Richardson in 2012
|Born||Salli Elise Richardson
November 23, 1967
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Other names||Salli Richardson-Whitfield|
|Education||University of Chicago Laboratory Schools|
|Spouse(s)||Dondre Whitfield (m. 2002)|
Salli Elise Richardson (born November 23, 1967) is an American television and film actress and director. Richardson is known for her role as Angela on the 1994 hit comedy/action film A Low Down Dirty Shame and for her role as Dr. Allison Blake on the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka (2006–2012).
She is also known for her voice acting as Elisa Maza on the Disney animated series Gargoyles (1994–1996), and as Viveca Foster on the CBS series Family Law (1999-2002). Richardson also has appeared in a number of films such as The Great White Hype (1996), Antwone Fisher (2002), Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) and I Am Legend (2007). She had leading roles in the independent films Pastor Brown (2009), Black Dynamite (2009) and I Will Follow (2010).
Richardson-Whitfield was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of an African American-Native American mother and a white (Italian-American-Irish-American) father. She has three brothers: Josh Richardson, Chad Richardson, and Nalin. Richardson played tennis in high school, and launched her acting career in the Kuumba Workshop theater there. She graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1985.
Richardson began her acting career in the theater before roles in television and film. In film, she played small roles in Prelude to a Kiss, Mo' Money, Posse, and later had major roles in Sioux City and A Low Down Dirty Shame. From 1994 to 1996 she had voice role of Elisa Maza on the animated series Gargoyles. She had many guest-starring roles in numerous television shows, such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, New York Undercover, The Pretender, Stargate SG-1, NYPD Blue, House, Bones, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Castle.
Richardson starred opposite Dixie Carter and Kathleen Quinlan in the CBS legal drama series, Family Law, from 1999 to 2002. She had recurring roles as Nancy Adams on Rude Awakening, and as Laura on CSI: Miami. She starred opposite Denzel Washington in the 2002 drama film Antwone Fisher. She also appeared in the 2004 horror film Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and starred opposite Will Smith in 2007's post-apocalyptic film I Am Legend. She later had a leading role in the independent dramas Pastor Brown (2009) and I Will Follow (2010). She also starred in The Sin Seer with Isaiah Washington, set for 2015 release.
From 2006 to 2012, Richardson starred as Department of Defense agent (and later head of Global Dynamics) Allison Blake in the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka. Her second pregnancy was written into the storyline of the series. After the series' cancellation, she was cast as the lead in the Lifetime drama pilot The Secret Lives of Wives. In 2014, Richardson was cast in a recurring role on Lifetime's The Lottery as the first lady of the United States, but she lost it to Shelley Conn; She also has a role on BET's Being Mary Jane as an old friend of the lead character. In 2015, Richardson was cast in the ABC Family series, Stitchers. In August–September 2016, she made appearances as one of the co-hosts of the Hollywood Today Live daily show seating next to Ross Mathews.
Richardson has also worked as a director of episodic television. Following her directorial debut on two episodes of Ava DuVernay's original drama series for OWN, Queen Sugar (on which her husband Dondre Whitfield appears as a series regular), in 2016, Richardson has also directed an episode of the historical action-drama Underground for WGN America. In 2017, she directed two episodes of BET drama Rebel, and Shonda Rhimes' Scandal.
On September 8, 2002, she married long-time boyfriend and fellow actor Dondre Whitfield. She and Whitfield have one daughter, Parker Richardson-Whitfield, and one son, Dondre Terrell Whitfield Jr. (born January 24, 2009). Whitfield has appeared along with her husband Dondre Whitfield in a late night infomercial as part of an advertising campaign to promote the Time Life Zestify Midnight Soul collection.
