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Tisha Campbell
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Campbell in November 2018
Tisha Michelle Campbell[1]

(1968-10-13) October 13, 1968 (age 53)
Other namesTisha Campbell-Martin
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active1977–present
(m. 1996; div. 2020)
Musical career
OriginNewark, New Jersey, U.S.

Tisha Michelle Campbell (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress, comedian, singer and dancer. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but raised in Newark, New Jersey, she made her screen debut appearing in the 1986 rock musical comedy film Little Shop of Horrors, and later starred on the short-lived NBC musical comedy drama Rags to Riches (1987–1988).

Campbell has appeared in films including School Daze (1988), Rooftops (1989), Another 48 Hrs. (1990), Boomerang (1992), and Sprung (1997). She received Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination for her performance in the 1990 comedy film House Party, and later starred in its two sequels; House Party 2 (1991), and House Party 3 (1994).

On television, Campbell starred as Gina Waters-Payne in the Fox comedy series Martin from 1992 to 1997, Patrice Murphy in the WB comedy The Jamie Foxx Show (1996-2000) and as Janet "Jay" Marie Johnson-Kyle in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids (2001–2005), for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She later had regular roles on Rita Rocks (Lifetime, 2008–2009), The Protector (Lifetime, 2011), and Dr. Ken (ABC, 2015–2017).

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School and also East Orange, New Jersey, where she attended Washington Academy of Music.[2] Her mother, Mona (née Raye) Shockley (now known as Mona Washington), was a nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Clifton Campbell, was a factory worker and singer, and as a chess master, works with underprivileged children on both the east and west coasts.[3] Her parents encouraged her love for music.

Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers, and a younger sister.[citation needed]

During a 2014 appearance on the daytime talk show The Daily Helpline, Campbell said that she was raped at age three by a male family friend who was baby-sitting her at the time.[4]



Campbell's first television appearance was at the age of six, in an episode in 1974 of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble. As a child, she won many talent shows, going on to appear in such children's programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales (played lead Daisy Bunsen in episode, The Magnificent Major), and Captain Kangaroo. At age 17, she performed in the musical feature film, Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon, one of The Supremes-like girl group Greek Chorus, along with future Martin co-star, Tichina Arnold.

After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short lived NBC musical comedy-drama series, Rags to Riches (1987–88). She later starred in the musical comedy drama film School Daze, directed by Spike Lee, as Jane Toussaint.

In 1989, Campbell costarred in the crime film Rooftops, and the following year starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the action comedy Another 48 Hrs.. She later appeared in an supporting role in the 1992 romantic comedy Boomerang, also starring Murphy. Her most notable film credit is 1990 comedy House Party for which she received Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination. She later co starred in its two sequels; House Party 2 (1991), and House Party 3 (1994). In 1997, she received her star billed role in the Trimark Pictures' comedy film Sprung.[5] She later had the leading role in the independent drama film The Last Place on Earth (2002),[6] and appeared in Kevin Smith's sex comedy film Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) playing the acerbic wife of Craig Robinson's character.

In 1992, Campbell was cast as Regina "Gina" Waters-Payne in the Fox comedy series Martin. She left the show in April 1997, after settling the lawsuit against Martin Lawrence of sexual harassment.[7] The following year, she starred opposite Diahann Carroll in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film The Sweetest Gift (1998). Campbell returned to television in 2001, starring opposite Damon Wayans in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids. The series ran for five seasons, until 2005. In 2003, she won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.

After My Wife and Kids, Campbell was a regular in the Lifetime comedy series Rita Rocks (2008–09). In 2011, she starred opposite Ally Walker in the Lifetime police drama The Protector. The series was canceled after a single season. In September 2015, she was cast in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, starring Ken Jeong.[8] The series was cancelled after two seasons in 2017. In the beginning of 2018, she played Olympic gymnast Simone Biles' mother in the Lifetime movie The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar.[9][10] Later in 2018, Campbell starred on the ABC drama pilot The Holmes Sisters about the lives of five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD. It was produced by Regina King and Robin Roberts.[11]


In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, Tisha, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: "Push", which was co written and produced by Campbell's' friend, Vanilla Ice, and "Love Me Down".[12] Campbell contributed vocals for the soundtrack of the 1997 film, Sprung, in which she starred, singing a cover version of "Don't Ask My Neighbor" with her Martin costar Tichina Arnold.

She appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two for Will Smith ("Will 2K" and "Wild Wild West") and one for Toni Braxton ("You're Makin' Me High"). In 2012, Campbell starred in Mindless Behavior's music video for "Hello".

