King at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Regina Rene King
January 15, 1971
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Ian Alexander, Sr.
(m. 1997; div. 2007)
Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971) is an American actress and director. King first gained attention in 1985 for her role in the NBC television series 227. She appeared in both television and film, rising to greater prominence with roles in the films Friday (1995), Jerry Maguire (1996), and the crime television series Southland (2009–2013). From 2015 to 2017, King starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards, and in 2018, she starred in the Netflix miniseries Seven Seconds, for which she won her third Emmy Award. Also in 2018, her role as a troubled mother in the film If Beale Street Could Talk won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
King's other television roles include voice work for Huey and Riley Freeman on the Adult Swim animated series The Boondocks, the drama series The Leftovers (2015–2017), and the sitcom The Big Bang Theory. She has also played supporting roles in the films Boyz n the Hood (1991), Poetic Justice (1993), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), Ray (2004), and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005). In 2019, she starred in the HBO superhero series Watchmen.
King has also directed episodes for several television shows, including Scandal in 2015 and 2016 and This Is Us in 2017. She has also directed the music video for the 2010 song "Finding My Way Back" by Jaheim. Time magazine named King one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.
Early life and education
King was born in Los Angeles and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. She is the eldest daughter of Gloria (Cain), a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. King's parents divorced in 1979. King's younger sister is former actress Reina King, who appeared on What's Happening Now!! King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988 and later attended the University of Southern California.
King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227, a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday. In 1996, she starred in the Martin Lawrence dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. King gained fame starring in the 1996 blockbuster romantic comedy film Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character. She played Will Smith's character's wife in Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Ray and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
Beginning in the mid-2000s, she had ongoing roles on several TV series, including acclaimed work as the voice of Huey and Riley Freeman for the animated series The Boondocks and Detective Lydia Adams on the TNT police drama Southland. She also appeared in roles on 24, The Big Bang Theory, and Shameless. In 2007 she played Lisa Moore in This Christmas. She was a cast member on ABC's John Ridley-penned ensemble drama American Crime, and played a devout member of the Nation of Islam and sister to a drug addict accused of murder.
In September 2015 and September 2016, King won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for American Crime. In 2018, she played the role of the mother of a murdered black teenager in Netflix original series Seven Seconds, winning her third Primetime Emmy Award. Her performance in the 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins, garnered critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In July 2019, it was announced King would direct One Night in Miami based upon the play of the same name. Principal photography began in January 2020, with Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. starring in the film.
In 1997, King married Ian Alexander, but they divorced in 2007. They have one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born January 19, 1996. King dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner from 2011 until March 2013.
|1991||Boyz n the Hood||Shalika|
|1996||A Thin Line Between Love and Hate||Mia Williams|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Marcee Tidwell|
|1998||How Stella Got Her Groove Back||Vanessa|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Carla Dean|
|1998||Mighty Joe Young||Cecily Banks|
|1999||Love and Action in Chicago||Lois Newton|
|2001||Down to Earth||Sontee Jenkins|
|2002||Truth Be Told||Rayne|
|2003||Daddy Day Care||Kim Hinton|
|2003||Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde||Grace Rossiter|
|2004||A Cinderella Story||Rhonda|
|2005||Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous||Sam Fuller|
|2006||The Ant Bully||Kreela||Voice|
|2007||Year of the Dog||Layla|
|2007||This Christmas||Lisa Whitfield-Moore|
|2010||Our Family Wedding||Angela|
|2013||Let the Church Say Amen||Director|
|2014||Planes: Fire & Rescue||Dynamite||Voice|
|2018||If Beale Street Could Talk||Sharon Rivers|
|1985–1990||227||Brenda Jenkins||Main role (seasons 1–5)|
|1994||Northern Exposure||Mother Nature||Episode: "Baby Blues"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Marah||Episode: "Tasha"|
|1995||Living Single||Zina||Episode: "The Shake-Up"|
