Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Highest Rated: 86% Top Five (2014)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 29, 1972

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Actress Gabrielle Union essayed self-assured African-American women in a diverse array of projects, ranging from comedies like "Bring It On" (2000) and "Bad Boys II" (2003) to series like "Being Mary Jane" (BET, 2013-19). Born Gabrielle Monique Union on October 29, 1972 in Omaha, Nebraska, she relocated with her family to the Bay Area suburb of Pleasanton, California, when she was eight years old. She later attended Foothill High School, where she excelled at an array of sports, before graduating in 1991. From there, she followed in the footsteps of two uncles by attending the University of Nebraska, before transferring to Cuesta College and finally, UCLA, where she earned her degree in sociology with honors in 1996. Though she intended on next tackling a law degree, Union found herself modeling, with the intention of using the money to pay off her college loans, through an internship at a Los Angeles modeling agency. When she completed the internship, the agency took her on as a client and submitted her for minor roles on television series; she began landing appearances on shows like "Family Matters" (CBS, 1989-1998), which led to recurring turns on "Sister, Sister" (ABC/The WB, 1994-99) and her feature film debut in the teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999). Union's breakout film role, as the tough captain of an inner-city cheerleading squad in "Bring It On," came the following year, and the film's popularity provided her with the boost she needed to transition full-time to features. Union was soon a go-to performer for smart, confident young African-American women in features like "The Brothers" (2001), the comedy "Welcome to Collinwood" (2002) with George Clooney, and the action-thriller "Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003) with Jet Li and rapper DMX. But her film stardom appeared to peak with her turn as Will Smith's girlfriend in "Bad Boys II"; subsequent film projects, including an African-American take on "The Honeymooners" (2005), and an adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running with Scissors" (2006), failed to attract audiences, and by 2005, Union had returned to regular work on television. She joined the cast of the offbeat police drama "Life" (NBC, 2007-09) shortly before its cancellation, and her next effort, the science fiction thriller "FlashForward" (ABC, 2009), lasted only a single season. Undaunted, Union forged ahead with character roles, including a critically acclaimed turn as bluesman Muddy Waters' wife, Geneva Wade, in "Cadillac Records" (2008), and supporting performances in Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" (2012), the big-screen adaptation of comic Steve Harvey's advice book "Think Like a Man" (2012) and Chris Rock's "Top Five" (2014). She also made her debut as both producer and star on the BET series "Being Mary Jane." The drama, about a successful TV anchor's pursuit of personal and professional happiness, was a ratings hit and earned Union three NAACP Image Award Nominations, including a win in 2014. The success of the series helped to remind audiences and executives alike of Union's talent, and she soon settled into a busy schedule of features and television. The former included Nate Parker's controversial "Birth of a Nation" (2016) and a rare starring turn as a mother defending her children against home invaders in the hit "Breaking In" (2018), which she also produced. In the latter capacity, Union reprised her "Bad Boys II" role for "L.A.'s Finest" (Spectrum Originals, 2019- ), which promoted her character to police detective and partnered her with Jessica Alba. While working on the series, Union also served as a judge on the fourteenth season of the reality competition series "America's Got Talent" (NBC, 2007- ). Controversy erupted in November 2019 when it was announced that Union was fired from the series after a single season: reports quickly revealed that Union had complained about what she considered a toxic work environment, including meddling by producers, a racist joke by guest judge Jay Leno, and series creator Simon Cowell constantly smoking inside the studio building in defiance of California law.

Highest rated movies

Top Five
Neo Ned
The Birth of a Nation
10 Things I Hate About You
The Public Cadillac Records
Bring It On
The Brothers

