Regina King

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Regina King
Regina King 2010.jpg
King in 2010.
Born Regina Rene King
(1971-01-15) January 15, 1971 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress, television director
Years active 1984–present
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)[1]
Spouse(s) Ian Alexander Sr. (m. 1997–2007)
Children 1

Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971)[2] is an American actress and television director.[3]She began her national TV career on What's Happening Now!!, A sequel to the original ABC show What's Happening!!. She became known for her role as Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90) and a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire, then for her leading roles in two Peabody Award–winning television shows: The Boondocks and Southland. Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for best supporting dramatic actress in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, she began starring in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Since 2015, she played Erika Murphy on the critically acclaimed HBO drama, The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics' Choice Television Award.

She has a recurring role as Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in numerous films, including Ray, Poetic Justice, Friday, and Legally Blonde 2.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills, the elder daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician.[4] The two divorced in 1979.[5] Her younger sister is actress Reina King. King attended Westchester High School and the University of Southern California.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227,[6] 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. Later in 1996 she gained fame starring in the 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 most recently joined the cast of ABC's John Ridley-penned ensemble drama American Crime as a devout member of the Nation of Islam and sister to a drug addict accused of murder. Her performance was praised by television critics.[citation needed] In September 2015, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika
1993 Poetic Justice Iesha
1995 Higher Learning Monet
1995 Friday Dana Jones
1996 Thin Line Between Love and Hate, AA Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia
1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell
1998 Rituals N/A Short film
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 Turnaround Rayne
2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter
2004 Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella Story Rhonda
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller
2006 Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully Kreela (voice)
2007 Year of the Dog Layla
2007 This Christmas Lisa Moore
2010 Our Family Wedding Angela
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985–1990 227 Brenda Jenkins Main role, 106 episodes
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, 6 episodes
2002 Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith Television film
2005–2014 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Riley and Huey Freeman Main role, 56 episodes
2006 Women in Law N/A Episode: "Pilot"
2007 24 Sandra Palmer Main role, 9 episodes
2008 Living Proof Ellie Jackson Television film
2009–2013 Southland Detective Lydia Adams Main role, 42 episodes
2013–14 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Janine Davis Seasons 6–8 (recurring role; 4 episodes)
2014 The Strain Ruby Wain 3 episodes
2014 Shameless Gail Johnson 4 episodes
2014 The Gabby Douglas Story Natalie Hawkins Television film
2015–present American Crime Aliyah Shadeed Season 1: Recurring role, (7 episodes)
Terri LaCroix Season 2: Main role, (10 episodes)
2015 The Leftovers Erika Murphy Main role, 10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Enemy of the State Nominated
2001 BET Awards Best Actress Down to Earth Nominated
2002 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Down to Earth Nominated
2005 BET Awards Best Actress A Cinderella Story Won
BET Awards Best Actress Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Won
BET Awards Best Actress Ray Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Ray Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Ray Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Ray Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Dance Scene (shared with Sandra Bullock) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Nominated
2010 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2011 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won
2012 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie American Crime Won
2016 American Crime Pending
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Crime Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series American Crime Won
Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series American Crime Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Crime Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Leftovers Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regina King profile". Celebrity Measurement. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Regina King profile at". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Regina King IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  4. ^ Regina King profile at FilmReference.com
  5. ^ Regina King profile at Yahoo! Movies
  6. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
BET Award
Preceded by
Halle Berry
Best Actress
2005
for Ray
Succeeded by
Taraji P. Henson
NAACP Image Award
Preceded by
Alfre Woodard
for Radio
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2005
for Ray
Succeeded by
Cicely Tyson
for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Satellite Award
Preceded by
Patricia Clarkson
for Pieces of April
Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical
2005
for Ray
Succeeded by
Rosario Dawson for Rent