|1999||Where the Truth Lies||Lillian Rose-Martin||Television film|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Allie||Television film|
|2002||Leap of Faith||Cynthia||Main role (season 1)|
|2002||Damaged Care||Cheryl Griffith||Television film|
|2005–2014||The Boondocks||Riley Freeman / Huey Freeman (voices)||Main role (seasons 1–4)|
|2006||Women in Law||N/A||Pilot|
|2007||24||Sandra Palmer||Main role (season 6)|
|2008||Living Proof||Ellie Jackson||Television film|
|2009–2013||Southland||Detective Lydia Adams||Main role (seasons 1–5)|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "Dragazines"|
|2013–2014; 2017; 2019||The Big Bang Theory||Janine Davis||6 episodes|
|2014||The Strain||Ruby Wain||3 episodes|
|2014||Shameless||Gail Johnson||4 episodes|
|2014||The Gabby Douglas Story||Natalie Hawkins||Television film|
|2015–2017||American Crime||Aliyah Shadeed||Recurring role (season 1)|
|Terri LaCroix||Main role (season 2)|
|Kimara Walters||Main role (season 3)|
|2015, 2017||The Leftovers||Erika Murphy||Main role (season 2); guest role (season 3)|
|2018||Seven Seconds||Latrice Butler||Main role|
|2019||Watchmen||Angela Abar / Sister Night||Main role|
|2013||Southland||Episode: "Off Duty"|
|2015||Being Mary Jane||6 episodes|
|2016||The Catch||Episode: "The Princess and the I.P."|
|2016||Animal Kingdom||Episode: "Child Care"|
|2016||Greenleaf||Episode: "Veni, Vidi, Vici"|
|2016||Pitch||Episode: "The Break"|
|2017||This Is Us||Episode: "The 20s"|
|2017||Shameless||Episode: "Fuck Paying It Forward"|
|2018||The Good Doctor||Episode: "Heartfelt"|
|2020||One Night in Miami||Feature film; also executive producer|
As music video director
|2010||"Finding My Way Back"||Jaheim|
|2011||"Not My Daddy"||Kelly Price featuring Stokley|
Awards and nominations
- "Regina King profile at". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- Davis, Viola (April 17, 2019). "Regina King". Time. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
- "Regina King Biography (1971-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, December 17, 2018
- "Regina King profile at Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- 1988 Westchester High School Yearbook (Los Angeles, California)
- "The scene stealer". Vulture. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155.
- "Regina King's Most Memorable Roles". Essence.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
- "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate". Variety. March 31, 1996. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- Morris, Wesley (March 6, 2016). "Regina King Has So Many Stories to Tell". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- "Enemy of the State". austinchronicle.com. November 20, 1998. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- "Review: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous". Slant magazine. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- "Regina King". IMDb. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- "Regina King is the queen of 'Southland'". Newsday. February 25, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- "Aliyah Shadeed played by Regina King". ABC. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- McNary, Dave (October 25, 2017). "Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- Petski, Denise (September 17, 2018). "Regina King Lands Her Third Emmy; Portrays Mom Whose Son Is Killed By Police". Deadline. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- "Regina King wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Beale Street'". Reuters. February 24, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- Day-Ramos, Dino (July 9, 2019). "Regina King To Direct Adaptation Of 'One Night In Miami'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
- Fleming Jr (January 7, 2020). "Regina King Directing Debut 'One Night In Miami' Underway With Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge & Leslie Odom Jr As '60s Icons". Mike. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
- "Malcolm Jamal Warner, Regina King Calls It Quits After Two Year Relationship (UPDATE)". HuffPost. March 21, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
- Rivera, Zayda. "Regina King shows off bikini bod on girls getaway post-Malcolm-Jamal Warner split". Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Regina King Hints Ex Malcolm-Jamal Warner Dumped Her on V-Day: "Ass!"". Us Magazinr. January 15, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- Williams, Kendall (October 31, 2017). "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The 20s". Den of Geek. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
- Hampton, Shanola (September 18, 2018). ""The queen has arrived to direct episode 4!!!! Yaaaaassss! #ReginaKing #Shameless"". Instagram.
- Ramos, Dino. "Regina King To Direct Adaptation Of 'One Night In Miami'". Deadline. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
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|Awards and achievements|
| Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson
|NAACP Image Award|
| Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
for Pieces of April
| Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical
Rosario Dawson for Rent