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheaper by the Dozen Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2022
66% 79% The Public Rebecca Parks (Character) $571.2K 2018
27% 32% Breaking In Shaun Russell (Character),
Producer
$46.3M 2018
25% 37% Sleepless Dena (Character) $20.7M 2017
49% 64% Almost Christmas Rachel (Character),
Executive Producer
$42.0M 2016
73% 71% The Birth of a Nation Esther (Character) $15.8M 2016
No Score Yet 57% The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Nala (Voice) - 2015
No Score Yet 51% With This Ring Kitty (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2015
86% 64% Top Five Erica (Character) $25.3M 2014
23% 59% Think Like a Man Too Kristen (Character) $65.1M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Being Mary Jane Mary Jane Paul (Character) - 2013
47% 36% In Our Nature Vicky (Character) - 2012
54% 79% Think Like a Man Kristen (Character) $91.5M 2012
36% 76% Tyler Perry's Good Deeds Natalie (Character) $35.0M 2012
66% 65% Cadillac Records Geneva (Character) $8.1M 2008
20% 35% Meet Dave No. 3 - Cultural Officer (Character) $11.8M 2008
No Score Yet 24% The Box Det. Cris Romano (Character) - 2007
19% 52% The Perfect Holiday Nancy (Character) $5.8M 2007
26% 81% Daddy's Little Girls Julia (Character) $31.3M 2007
31% 56% Running With Scissors Dorothy (Character) $6.8M 2006
80% 75% Neo Ned Rachael (Character) - 2005
0% 40% Constellation Carmel Boxer (Character) $306.5K 2005
17% 41% Say Uncle Elise (Character) $5.2K 2005
13% 30% The Honeymooners Alice Kramden (Character) $12.8M 2005
No Score Yet 62% Night Stalker Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 93% Something the Lord Made Clara Thomas (Character) - 2004
31% 57% Breakin' All the Rules Nicky Callas (Character) $11.8M 2004
24% 78% Bad Boys II Syd Burnett (Character) $138.4M 2003
26% 52% Cradle 2 the Grave Daria (Character) $34.6M 2003
44% 76% Deliver Us From Eva Eva (Character) $17.3M 2003
16% 31% Abandon Amanda (Character) $10.7M 2002
55% 55% Welcome to Collinwood Michelle (Character) $334.0K 2002
41% 83% Two Can Play That Game Conny Spalding (Character) $22.2M 2001
63% 85% The Brothers Denise Johnson (Character) $27.5M 2001
64% 66% Bring It On Isis (Character) $68.3M 2000
41% 55% She's All That Katie (Character) $63.3M 1999
69% 69% 10 Things I Hate About You Chastity (Character) $38.2M 1999
No Score Yet 64% H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! Gabrielle (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 80% Playa' Pack Unknown (Character) - 1997

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017-2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008 2010 2017 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2014-2015 2017-2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2014 2017 2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daily Pop Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2016 2018-2021
No Score Yet 71% L.A.'s Finest Sydney Burnett (Character),
Executive Producer
2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA3: What You Need to Know Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2017 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2017 2020
No Score Yet 23% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2016 2018 2020
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2014 2016 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2020
No Score Yet 76% The Lion Guard Nala (Voice) 2016-2019
No Score Yet 56% America's Got Talent Judge 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2014 2016-2019
90% 77% Being Mary Jane Mary Jane Paul (Character) 2014-2015 2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2016 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Complex X Fuse Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2012 2014 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister Circle Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet All Star Flip Host 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Page Guest 2017
No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2017
No Score Yet 20% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007-2008 2017
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2012 2014-2015 2017
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2015 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Harvey Guest 2017
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
100% 29% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meredith Vieira Show Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2015
No Score Yet 39% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character),
Guest
2012 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2012 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen Latifah Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anderson Guest,
Host
2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainers: With Byron Allen Guest 2007-2009 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2009 2012
No Score Yet 61% Army Wives Gina Holt (Guest Star) 2010
80% 77% FlashForward Zoey Andata (Guest Star) 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brian McKnight Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2009
70% 85% Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.com Guest 2007-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2008
97% 87% Ugly Betty Renee Slater (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Stalker Perri Reed (Character) 2005-2006
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Shauna Parks (Guest Voice) 2005
75% 95% The West Wing Meeshel Anders (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pepsi Smash Host 2003
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Sunny Stevens/"Iesha" (Guest Voice) 2002
67% 94% Friends Kristen Lang (Guest Star) 2001
20% No Score Yet City of Angels Dr. Courtney Ellis (Character) 2000
No Score Yet 84% ER Tamara Davis (Guest Star) 2000
33% No Score Yet Grown Ups Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven: Beginnings Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 75% 7th Heaven Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1998
91% 87% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine N'Garen (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet City Guys Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitz Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goode Behavior Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 100% Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1996