|Born||Michael Michele Williams
August 30, 1966
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Michael Michele (born August 30, 1966) is an American actress and fashion designer. She played Dr. Cleo Finch on the NBC medical drama ER and Det. Rene Sheppard on the NBC police procedural Homicide: Life on the Street. Her films include the Academy Award-nominated biographical drama Ali.
Michele was born Michael Michele Williams in Evansville, Indiana, the elder of two daughters. Her father is white and her mother is black. Her father is a furniture-rental entrepreneur and her mother was employed by Bristol-Myers. She was named for her mother's best friend, Michael Ann. Michele attended Howard Roosa Elementary School and Benjamin Bosse High School, where she was active on the basketball team. She has a son J. Brandon, born December 21, 2004.
Michele has appeared in music videos by R&B singers Freddie Jackson and Eric Gable. In 1989 she sued actor Eddie Murphy in a high-profile Hollywood lawsuit alleging she was fired from the movie Harlem Nights for rejecting his romantic advances. "She had the role that's now being played by Jasmine Guy, from A Different World," Murphy told Rolling Stone. "The fact of the matter is, I wanted someone with greater marquee value than Michael Michele. She wasn't working out. As for her claim that I was touching her, realistically speaking, if you're gonna be a sleaze and try to fuck somebody, you try to fuck 'em before you give 'em the part… In her lawsuit, she says I tried to touch her, like I was a pervert. I never tried to touch this woman. We had, like, four conversations, each time with up to sixty people around us on a sound stage. But the lawsuit itself didn't bother me. Lawsuits for me are an occupational hazard."
Michele is known for her role as Dr. Cleo Finch on the television series ER from 1999–2002 and her role as Det. Rene Sheppard on the final season of Homicide: Life on the Street. She also had a starring role in the short-lived television series Kevin Hill and a recurring role in New York Undercover. Michele played the role of Veronica Porsche Ali in the 2001 film Ali. She appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that aired in early 2007. She also appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of House as a doctor who had previously worked with the CIA. In 2009 Michele appeared in the Hallmark Channel original movie Relative Stranger with fellow ER cast member Eriq La Salle. In 2011, Michele had a recurring role on the CW teen drama Gossip Girl.
|1991||New Jack City||Selina|
|1997||The 6th Man||R.C. St. John|
|1998||The Substitute 2: School's Out||Kara Lavelle||Straight-to-DVD|
|2001||Ali||Veronica Porsche Ali|
|2002||Dark Blue||Beth Williamson||Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2003||How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days||Judy Spears||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain|
|1991||Private Times||Failed TV pilot (see: Al B. Sure)|
|1992–93||Dangerous Curves||Holly Williams||Co-lead role, 34 episodes|
|1994–95||New York Undercover||Sandra Gil||Recurring role (season 1), 12 episodes|
|1995–96||Central Park West||Nikki Sheridan||Main role, 21 episodes|
|1998-1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Detective Rene Sheppard||Main role (season 7), 22 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
|1999||Law & Order||Det. Rene Sheppard||Episode: "Sideshow"|
|1999–2002||ER||Dr. Cleo Finch||Main role (seasons 6–8), 55 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2001)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2001)
|2000||Homicide: The Movie||Detective Rene Sheppard||Television movie|
|2004–05||Kevin Hill||Jessie Gray||Main role, 22 episodes|
|2005||The Hunt for the BTK Killer||Detective Baines||Television movie|
|2006||Company Town||Bridget Wilson||Television pilot|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Valerie Sennet||Episode: "Burned"|
|2007||House||Dr. Samira Terzi||Episodes: "Whatever It Takes", "Ugly"|
|2007||Judy's Got a Gun||Pamela Coates||Television pilot|
|2009||Relative Stranger||Charlotte||Television movie|
|2011||Gossip Girl||Jane||3 episodes|
|2014||Delirium||Elyse Hargrove||Television pilot|
|2015||The Following||Sheila||Episode: "A Hostile Witness"|
|2016||Blue Bloods||Lois Potter||Episode: "Unbearable Loss"|
- Reid, Cynthia (26 December 2011). "Actress Michael Michele Adds Fashion Designer To Her Resume". Retrieved 4 June 2016.
- Susan Schindehette; Sue Carswell; Vicki Sheff (May 29, 1989). "Pink-Slipped by Eddie Murphy, Michael Michele Vows Their Only Date Will Be in Court". People. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- Lipton, Michael A. (April 10, 2000). "All the Right Moves". People. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- Zehme, Bill (1989-08-24). "Eddie Murphy: Call Him Money". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
- TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 202. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9.
- "The 50 Hottest Biracial Women". Complex Magazine. Retrieved April 30, 2014.