Regina King

Regina King

Birth name: Regina Rene King
Born: January 15, 1971
Age: 47
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
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Biography

Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971) is an American actress and television director. She became known for her role as Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985-90), a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire, and for her roles in the television shows The Boondocks and Southland. Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013.

From 2015 to 2017, she starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she has received three nominations for Emmy Awards with two wins and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. From 2015 to 2017, she also played Erika Murphy on the critically acclaimed HBO drama The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination. King has a recurring role as Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in numerous films, including Ray, Poetic Justice, Friday, and Legally Blonde 2.

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Early life and education

Regina Rene King was born on January 15, 1971, in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. She is the eldest daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. King's parents divorced in 1979. King's younger sister is former actress Reina King. King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988 and later attending University of Southern California.

Career

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King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227, a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday. In 1996, she starred in the Martin Lawrence dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. Later in 1996 she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy film Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character. She played Will Smith's character's wife in Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Ray and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.

Beginning in the mid-2000s, she had ongoing roles on several TV series, including acclaimed work as the voice of Huey and Riley Freeman for the animated series The Boondocks and Detective Lydia Adams on the TNT police drama Southland. She also appeared in roles on 24, The Big Bang Theory, and Shameless. In 2007 she played Lisa Moore in This Christmas. She was a cast member on ABC's John Ridley-penned ensemble drama American Crime, and played a devout member of the Nation of Islam and sister to a drug addict accused of murder. In September 2015 and September 2016, King won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for American Crime.In 2018, she played the role of the mother of a murdered black teenager in Netflix original series Seven Seconds.

Personal

In 1997, King married Ian Alexander but they divorced in 2007. They have one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born January 21, 1996. King dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner from 2011 until March 2013.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika
1993 Poetic Justice Iesha
1995 Higher Learning Monet
1995 Friday Dana Jones
1996 Thin Line Between Love and Hate, AA Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia
1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell
1998 Rituals N/A Short film
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa
1998 Enemy of the State Carla Dean
1998 Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton
2001 Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins
2002 Turnaround Rayne
2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter
2004 Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella Story Rhonda
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller
2006 Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully Kreela (voice)
2007 Year of the Dog Layla
2007 This Christmas Lisa Whitfield-Moore
2010 Our Family Wedding Angela
2013 Let the Church Say Amen Director
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (voice)
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985-90 227 Brenda Jenkins Main role, 107 episodes
1994 Northern Exposure Mother Nature Episode: "Baby Blues"
1994 New York Undercover Marah Episode: "Tasha"
1995 Living Single Zina Episode: "The Shake-Up"
1999 Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin Television film
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Allie Television film
2002 Leap of Faith Cynthia Main role, 6 episodes
2002 Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith Television film
2005-14 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Riley and Huey Freeman (voice) Main role, 56 episodes
2006 Women in Law N/A Episode: "Pilot"
2007 24 Sandra Palmer Main role, 9 episodes
2008 Living Proof Ellie Jackson Television film
2009-13 Southland Detective Lydia Adams Main role, 43 episodes
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (guest judge) Episode: “Dragazines”
2013-17 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Janine Davis Recurring role; 5 episodes (seasons 6-11)
2014 The Strain Ruby Wain 3 episodes
2014 Shameless Gail Johnson 4 episodes
2014 The Gabby Douglas Story Natalie Hawkins Television film
2015-17 American Crime Aliyah Shadeed Season 1 (recurring role; 7 episodes)
Terri LaCroix Season 2 (main role; 10 episodes)
Kimara Walters Season 3 (main role; 8 episodes)
2015-17 The Leftovers Erika Murphy Main role, 6 episodes
2018 Seven Seconds Latrice Butler Main role

As director

Year Title Notes
2013 Southland Episode: "Off Duty"
2015 Being Mary Jane 6 episodes
2015-16 Scandal 2 episodes
2016 The Catch Episode: "The Princess and the I.P."
2016 Animal Kingdom Episode: "Child Care"
2016 Greenleaf Episode: "Veni, Vidi, Vici"
2016 Pitch Episode: "The Break"
2017 This Is Us Episode: "The 20's
2017 Shameless Episode: "Fuck Paying It Forward"
2018 The Good Doctor Episode: "Heartfelt"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Enemy of the State Nominated
2001 BET Awards Best Actress Down to Earth Nominated
2002 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Down to Earth Nominated
2005 BET Awards Best Actress A Cinderella Story Won
BET Awards Best Actress Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Won
BET Awards Best Actress Ray Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Ray Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Ray Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Ray Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Dance Scene Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Nominated
2010 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2011 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won
2012 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie American Crime Won
2016 American Crime Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Crime Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series American Crime Won
Satellite Awards Best Cast - Television Series American Crime Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Crime Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Leftovers Nominated
2017 Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited Series American Crime Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie American Crime Nominated

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