Michael Michele

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Michael Michele
Born Michael Michele Williams
(1966-08-30) August 30, 1966 (age 48)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present

Michael Michele (born August 30, 1966) is an American film and television actress. She played Dr. Cleo Finch on the medical drama ER and Det. Rene Sheppard on the police procedural Homicide: Life on the Street. Her films include the Academy Award-nominated film Ali.

Personal life[edit]

Michele was born Michael Michele Williams in Evansville, Indiana, the elder of two daughters. Her father is white and her mother is black. Her father is a furniture-rental entrepreneur and her mother was employed by Bristol-Myers.[1] She was named for her mother's best friend, Michael Ann. Michele attended Howard Roosa Elementary School and Benjamin Bosse High School, where she was active on the basketball team.[2] She has a son J. Brandon, born December 21, 2004.


Michele has appeared in music videos by R&B singers Freddie Jackson and Eric Gable. Michele is known for her role as Dr. Cleo Finch on the television series ER from 1999–2002 and her role as Det. Rene Sheppard on the final season of Homicide: Life on the Street. She also had a starring role in the short-lived television series Kevin Hill and a recurring role in New York Undercover. Michele played the role of Veronica Porsche Ali in the 2001 film Ali. She appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that aired in early 2007. She also appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of House as a doctor who had previously worked with the CIA. In 2009 Michele appeared in the Hallmark Channel original movie Relative Stranger with fellow ER cast member Eriq La Salle.

More recently, Michele did a guest spot on the CW series Gossip Girl.

In 1989 she sued actor Eddie Murphy in a high-profile Hollywood lawsuit alleging she was fired from the movie Harlem Nights for rejecting his romantic advances.[1]


In 2005, TV Guide ranked Michele # 36 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list.[3]

In 2012, she was named one of the "50 Hottest Biracial Women" by Complex Magazine.[4]



  1. ^ a b Susan Schindehette, Sue Carswell, Vicki Sheff (May 29, 1989). "Pink-Slipped by Eddie Murphy, Michael Michele Vows Their Only Date Will Be in Court". People. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (April 10, 2000). "All the Right Moves". People. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 202. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 
  4. ^ "The 50 Hottest Biracial Women". Complex Magazine. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 

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