Lonette McKee

Lonette McKee

Highest Rated: 100% 'Round Midnight (1986)

Lowest Rated: 10% Honey 2 (2011)

Birthday: Jul 22, 1954

Birthplace: Not Available

From stage to screen to recording studios, Lonette McKee has worked as both an actress and vocalist. Although actors who also sing have been a dime a dozen since the earliest days of stage and cinema, McKee's groundbreaking performance as the first African-American actress to portray the character of Julie in a major American production of Show Boat would have earned her a place in entertainment history even if she hadn't gone on to earn Image Award nominations for her roles in To Dance With Olivia (1997) and As the World Turns. A Motor City native, McKee kicked off her career in the entertainment industry when she became a recording artist in her hometown as a young teen, releasing an album on the Detroit-based Sussex label before being drawn to the screen in the mid-'70s. Cast in a key role in the 1976 musical drama Sparkle, McKee made an impression as a drug-addicted singer in a Supremes-like band, and she quickly caught the eye of casting agents. Appearing in such features as The Cotton Club and Brewster's Millions during the '80s, it was also during this period that she essayed her Tony-nominated role in Show Boat. Spike Lee later cast her in three of his films during the '90s: Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, and He Got Game. After being voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1995, McKee began a two-year stint on the soap opera As the World Turns. She also returned to the studio in 1992 to record Natural Love, her first album in nearly 20 years. The actress alternated between film and television in the early 2000s with parts in Men of Honor (2001), Honey (2003), and a recurring role in the NBC series Third Watch. McKee is married to a New York social worker and is the sister of dancer/actress Kathrine McKee.

Highest Rated Movies



70% The Cotton Club Encore Actor 2019
No Score Yet Against the Jab Actor 2014
34% LUV Grandma Beanie $0.2M 2013
10% Honey 2 Connie $0.7M 2011
61% ATL Priscilla Garnett $21.2M 2006
No Score Yet Whiskey School Actor 2005
19% She Hate Me Lottie Armstrong $81.9K 2004
21% Honey Mrs. Daniels $30.3M 2003
No Score Yet A Day in Black and White Actor 2001
47% Fast Food, Fast Women Sherry-Lynn 2001
50% Lift Elaine 2001
42% Men of Honor Ella 2000
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Mama Delany 1999
81% He Got Game Martha Shuttlesworth 1998
No Score Yet Blind Faith Carol Williams 1998
88% Malcolm X Louise Little 1992
81% Jungle Fever Drew 1991
No Score Yet Dangerous Passion Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place Lorraine 1989
47% Gardens of Stone Betty Rae 1987
100% 'Round Midnight Darcey Leigh 1986
35% Brewster's Millions Angela Drake 1985
76% The Cotton Club Lila Rose Oliver 1984
No Score Yet Illusions Mignon Dupree 1982
45% Cuba Therese Mederos 1979
18% Which Way Is Up? Vanetta 1977
10% Sparkle Sister 1976
No Score Yet Around Midnight Actor


No Score Yet The Game
Maria 2007
No Score Yet Half & Half
Tonya 2004
No Score Yet Third Watch
Maggie Davis 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Mreredith Greer 2002
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Alicia Mena 1986
No Score Yet The Equalizer


Honey Daniels says: Oh, I forgot. I'm supposed to see all the things in this world.

Mrs. Daniels says: Well, there's nothin' wrong with my wantin' that for you.

Honey Daniels says: No, but what about what I want?

Honey Daniels says: Haven't you seen my hip-hop class? They love it.

Mrs. Daniels says: But the hip-hop can't take you the places where the ballet can.