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Nichelle Nichols

Highest Rated:   91% To Be Takei (2014)
Lowest Rated:   11% Are We There Yet? (2005)
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African American actress/singer Nichelle Nichols was born in Robbins, a progressive Illinois community founded by blacks in the 1890s. Nichelle sang with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands, then performed as a single in nightclubs. Garnering acting experience in supporting roles in such films as Mister Buddwing (1965) and Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!(1966), Ms. Nichols was cast in her signature role in 1966: Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on Star Trek. Much was made in the mainstream press over the fact that here was the first TV science-fiction series to feature a black regular. Much more was made on the set of Trek by Nichols, who issued public complaints about the paucity of her character's screen time. She also seethed inwardly whenever star William Shatner, laboring under the assumption that every move he made was for the good of the series, ordered that Nichelle's lines be cut or altered because they "didn't fit her character." At the end of the first season, Nichols was poised to quit the series. She was persuaded to stay--by one of Star Trek's biggest fans: Dr. Martin Luther King, who felt that Uhura was a positive role model for black women. Before the series' three-year run was out, Nichols made television history by participating in an interracial kiss with William Shatner (though the scene itself was "fudged" so as not to offend those bigots who found such things offensive). In all her subsequent Trek endeavors, including the six theatrical features and the 1972 animated cartoon spin-off, Nichols saw to it that Uhura's contributions were of ever-increasing importance. In recent years, Nichelle Nichols has been active in several educational and pro-social organizations, and has been a guest host on the Sci-Fi cable channel's Inside Space; in 1994, she published her autobiography, Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories. In 1996 she made a memorable appearance at a roast of her former captain William Shatner.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet 50 Years of Star Trek
  • Actor
2016
91% To Be Takei
  • Actor
$52k 2014
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster
  • Senator
2010
No Score Yet Torturer
  • Actor
2009
35% Tru Loved
  • