LaTanya Richardson

LaTanya Richardson

Highest Rated: 100% Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (2017)

Lowest Rated: 23% Freedomland (2006)

Birthday: Oct 21, 1949

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Tony Award-nominated actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson spent the first part of her career treading the boards before racking up dozens of TV and film credits including "100 Centre Street" (A&E Network, 2001-02), "The Fighting Temptations" (2003) and "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 2010-). Born in Atlanta, GA in 1949, Jackson studied theater at her home state's Spelman College in the early '70s before moving to New York where she landed major roles in several off-Broadway productions. Jackson put her promising career on hold in 1982 in order to raise daughter Zoe but after earning a Masters in Drama at New York University, slowly returned to the stage towards the end of the decade. After guest spots on short-lived dramas "Dream Street" (NBC, 1989) and "A Man Called Hawk" (ABC, 1989), Jackson portrayed the first Black Army nurse Susie King Taylor in historical miniseries "The American Civil War" (PBS, 1990) and made her film debut playing a caseworker in coming-of-age drama "Hangin' with the Homeboys" (1991). Small parts in Joe Pesci comedy "The Super" (1991), tearjerker "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991) and Spike Lee's biopic "Malcolm X" (1992) followed before she appeared alongside husband Samuel L. Jackson for the first time in Tupac-starring crime thriller "Juice" (1992). In the same year, Jackson played Vivian in the sitcom "Frannie's Turn" (CBS, 1992), Nurse Ruth in Oscar-nominated drama "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992) and Emily in TV movie "The Nightman" (1992). Jackson continued to balance minor big screen parts in the likes of "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993), "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994) and "Losing Isaiah" (1995) with more substantial TV movie roles in "Shameful Secrets" (1993), "Midnight Run For Your Life" (1994) and "The Deliverance of Elaine" (1996) and one-off appearances in procedurals "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99) throughout the '90s. Having played Sergeant Priscilla Worth in ensemble mystery "Lone Star" (1996), attorneys in legal drama "Loved" (1997) and pop culture phenomenon "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002), and Deputy Marshal Savannah Cooper in thriller sequel "U.S. Marshals" (1998), Jackson stuck to the right side of the law in the '00s when she took on the roles of prison supervisor Melinda in "Within These Walls" (2001) and Judge Atallah Sims in courtroom drama "100 Centre Street" (A&E Network, 2001-02). Jackson then got the chance to showcase her vocal talents when she played self-righteous parishioner Paulina Pritchett in gospel comedy "The Fighting Temptations" (2003) and followed it up with small roles in crime drama "Freedomland" (2006), TV movie "The Water Is Wide" (2006) and romance "All About Us" (2007). After adding "Blackout" (2007), "Mother and Child" (2009) and "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" (2013) to her extensive filmography, Jackson picked up a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Lena Younger in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," and joined the season five cast of police procedural "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 2010-) as Danny's by-the-book boss, Lt. Dee Ann Carver.

Highest rated movies

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Mother and Child
When a Man Loves a Woman
Losing Isaiah The Fighting Temptations
U.S. Marshals




100% No Score Yet Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Self - 2017
No Score Yet 76% The Watsons Go to Birmingham Grandma Sands (Character) - 2013
78% 75% Mother and Child Carol (Character) $1.1M 2009
No Score Yet 49% Blackout Unknown (Character) - 2007
23% 25% Freedomland Marie (Character) $12.5M 2006
No Score Yet 66% The Water Is Wide Edna (Character) - 2006
42% 66% The Fighting Temptations Paulina Pritchett (Character) $30.2M 2003
No Score Yet 70% Within These Walls Melinda Donovan (Character) - 2001
83% 81% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Auntie (Character) - 1999
25% 53% U.S. Marshals Deputy Marshal Savannah Cooper (Character) $57.8M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Loved Attorney Rose Jackson (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 67% Julian Po Darlene (Character) $50.7K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deliverance of Elaine Edna (Character) - 1996
45% 73% Losing Isaiah Caroline Jones (Character) $3.7M 1995
70% 77% When a Man Loves a Woman Dr. Gina Mendez (Character) $50.0M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shameful Secrets Louise Levy (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nightman Emily (Character) - 1992


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Executive Producer 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Executive Producer 2020-2021
78% No Score Yet Enslaved Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Host 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Profiles Unknown (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Masters Narrator 2018
38% 75% Rebel Detective Jones (Character) 2017
84% 76% Grey's Anatomy Diane Pierce (Guest Star) 2017
96% 91% Show Me a Hero Norma O'Neal (Character) 2015
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Lt. Dee Ann Carver (Guest Star) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2014-2015
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet 100 Centre Street Unknown (Character) 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once and Again Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
61% 75% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Any Day Now Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
83% 83% NYPD Blue Sister Cecilia (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 92% Party of Five Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frannie's Turn Vivian (Character) 1992
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet EPIX FREE: Enslaved HD Executive Producer
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Spotlight Unknown (Character)