Cassi Davis

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Cassi Davis
Born Cassandra Davis
(1964-07-30) July 30, 1964 (age 52)
Holly Springs, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1988–present

Cassandra "Cassi" Davis (born July 30, 1964) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne".

Life and career[edit]

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi,[1][2] Davis' acting career began in 1988 with her role in the Spike Lee film School Daze. Her early television credits include appearances on Living Single, Married... with Children, Kenan & Kel, Boycott, and The PJ's. She established her acting career by appearing in Tyler Perry productions such as Madea's Family Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail, Daddy's Little Girls, and Tyler Perry's House of Payne.[3]

Davis attended Spelman College in Atlanta and majored in music. She left the college one credit short of graduation, because she was not allowed to perform religious music during her senior recital. Davis returned to Spelman in 2008 to complete her degree, graduating in November of that year.[4]

She has credited her devout, born-again Christian faith as the main reason behind her professional success.[5]


Film & Plays
Year Film Role Notes
1988 School Daze Paula
1994 Silent Bomb Kate short
2004 He Says...She Says...But What Does GOD Say Sister Tiny
2005 Love On Layaway Wilanetta
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Aunt Sarah
2006 Madea Goes To Jail Ella Cincaid
2010 Madea's Big Happy Family Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2011 °A Madea Christmas Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2011 Aunt Bam's Place Betty Ann " Aunt Bam" Murphy
2014 Madea's Neighbors from Hell Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2014 Hamelt & Hutch Jenice
2015 "Madea on the run]](play) Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2015 Madea's Tough Love Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2016 Boo! A Madea Halloween Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
Year Film Role Notes
1993 Living Single Francine Episode: "In The Black It's Beautiful"
1994 Chicago Hope Nurse #1 Episode: "Food Chains"
1996 Moesha
1996 Married... with Children Patty Episode: "Crimes Against Obesity"
1999 Kenan & Kel Kitty Episode: "He Got Job"
1999–2001 The PJs HUD woman (Voice) Recurring Role; 26 episodes
2000 The Parkers Big Woman
2001 Boycott Cook Television movie
2006–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Ella Williams-Payne/Ella Payne Series Regular; 108 episodes

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2010)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2009, 2011, 2013)

2009 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Ella Williams-Payne/Ella Payne Episode: "Meet the Christmas Spirit"


  1. ^ "Cassi Davis Biography". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Holly Springs Star!! Cassandra "Cassi" Davis". Visit Holly Springs. August 21, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Cast of Tyler Perry's House of Payne". Jet. June 2007. 
  4. ^ House of Payne' Star Cassi Davis Graduating From College—25 Years Later
  5. ^ The 700 Club - Cassi Davis: House of Grace

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