July 11, 1969 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Life and career
Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Oakland. In early years she worked as model. She began her acting career on stage in a regional productions of Tell It Like It Tiz. Other theatrical credits include the Los Angeles productions of No Place to be Somebody at the K.C. Theatre Company, Feelings (The Hudson Theatre) for which she won an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1996, The Thirteenth Thorn (Complex Theatre) for which she was nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Actress, and One Woman Two Lives, which premiered at The Imagined Life Theater in July 2009.
On television, Smith made her debut in the episode of In Living Color and later guest-starred on Living Single, Moesha, The Parkers and NYPD Blue. She had the recurring roles of Martin, Sister, Sister, Malcolm & Eddie and The Jamie Foxx Show. In 2001 she was cast opposite Bernie Mac in the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show. The series aired on Fox for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. She was nominated four times for a NAACP Image Award for her role as Wanda McCullough on The Bernie Mac Show. In film, Smith co-starred alongside Mo'Nique in the Hair Show (2004), and later appeared in Fair Game, King's Ransom, Roll Bounce and Three Can Play That Game. In 2012 she returned to television with the role of First Lady Katherine Johnson in the syndicated sitcom, The First Family. In 2014, Smith was cast as Roberta Warren in the Syfy post-apocalyptic series, Z Nation.
|1994||House Party 3||Girl in Yellow & Black Dress||Uncredited|
|1995||The Crossing Guard||Tanya|
|2001||Kingdom Come||Bernice Talbert|
|2005||King's Ransom||Renee King|
|2007||Three Can Play That Game||Carla|
|2007||Feel the Noise||Tanya|
|2010||Conspiracy X||Justice Jackie Woods|
|2010||From Cape Town with Love||Marsha||Short film|
|2011||She's Not Our Sister||Vivian||Television film|
|2012||Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation||Madame L|
|2013||The Love Section||Pat Darden|
|2014||The Preacher's Son||Anita Emerson|
|2014||The Choir Director||Anita Emerson|
|2015||The Man in 3B||Det. Anderson|
|1993||In Living Color||Episode: "Dirty Little Dick"|
|1993||Living Single||Susan||Episode: "A Kiss Before Lying"|
|1994||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Jaclyn||Episode: "Clothes Make the Man"|
|1994-1995||Martin||Tracy||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|1995||Sister, Sister||Tonya||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|1996||The Wayans Bros.||Claire||Episode: "Hearts and Flowers"|
|1996||Dangerous Minds||Dominique||Episode: "Hair Affair"|
|1996||Moesha||Melba||Episode: "Women Are from Mars, Men Are from Saturn"|
|1997||High Incident||Episode: "Remote Control"|
|1997||Malcolm & Eddie||Danielle||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|1997||The Parent 'Hood||Sheila||Episode: "Zaria Peterson's Day Off"|
|1997-1999||The Jamie Foxx Show||Cherise||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|1999||The Steve Harvey Show||Ava Whitley||Episode: "Little Stevie Blunder"|
|1999||The Parkers||Valerie Maxwell||Episode: "And the Band Plays On"|
|2000||For Your Love||Sophia||Episode: "The Special Delivery"|
|2001||Nash Bridges||Regina Adams||Episode: "Kill Joy"|
|2001||NYPD Blue||Mrs. Childs||Episode: "Under Covers"|
|2001-2006||The Bernie Mac Show||Wanda McCullough||Series regular, 104 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2003-2005)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2006)
Nominated — BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2004-2005)
|2012-2013||The First Family||First Lady Katherine Johnson||Series regular
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2013)
|2014–present||Z Nation||Roberta Warren||Series regular|
- "Kellita Smith - Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "Kellita Smith". Yahoo. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "Byron Allen Syndicated Comedy 'First Family' Announces Cast". Deadline. March 28, 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Kaitlin Thomas (June 19, 2014). "Syfy Zombie Drama Z Nation Casts Lost, Supernatural Alums". TV Guide. Retrieved 15 September 2014.