Whitley at the Comic Con in San Diego, 2011
Kym Elizabeth Whitley
July 21, 1961
|Alma mater||Fisk University|
Kym Elizabeth Whitley (born July 21, 1961) is an American comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as Animal Practice, The Boondocks, Young & Hungry and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.
Early life and education
Whitley was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio to Kaysonia and William Whitley. Her father, William Whitley, was a founding partner of the black architectural firm of Whitley and Whitley. Whitley and Whitley was involved with work on Tower City Center, the Cleveland State University Convocation Center, Lincoln Junior High School, the Lee-Harvard Branch of Cleveland Public Library, the Central Area Multi-Service Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse development. They were also involved in a joint venture to design and build Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field), home to the Cleveland Indians. She attended Shaker Heights High School (graduating in 1979) and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was initiated into the Alpha Beta chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
In 1989, Whitley got her big break starring in Shelly Garrett's popular play Beauty Shop, which started in Los Angeles then later traveled across the U.S. Whitley's major acting roles include the short-lived sitcoms My Brother and Me and Sparks. She made guest appearances on several television sitcoms, including The Parent 'Hood, Married... with Children, Moesha, That's So Raven, The Parkers, My Wife and Kids and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also hosted the short-lived BET show Oh Drama (2000). Whitley also had a small role in Next Friday as Craig's aunt Suga. She was one of the group called "The Adults", who were adult cast members in the earlier seasons of All That. In the early spring of 2010, Whitley was a co-host with R&B musician Brian McKnight on the short-lived talk show The Brian McKnight Show. From 2012 to 2013, Whitley had a recurring role on the BET comedy Let's Stay Together as Charmaine Wax.
Kym's reality docu-series entitled Raising Whitley on the Oprah Winfrey Network premiered on April 20, 2013 with a total of 1.2 million viewers, making it the fifth most-widely viewed premiere in the history of the network. OWN ordered a second season, which premiered on January 4, 2014.
Whitley joined the cast of the television sitcom Young & Hungry which premiered on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2014, where she plays Josh's housekeeper Yolanda. The show ran for five seasons, ending in 2018.
In 2017, she guest starred in the web series The Bay where she played Big Candi. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.
In 2018, she guest starred in the "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None as Denise's aunt Joyce, and sister to Angela Bassett's character. The episode won an Emmy for Best Writing for Master of None's actors Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe
Whitley has two older brothers, Kyle and Scott.
|1999||Beverly Hood||Nola Washington|
|2000||Next Friday||Auntie Suga|
|2000||Nutty Professor II: The Klumps||Party Guest|
|2001||House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute||Judy Harris – Jon Jon's Mom|
|2003||Deliver Us from Eva||Ormandy|
|2004||Up Against the 8 Ball||Mrs. Thompson|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Gladys|
|2005||The Perfect Man||Dolores|
|2005||L.A. Dicks||Madame Opal|
|2005||Fun with Dick and Jane||KostMart Training Leader|
|2005||The Golden Blaze||Mother Johnson||voice|
|2008||Cuttin' da Mustard|
|2008||College Road Trip||Michelle Porter|
|2008||The Hustle||Miss Tanya|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Female Co-Worker #1|
|2010||Something Like a Business||Sasha|
|2011||35 and Ticking||Shavelle|
|2011||The Life & Times of Tim||Tanya|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Jessica Morgan|
|2011||We Bought a Zoo||Store Clerk|
|2013||Ticket to Vegas||Monik|
|2013||Anything is Possible||Ms. Kim|
|2014||A Haunted House 2||Church Lady|
|2017||Fist Fight||911 Operator|
|2018||The Weekend||Karen Barber|
|1992||Vinnie & Bobby||Glodine||Episode: "Spring Is in the Air"|
|1994||My Brother and Me||Mrs. Pinckney||5 episodes|
|1995||The Parent Hood||Muriel||Episode: "Wendell and Muriel's Wedding"|
|1995||Martin||Louisa||Episode: "Uptown Friday Night"|
|1996||Married... with Children||Danielle||Episode: "The Hood, the Bud & the Kelly: Part 2"|
|1996–98||Sparks||Darice Mayberry||Main role, 40 episodes|
|1998||The Wayans Bros.||Phyllis||Episode: "Misery"|
|1999||Arli$$||Susan Caldwell||Episode: "Our Past, Our Present, Our Future"|
|1999||Silk Hope||Grace||TV movie|
|2000||Grown Ups||Kim||Episode: "Valentine J"|
|2000||A Private Affair||Cheryl||TV movie|
|2000||Moesha||Gertrude||Episode: "The Candidate"|
|2001–04||The Parkers||Gertie||Recurring role|
|2002||My Wife and Kids||Wanda||3 episodes|
|2002||What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway||Ms. Wells||TV movie|
|2003||The Proud Family||Caramel Jones||Episode: "Adventures in BeBe-Sitting"|
|2004, 2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Monena||Episodes: "The Car Pool Lane" and "Never Wait for Seconds!"|
|2004||1-800-Missing||DEA Agent Dominique Shaw||Episode: "Domestic Bliss"|
|2004||One on One||Liza||Episode: "Who Brought the Jive Turkey?"|
|2004||Significant Others||Nurse||Episode: "Intercourse, an Official Gathering & a Big Fat Lie"|
|2005||The Catch||Honey Commons||TV movie|
|2005||That's So Raven||Cousin Vicky||Episodes: "Country Cousins: Part 1" and "Country Cousins: Part 2"|
|2005||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Norlisa||Episodes: "Booty Noir" and "Harvey's Civvy"|
|2005||Grey's Anatomy||Yvonne||Episode: "Into You Like a Train"|
|2006||Love, Inc||Arsenetta||Episode: "Arrested Development"|
|2006||Reno 911!||Kay Kay||Episode: "The Junior Brothers"|
|2006||Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness||Ms. Attitude||TV movie|
|2006||Standoff||Angela Worthington||Episode: "Accidental Negotiator"|
|2006||Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street||Ms. Attitude||TV movie|
|2007||Making It Legal||Theresa||TV movie|
|2008||Crusin' for Love with Kym Whitley||Herself||TV movie|
|The Cleveland Show||Auntie Momma||4 episodes|
|2008–09||'Til Death||Tina||4 episodes|
|The Boondocks||Various characters||8 episodes|
|2010||Jonas||Officer Evie||Episode: "And... Action!"|
|2010–2011||Meet the Browns||Yvonne||Episodes: "Meet the Neighbor" and "Meet the Knock-Off"|
|2011||Nick Swardson's Pretend Time||Baneequwa||Episode: "Show Me on the Doll"|
|2011||Hot in Cleveland||Jada||Episode: "Elka's Choice"|
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Black Administrator||Episode: "The Black Doctor"|
|2011–12||The Life & Times of Tim||Tanya Miller||2 episodes|
|Black Dynamite||Honeybee||20 episodes|
|Let's Stay Together||Charmaine Wax||5 episodes|
|2012–13||Animal Practice||Juanita||Main role, 9 episodes|
|2013||2 Broke Girls||Shirley||Episodes: "And the Big Hole" and "And the Worst Selfie Ever"|
|2013–16||Raising Whitley||Herself||Reality Series|
|2013–14||Baby Daddy||Margaret Jenson||Episodes: "Whatever Lola Wants" & "An Affair Not To Remember"|
|2014–18||Young & Hungry||Yolanda||Main role, 71 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Aunt Cudi||Episode: "Judy Greer Wears a Navy Blouse and Strappy Sandals"|
|2016||Kocktails with Khloé||Herself||1 episode|
|2017||Master of None||Joyce||Episode: "Thanksgiving"|
|2018||K.C. Undercover||Craig's future mother-in-law/Her twin sister||1 episode|
|2018||Braxton Family Values||Herself||1 episode|
|2018–19||Pinky Malinky||Mrs. Malinky (voice)||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2019||Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition||Herself||Reality series|
|2019||The Neighborhood||LaTonya||Episode: "Welcome to Bowling"|
|2019||Forever||Sharon||Episodes: "Together Forever" and "June"|
|2019||Fuller House||Mayor Boone||Episodes: "The Mayor's Bird"|
Awards and nominations
|2004||BET Comedy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office movie||Deliver Us From Eva||Nominated|||
|2016||7th Indie Series Awards||Best Guest Actress – Drama||The Bay||Won|||
|2017||44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting or Guest Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series||The Bay||Nominated|||
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