On September 21, 2015, she released the single, "Steel Here".[13] On February 24, 2016, Campbell released the single, "Lazy Bitch", as well as an accompanying video, where she featured her friend, Tasha Smith.[14] On February 2, 2018, Campbell released the single, "I Don't Wanna Be Alone Tonight".[15][16] On October 6, 2019, Campbell released the single, "22 Summers," with an accompanying video.[17]


In 2011, Campbell co-founded Colored My Mind, a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of childhood autism in communities of color.[18] She was inspired to start the organization by her son Xen, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old.[19]

Personal life[edit]

On August 17, 1996, Campbell married actor Duane Martin.[20] The couple have two sons, Xen Martin (born August 8, 2001) and Ezekiel Czar Martin (born September 8, 2009). In February 2018, Campbell filed for divorce after 21 years of marriage.[21] They finalized their divorce in December 2020.[22]

In November 1996, Campbell left the FOX series Martin during its final season, citing "intolerable" working conditions. In January 1997, Campbell filed a lawsuit against co-star Martin Lawrence on the counts of sexual harassment and abuse both on and off set.[23] By April 1997, Campbell had settled the lawsuit, and returned to appear in the last two episodes of the series.[24]

Campbell and Lawrence have both said that they have reconciled.[25] In an Instagram post on January 17, 2020, Lawrence wrote, "Regardless of the past or any misrepresentation of it In the press, I have nothin’ but love for Tisha then and now. We are good and always will be! #teammartymar #yougogirl." Campbell responded in the post's comment section, "YOU GO BOY My fam fo life!"[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Magnificent Major Daisy Bunsen Short
1980 The Me Nobody Knows Lillie-Mae TV Movie
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Chiffon
1988 School Daze Jane Toussaint
Heart and Soul Jamie Sinclair TV Movie
1989 Rooftops Amber
1990 House Party Sidney
Another 48 Hrs. Amy Smith
Moe's World Jiwanda TV Movie
1991 House Party 2 Sidney
1992 Boomerang Yvonne
1994 House Party 3 Sidney
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sledge (voice)
Snitch Steimer
1997 Sprung Brandy
1998 The Sweetest Gift Ruby Wilson TV Movie
2001 Down to Earth Woman in audience
2002 The Last Place on Earth Ann Field
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Angelina
2009 Pastor Brown Amanda Carlton
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Sasha TV Movie
2011 Lemonade Mouth Jenny Reznick TV Movie
2018 Blindspotting Mama Liz
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar Nellie Biles TV Movie
The Finest Anise TV Movie
2021 The J Team Coach Poppy


Year Title Role Notes
1987-88 Rags to Riches Marva Foley Main Cast
1990 Shannon's Deal Annette Episode: "Inside Straight"
1991 A Different World Josie Webb Episode: "How Great Thou Art" & "If I Should Die Before I Wake"
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Kathleen Episode: "Did the Earth Move for You?"
Blossom Toni Episode: "Here Comes the Buzz!" & "To Tell the Truth"
1992 Roc Angela Kimbro Episode: "A Piece of the Roc"
1992-97 Martin Gina Waters-Payne Main Cast
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Rapunzel (voice) Episode: "Rapunzel"
1997 Duckman Ebony Sable (voice) Episode: "Ebony, Baby"
Between Brothers Daisy Episode: "Dusty's in Love"
1998 Getting Personal Michelle / Sandy Episode: "Milo Does the Darndest Things"
Linc's Rosalee Lincoln Recurring Cast
Cousin Skeeter Herself Episode: "A Family Thing"
1999 Wasteland Olivia Episode: "The Object of My Affection"
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Goldie (voice) Episode: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Joyce Episode: "The Halloween Scene"
2001 Cousin Skeeter Nicole Recurring Cast: Season 3
2001-05 My Wife and Kids Jay Kyle Main Cast
2003 The Proud Family Rene (voice) Episode: "There's Something About Rene"
2004-06 All of Us Carmen James Recurring Cast: Season 3-4
2008-09 Everybody Hates Chris Peaches Clarkson Recurring Cast: Season 4
Rita Rocks Patty Mannix Main Cast
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Maggie Episode: "The Old Guy"
The Protector Michelle Dulcett Main Cast
2012 Robot Chicken Beyoncé Knowles (voice) Episode: "Casablankman 2"
Private Practice Pam Reiter Episode: "You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone"
2013 Malibu Country Rikki Episode: "Bowling for Mama"
2013-16 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself Recurring Cast
2015-17 Dr. Ken Damona Watkins Main Cast
2017 Legends of Chamberlain Heights Voice Recurring Cast
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself, Guest Judge Episode: "The Last Ball on Earth"
Grey's Anatomy Lila's Mom Episode: "All of Me"
Long Island Medium Herself Episode: "Sitcom Spirits"
2018-19 Empire Brooke Recurring Cast: Season 3-4
2018-20 Craig of the Creek Kim / Shatanya (voice) 4 Episodes
2019 The Bold and the Beautiful Dr. Davis Regular Cast
2019-20 Last Man Standing Carol Larabee Recurring Cast: Season 7-8
Harley Quinn Tawny Young (voice) Recurring Cast
2020 Outmatched Rita Main Cast
2021 Be Someone Tanika Williams Main Cast
Inside Job Gigi (voice) Main Cast



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Tisha 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Song Year Album
"Be Alone Tonight" 1988 School Daze
"Push" 1993 Tisha
"Love Me Down"
"Don't Ask My Neighbor"
(with Tichina Arnold)
1997 Sprung
"Steel Here"[28] 2015 Non-album single
"Lazy Bitch (This Ain't Gina)"[29] 2016
"I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (featuring Rich the Kid)[30] 2018
"22 Summers" 2019

Featured singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"All Cried Out"[31]
(Full Force featuring Tisha Campbell-Martin)
2014 Full Force: With Love From Our Friends

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 Independent Spirit Award "Best Supporting Female" House Party Nominated
1996 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
1997 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
2002 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2003 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2004 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2004 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2005 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2005 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series" Shared with: Various My Wife and Kids Nominated
2009 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated
2010 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated


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