|1991||Up Against the Wall||Denise|
|1992||Prelude to a Kiss||Bridesmaid|
|1992||Mo' Money||Pretty Customer|
|1992||How U Like Me Now||Valerie|
|1994||I Spy Returns||Nicole Scott||Television film|
|1994||Sioux City||Jolene Buckley|
|1994||A Low Down Dirty Shame||Angela|
|1994||Lily in Winter||Ada Covington||Television film|
|1995||Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored||Miss Alice|
|1996||Soul of the Game||Lahoma|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Bambi|
|1997||True Women||Martha||Television film|
|2002||Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs||Karen|
|2002||Antwone Fisher||Berta Davenport|
|2002||Baby of the Family||Nelli McPherson|
|2003||Biker Boyz||Half & Half|
|2004||Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid||Gail Stern|
|2007||I Am Legend||Zoe Neville|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Jessica "Jesse" Brown||Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress|
|2010||I Will Follow||Maye|
|2012||We the Party||Principal Reynolds|
|2015||Playin' for Love||Talisa McCoy|
|2015||The Sin Seer||Nia||Post-production|
|1992||Silk Stalkings||Shelley||Episode: "Wild Card"|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Fenna / Nidell||Episode: "Second Sight"|
|1994||Roc||Diane Hubbard||Episode: "The Last Temptation of Roc"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Tammy Barrett||Episode: "Eyewitness Blues"|
|1994–1996||Gargoyles||Elisa Maza (voice)||Series regular, 60 episodes|
|1996||Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles||Elisa Maza||Series regular, 11 episodes|
|1997||Stargate SG-1||Drey'auc||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|1997||Between Brothers||Vanessa||Episode: "The Player"|
|1998||The Pretender||Cynthia Sloan||Episode: "Gigolo Jarod"|
|1998–1999||Mercy Point||Lt. Kim Salisaw||Series regular, 8 episodes|
|1999||The Jamie Foxx Show||Camille Turner||Episode: "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire"|
|2000||Secret Agent Man||Rachel||Episode: "WhupSumAss"|
|2000–2001||Rude Awakening||Nancy Adams||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|1999–2002||Family Law||Viveca Foster||Series regular, 68 episodes|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Laura||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2004||Line of Fire||Erica Logan||Episode: "The Senator"|
|2004||Second Time Around||Amanda||Episode: "Coupling Up"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Bobbi Kingston||Episodes: "My Dinner with Andy" and "I Like Ike"|
|2005||House||Sharon||Episode: "Sports Medicine"|
|2005||The War at Home||Vanessa||Episode: "Guess Who's Coming to the Barbecue"|
|2006||Bones||Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Kurland||Episode: "Aliens in a Spaceship"|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Tamara Barnes||Episodes: "Hopeless" and "The Eyes Have It"|
|2006–2012||Eureka||Allison Blake||Series regular, 77 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
|2012||The Finder||Athena Brookes||Episode: "Life After Death"|
|2012||The Secret Lives of Wives||Reed||TV pilot|
|2012–2013||The Newsroom||Jane Barrow||Recurring role, 3 episodes|
|2013||NCIS||Carrie Clark||Episode: "Alibi"|
|2014||House of Lies||Sandra Joy||Episode: "Power(less)"|
|2014||Castle||U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Weston||Episode: "The Greater Good"|
|2014||NCIS||Carrie Clark||Episode: "Semper Fortis"|
|2015||Being Mary Jane||Valerie||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2015–present||Stitchers||Maggie||Series regular; 26 episodes|
|2015||NCIS||Carrie Clark||Episode: "A Day in Court"|
|2016||Queen Sugar||Directed episodes "So Far" and "All Good"
(as Salli Richardson-Whitfield)
|2017||Underground||Directed episode: "Nok Aaut"
as Salli Richardson-Whitfield
- Dretzka, Gary (August 8, 1995). "What's Dramatic, Fun and Keeping These Actors Busy? Sounds Like Gargoyles". Chicago Tribune. p. 7. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- "Salli Richardson Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Salli Richardson". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- "Salli Richardson-Whitfield Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- "Richard Brooks, Salli Richardson-Whitfield Join Isaiah Washington in 'The Sin Seer'". TheWrap. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Salli Richardson-Whitfield To Star In Lifetime's 'Secret Lives Of Wives' Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- "'Homeland's' Martin Donovan Joins Lifetime's 'Lottery' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. December 2, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- "A+E Networks – Life is Entertaining". Aenetworks.com. May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
- "MacKenzie Porter Joins AMC's 'Hell On Wheels'; Salli Richardson-Whitfield In BET's 'Being Mary Jane'". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- "TV News: Salli Richardson-Whitfield Joins 'Being Mary Jane,' Omar J. Dorsey In 'Ray Donovan' + New Oxygen Greenlights|Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
- "ABC Family Adds 3 to Cast of First Crime Procedural 'Stitchers'". TheWrap. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- "Salli Richardson-Whitfield On ‘Underground’s’ "Nok Aaut" & The Age Of The Black Female Director". Essence. March 30, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
- "Salli Richardson-Whitfield On ‘Underground’s’ "Nok Aaut" & The Age Of The Black Female Director". Essence. March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
- Dondre and Salli Richardson-Whitfield Welcome a Son Celebrity Baby Blog, February 25, 2009
- Sally Richardson-Whitfield – Biography Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 26, 2010
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