Wendy Raquel Robinson

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Wendy Raquel Robinson
WendyRaquelRobinsonHWOFMay2013.jpg
Robinson in May 2013
Born (1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Wendy Robinson
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Marco Perkins (m. 2003)

Wendy Raquel Robinson (born July 25, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as high school principal Regina Grier on the The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show (1996-2002), and as sports agent Tasha Mack on the The CW/BET comedy series The Game (as of 2006).

Life and career[edit]

Robinson was born in Los Angeles. She attended Howard University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama.[1][2] She made her acting debut in 1993 on an episode of Martin. That same year she guest starred on episodes of Thea and The Sinbad Show.

In 1995, Robinson co-starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom Minor Adjustments, starring Rondell Sheridan. The following year she won the role of Regina "Piggy" Grier in The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show which aired for six seasons. After the series ended its run in 2002, she appeared on the short-lived sketch comedy series Cedric the Entertainer Presents. Robinson also made guest appearances on The Parkers, All of Us, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Robinson has also appeared in several films including The Walking Dead, followed by roles in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Ringmaster (1998), Two Can Play That Game (2001), and Rebound (2005).

In 2007, Robinson began portraying the role of Tasha Mack, in the comedy The Game.[3] After three seasons, the series was canceled by The CW in May 2008.[4] BET struck a deal with The Game's parent company CBS to develop new episodes of the series, relocating taping of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta,[5] and announcing its renewal at the April 2010 upfronts.[6] The Game returned to the air for a fourth season on January 11, 2011,[7] She also appeared on Shonda Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy in 2010. In 2014, she was cast as Cruella de Vil in the Disney's Descendants.[8][9]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1996, Robinson co-founded the Amazing Grace Conservatory,[10] a school that predominately serves children from 8 to 18 years old from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds in the fields of the arts and media production.[11][12] Robinson has served as the school's Executive Director since its inception. The school has provided a safe heaven and training for thousands of young people. Some of the most notable members are: Rhyon Nicole Brown,[13][14][15] Elle Varner,[16][17][18] and Selena Thurmond (Disney correspondent).[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Hawkins' Assistant Television film
1995 The Walking Dead Celeste
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Gwen
1998 Ringmaster Starletta
2000 Miss Congeniality Leslie Davis, Miss California
2001 Two Can Play That Game Karen
2003 With or Without You Serena
2003 Mind Games Natalie, the Hairstylist
2004 Reflections: A Story of Redemption Maya Short film
2005 Squirrel Man Sonya Wendell Short film
2005 Rebound Jeanie Ellis
2006 Something New Cheryl
2008 Peaches Peaches
2009 Contradictions of the Heart Kim
2010 When the Lights Go Out Sheila
2011 He's Mine Not Yours Sophia
2011 35 and Ticking Callise
2014 Revival!
2015 Descendants Cruella de Vil
2015 Chasing Yesterday Susan

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Martin Vanessa Tucker 1 episode
1993 The Sinbad Show Yvette 1 episode
1993 Thea Patrice Washington 1 episode
1994 Dream On Tiffany 1 episode
1994 Me and the Boys Amelia 1 episode
1994 Sisters Mannequin #2 1 episode
1995 The Watcher 1 episode
1995 Vanishing Son Linda 1 episode
1995 Minor Adjustments Rachel Aims Series regular, 20 episodes
1996 NYPD Blue Lucy Kinley 2 episodes
1996–2002 The Steve Harvey Show Principal Regina Grier Series regular, 122 episodes
1998 Getting Personal Kaylene 3 episodes
2000–2002 Baby Blues Josie (Voice) 2 episodes
2002 A Baby Blues Christmas Special Josie/Madge (Voice) Television movie
2002 Yes, Dear Andrea 1 episode
2002 Cedric the Entertainer Presents Various characters Series regular, 18 episodes
2002 The Proud Family Leslie Parker (Voice) 1 episode
2003 The Parkers Dr. Shepherd 1 episode
2004–2005 All of Us Sarah Willis 3 episodes
2005-2010 The Boondocks Tanisha Simmons (Voice)
2006 The New Adventures of Old Christine Anita 1 episode
2006 Girlfriends Tasha 1 episode
2006–present The Game Tasha Mack Series regular, 125 episodes
2007 Family Guy Voice 1 episode
2010 Grey's Anatomy Officer Gina Thompson Episode: "Sympathy for the Parents"
2014 See Dad Run Alicia Barnes Episode: "See Dad Run Until He Drops"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Series
2000 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Steve Harvey Show
2001 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Steve Harvey Show
2002 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Steve Harvey Show
2003 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Cedric the Entertainer Presents
2008 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Game
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Game
2010 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Game
2012 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Game
2013 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Game
2014 Won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series The Game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wendy Raquel Robinson Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Wendy Raquel Robinson Biography". cw.com. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Tasha Mack Wendy Raquel Robinson". BET. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Stransky, Tanner (May 21, 2009). "INSIDE TV The CW announces fall schedule: 'Melrose Place' paired with '90210". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Murray, Jawn. "The Game Sitcom's Return On BET". aolblackvoices.com. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ Murray, Jawn (October 6, 2010). "BET puts sitcom back in 'The Game'". variety.com. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "'The Game': Season Four Starts on BET in January 2011 at 10 pm est". tvseriesfinale.com. October 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Andrea Seikaly @AndiSeikaly (2014-05-23). "Disney Confirms ‘Descendants’ Villains". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Wendy Raquel Robinson to Play Cruella de Vil in Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants’". EURweb. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  10. ^ http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.org/#!founders/ce23
  11. ^ http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.org/#!computer-lab/cajc
  12. ^ "Behind the Lens with Leroy Hamilton - A minute @ AGC with Wendy Raquel Robinson". YouTube. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0114499/bio
  14. ^ TV.com (2007-05-26). "Rhyon Nicole Brown". TV.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  15. ^ "Rhyon Nicole Brown Biography". Buddytv.com. 1992-10-06. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  16. ^ http://www.bet.com/music/style-stories/articles/elle-varner.html
  17. ^ "2013 Soul Beach Music Festival - Elle Varner". Soulbeach.net. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  18. ^ Jonathan Moore (2014-03-13). "Elle Varner Who Is She? Elle is a singer and... | Verses and Flow". Versesandflow.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  19. ^ http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.org/#!amazing-alumni/cqrk

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