Jenifer Lewis

Lowest Rated: 5% The Cookout (2004)
Birthday: Jan 25, 1957
Birthplace: Kinloch, Missouri, USA
Best known for playing unapologetically mature, assertive, and intelligent adult women, African-American supporting actress Jenifer Lewis originally launched her career as a vocalist, singing in a church choir in Kinloch, MO. Lewis' passion (and gift) for singing carried her to the Great White Way, where she appeared in a number of sell-out Broadway musicals -- including Ain't Misbehavin' and Dreamgirls. She subsequently migrated to the West Coast for a string of appearances in TV programs such as Roc, A Different World, Murphy Brown, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Touched by an Angel, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and graduated to features in 1992. The films in which Lewis has appeared run the gamut of quality, from outstanding (What's Love Got to Do With It?, 1993) to satisfactory (Sister Act, 1992; The Preacher's Wife, 1996) to downright abominable (Frozen Assets, 1992); many, however, demonstrated her fine gifts. More recently, Lewis attained some much-deserved recognition (and ascended to higher than usual billing) with her multi-season portrayal of Lana Hawkins in the prime-time medical drama Strong Medicine (2000).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
69% Cars 3 Flo $152.7M 2017
No Score Yet Jewel's Catch One Actor 2016
No Score Yet The List Producer 2015
No Score Yet Playin' for Love Actor 2015
27% The Wedding Ringer Doris Jenkins 2015
22% Think Like a Man Too Loretta 2014
16% Baggage Claim Catherine $17.3M 2013
No Score Yet It Had to Be You Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Magic City Actor 2013
25% Zambezia Gogo $1.1M 2013
54% Think Like a Man Loretta $91.6M 2012
38% Cars 2 Flo $191.5M 2011
No Score Yet The Heart Specialist Nurse Jackson $1.1M 2011
No Score Yet Five Maggie 2011
47% Hereafter Candace $32.8M 2010
85% The Princess and the Frog Mama Odie $104.4M 2009
31% Not Easily Broken Mary $10.6M 2009
33% Meet The Browns Vera $42M 2008
No Score Yet Redrum Therapist 2007
6% Who's Your Caddy? Mrs. Hawkins $5.6M 2007
50% Dirty Laundry Aunt Lettuce 2006
75% Cars Flo $244.1M 2006
25% Madea's Family Reunion Milay $63.3M 2006
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns Vera 2005
36% Shark Tale Motown Turtle $160.8M 2004
5% The Cookout Lady Em $11.6M 2004
No Score Yet Partners Detective 2004
No Score Yet Nora's Hair Salon Nora 2004
10% Juwanna Mann Aunt Ruby $13.5M 2002
63% The Brothers Louise Smith $26.6M 2001
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection Narcissa Wingfield 2001
88% Cast Away Becca Twig 2000
No Score Yet Little Richard Muh Penniman 2000
No Score Yet Dancing in September Judge Warner 2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Jackie Washington Producer 1999
71% Get Bruce Actor 1999
60% Mystery Men Lucille 1999
57% Blast From the Past Dr. Aron 1999
No Score Yet Partners Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Temptations Mama Rose 1998
75% The Mighty Mrs. Addison 1998
No Score Yet An Unexpected Life Camille 1997
61% The Preacher's Wife Marguerite Coleman 1996
33% Girl 6 Boss 1, Lil 1996
44% Dead Presidents Mrs. Curtis 1995
27% Panther Rita 1995
39% Corrina, Corrina Jevina 1994
12% Renaissance Man Mrs. Coleman 1994
No Score Yet Deconstructing Sarah Betty 1994
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Backup Singer #1 1993
33% Undercover Blues Cab Driver 1993
29% The Meteor Man Mrs. Williams 1993
37% Poetic Justice Lucky's Mother 1993
96% What's Love Got To Do With It? Zelma Bullock 1993
72% Sister Act Michelle $139.7M 1992
No Score Yet Frozen Assets Jomisha 1992
No Score Yet Daddy, (Danielle Steel's 'Daddy') Actor 1991
No Score Yet My Father, My Son Actor 1988
No Score Yet Star Tours Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Magic City (Magiki polis) Actor 1954

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Big Hero 6: The Series
2017
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
70% RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
2012
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
91% black-ish
2014
Ruby/Florida Ruby
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist
  • 2018
No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid
2016
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
Voice
  • 2011
23% The Playboy Club
2011
Pearl
  • 2011
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
2009
Vera
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Day Break
2006
Elizabeth Hopper
  • 2008
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Isabel Fisher
  • 2008
  • 2007
52% Shark
2006-2008
Ellie Broussard
  • 2007
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
Lana Hawkins
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet That's So Raven
2003-2007
Vivian Baxter
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet The PJs
1999-2001
Voice
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Grown Ups
1999-2000
Kathy Daniels
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show
1996-2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Aunt Helen Helen
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
  • 1995
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
Medina
  • 1995
No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1992-1997
Mrs. Rodman Georgia
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Mystique
  • 1994
No Score Yet Roc
1991-1994
Charlaine
  • 1993
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Susan Clayton Dean Davenport Dean Dorothy Dandridge Davenport
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1990
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Saleswoman No. 2 Salesperson
  • 1991
  • 1990

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