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      Regina King

      Regina King

      Highest Rated: 98% One Night in Miami (2020)

      Lowest Rated: 11% A Cinderella Story (2004)

      Birthday: Jan 15, 1971

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, CA, Regina King grew up in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of L.A. Her mother, Gloria, was a special education teacher, while her father, Thomas, was an electrician. She also had a younger sister, Reina. Her parents split in 1979, when King was eight years old. While attending Westchester High School, King began acting professionally: her first gig ever was a recurring role on the popular sitcom "227" (NBC, 1985-1990), playing Brenda Jenkins. She would play the role for the entire run of the series, graduating from high school in the middle of the show's fourth season. King continued to mix acting and academics: she began classes at University of Southern California while making her film debut in writer/director John Singleton's groundbreaking debut feature "Boyz n the Hood" (1991), a sobering look at teenage life in South Central L.A. King would go on to appear in Singleton's next two films as well, "Poetic Justice" (1993), and "Higher Learning" (1995). That same year, King also co-starred in another look at a day in the life of South Central, albeit a much more laid back and comedic one: "Friday" (1995) quickly became a comedic cult classic, and one of the most beloved stoner comedies of the decade. King next co-starred alongside Martin Lawrence in the dark romantic comedy "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (1996), before taking on a scene-stealing turn as Marcee Tidwell, wife to Cuba Gooding Jr.'s would-be football superstar in the smash hit "Jerry Maguire" (1996). King then went on a run of supporting roles alongside superstar black actors, playing Will Smith's wife in the espionage thriller "Enemy of the State" (1998), Chris Rock's love interest in the "Heaven Can Wait" remake "Down to Earth" (2001), and Eddie Murphy's wife in the family comedy "Daddy Day Care" (2003). In between supporting roles in two hit comedy sequels, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003) and "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005), King found time to play Margie Hendricks, backup singer and drug-addled mistress to Jamie Foxx's Ray Charles in the smash hit biopic "Ray" (2004). Around this time, King began to pivot back towards TV gigs: she voiced Riley and Huey Freeman on Adult Swim's subversive "The Boondocks" (Cartoon Network, 2005-2014), played Sandra Palmer, sister of slain president David Palmer, on season 6 of "24" (FOX, 2001-2010), starred as Detective Lydia Adams on the critically acclaimed police procedural "Southland" (ABC, 2009/TNT, 2010-13) (she also directed a few episodes), and took on a recurring role as Janine Davis, Human Resources administrator, on the smash hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-2019). King then joined the cast of John Ridley's anthology series "American Crime" (ABC, 2015-2017), which told a different hot-button story every season using the same cast. King was awarded the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV movie or Limited Series for her work two years in a row, on seasons one and two. After "American Crime" was cancelled following its third season, King moved on to another socially conscious drama, playing the mother of a murdered black teenager on the Netflix series "Seven Seconds" (Netflix, 2018-), for which she won a third Primetime Emmy, this time for Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series. King would receive some of the best reviews of her career for her deeply humanistic performance in "If Beale Street Could Talk" (2018). An adaptation of a 1974 novel by James Baldwin from "Moonlight" (2016) writer/director Barry Jenkins, King played Sharon, the matriarch who lead the charge to clear the name of Fonny (Stephan James), the true love of her daughter Tish (KiKi Layne), after his unjust arrest for a rape he could not have committed. Amongst the many accolades King received for her work was a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. King's first post-Oscars project was a lead role in the TV adaptation of Alan Moore's classic graphic novel "Watchmen" (HBO, 2019-).

      Highest rated movies

      If Beale Street Could Talk The Harder They Fall Jerry Maguire Ray
      Friday
      Enemy of the State Year of the Dog This Christmas

