Regina King

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Regina King
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Regina King, Los Angeles, California
May 22, 2010
Born (1971-01-15) January 15, 1971 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Ian Alexander Sr. (m. 1997; div. 2007)
Children 1

Regina King (born January 15, 1971)[1] is an American film and television actress. She played Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom, 227 and had a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. She is also known for roles on such television series as The Boondocks, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills, the elder daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician.[2] The two divorced in 1979.[3] Her younger sister is actress Reina King. Regina King attended Westchester High School and the University of Southern California.

Career[edit]

King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227,[4] a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday. In 1996, she starred in the Martin Lawrence dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. Later in 1996 she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy film Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character.

She played Will Smith's character's wife in Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Ray and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Most recently, she appeared in season 6 of the hit show 24 and the film This Christmas. In 2008, she appeared in Living Proof. She starred in the TNT police drama Southland until the show's cancellation.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika
1993 Poetic Justice Iesha
1995 Higher Learning Monet
1995 Friday Dana Jones
1996 Thin Line Between Love and Hate, AA Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia
1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell
1998 Rituals N/A Short film
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa
1998 Enemy of the State Carla Dean Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
1998 Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton
1999 Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin Television film
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Allie Television film
2001 Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins Nominated—BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2002 Turnaround Rayne
2002 Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith Television film
2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter
2004 Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella Story Rhonda BET Award for Best Actress
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks BET Award for Best Actress
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller BET Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Dance Scene (shared with Sandra Bullock)
2006 Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully Kreela (voice)
2007 Year of the Dog Layla
2007 This Christmas Lisa Moore
2008 Living Proof Ellie Jackson Television film
2010 Our Family Wedding Angela
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985–1990 227 Brenda Jenkins 106 episodes
1994 Northern Exposure Mother Nature Episode: "Baby Blues"
1994 New York Undercover Marah Episode: "Tasha"
1995 Living Single Zina Episode: "The Shake-Up"
2002 Leap of Faith Cynthia 6 episodes
2005–2014 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Riley and Huey Freeman 56 episodes
2006 Women in Law N/A Episode: "Pilot"
2007 24 Sandra Palmer 9 episodes
2009–2013 Southland Detective Lydia Adams 42 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2011–12)
Nominated—BET Award for Best Actress on Television (2010–12)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2012–13)
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2010, 2013–14)
2013-14 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Janine Davis 4 episodes
2014 The Strain Ruby Wain 2 episodes
2014 Shameless Gail Johnson 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Enemy of the State Nominated
2001 BET Awards Best Actress Down to Earth Nominated
2002 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Down to Earth Nominated
2005 BET Awards Best Actress A Cinderella Story Won
2005 BET Awards Best Actress Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Won
2005 BET Awards Best Actress Ray Won
2005 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Ray Won
2005 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Ray Won
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Ray Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Dance Scene (shared with Sandra Bullock) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Nominated
2010 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
2010 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2011 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
2011 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won
2012 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2013 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regina King profile at". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Regina King profile at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ Regina King profile at Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
BET Award
Preceded by
Halle Berry
Best Actress
2005
for Ray
Succeeded by
Taraji P. Henson
NAACP Image Award
Preceded by
Alfre Woodard
for Radio
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2005
for Ray
Succeeded by
Cicely Tyson
for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Satellite Award
Preceded by
Patricia Clarkson
for Pieces of April
Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical
2005
for Ray
Succeeded by
Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada