LisaGay Hamilton

LisaGay Hamilton

Highest Rated: 92% Take Shelter (2011)

Lowest Rated: 11% Deception (2008)

Birthday: Mar 25, 1964

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Though TV audiences knew Lisa Gay Hamilton best for her roles on shows like "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004) and "Chance" (Hulu, 2016-), the seasoned actor had been appearing on both stage and screen for decades by the time she made her mark on television. Born in Los Angeles in 1964, Hamilton's family eventually relocated to the east coast, where she began taking private acting classes in Manhattan during junior high school. She earned a BA in drama from the Tisch School of the Arts in 1985, the same year she appeared in the movie "Krush Groove" (1985). After making her Broadway debut in the original production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Piano Lesson" in 1990 and an earning an Obie Award for her role in Athol Fugard's "Valley Song" in 1993, Hamilton enrolled at the Juilliard School and completed an MFA in acting. She would play Rebecca Washington on "The Practice" from 1997 to 2003, and soon got to work directing her Peabody award winning documentary "Beah: A Black Woman Speaks" (2004). She would co-star in John Sayles' "The Honeydripper" (2007), winning the part after attending her audition in full period costume, and soon found a number of high caliber TV roles awaiting her, playing Melissa on the comedy-drama "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 2009-2011), and the Hugh Laurie procedural "Chance."

Highest rated movies

Take Shelter
Jackie Brown Ad Astra
Mother and Child
Nine Lives
Go for Sisters
Beloved
Hamlet

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
60% 96% The Last Full Measure Celia (Character) $2.9M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas Deb (Character) - 2019
83% 40% Ad Astra Adjutant General Vogel (Character) $50.2M 2019
65% 60% Vice Condoleezza Rice (Character) $47.8M 2018
67% 77% Beautiful Boy Rose (Character) $7.6M 2018
No Score Yet 32% Indiscretion Karen Wyatt (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 56% Redemption Trail Tess (Character) - 2013
43% 66% Life of a King Principal King (Character) $5.7K 2013
74% 54% Go for Sisters Bernice (Character) $56.0K 2013
92% 81% Take Shelter Kendra (Character) $1.7M 2011
21% 48% Beastly Zola (Character) $27.9M 2011
78% 76% Mother and Child Leticia (Character) $1.1M 2009
57% 56% The Soloist Jennifer Ayers-Moore (Character) $31.7M 2009
11% 31% Deception Det. Russo (Character) $4.6M 2008
69% 57% Honeydripper Delilah (Character) $267.9K 2007
75% 67% Nine Lives Holly (Character) $478.3K 2005
No Score Yet 80% Until the Violence Stops Unknown (Character) - 2003
34% 27% The Truth About Charlie Lola Jansco (Character) $5.3M 2002
No Score Yet 44% Ten Tiny Love Stories Three (Character) - 2001
70% No Score Yet Hamlet Ophelia (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 57% A House Divided Julia (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swing Vote Virginia Mapes (Character) - 1999
54% 49% True Crime Bonnie Beachum (Character) $16.6M 1999
71% 71% Beloved Younger Sethe (Character) $22.8M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Defenders: Choice of Evils Jeanne Baptiste (Character) - 1998
87% 85% Jackie Brown Sheronda (Character) $39.6M 1997
No Score Yet 0% Lifebreath Dr. Quinlan (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick and Jane Vickie (Character) $11.3K 1997
64% 63% Palookaville Betty (Character) $342.4K 1995
43% 81% Krush Groove Aisha (Character) $11.1M 1985

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Poetry in America Guest 2022
94% 77% This Is Us Aunt Mae (Guest Star) 2021
91% 80% The Blacklist Dr. Calvert Gray (Guest Star) 2019
66% 77% The First Kayla Price (Character) 2018
95% 89% Elementary Lt. Colonel Robin Deakins (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 86% Code Black Dr. Kim Carrie (Guest Star) 2016
75% 89% Chance Dr. Suzanne Sims (Character) 2016
77% 76% House of Cards Celia Jones (Guest Star) 2016
93% 73% Scandal West Angola Ambassador (Guest Star) 2014
89% 89% Grimm Mrs. Pittman (Guest Star) 2014
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Teresa Randall (Guest Star) 2006-2007 2013
90% 98% Southland Melanie (Guest Star) 2012
94% 100% Men of a Certain Age Unknown (Guest Star) 2009-2011
No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 84% ER Nadine Hopkins (Guest Star) 2005
57% 78% The L Word Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Rebecca Washington (Character),
Director
1997-2003
70% 83% Sex and the City Kendall (Guest Star) 2002
61% 75% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1995