Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Highest Rated: 100% Passion Fish (1992)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

Birthday: Nov 8, 1952

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

One of the most accomplished and talented African-American actresses of her generation, Alfre Woodard earned an Oscar nomination and multiple Emmy wins in a prolific film and TV career that spanned over three decades. Woodard worked primarily in drama, where she was celebrated for her grounding force in "Passion Fish" (1992), "Crooklyn" (1994), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and "Down in the Delta" (1998), though she occasionally offered up her uninhibited wit in "Beauty Shop" (2005) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Among Woodard's most praised performances were TV movies that explored the African-American experience, including James Baldwin's "Go Tell it on the Mountain" (PBS, 1985), "The Piano Lesson" (CBS, 1995), "Miss Evers' Boys" (HBO, 1997) and the TV movie remake of the feature "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime, 2012). She also shown in guest roles, including her turn as a mentally ill mother on the hit vampire series "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-14). Woodard never considered herself a star but rather a working actress, though her rich gallery of characterizations - whether rural and poverty-stricken or educated women in positions of power - embodied an instinctual savvy and realistic viewpoint that placed her in a league of her own.

Highest rated movies

Passion Fish
12 Years a Slave
Clemency
Star Trek: First Contact
Mississippi Grind
The Killing Floor
Captain America: Civil War
Burning Sands

