Kellita Smith

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Kellita Smith
Born (1969-01-15) January 15, 1969 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1][2]
Nationality American
Education Santa Rosa Junior College
Occupation
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • model
Years active 1993–present
Known for Wanda McCulloughThe Bernie Mac Show
Home town Oakland, California

Kellita Smith (born January 15, 1969)[3] is an American comedian, model and actress. Smith is perhaps best known for her role as Wanda McCullough, Bernie Mac's wife in the FOX sitcom The Bernie Mac Show which originally ran from 2001 to 2006.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois[5][6], Smith was raised in Oakland, California.[7] Smith studied at Santa Rosa Junior College, receiving her associate degree in political science.

In early years, Smith worked as a model. Smith began her acting career on stage in a regional productions of Tell It Like It Tiz.[8] Other theatrical credits include the Los Angeles productions of No Place to be Somebody at the K.C. Theatre Company, Feelings (The Hudson Theatre) for which she won an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1996,[8] The Thirteenth Thorn (Complex Theatre) for which she was nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Actress, and One Woman Two Lives, which premiered at The Imagined Life Theater in July 2009.

On television, Smith made her debut in an episode of In Living Color and later guest-starred on Living Single, Moesha, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Parkers and NYPD Blue. She had the recurring roles in Martin, Sister, Sister, Malcolm & Eddie and The Jamie Foxx Show. In 2001 she was cast opposite Bernie Mac in the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show. The series aired on Fox for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. She was nominated four times for a NAACP Image Award for her role as Wanda McCullough on The Bernie Mac Show. In film, Smith co-starred alongside Mo'Nique in the Hair Show (2004), and later appeared in Fair Game, King's Ransom, Roll Bounce and Three Can Play That Game.

In 2012, Smith returned to television with the role of First Lady Katherine Johnson in the syndicated sitcom, The First Family.[9] In 2014, Smith was cast as Roberta Warren in the Syfy post-apocalyptic series, Z Nation.[10] In this role, she also appeared on Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! in 2015.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 House Party 3 Maxine Uncredited
1995 The Crossing Guard Tanya
2000 Retiring Tatiana CeCe
2000 Masquerade Monica Television film
2001 Kingdom Come Bernice Talbot
2004 Hair Show Angela Whittaker
2005 Fair Game Cheryl
2005 King's Ransom Renee King
2005 Roll Bounce Vivian
2007 Three Can Play That Game Carla
2007 Feel the Noise Tanya
2010 Conspiracy X Justice Jackie Woods
2010 From Cape Town with Love Marsha Short film
2011 She's Not Our Sister Vivian Television film
2012 Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation Madame L
2013 The Love Section Pat Darden
2014 Imperial Dreams Tanya
2014 The Choir Director Anita Emerson
2015 A Deadly Adoption Officer F. Mason Television Film
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Sergeant Roberta Warren Television Film
2015 The Man in 3B Det. Anderson
2017 The Preacher's Son Anita Emerson

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 In Living Color Episode: "Dirty Little Dick"
1993 Living Single Susan Episode: "A Kiss Before Lying"
1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Jaclyn Episode: "Clothes Make the Man"
1994–1995 Martin Tracy Recurring role, 10 episodes
1995 Sister, Sister Tonya Recurring role, 3 episodes
1996 The Wayans Bros. Claire Episode: "Hearts and Flowers"
1996 Dangerous Minds Dominique Episode: "Hair Affair"
1996 Moesha Melba Episode: "Women Are from Mars, Men Are from Saturn"
1997 High Incident Episode: "Remote Control"
1997 Malcolm & Eddie Danielle Recurring role, 4 episodes
1997 The Parent 'Hood Sheila Episode: "Zaria Peterson's Day Off"
1997–1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Cherise Recurring role, 7 episodes
1999 The Steve Harvey Show Ava Whitley Episode: "Little Stevie Blunder"
1999 The Parkers Valerie Maxwell Episode: "And the Band Plays On"
2000 For Your Love Sophia Episode: "The Special Delivery"
2001 Nash Bridges Regina Adams Episode: "Kill Joy"
2001 NYPD Blue Mrs. Childs Episode: "Under Covers"
2001–2006 The Bernie Mac Show Wanda McCullough Series regular, 104 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2003-2005)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2006)
Nominated — BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2004-2005)
2012–2015 The First Family First Lady Katherine Johnson Series regular, 36 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2013)
2014–present Z Nation Lieutenant Roberta Warren Main Role
2017 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "Fusion/Confusion"
2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TBA Episode: TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viera, Bené (December 13, 2013). "FOUR FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT KELLITA SMITH". Centric TV. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Roberta Warren (KELLITA SMITH)". SYFY. 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ Smith, Kellita. "Birthday Clarification". Twitter. Kellita Smith. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kellita Smith - Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kellita Smith". TV Guide. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Today's Black Woman". Google Books. January 2002. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ Berry, S. Torriano (2009). "The A to Z of African American Cinema". Google Books. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Kellita Smith". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Byron Allen Syndicated Comedy 'First Family' Announces Cast". Deadline. March 28, 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Kaitlin Thomas (June 19, 2014). "Syfy Zombie Drama Z Nation Casts Lost, Supernatural Alums". TV Guide. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! SyFy Cheese with Extra Anchovies". MikesFilmTalk. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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