Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Highest Rated: 100% Passion Fish (1992)

Lowest Rated: 8% Survivor (2015)

Birthday: Aug 16, 1958

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A respected actress of the stage, screen, and television, Angela Bassett has been one of the few African-American actresses to break Hollywood's color boundary. She has specialized in playing strong women familiar with adversity and has worked in genres from "chick flick" (Waiting to Exhale) to sci-fi action (Strange Days) to biography (What's Love Got to Do with It?), the last of which featured her in a star-making performance as Tina Turner.Born in New York City on August 16, 1958, Bassett was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida by her mother. Growing up in a household where money was tight, she was taught determination and independence. These values were called into service after an eleventh grade Upward Bound trip to Washington, D.C., when Bassett saw James Earl Jones in a Kennedy Center production of Of Mice and Men. Deciding that acting was her calling, she became involved in a number of local productions in St. Petersburg. She continued to act at Yale University, where she earned a scholarship; after completing a B.A. in African-American studies, she also spent three years at the Yale School of Drama. One of Bassett's mentors at Yale was the drama school's dean, stage director Lloyd Richards, who was so impressed with her talent that he cast her in two of his productions, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Although she enjoyed relative success on the stage, Bassett, like other African-American actors, had a difficult time finding roles in television and film.In 1986, Bassett made her screen debut in the cult favorite F/X. Following supporting roles in Kindergarten Cop (1990) and John Sayles' City of Hope (1991), she had her first significant screen role in John Singleton's acclaimed Boyz 'N the Hood, playing a struggling single mother. Two years later, after playing the wife of civil rights leader Malcolm X in Spike Lee's biopic and the Jackson Family matriarch in the made-for-TV The Jacksons: An American Dream, Bassett had her screen breakthrough as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It?, a performance that earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe. As her newfound status allowed her to expand her range of work, Bassett went on to star in a series of diverse films. In 1995, a foray into futuristic action in Strange Days was complemented by a lead in the successful women's ensemble drama Waiting to Exhale (based on the novel by Terry McMillan), in which Bassett starred alongside Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine. In 1998, she starred as the title character in another McMillan adaptation, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, playing a divorcee whose discontent is ably assuaged by a hunky twenty-year-old (Taye Diggs). The following year, she had a supporting role in Music of the Heart and again tried her hand at action in Supernova, a sci-fi thriller. Starring in former Orson Welles collaborator and blacklisted director John Berry's critically panned swansong Boesman and Lena in 2000, Bassett (along with co-star Danny Glover) earned praise for their sensitive performances as a troubled South African couple striving to seek stability in the face of Apartheid.Her career continued to evolve with a part in The Score in 2001. The next year she executive produced and starred in a biopic about civil rights figure Rosa Parks. She was part of the large ensemble John Sayles brought together for Sunshine State, and co-starred opposite Bernie Mac in the sports comedy Mr. 3000. In 2006 she played the mother in the spelling bee drama Akeelah and the Bee, and she continued to land parts in big-budget blockbusters such as Green Lantern and This Means War.Since 1997, Bassett has been married to actor Courtney B. Vance, whom she had known since their days at Yale.


