Gloria Foster

Highest Rated: 100% The Cool World (1964)
Lowest Rated: 9% Leonard Part 6 (1987)
Birthday: Nov 15, 1933
Birthplace: Not Available
Distinguished African-American actress Gloria Foster studied at the Goodman Theatre, making her earliest professional appearances with the University of Chicago County Theater. Foster's first Broadway role was Ruth in Lorraine Hansbury's Raisin in the Sun. In 1963, she appeared in the powerful dramatic review In White America, earning an Obie Award as well as a two-page spread in Life Magazine. The following year, she was honored with a Theatre World award for her portrayal of Medea, one of dozens of classic stage roles to her credit. She made her film bow in 1963's The Cool World, followed by a sizeable role opposite Ivan Dixon in the critically acclaimed Nothing But a Man. She later co-starred with Bill Cosby (To All My Friends on Shore, Leonard Part 6) and Sidney Poitier (Separate but Equal). Gloria Foster's many television credits include two guest appearances on The Mod Squad, co-starring with her then-husband, actor/director Clarence Williams III. Though her film roles remained relatively scarce throughout the 1990s, Foster's role as The Oracle in the 1999 metaphysical sci-fi smash The Matrix proved a welcome sight to fans who hadn't seen her since her 1993 television effort Percy and Thunder. Returning to the role for 2003's The Matrix Reloaded, Foster sadly died of diabetes before completing all of her scenes for the film (and having not even begun shooting her scenes for the same year's The Matrix Revolutions). She was 64.

Highest Rated Movies



73% The Matrix Reloaded The Oracle $281.6M 2003
88% The Matrix Oracle 1999
No Score Yet Percy and Thunder Sugar Brown 1993
94% City of Hope Jeanette 1991
83% Separate But Equal Buster 1991
9% Leonard Part 6 Medusa Johnson 1987
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders Camille Bell 1985
No Score Yet The House of Dies Drear Sheila Small 1984
No Score Yet House of Dies Drear Actor 1984
No Score Yet Top Secret Judith 1978
No Score Yet To All My Friends on Shore Serena Blue 1972
No Score Yet Man and Boy Ivy Revers 1971
No Score Yet The Angel Levine Sally 1970
27% The Comedians Mme. Philipot 1967
100% The Cool World Mrs. Custis 1964
95% Nothing But a Man Lee $9.7K 1963


No Score Yet Law & Order
Satima Tate
  • 1997
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Dr. Barbara Bracy
  • 1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Mrs. Hatch
  • 1983


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