Tammy Townsend

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Tammy Townsend
Born Tamara Townsend
(1970-08-17) August 17, 1970 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1985–present
Known for Wendy Reardon on Days of Our Lives
Greta McClure on Family Matters Kira Cooper on "K.C. Undercover"

Tamara "Tammy" Townsend (born August 17, 1970) is an American actress and singer. Townsend is best known for her roles as Wendy Reardon on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1994–96); Greta McClure, Eddie's girlfriend on the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters (1995–98). In 1987, Townsend was crowned Miss Talented Teen California.[1] Since 2015, she currently stars as Kira Cooper on the Disney Channel sitcom, K.C. Undercover.

Early life[edit]

Townsend was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Anorene, an African American interior designer, and Thomas Townsend, an English judge with Yugoslavian ancestry.[2][3] Townsend is a 1988 graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Career[edit]

Townsend began her acting career in 1985, appearing in the episodes of television sitcoms such as Diff'rent Strokes and Charles in Charge. From 1994 to 1996, she played Wendy Reardon on the NBC daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives.[2] From 1995 to 1998, Townsend played the recurring role of Greta McClure in the ABC sitcom Family Matters. In 1997, she had the female leading role in the comedy film The Pest starring John Leguizamo.[4] She later guest starred on The Practice, Felicity, Walker, Texas Ranger, Friends, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Townsend was regular cast member on the short-lived sitcoms Rock Me, Baby (2003–04) and Sherri (2009). She had the recurring roles on Lincoln Heights, Switched at Birth, and The Client List. In 2015, Townsend began starring as Kira Cooper, the mother of Zendaya' lead character, on the Disney Channel sitcom, K.C. Undercover.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Diff'rent Strokes Sara Episode: "Beauty Is in the Eye of Arnold"
1987 Charles in Charge Tammy Episode: "Baby Doll"
1988 The Bronx Zoo Aimee Episode: "Behind Closed Doors"
1989 TV 101 Student Episode: "Kangaroo Gate"
1991 The Five Heartbeats Matthew's Kids
1992 Quantum Leap Lynell Walters Episode: " A Song for the Soul - April 7, 1963"
1993 Where I Live Dontay Episodes: "Occupant" and "Dontay's Inferno"
1994 In the Heat of the Night Chelsea Clark Episode: "A Matter of Justice"
1995 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Patrice Episode: "The Ringer"
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Danielle
1995 On Our Own Loretta Episode: "The Easy Way"
1995 Living Single Melody Episode: "The Ex-File"
1995 Divas Lynette Television film
1994–1996 Days of Our Lives Wendy Reardon Series regular
1996 The Wayans Bros. Amy Episode: "Getting It"
1997 The Pest Xantha Kent
1997 The Practice Rachel Reynolds Episode: "Pilot"
1995–1998 Family Matters Greta McClure Recurring role, 13 episodes
1999 Felicity Tara Owens Episode: "Friends"
1999 Time of Your Life Casey House Episode: "The Time They Had Not"
2000 Playing Mona Lisa Alice
1999–2000 Grown Ups Melissa Recurring role, 4 episodes
2000–2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Erika Carter Recurring role, 3 episodes
2001 Friends The Teacher Episode: "The One with Monica's Boots"
2002 For Your Love Vanessa Episodes: "The Friend in Need" and "The Green-Eyed Monster"
2002 Fastlane Rosaria Episode: "Things Done Changed"
2003 Love Chronicles
2003–2004 Rock Me, Baby Pam Gibson Series regular, 21 episodes
2005 JAG Lt. Clarize Boyette Episode: "Fair Winds and Following Seas"
2005 The Fabric of a Man Domunique Majors
2005 Barbershop Lea Robinson Recurring role, 3 episodes
2006 Cuts Professor Duncan Episode: "Adult Education"
2005–2007 According to Jim Ms. Crawford Recurring role, 3 episodes
2008 Just Jordan Crystal Episodes: "Lord of the Pies" and "Boogie Toasties"
2007–2009 Lincoln Heights Dana Taylor Recurring role, 5 episodes
2009 Sherri Celia Series regular, 13 episodes
2010 My Girlfriend's Back Vanessa Direct-to-video
2010 Preacher's Kid Desiree
2010 Ghost Whisperer Jacqueline Episode: "The Children's Parade"
2010 Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed Asia Direct-to-video
2010 Love Me or Leave Me Dominique Adams Television film
2011 Switched at Birth Denise Recurring role, 3 episodes
2012 To Love and to Cherish Jasmine Television film
2012 Love Overboard Patrice Direct-to-video
2012 The Mistle-Tones Grace Television film
2013 The Client List Karina Lake Recurring role, 4 episodes
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Yolanda Campbell Episode: "The Livelong Day"
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Rhonda Briggs Episode: "Keep Calm and Carry-On"
2014 Daddy's Home Television film
2015–present K.C. Undercover Kira Cooper Series regular
2015 Zodiac Sign Victoria
2015 Saving Grace Ruth Randolph

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hal Jackson's Talented Teens!". Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Tammy Townsend Biography (1970-)". Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "MixedFolks.com - Mixed Actors and Actresses Page 3". Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Pest". 7 February 1997. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  5. ^ The Deadline Team. "Disney Channel Orders Zendaya Series 'K.C. Undercover' - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister. "[PIC] Zendaya In 'K.C. Undercover' — WATCH Disney Channel App Brings In 400K Views - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 

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