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Lonette McKee

Highest Rated:   100% 'Round Midnight (1986)
Lowest Rated:   10% Honey 2 (2011)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Against the Jab
  • Actor
2014
37% LUV
  • Grandma Beanie
$0.2M 2013
10% Honey 2
  • Connie
$0.7M 2011
62% 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
44% Lift
  • Elaine
2001
41% Men of Honor
  • Ella
2000
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
  • Mama Delany
1999
80% He Got Game
  • Martha Shuttlesworth
1998
No Score Yet Blind Faith
  • Carol Williams
1998
91% Malcolm X
  • Louise Little
1992
No Score Yet Queen
  • Actor
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
36% Brewster's Millions
  • Angela Drake
1985
75% The Cotton Club
  • Lila Rose Oliver
1984
No Score Yet Illusions
  • Actor
1982
50% Cuba
  • Therese Mederos
1979
20% Which Way Is Up?
  • Vanetta
1977
13% Sparkle
  • Sister
1976
No Score Yet Around Midnight
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Mreredith Greer
  • 2002

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