Traci A. Bingham
January 13, 1968
|Known for||Jordan Tate – Baywatch|
(m. 1998; div. 2001)
Traci A. Bingham (born January 13, 1968) is an American actress, model, and television personality. Beginning her professional career in the early 1990s, Bingham is best known for her role as Jordan Tate on the NBC action drama television series Baywatch (1996–1998).
Early life and education
Bingham was born Julie Anne Smith to an African American and Italian mother and a Native American father. She was the youngest of seven children born in North Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Betty, a librarian, and Lafayette Bingham, an aircraft technician who served in World War II. For high school, Bingham attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; graduating in 1986.
Bingham began her career in minor acting roles. Aside from Baywatch, Bingham's appearances include the television series D.R.E.A.M. Team and Beverly Hills, 90210, and the film Demon Knight. She also played minor roles in the popular American sitcoms The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Married... with Children. In 1991, Bingham appeared in the video for "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Eight years later, she appeared in the video for "I Really Like It" by Harlem World featuring Mase and Kelly Price.
In June 1998, Bingham posed for a "Babes of Baywatch" pictorial in Playboy magazine. Bingham has appeared on a number of reality television programs. In 2004, she was in the second series of The Surreal Life. Her castmates included Ron Jeremy, Vanilla Ice, Erik Estrada, Tammy Faye Bakker, and Trishelle Cannatella. Two years later, she flew to England to appear in Celebrity Big Brother, where she made it to the final six contestants and was evicted on the final night of the show. She selected Families of SMA as the charity to receive a donation from her participation in the show because her niece had died from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
In 2005, Bingham was hired as a spokesmodel by Empire Poker, an online gambling site that ceased operations in 2006. In 2007, Bingham appeared on VH1's The Surreal Life: Fame Games and won the $100,000 grand prize. In 2008, Bingham appeared on Fox Reality's Gimme My Reality Show! competing with six other celebrities to get their own reality show. Bingham appeared on The 2008 World Magic Awards television show.
Bingham is a vegetarian. In May 2002, she appeared in a vegetarian advertisement wearing a bikini made of lettuce, and in May 2006 she appeared nude in an ad as part of PETA's "I'd Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign.
Bingham has been married twice and has no children. Her first husband was Finnian Lozada. From August 29, 1998 until January 18, 2001, Bingham was married to songwriter and musician Robb Vallier. In 2014, A Massachusetts court issued an arrest warrant for Bingham after she failed to appear in court regarding a breached XXX adult contract. After taking the money, Bingham did not show up for the production.
|1995||Demon Knight||Party Babe|
|D.R.E.A.M. Team||Victoria Carrera||TV movie|
|2001||The Private Public||Laina Brookhart|
|2003||Four Fingers of the Dragon||Herself||Short|
|Bad Bizness||Sandra Marshall|
|2006||CC Variety TV||Herself||Short|
|2008||Hanging in Hedo||Cashmere|
|2015||East of Hollywood||Lindsay||Short|
|1994||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Santa Helper||Episode: "Reality Bites"|
|1995||Dream On||Porno Actress||Episode: "Am I Blue"|
|Campus Cops||Hot Babe||Episode: "3,001"|
|1996||Married... with Children||Lap Dancer||Episode: "The Agony and the Extra C"|
|1996–98||Baywatch||Jordan Tate||Main cast: season 7-8|
|1997||Soul Train||Herself/Guest Host||Episode: "Brownstone/Yvette Michele/Next Level"|