Highest Rated Movies



95% The Apollo Actor 2019
25% Otherhood Carol Executive Producer 2019
91% Bumblebee Shatter 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout Erika Sloane 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War Ramonda $665M 2018
97% Black Panther Ramonda $501.2M 2018
No Score Yet The Flood Narrator 2018
No Score Yet August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People Actor 2018
No Score Yet African American Museum Actor 2017
27% London Has Fallen Lynn Jacobs 2016
82% Chi-Raq Miss Helen $2.7M 2015
No Score Yet Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle Dr. Kulinda 2015
8% Survivor Maureen Cranepaul $0.2M 2015
47% Whitney Director 2015
No Score Yet Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee Actor 2015
54% White Bird in a Blizzard Dr. Thaler 2014
No Score Yet We The People: From Crispus Attucks To Barack Obama Actor 2014
50% Black Nativity Aretha Cobbs $4.9M 2013
49% Olympus Has Fallen Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs $98.7M 2013
No Score Yet Betty and Coretta Coretta Scott King 2013
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac Actor 2012
26% This Means War Collins $54.8M 2012
No Score Yet Daisy Bates: First Lady Of Little Rock Actor 2012
26% Green Lantern Dr. Amanda Waller $116.7M 2011
57% Jumping the Broom Mrs. Watson $37.3M 2011
No Score Yet VIPs Actor 2010
52% Notorious Voletta Wallace $36.7M 2009
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Narrator 2009
82% Nothing But the Truth Bonnie Benjamin 2008
33% Meet The Browns Brenda Brown $42M 2008
33% Gospel Hill Sarah Malcolm 2008
67% Meet the Robinsons Mildred $97.7M 2007
No Score Yet Of Boys and Men Rieta Cole 2007
85% Akeelah and the Bee Tanya $18.9M 2006
No Score Yet Time Bomb Actor 2006
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns Brenda 2005
55% Mr. 3000 Mo $21.8M 2004
No Score Yet The Lazarus Child Dr. Elizabeth Chase 2004
24% Masked and Anonymous Mistress $0.2M 2003
80% Sunshine State Desiree Perry $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet The Rosa Parks Story Rosa Parks Executive Producer 2002
No Score Yet Our America Executive Producer 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Actor 2002
No Score Yet Ruby's Bucket of Blood Ruby Delacroix 2001
73% The Score Diane $70.4M 2001
No Score Yet Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Groove 2000
10% Supernova Kaela Evers 2000
50% Boesman and Lena Lena 2000
63% Music of the Heart Janet 1999
No Score Yet Africans in America Actor 1998
49% How Stella Got Her Groove Back Stella Payne 1998
No Score Yet Africans in America Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Africans in America Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
65% Contact Rachel Constantine 1997
56% Waiting to Exhale Bernadine 1995
10% Vampire in Brooklyn Rita 1995
62% Strange Days Mace Mason 1995
27% Panther Betty Shabazz 1995
96% What's Love Got To Do With It? Tina Turner 1993
100% Passion Fish Dawn/Rhonda 1992
88% Malcolm X Dr. Betty Shabazz 1992
39% Innocent Blood US Attorney Sinclair 1992
No Score Yet Locked Up: A Mother's Rage Willie 1991
94% City of Hope Reesha 1991
96% Boyz n the Hood Reva Styles 1991
No Score Yet Critters 4: They're Invading Your Space Fran 1991
No Score Yet The Heroes of Desert Storm Lt. Phoebe Jeter 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Carla Peters 1990
No Score Yet Challenger Cheryl McNair 1990
88% F/X TV Reporter 1986
No Score Yet Doubletake Prostitute 1985


93% BoJack Horseman
Voice 2020
81% 9-1-1
Athena Grant 2020
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Host Appearing Host (Season 1) 2020
No Score Yet Close to the Enemy
Eva 2019
100% The Imagineering Story
Narrator Narrator 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
Guest 2016
76% American Horror Story
Director Marie Laveau Desiree Dupree 2016
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
Guest 2015
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Freak Show
Desiree Dupree 2015
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
Ramona Royale 2015
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Appearing 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2013
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2010
No Score Yet ER
Cate Banfield 2009
85% Alias
Hayden Chase 2005
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
Herself 2003
43% Alien Nation
Renee Longstreet 1990
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Mrs. Mitchell Sara 1988


Kaela Evers says: Whoever they are they're s smart as God and a lot less nice.

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs says: Is he alive?

Mike Banning says: Ask me a serious question.

Lornette "Mace" Mason says: Memories are meant to fade. They're designed that way for a reason.

Fireman says: Ma'am, were you aware that your car was on fire?

Bernadine Harris says: (Nods her head while smoking a cigarette)

Fireman says: Ma'am, did you start this fire?

Bernadine Harris says: (Puffs smoke and plainly looks at him)

Fireman says: You know, it's against the law to burn anything except trash in your yard.

Bernadine Harris says: (flicks off ashes from her cigarette) It is trash.

Fireman says: Look, this is a nice area. Luckily, a neighbor cared enough. Listen, the next time you wanna burn something...

Bernadine Harris says: It won't happen again.

Bernadine Harris says: (Shuts the door in his face)

Bernadine Harris says: (Arguing about money at John's office) Who do you think started this damn company, huh? And now, you think you can just take the money and run...

John Sr. says: Business hasn't been good for years, but don't you worry, you'll get what's comin' to you.

Bernadine Harris says: Hell, I'm not worried... you, on the other hand, should be.

John Sr. says: I am prepared to offer you $300,000 cash, *today*

Bernadine Harris says: Your children aren't for sale. (walks away)

John Sr. says: Oh, by the way, I'm comin' to pick up my kids on Saturday.

Bernadine Harris says: Yeah? (Walks back toward John)

Bernadine Harris says: And if I hear you had 'em anywhere near that tramp *bitch*, you're gonna regret it for the rest of your life!

Bernadine Harris says: I give you eleven fucking years of my life and you're telling me that you're leaving for a white woman?

John Sr. says: Would it help if she was black?

Bernadine Harris says: No. It would help if you were black.

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs says: Sparkplug received!!

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs says: Sparkplug received!

Mike Banning says: 40 commandos breached the gate, 28 are left.

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs says: How do we know we can trust the information?

Mike Banning says: I just asked nicely.

Mike Banning says: Hashtag? What the fuck is that?

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs says: Shift 3! Shift 3!

Bernadine Harris says: It won't happen again!.

Bernadine Harris says: It won't happen again.