Tisha Campbell-Martin

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Not to be confused with Tisha Martin.
Tisha Campbell-Martin
Born Tisha Michelle Campbell
(1968-10-13) October 13, 1968 (age 46)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Education Newark Arts High School
Occupation Actress, Singer, Dancer
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Duane Martin (m. 1996)(2 children)
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Labels Capitol Records
Associated acts Tichina Arnold

Tisha Michelle Campbell-Martin (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is known for her starring roles in the FOX television series Martin as Gina Waters-Payne from 1992 to 1997; and as Janet "Jay" Johnson-Kyle on the ABC television sitcom My Wife and Kids from 2001 to 2005 .

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School.[1] Her mother, Mona (née Raye) Shockley (now Washington), was a nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Clifton Campbell, was a factory worker and singer and does magic tricks at the Fridays restaurant in Winchester, VA.[2] Her parents encouraged her love for music. Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers[2] and a younger sister.


Campbell’s first TV appearance was at the age of 6, in a 1974 episode of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble.[2] As a child, she won many talent shows, going on to appear in such children’s programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales, and Captain Kangaroo. At age 18, she performed in the musical feature film Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon, one of The Supremes-like girl-group Greek Chorus, along with future Martin co-star Tichina Arnold. After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short-lived series Rags to Riches.

In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: “Push” and “Love Me Down”.[3] She also contributed vocals for the soundtrack of her 1997 film Sprung, singing on the remake of “Don’t Ask My Neighbor” with good friend, fellow actress and frequent co-star Tichina Arnold. Campbell also appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two for Will Smith (“Will 2K” and “Wild Wild West”) and Toni Braxton (“You’re Makin' Me High”).

In 1996, Campbell filed a lawsuit against her Martin co-star Martin Lawrence and the show’s producers for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults. HBO Studios eventually settled the case with Campbell so that the show’s last season could be completed. Campbell did return to the Martin set to film the last three episodes of the show’s last season under the condition that she would not appear in any scenes with Lawrence.[4] Campbell later became a member of the American Film Institute and the Writer’s Boot Camp. She then produced the film short A Luv Tale about two women who fall in love with each other. The film won many awards, including the Audience Choice Award at the Black Hollywood Film Festival.

Campbell made guest appearances on the television series Everybody Hates Chris and played the matriarch of the Kyle family, Janet "Jay" Kyle on My Wife and Kids.[5] After My Wife and Kids, Campbell became a part of the sitcoms Rita Rocks and The Protector. In 2012 Campbell starred in Mindless Behavior's music video "Hello." In the video she starred as Prodigy's mom.

Personal life[edit]

On August 17, 1996 [6] she married actor-now-real estate developer Duane Martin. Together they have two sons: Xen, [7] and Ezekiel Czar.[8]


  • "Be Alone Tonight" (School Daze) (1988)
  • "Push" (1992)
  • "Love Me Down" (1993)
  • "Don't Ask My Neighbor" (with Tichina Arnold) (1997)


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Magnificent Major Daisy Bunsen Short film
1980 The Me Nobody Knows Lillie-Mae TV Movie
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Chiffon
1988 School Daze Jane Toussaint
1988 Heart and Soul Jamie Sinclair TV Movie
1989 Rooftops Amber
1990 House Party Sidney
1990 Moe's World Jiwanda TV Movie
1990 Another 48 Hrs. Amy Smith
1991 House Party 2 Sidney
1992 Boomerang Yvonne
1994 House Party 3 Sidney Cameo
1996 Snitch Steimer
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sledge Voice
1997 Sprung Brandy
1998 The Sweetest Gift Ruby Wilson TV Movie
2001 Down to Earth Woman in audience Unncredited
2002 The Last Place on Earth Ann Field
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Delaney's Wife Cameo
2009 Pastor Brown Amanda Carlton
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Uncredited
2011 Lemonade Mouth Jenny Reznick Disney Channel Original Movie
Year Title Role Notes
1987–1988 Rags to Riches Marva Foley Main role
1990 Shannon's Deal 1 episode, Uncredited
1991 A Different World Josie Webb 2 episodes
1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Kathleen "Did the Earth Move for You?"(Season 2 episode 1)
1991 Blossom Toni 2 episodes
1992 Roc Angela Kimbro "A Piece of the Roc" (Season 1 episode 20)
1992–1997 Martin Gina Waters-Payne / Gina Waters Main role, 122 episodes
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Rapunzel Rapunzel (Season 1 episode 8)
1997 Duckman Ebony Sable "Ebony, Baby" (Season 4 episode 15)
1997 Between Brothers Daisy "Dusty's in Love" (Season 1 episode 7)
1998 Getting Personal Michelle / Sandy "Milo Does the Darndest Things" (Season 1 episode 2)
1999 Wasteland Olivia "The Object of My Affection" (Season 1 episode 9)
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Joyce "The Halloween Scene" (Season 5 episode 6)
2001–2005 My Wife and Kids Janet "Jay' Kyle Main role, 123 episodes
2004–2006 All of Us Carmen James Recurring role
Seasons 1, 4 (7 episodes)
2008–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Peaches Recurring role
Seasons 4 (4 episodes)
2008–2009 Rita Rocks Patty Mannix Main role, 40 episodes
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Maggie "The Old Guy" (Season 1 episode 5)
2011 The Protector Michelle Dulcett Main role, 13 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Beyoncé Knowles "Casablankman 2" (Season 5 episode 16)
2012 Private Practice Pam Reiter "You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone"(Season 6 episode 4)
2013 Malibu Country Rikki "Bowling for Mama" (Season 1 episode 14)
2013–present Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 Independent Spirit Award "Best Supporting Female" House Party Nominated
1996 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
1997 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
2002 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2003 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2004 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2004 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2005 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2005 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series" Shared with: Various My Wife and Kids Nominated
2009 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated
2010 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated


  1. ^ "A Brief History, Newark Arts High School". Retrieved August 10, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tisha Campbell-Martin – Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "People are Talking About". Jet 83 (6): 61. November 30, 1992. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gale Contemporary Black Biography: Tisha Campbell-Martin". Answers.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Listings, Everybody Hates Chris". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://simplytisha.com/fanzone-2/happy-anniversary-to-tisha-and-duane Happy 15th Anniversary To The Martins
  7. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20135181,00.html Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, 32, of ABC's My Wife and Kids, and her husband, actor Duane Martin, 36, had their first child, a boy named Xen, on Aug. 8 in L.A....
  8. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20350606,00.html Tisha,Duane Welcome 2nd Son Ezekial Czar Martin

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