Salli Richardson

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Salli Richardson
Salli Richardson-Whitfield 2.jpg
Richardson in July 2012.
Born Salli Elise Richardson
(1967-11-23) November 23, 1967 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Dondre Whitfield (m. 2002)
Children 2
Website
www.sallirw.com

Salli Elise Richardson-Whitfield (born November 23, 1967) is an American television and film actress.

Richardson is best known for her role as Dr. Allison Blake on the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka (2006-2012). She also known for her voice acting as Elisa Maza on the Disney animated series Gargoyles (1994-1996),[1] and as Viveca Foster on the CBS series Family Law (1999-2002). Richardson also has appeared in the number of films such as A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), The Great White Hype (1996), Antwone Fisher (2002), Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) and I Am Legend (2007). She had a leading roles in the independent films Pastor Brown (2009) and I Will Follow (2010).

Early life[edit]

Richardson-Whitfield was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of an African American mother and an Irish-Italian father.[2] She has three brothers: Josh Richardson, Chad Richardson, and Nalin. Richardson played tennis in high school, and launched her acting career in the Kuumba Workshop theater there.[3] She graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1985.

Career[edit]

Richardson began her acting career in the theater before roles in television and film.[3] In film, she played small parts in Prelude to a Kiss, Mo' Money, Posse, and later had major roles in Sioux City and A Low Down Dirty Shame. From 1994 to 1996 she had voice role of Elisa Maza on the animated series Gargoyles.[1] She had many guest-starring roles in numerous television shows, such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, New York Undercover, The Pretender, Stargate SG-1, NYPD Blue, House, Bones, Criminal Minds and NCIS.

Richardson in 2008

Richardson starred opposite Dixie Carter and Kathleen Quinlan in the CBS legal drama series, Family Law, from 1999 to 2002. She had a recurring roles as Nancy Adams on Rude Awakening, and as Laura on CSI: Miami. She starred opposite Denzel Washington in the 2002 drama film Antwone Fisher. She also appeared in 2004 horror Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and starred opposite Will Smith in 2007 post-apocalyptic film I Am Legend. She later had a leading roles in the independent dramas Pastor Brown (2009) and I Will Follow (2010). She also starred in the The Sin Seer with Isaiah Washington, set for 2015 release.[4]

From 2006 to 2012, Richardson stars as Department of Defense agent (and later head of Global Dynamics) Allison Blake in the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka. Her second pregnancy was written into the storyline of the series.[3] After series cancellation, she was cast as lead in the Lifetime drama pilot The Secret Lives of Wives.[5] In 2014, Richardson was cast in a recurring roles on Lifetime's The Lottery as the first lady of the United States,[6] and on BET's Being Mary Jane as old friend of lead character.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

On September 8, 2002, she married long-time boyfriend and fellow actor Dondre Whitfield. She and Whitfield have one daughter, Parker Richardson-Whitfield and one son, Dre Terrell Whitfield (born January 24, 2009).[9] Whitfield has appeared along with her husband Dondre Whitfield in a late night infomercial as part of an advertising campaign to promote the Time Life Zestify Midnight Soul collection.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Up Against the Wall Denise
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Bridesmaid
1992 Mo' Money Pretty Customer
1992 How U Like Me Now Valerie
1993 Posse Lana
1994 I Spy Returns Nicole Scott Television film
1994 Sioux City Jolene Buckley
1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame Angela
1994 Lily in Winter Ada Covington Television film
1995 Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored Miss Alice
1996 Soul of the Game Lahoma
1996 The Great White Hype Bambi
1997 True Women Martha Television film
1998 Butter Blusette Ford
1999 Lillie Lillie
2002 Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs Karen
2002 Antwone Fisher Berta Davenport
2002 Baby of the Family Nelli McPherson
2003 Biker Boyz Half & Half
2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Gail Stern
2007 I Am Legend Zoe Neville
2009 Black Dynamite Gloria
2009 Pastor Brown Jessica 'Jesse' Brown Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2010 I Will Follow Maye
2012 We the Party Principal Reynolds
2013 Teachers Christine Television film
2015 Relentless Post-production
2015 The Sin Seer Nia Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Silk Stalkings Shelley Episode: "Wild Card"
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Fenna / Nadell Episode: "Second Sight"
1994 Roc Diane Hubbard Episode: "The Last Temptation of Roc"
1994 New York Undercover Tammy Barrett Episode: "Eyewitness Blues"
1994-1996 Gargoyles Elisa Maza (voice) Series regular, 60 episodes
1996 Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Elisa Maza Series regular, 11 episodes
1997 Stargate SG-1 Drey'auc Episode: "Bloodlines"
1997 Between Brothers Vanessa Episode: "The Player"
1998 The Pretender Cynthia Sloan Episode: "Gigolo Jarod"
1998-1999 Mercy Point Lt. Kim Salisaw Series regular, 8 episodes
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Camille Turner Episode: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire"
2000 Secret Agent Man Rachel Episode: "WhupSumAss"
2000-2001 Rude Awakening Nancy Adams Recurring role, 9 episodes
1999-2002 Family Law Viveca Foster Series regular, 68 episodes
2003 CSI: Miami Laura Recurring role, 5 episodes
2004 Line of Fire Erica Logan Episode: "The Senator"
2004 Second Time Around Amanda Episode: "Coupling Up"
2004 NYPD Blue Bobbi Kingston Episodes: "My Dinner with Andy" and "I Like Ike"
2005 House Sharon Episode: "Sports Medicine"
2005 1-800-Missing Kelly Episode: "Sisterhood"
2005 The War at Home Vanessa Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to the Barbecue"
2006 Bones Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Kurland Episode: "Aliens in a Spaceship"
2009 Criminal Minds Tamara Barnes Episodes: "Hopeless" and "The Eyes Have It"
2006-2012 Eureka Allison Blake Series regular, 77 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
2012 The Finder Athena Brookes Episode: "Life After Death"
2012 The Secret Lives of Wives Reed TV pilot
2012-2013 The Newsroom Jane Barrow Recurring role, 3 episodes
2013 NCIS Carrie Clark Episode: "Alibi"
2014 House of Lies Sandra Joy Episode: "Power(less)"
2014 Castle U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Weston Episode: "The Greater Good"
2014 The Lottery Gabrielle Pilot only, role recast
2014 Being Mary Jane Recurring role

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