Kellita Smith

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Kellita Smith
Born (1969-01-15) January 15, 1969 (age 53)
EducationSanta Rosa Junior College
  • Actress
  • model
  • comedian
Years active1993–present
Known forWanda McCulloughThe Bernie Mac Show

Kellita Smith (born January 15, 1969)[3] is an American actress, model and comedian. She is best known for her role as Wanda McCullough, Bernie Mac's wife on the FOX sitcom The Bernie Mac Show.[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 production 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 recurring roles in Martin, Sister, Sister, and Malcolm & Eddie before co-starring on The Jamie Foxx Show from 1997 to 1999. 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 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] In the Cut is an American sitcom created by Bentley Kyle Evans that debuted on Bounce TV on August 25, 2015.[1] Seth Kelley. "Bounce TV Orders Original Comedy Series 'In The Cut'". Variety. Retrieved 28 January 2016. Kellita Smith as Cheryl (season 2–present), the new owner of the beauty salon Cheryl's, and Jay's wife. On March 19, 2020, it was announced that the sixth season would premiere on April 1, 2020.[8] ""In the Cut" Returns for New Season Starting April 1st on Bounce". The Futon Critic. March 19, 2020.

She is also described as B. Rosenberger Rosenberg's African American girlfriend in Charlie Kaufman’s novel Antkind.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 House Party 3 Girl in Yellow & Black Dress
1995 The Crossing Guard Tanya
1999 Q: The Movie Mo Mo
2000 Retiring Tatiana CeCe
Masquerade Monica TV Movie
2001 Kingdom Come Bernice Talbot
2004 Hair Show Angela Whittaker
2005 Fair Game Cheryl
King's Ransom Renee King
Roll Bounce Vivian
2007 Three Can Play That Game Carla
Feel the Noise Tanya
2010 From Cape Town with Love Marsha Short
Conspiracy X Justice Jackie Woods
2011 She's Not Our Sister Vivian TV Movie
2012 Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation Madame L
Sistaah Friend Super Shero of Truth Short
2013 The Love Section Pat Darden
2014 Imperial Dreams Tanya
2015 A Deadly Adoption Officer F. Mason TV Movie
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Sergeant Roberta Warren TV Movie
The Man in 3B Det. Anderson
2017 The Preacher's Son Anita Emerson
2018 The Choir Director Anita Emerson
2020 Influence Carla Hudson


Year Title Role Notes
1993 In Living Color - Episode: "Dirty Little Dick"
Living Single Susan Episode: "A Kiss Before Lying"
1994 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Jaclyn Episode: "Clothes Make the Man"
1994–95 Martin Tracy Recurring Cast: Season 3
1995 Sister, Sister Tonya Recurring Cast: Season 3
1996 The Wayans Bros. Claire Episode: "Hearts and Flowers"
Dangerous Minds Dominique Episode: "Hair Affair"
Moesha Melba Episode: "Women Are from Mars, Men Are from Saturn"
1997 High Incident - Episode: "Remote Control"
Malcolm & Eddie Danielle Recurring Cast: Season 1
The Parent 'Hood Sheila Episode: "Zaria Peterson's Day Off"
1997–99 The Jamie Foxx Show Cherise Recurring Cast: Season 2-3
1999 The Steve Harvey Show Ava Whitley Episode: "Little Stevie Blunder"
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"
NYPD Blue Mrs. Childs Episode: "Under Covers"
2001–06 The Bernie Mac Show Wanda "Baby" McCullough Main Cast
2012–15 The First Family First Lady Katherine Johnson Main Cast
2014–18 Z Nation Lieutenant Roberta Warren Main Cast
2016– In the Cut Cheryl Main Cast: Season 2-
2017 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "Fusion/Confusion"
2020 Two Degrees Herself Episode: "U.B.E.R."
2021 This Is Us Elizabeth Dubois Episode: "Birth Mother"
BET Her Presents: The Couch Mrs. Childs Main Cast
Lace Judge Sears Recurring Cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2003 NAACP Image Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series "The Bernie Mac Show" Nominated
2004 Nominated
2005 Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 "The First Family" Nominated


  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. ^ Nathan Southern (2014). "Kellita Smith - Biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. 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. ISBN 9780810870345. 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 Hollywood. 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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