Wanda at Large" (Fox 2003) and "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC 2005-). She joined the popular high school drama "Friday Night Lights" (NBC/The 101 Network 2006-2011) in its fourth season, playing aspiring football coach Jess Merriweather. After headlining the short-lived dramedy "The Defenders" (CBS 2010-11) and the Tyler Perry-directed TV movie "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" (2013), Smollett returned to supporting parts on high-profile series like "Parenthood" (NBC 2010-15) and "True Blood" (HBO 2008-14). Smollett returned to top billing with "Underground" (WGN America 2016-), an 1850s America period drama on which she played a slave on the quest for freedom.

      Highest rated movies

      The Burial We Grown Now
      Eve's Bayou
      The Great Debaters Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Lou
      Roll Bounce
      Beautiful Joe

      Photos

      Jurnee Smollett-Bell Jurnee Smollett-Bell at arrivals for Television Academy''s WORDS + Music - A Concert Celebrating Music Written For Television, Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, Los Angeles, CA June 29, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jurnee Smollett-Bell at arrivals for A WRINKLE IN TIME Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jurnee Smollett-Bell at arrivals for WGN America's UNDERGROUND Season Two Premiere, Regency Westwood Village Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 28, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jurnee Smollett-Bell at arrivals for TRUE BLOOD Season Premiere, Cinerama Dome at The Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA June 11, 2013. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jurnee Smollett-Bell at arrivals for Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party, Nightingale Plaza, Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Jurnee Smollett-Bell at arrivals for 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Presented by SAG AFTRA - ARRIVALS 2, Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, CA January 29, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jurnee Smollett-Bell at arrivals for Underground WGN Winter 2016 TCA Photo Call, The Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, CA January 8, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection HANDS OF STONE, from left: Usher Raymond, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, 2016. ph: Rico Torres/© The Weinstein Company TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION, (aka TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR), from left: Lance Gross, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, 2013. ph: KC Bailey/©Lionsgate THE GREAT DEBATERS, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Nate Parker, 2007. ©MGM THE GREAT DEBATERS, foreground: Denzel Whitaker (second from left), Jermaine Williams, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, 2007. ©MGM THE GREAT DEBATERS, foreground: Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker, Denzel Whitaker, 2007. ©MGM THE GREAT DEBATERS, front row: Denzel Washington, Denzel Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett, 2007. ©MGM THE GREAT DEBATERS, Jermaine Williams, Denzel Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker, 2007. ©MGM Parenthood, Jurnee Smollett, 'In Dreams Begin Responsibilities', Season 5, Ep. #4, 10/17/2013, ©NBC Parenthood, Jurnee Smollett, 'In Dreams Begin Responsibilities', Season 5, Ep. #4, 10/17/2013, ©NBC Parenthood, Jurnee Smollett (L), Monica Potter (R), 'In Dreams Begin Responsibilities', Season 5, Ep. #4, 10/17/2013, ©NBC Parenthood, Jurnee Smollett (L), Monica Potter (R), 'The Ring', Season 5, Ep. #8, 11/14/2013, ©NBC Parenthood, Jurnee Smollett (L), Monica Potter (C), Peter Krause (R), 'The Ring', Season 5, Ep. #8, 11/14/2013, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      91% No Score Yet We Grown Now Dolores (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2023
      92% 82% The Burial Mame Downes (Character) - 2023
      67% 61% Lou Hannah (Character) - 2022
      39% 30% Spiderhead Lizzy (Character) - 2022
      78% 78% Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Character) $84.1M 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Last Thing Lucy (Character) - 2018
      44% 52% Hands of Stone Juanita Leonard (Character) $4.7M 2016
      No Score Yet 82% Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Judith (Character) $52.0M 2013
      80% 86% The Great Debaters Jurnee Smollett (Character) $30.2M 2007
      66% 70% Roll Bounce Tori (Character) $17.4M 2005
      No Score Yet 85% Ruby's Bucket of Blood Emerald Delacroix (Character) - 2001
      60% 38% Beautiful Joe Vivien Mason (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 93% Selma, Lord, Selma Sheyann Webb (Character) - 1999
      83% 89% Eve's Bayou Eve Batiste (Character) $14.8M 1997

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 43% The Future of Narrator 2022
      88% 64% Lovecraft Country Letitia "Leti" Lewis (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2016 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2016 2020
      67% 44% The Twilight Zone Jasmine (Guest Star) 2020
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016 2018
      No Score Yet 95% Sofia the First Chrysta (Guest Voice) 2017
      96% 88% Underground Rosalee (Character) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smollett Eats Self 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016
      100% 29% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2016
      68% 72% True Blood Nicole Wright (Character) 2013-2014
      88% 95% Parenthood Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      15% 60% Do No Harm Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
      21% 43% The Mob Doctor Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      74% 73% The Defenders Lisa Tyler (Character) 2010-2011
      97% 93% Friday Night Lights Jess Merriweather (Character) 2009-2011
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      90% 96% House Tracy (Guest Star) 2006
      50% No Score Yet Wanda at Large Unknown (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1998-1999
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Hanna (Guest Star) 1996
      0% No Score Yet On Our Own Unknown (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet 82% Full House Denise (Guest Star) 1992-1994