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      Charlayne Woodard

      Charlayne Woodard

      Highest Rated: 80% Sunshine State (2002)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Eye for an Eye (1996)

      Birthday: Dec 29, 1953

      Birthplace: Albany, New York, USA

      American actress and playwright Charlayne Woodard turned early Broadway success into a career that spanned over several decades. The New York native was nominated for a Tony for her performance in the original cast of "Ain't Misbehavin'", a role that she began as a 24-year-old. While appearing on Broadway, she starred in "Cindy" (ABC, 1978), a television adaption of the classic "Cinderella" fairy tale told with an all African-American cast. She made an equally splashy feature film debut when she joined "Ain't Misbehavin'" costar Nell Carter as one of the "White Boys" singers in Milos Forman's big screen rendering of the musical "Hair" (1979). After starring in the Canadian drama "Hard Feelings" (1982), she spent the next several years taking small roles on television shows such as "Taxi" (ABC, 1978-83) and "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC, 1985-88), while mixing in small roles in features like Louis Malle's "Crackers" (1984). She starred opposite Harry Dean Stanton and Crispin Glover in the dramedy "Twister" (1989), and then began a recurring role on the hit sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-97, 2018-). Woodard portrayed Vonda, one of the factory coworkers of the title character. She then began appearing on the daytime soap opera "Days of Our Live" (NBC, 1965-) as Desiree McCall. She continued working in features with roles in the Kevin Bacon comedy "He Said, She Said" (1991) and the Michael Keaton crime drama "One Good Cop" (1991). Another high-profile recurring part followed when she was cast as one of Will Smith's aunts on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). During this time period, Woodard found new success as a playwright. Her initial offering "Pretty Fire" debuted in 1993 and went on to win multiple awards. Her television career continued to flourish as she added recurring roles on the popular medical dramas "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). She also enjoyed a memorable multi-episode turn playing Catholic nun Sister Peg on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-). Her character was ultimately killed in an accidental shooting. She gained notice on the big screen playing opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder in the film adaption of "The Crucible" (1996). Her film work included a pivotal role in M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable" (2000), and its sequel "Glass" (2019). While remaining active in theater productions, Woodard kept her hand in television with guest roles in shows like "The Leftovers" (HBO, 2014-17) and "The Blacklist" (NBC, 2013-).

      Highest rated movies

      Sunshine State poster
      Sunshine State
      Unbreakable poster Unbreakable The Crucible poster
      The Crucible
      Things Never Said poster
      Things Never Said
      Angie poster
      Glass poster Glass He Said, She Said poster He Said, She Said The Million Dollar Hotel poster
      The Million Dollar Hotel




      36% 67% Glass Mrs. Price (Character) $111.0M 2019
      67% 82% Things Never Said Charlotte (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 53% DC Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Mildred Muhammad (Character) - 2003
      80% 57% Sunshine State Loretta (Character) $3.1M 2002
      25% 67% The Million Dollar Hotel Jean Swift (Character) $52.5K 2000
      70% 77% Unbreakable Elijah's Mother (Character) $95.0M 2000
      No Score Yet 74% Around the Fire Kate (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by Evil Det. Duvall (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Gail Devers (Character) - 1996
      70% 66% The Crucible Tituba (Character) $7.3M 1996
      8% 55% Eye for an Eye Angel Kosinsky (Character) $25.7M 1996
      No Score Yet 68% Buffalo Girls Doosie (Character) - 1995
      47% 33% Angie Floor Nurse (Character) $9.3M 1994
      35% 34% He Said, She Said Cindy (Character) $8.7M 1991
      14% 32% One Good Cop Cheryl Clark (Character) $11.3M 1991
      No Score Yet 44% Twister Lola (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hard Feelings Winona Lockhart (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cindy Cindy (Character) - 1978


      98% 87% Pose Helena St. Rogers (Character) 2018-2019 2021
      No Score Yet 50% All Rise Judge Prudence Jenkins (Guest Star) 2021
      No Score Yet 59% Bull Dawn Taylor (Guest Star) 2020
      58% 86% Prodigal Son Dr. Gabrielle Le Deux (Guest Star) 2019
      36% 89% Bluff City Law Gertrude (Guest Star) 2019
      91% 90% The Leftovers Lois Makepeace (Guest Star) 2015
      75% 86% Chasing Life Monica Bradley (Guest Star) 2015
      90% 81% Bones Diane Rollins (Guest Star) 2012
      78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sister Peg (Guest Star) 2002-2006 2011
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      85% 85% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 84% ER Angela Gilliam (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      52% 60% Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      40% No Score Yet In Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wedding Unknown (Character) 1998
      63% No Score Yet Bless This House Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Doosie (Character) 1995
      95% 93% Frasier Arlene (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1991-1993
      76% 73% Roseanne Vonda (Guest Star) 1988-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Emanja Mora (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet 100% Taxi Nina Chambers (Guest Star) 1982