      Photos

      Regina King in the press room for The 91st Academy Awards - Press Room, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for The 91st Academy Awards - Arrivals 1, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Regina King (Best Supporting Female) in the press room for 34th Film Independent Spirit Award Ceremony - Press Room, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA February 23, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for 21st Annual Critics'' Choice Awards - Part 2, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA January 17, 2016. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 - Arrivals 2, The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live), Los Angeles, CA September 20, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for The 45th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals 1, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA February 22, 2014. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for The 45th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals 1, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA February 22, 2014. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for 48th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA February 11, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for National Board of Review (NBR) Awards Gala, Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, NY January 8, 2019. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for National Board of Review (NBR) Awards Gala, Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, NY January 8, 2019. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection Regina King attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Golden Globes, at Hotel Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA, on 06 January 2019. (115441739) Regina King at arrivals for 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA January 3, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for HBO Emmy Awards After-Party, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Regina King in attendance for 8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Will Rogers State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA October 14, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2017 - Arrivals 3, Microsoft Theater L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for The Paley Honors: Celebrating Women in Television, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY May 17, 2017. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for 73rd Annual Tony Awards, Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center, New York, NY June 9, 2019. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Regina King (wearing a Genny dress) at arrivals for 48th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA February 11, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2017 - Arrivals 2, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 8, 2017. Photo By: Adrian Newton/Everett Collection Regina King at arrivals for Disney ABC Television Group Hosts TCA Summer Press Tour, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA August 4, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shirley Shirley Chisholm (Character),
      Producer
      - 2024
      88% 93% The Harder They Fall "Treacherous" Trudy Smith (Character) - 2021
      98% 78% One Night in Miami Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2020
      95% 68% If Beale Street Could Talk Sharon Rivers (Character) $14.9M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 55% Let the Church Say Amen Director - 2015
      44% 56% Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (Voice) $59.2M 2014
      No Score Yet 78% The Gabby Douglas Story Natalie Hawkins (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Box Stephanie Miles (Character) - 2013
      15% 48% Our Family Wedding Angela (Character) $20.2M 2010
      No Score Yet 75% Living Proof Unknown (Character) - 2008
      55% 81% This Christmas Sistah (Character) $49.1M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindin' Unknown (Character) - 2007
      70% 43% Year of the Dog Layla (Character) $1.5M 2007
      62% 42% The Ant Bully Kreela (Voice) $28.1M 2006
      15% 43% Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller (Character) $48.5M 2005
      79% 87% Ray Margie Hendricks (Character) $75.3M 2004
      11% 53% A Cinderella Story Rhonda (Character) $51.4M 2004
      36% 35% Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter (Character) $89.8M 2003
      27% 48% Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton (Character) $104.1M 2003
      No Score Yet 53% Final Breakdown Rayne (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 57% Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith (Character) - 2002
      20% 40% Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins (Character) $64.2M 2001
      No Score Yet 83% If These Walls Could Talk 2 Allie (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 62% Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 54% Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton (Character) - 1999
      54% 40% Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks (Character) $50.6M 1998
      50% 66% How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa (Character) $37.7M 1998
      71% 78% Enemy of the State Carla Dean (Character) $111.5M 1998
      15% 77% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia Williams (Character) $34.8M 1996
      84% 79% Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell (Character) $153.6M 1996
      46% 73% Higher Learning Monet (Character) $36.8M 1995
      76% 91% Friday Dana Jones (Character) $27.4M 1995
      34% 83% Poetic Justice Iesha (Character) $27.5M 1993

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the CANVAS Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2019-2020 2022
      100% No Score Yet Phat Tuesdays Self 2022
      68% 95% Janet Jackson. Self 2022
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2016 2019-2021
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2020-2021
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019 2021
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 2021
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Interview With Dan Rather Self 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2019-2021
      96% 57% Watchmen Angela Abar (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011-2013 2015-2016 2018-2019
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Janine Davis (Guest Star) 2013-2014 2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
      0% 12% The Alec Baldwin Show Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are? Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017-2018
      97% 82% Insecure Director 2018
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2015 2018
      No Score Yet 68% The Good Doctor Director 2018
      78% 84% Seven Seconds Latrice Butler (Character) 2018
      41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
      91% 90% The Leftovers Erika Murphy (Character) 2015 2017
      96% 88% American Crime Kimara Walters (Character),
      Terri LaCroix (Guest Star)
      2015-2017
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2012-2013 2017
      93% 83% Pitch Director 2016
      No Score Yet 81% Greenleaf Director 2016
      No Score Yet 89% Animal Kingdom Director 2016
      74% 70% The Catch Director 2016
      93% 72% Scandal Director 2015-2016
      No Score Yet 81% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2008-2009 2011 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
      48% 81% The Boondocks Riley/Huey (Voice) 2005-2008 2010 2014
      82% 82% Shameless Gail Johnson (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2013
      90% 98% Southland Detective Lydia Adams (Character) 2009-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009-2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
      50% No Score Yet The Wanda Sykes Show Guest 2010
      87% 87% 24 Sandra Palmer (Character) 2007
      40% No Score Yet Leap of Faith Cynthia (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Brenda Jenkins (Character) 1985-1990