|The Anti-Gravity Room||Herself/Guest Host||Episode: "Pot Luck #3"|
|Light Lunch||Herself||Episode: "The World's Best Looking Lifeguards"|
|Head over Heels||-||Episode: "Vice Guy"|
|1998||Hollywood Squares||Herself/Panelist||Recurring Guest|
|1999||The Dream Team||Victoria Carrera||Main cast|
|The Jamie Foxx Show||Donyel||Episode: "Joy Ride"|
|Exploring the Fantasy||Herself/host||TV series|
|2000||BattleBots||Herself/Feature Reporter||TV series|
|To Tell the Truth||Herself/Guest Panelist||TV series|
|Malcolm & Eddie||Jane||Episode: "The Best Men"|
|The Parkers||Angela||Episode: "Since I Lost My Baby"|
|Strip Mall||Dawna||TV series|
|2001||The Test||Herself/Panelist||Episode: "The Dating Test"|
|E! True Hollywood Story||Herself||Episode: "Baywatch"|
|Spy TV||Herself||Episode: "Episode #1.12"|
|Ripley's Believe It or Not!||Herself||Episode: "Episode #2.22"|
|Rendez-View||Herself/Guest Host||Episode: "Blonde Ambition"|
|Black Scorpion||Vapor||Episode: "Life's a Gas"|
|2002||Celebrity Boot Camp||Herself||Main cast|
|2003||Summer Music Mania 2003||Herself/Bikini Contestant||TV special|
|Rock Me Baby||Kia||Episode: "A Pain in the Aspen"|
|The Proud Family||Jasmine (voice)||Episode: "Smackmania 6: Mongo vs. Mama's Boy"|
|2003–04||Nudes in the News||Herself||Recurring Guest|
|2004||Hollywood Squares||Herself/Panelist||Recurring Guest|
|The Surreal Life||Herself||Main cast: season 2|
|Girlfriends||Candy||Episode: "A Partnerless Partner"|
|Reno 911!||New Williams - Deputy Verlot||Episode: "Department Investigation: Part 2"|
|2004–05||Lingerie Bowl||Herself/host||TV special|
|2005||Negermagasinet||Herself||Episode: "Traci Bingham"|
|Poorman's Bikini Beach||Herself||Episode: "Chocolate Wrestling, Margarita Beach, and Hefner's 78th"|
|2006||Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth||Herself||Episode: "Episode #2.16"|
|Celebrity Big Brother||Herself/Cast Member||Main cast: Season 4|
|Fear Factor||Herself/Contestant||Episode: "Celebrity Fear Factor"|
|Celebrity Paranormal Project||Herself||Main cast|
|2007||The Tyra Banks Show||Herself||Episode: "I Love New York/The Surreal Life Fame Game"|
|Sunset Tan||Herself||Episode: "New Kid on the Block"|
|The Surreal Life: Fame Games||Herself/Participant||Main cast|
|2008||Gimme My Reality Show!||Herself||Main cast|
|2010||Playboy Shootout||Herself||Episode: "Episode #1.3"|
|Comedy Central Roast||Herself||Episode: "David Hasselhoff"|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen||Herself/Restaurant Patron||Episode: "Winner Chosen"|
|Sugar Baby||Herself/host||Episode: "Episode #1.1"|
|2017||Battle of the Network Stars||Herself/Contestant||Episode: "Variety vs. TV Sex Symbols"|
|1998||Playboy: Babes of Baywatch|
|2005||Official Fantasy Fest|
|2015||Lord of the Freaks|
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- ^ Whitehead, Jennifer (July 15, 2002). "MTV and Baywatch star goes naked for vegetarianism". Campaign.
- ^ "Peta - Nude Traci Bingham: 'Have a Heart, Go Vegetarian'". Adland. May 28, 2006.
- ^ Jet, 12 Sep 1998
- ^ "Traci Bingham -- Takes it On the Chin Over Porn Shoot". TMZ. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
- Traci Bingham at IMDb
- Traci Bingham at AllMovie
- "Traci Bingham's Sexy Ad Reveal". PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), YouTube. November 4, 2008.
- 1968 births
- 20th-century American actresses
- 20th-century African-American people
- 20th-century African-American women
- 21st-century African-American people
- 21st-century African-American women
- Living people
- Actresses from Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Actresses from Massachusetts
- African-American actresses
- American film actresses
- American television actresses
- American vegetarianism activists
- Cambridge Rindge and Latin School alumni
- Native American people from Massachusetts
- Reality show winners