Denise Nicholas

Denise Nicholas

Highest Rated: 63% Let's Do It Again (1975)

Lowest Rated: 6% Ghost Dad (1990)

Birthday: Jul 12, 1944

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Not entirely unlike Sydney Poitier, Denise Nicholas was a quietly dignified, cool yet powerful on-screen performer who was instrumental in the civil rights movement during the late 1960s and early '70s. After touring America as part of a progressive theater group, she began acting on television and almost immediately landed her signature role as compassionate guidance counselor Liz McIntyre on the socially conscious college dramedy "Room 222" ('69-'74). During her run on the show, which regularly dealt with issues such as race relations and women's rights, she also broke barriers in the world of cinema, co-starring in such blaxploitation classics as the absurdly inspired horror send-up "Blacula." She remained a fairly prolific TV force throughout the '70s and into the following decade, but it wasn't until she joined the cast of the gritty, hot-button crime drama "In the Heat of the Night" ('88-'95) that she again found a truly resonant role. While portraying "Night"'s Councilwoman Harriet DeLong, Thompson took part in a momentous, close-to-home story line which not only provided her with a sort of personal closure for her own sister's murder but also inspired her to pursue a writing career. She penned several episodes of the series before heading back to school to formally study her second craft. Her first novel, "Freshwater Road," was adapted into a stage show at Brown University in 2008. Following a string of decidedly lighthearted roles in projects such as the feel-good family comedy "Ghost Dad," she retired from acting in '04.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ritual Sylvia Becker (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors Leddy Hutch (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 100% In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along With Me Harriet Delong Gillespie (credit only) (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice Harriet DeLong Gillespie (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night: Give Me Your Life Harriet DeLong Gillespie (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Plates Darlene Carter (Character) - 1990
6% 32% Ghost Dad Joan (Character) $20.9M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story Cleo Babilonia (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother's Day Elizabeth Sturgis (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Enemies Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marvin and Tige Vanessa Jackson (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Passion Marva Trotter Louis (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Countdown to the Big One Marva Trotter Louis (Character) - 1978
62% 57% Capricorn One Betty Walker (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 83% A Piece of the Action Lila French (Character) - 1977
63% 87% Let's Do It Again Beth Foster (Character) - 1975
50% 43% Blacula Michelle (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Desperate Women Joy (Character) - 1971

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parent 'Hood Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night Harriet DeLong (Character) 1988-1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Mrs Blake (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Chase Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby, I'm Back Olivia Ellis (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Liz McIntyre (Character) 1969-1974
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970

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