King at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International
Regina Rene King|
January 15, 1971
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Home town||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Ian Alexander Sr.
(m. 1997; div. 2007)
Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971) is an American Emmy Award winning actress and television director. She became known for her role as Dana in the film Friday (1995), a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire (1996), and for her roles in the television shows The Boondocks and Southland. Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013.
From 2015 to 2017, she starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she has received three nominations for Emmy Awards with two wins and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. From 2015 to 2017, she also played Erika Murphy on the HBO drama The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination. In 2018, she starred on the Netflix limited series Seven Seconds and earned her third Emmy win. King 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 and education
Regina Rene King was born on January 15, 1971, in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. She is the eldest daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. King's parents divorced in 1979. King's younger sister is former actress Reina King. King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988 and later attending University of Southern California.
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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. 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 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.
In 1997, King married Ian Alexander but they divorced in 2007. They have one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born January 21, 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|
|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|
|1985–90||227||Brenda Jenkins||Main role, 107 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|
|2005–14||The Boondocks||Riley and Huey Freeman (voice)||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|
|2009–13||Southland||Detective Lydia Adams||Main role, 43 episodes|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "Dragazines"|
|2013–17||The Big Bang Theory||Janine Davis||Recurring role; 5 episodes (seasons 6–11)|
|2014||The Strain||Ruby Wain||3 episodes|
|2014||Shameless||Gail Johnson||4 episodes|
|2014||The Gabby Douglas Story||Natalie Hawkins||Television film|
|2015–17||American Crime||Aliyah Shadeed||Season 1 (recurring role; 7 episodes)|
|Terri LaCroix||Season 2 (main role; 10 episodes)|
|Kimara Walters||Season 3 (main role; 8 episodes)|
|2015–17||The Leftovers||Erika Murphy||Main role, 6 episodes|
|2018||Seven Seconds||Latrice Butler||Main role, 10 episodes|
|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 20's|
|2017||Shameless||Episode: "Fuck Paying It Forward"|
|2018||The Good Doctor||Episode: "Heartfelt"|
Awards and nominations
- Praise Cleveland - Regina King Says Her Emmy Is Headed To Cincinnati Hometown - September 25, 2015
- "Regina King profile at". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- "Regina King IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- Regina King profile at FilmReference.com
- Regina King profile at Yahoo! Movies
- 1988 Westchester High School Yearbook (Los Angeles, California)
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155.
- "Regina King's Most Memorable Roles". Essence.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
- McNary, Dave (October 25, 2017). "Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- Malcolm Jamal Warner, Regina King Calls It Quits After Two Year Relationship (UPDATE)
- NY Daily News - Regina King shows bikini bod on girl's getaway post-Malcolm-Jamal Warner split - May 12, 2013
- US Magazine - Regina King Hints Malcolm-Jamal Warner Dumped Her On Valentines Day "What An Ass!" - January 15, 2015
- "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The 20s". Den of Geek. October 31, 2017.
- "Shanola Hampton on Instagram: "The queen has arrived to direct episode 4!!!! Yaaaaassss! #ReginaKing #Shameless"". Instagram.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
- "Critics' Choice Television Awards: HBO Leads 22 Nominations". Indie Wire. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Regina King.|
- Regina King on IMDb
- King, Regina. "The Emmys: As White As Ever", The Huffington Post, September 3, 2010; retrieved October 9, 2010.
|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