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Salem's Lot Dr. Cody (Character) - 2023
46% 90% The Gray Man Unknown (Character) - 2022
66% 70% Fatherhood Marian (Character) - 2021
92% 65% Clemency Warden Bernadine Williams (Character) $361.7K 2019
52% 88% The Lion King Sarabi (Voice) $543.6M 2019
82% 63% Juanita Juanita (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2019
73% 86% Saint Judy Judge Benton (Character) $78.5K 2018
88% 59% Burning Sands Professor Hughes (Character) - 2017
45% 90% So B. It Bernadette (Character) $46.0K 2016
96% 88% Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Self - 2016
90% 89% Captain America: Civil War Miriam (Character) $408.1M 2016
No Score Yet 75% Knucklehead Sheila (Character) - 2015
91% 55% Mississippi Grind Unknown (Character) $129.7K 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hadza: Last of the First Narrator - 2014
28% 35% Annabelle Evelyn (Character) $84.4M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Executive Producer - 2014
95% 90% 12 Years a Slave Mistress Shaw (Character) $56.7M 2013
No Score Yet 62% Steel Magnolias Ouiser (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 81% Reach for Me Evelyn (Character) - 2008
75% 79% American Violet Alma Roberts (Character) $552.9K 2008
53% 61% Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys Alice (Character) $37.0M 2008
No Score Yet 76% Pictures of Hollis Woods Edna Reilly (Character) - 2007
61% 72% Something New Joyce McQueen (Character) $11.4M 2006
44% 77% Take the Lead Augustine James (Character) $34.7M 2006
No Score Yet 66% The Water Is Wide Mrs. Brown (Character) - 2006
38% 62% Beauty Shop Miss Josephine (Character) $36.3M 2005
31% 36% The Forgotten Ann Pope (Character) $66.6M 2004
No Score Yet 40% A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit (Character) - 2003
39% 40% The Singing Detective Chief of Staff (Character) $336.5K 2003
35% 79% Radio Principal Daniels (Character) $52.3M 2003
39% 33% The Core Stick (Character) $31.1M 2003
80% 51% The Wild Thornberrys Movie Akela, the mother cheetah (Voice) $39.9M 2002
42% 74% K-PAX Claudia Villars (Character) $50.3M 2001
No Score Yet 67% American Legends Unknown (Character) - 2001
67% 92% Holiday Heart Wanda (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 68% The Wishing Tree Clara (Character) - 2000
52% 65% What's Cooking? Audrey Williams (Character) $1.0M 2000
64% 48% Dinosaur Plio (Voice) $137.7M 2000
85% 95% Love & Basketball Camille Wright (Character) $27.4M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Plio (Voice) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Unknown (Character) - 2000
57% 65% Mumford Lily (Character) $4.6M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Funny Valentines Joyce May (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Underground Railroad Unknown (Character) - 1999
40% 46% The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Maisie (Voice) - 1998
79% 71% Down in the Delta Loretta Sinclair (Character),
Co-Producer
$5.7M 1998
No Score Yet 71% Miss Evers' Boys Eunice Evers (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 30% The Member of the Wedding Berenice Sadie Brown (Character) - 1997
92% 89% Star Trek: First Contact Lily Sloane (Character) $92.0M 1996
77% 89% Primal Fear Judge Miriam Shoat (Character) $56.1M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Step Toward Tomorrow Dr. Sandlin (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Special Report: Journey to Mars Tamara O'Neil (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow Me Home Evey (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days That Changed South Africa Narrator - 1995
63% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Marianna (Character) $23.6M 1995
No Score Yet 76% The Piano Lesson Berniece Charles (Character) - 1995
78% 90% Crooklyn Carolyn Carmichael (Character) $12.8M 1994
37% 51% Blue Chips Lavada McRae (Character) $21.8M 1994
55% 76% Heart and Souls Penny Washington (Character) $16.4M 1993
82% 63% Bopha! Rosie Mangena (Character) $180.0K 1993
67% 36% Rich in Love Rhody Poole (Character) $2.0M 1992
14% 25% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Attorney Ann Orkin (Character) $3.6M 1992
100% 83% Passion Fish Chantelle (Character) $2.4M 1992
78% 70% Grand Canyon Jane (Character) $32.3M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Bayou Jessica Filley (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 50% A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Mary Thomas (Character) - 1989
75% 51% Miss Firecracker Popeye Jackson (Character) $646.9K 1989
69% 71% Scrooged Grace Cooley (Frank Cross' secretary) (Character) $58.2M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Child Saver Andrea Crawford (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 87% Mandela Winnie Mandela (Character) - 1987
40% 64% Extremities Patricia (Character) $12.2M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unnatural Causes Maude DeVictor (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Words by Heart Claudie Sills (Character) - 1985
91% 100% The Killing Floor Mattie (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 60% Go Tell It on the Mountain Esther (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Revenge Vicki Teague (Character) - 1984
56% 74% Cross Creek Geechee (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ambush Murders Kariha Ellsworth (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 27% H.E.A.L.T.H. Sally Benbow (Character) - 1980
70% 43% Remember My Name Rita (Character) - 1978

TV

Credit
100% No Score Yet The Porter Fay (Character) 2022
63% 86% See Paris (Character) 2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sara Rozalyn Dupree (Character) 1985 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2020
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2019
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011 2015 2017-2018
87% 70% Marvel's Luke Cage Mariah Dillard (Character) 2016 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016 2018
84% 48% Empire Renee Rhodes (Guest Star) 2018
96% 90% A Series of Unfortunate Events Aunt Josephine (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2017-2018
No Score Yet 100% Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
28% 66% State of Affairs President Constance Payton (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet 100% Makers: Women Who Make America Narrator 2014
81% 75% Copper Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 80% Private Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012
68% 73% True Blood Ruby Jean Reynolds (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2010 2012
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women, War & Peace Narrator 2011
38% 80% Memphis Beat Lt. Tanya Rice (Character) 2010-2011
31% 0% Three Rivers Dr. Sophia Jordan (Character) 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
73% No Score Yet My Own Worst Enemy Mavis Heller (Character) 2008
72% 88% Desperate Housewives Betty Applewhite (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2005-2006
30% No Score Yet Inconceivable Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
95% 94% Frasier Edna (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet 100% St. Elsewhere Dr. Roxanne Turner (Guest Star) 1985
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Doris Robson (Guest Star) 1983