Theresa Randle

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Theresa Randle
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Theresa Randle in 2013
Theresa E. Randle

December 27, 1964 (1964-12-27) (age 57)
Years active1987–present

Theresa E. Randle (born December 27, 1964) is an American actress. She has appeared in films such as Malcolm X (1992), Sugar Hill, Beverly Hills Cop III (both 1994), Girl 6, Space Jam (both 1996), Spawn (1997) and the Bad Boys franchise (1995–2020).

Life and career[edit]

Randle was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She began her performing career by studying dance (traditional, modern, jazz) and comedy. She entered Beverly Hills High School with a special program for the exceptionally gifted. At the end of college, she earned her first role at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center and was seen in commercials. She was also involved in acting on the stage. Theatrical roles include In Command of the Children, Sonata, 6 Parts of Musical Broadway, and Fight the Good Fight.

In 1983, she appeared in a George Clinton video, "Last Dance". In 1987, she got her first big-screen break with Maid to Order. For the next three years, she appeared in small roles in films such as Easy Wheels and Heart Condition (1990), with Denzel Washington. She continued in small roles by directors like Abel Ferrara (King of New York [1990]) and Spike Lee (Jungle Fever [1991] and Malcolm X [1992]). Randle also starred with Wesley Snipes in the film Sugar Hill (1994) and also appeared with Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop III in the same year. She co-starred in CB4 (1993) with Chris Rock, and Bad Boys (1995) with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, later reprising in the sequels Bad Boys II and Bad Boys for Life. In 1996, she earned her first starring role in Spike Lee's film Girl 6, playing a young out-of-work actress who gets caught up in the seductive yet dark world of phone sex, a subject that's far different from what Spike Lee normally explores in his films.[1] It is often regarded as Lee's most maligned and underappreciated film both critically and commercially as it grossed a dismal $4.9 million on a $12 million budget, and is Randle's only leading role to date. Later that year she appeared in Space Jam (1996) with Michael Jordan and the film adaptation of the comic book Spawn in 1997.

After 1997, Randle's career cooled considerably and her roles (mostly television projects) became more sporadic. Her next project was not until the year 2000 when she portrayed singer Natalie Cole in Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story.[2] In 2006, Randle played Marine Capt. Amy Jennings in the two Eagle One movies. She later had a role in Shit Year,[citation needed] released in 2010. After 1997's Spawn, Randle's only theatrical releases were 2003's Bad Boys II and 2020's Bad Boys for Life, which was her first project (theatrical or televised) in ten years.

During her time making movies, Randle also made guest appearances on various television sitcoms and dramas. In 1989, she had a guest starring role in A Different World, followed by a minor role in "The Apartment", an episode of the hit television sitcom Seinfeld two years later. In 2006, Randle signed on to play Patricia Kent on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, replacing Courtney B. Vance as the assistant district attorney assigned to the Major Case Squad, but only appeared in two episodes. In 2007, Randle was a regular cast member of the Lifetime show State of Mind as Dr. Cordelia Banks.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Maid to Order Doni
Near Dark Lady in Car
1989 Easy Wheels Ace
1990 Heart Condition Ciao Chow Club Maitre D'
The Guardian Arlene Russell
King of New York Raye
1991 The Five Heartbeats Brenda Williams
Jungle Fever Inez
1992 Malcolm X Laura
1993 CB4 Eve
1994 Sugar Hill Melissa
Beverly Hills Cop III Janice Perkins
1995 Bad Boys Theresa Burnett
1996 Girl 6 Girl 6
Space Jam Juanita Jordan
1997 Spawn Wanda Blake
2000 Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story Natalie Cole TV Movie
2003 Partners and Crime TV Movie
Bad Boys II Theresa Burnett
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One Capt. Amy Jennings Video
The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point Capt. Amy Jennings Video
2010 Ink Nagi Short
Shit Year Marion
2020 Bad Boys for Life Theresa Burnett


Year Title Role Notes
1989 A Different World Elizabeth James Episode: "Delusions of Daddyhood"
1991 Seinfeld Janice Episode: "The Apartment"
1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Sassy (voice) Episode: "With Friends Like These"
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Fairlymother / Voices Episode: "Comicalamities/Super Felix/Dueling Whiskers"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent A.D.A. Patricia Kent 2 Episodes
2007 State of Mind Cordelia Banks, PhD Main Cast, 8 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Horror "Spawn" Nominated


  1. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. "Revisiting Spike Lee's Divisive 'Girl 6' Nineteen Years Later… - IndieWire". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ Staff, (3 February 2015). "Theresa Randle - Biography and Filmography - 1964". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Where Are They Now? 10 Black Actresses Who Should Have Blown Up Big..." 31 May 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2016.

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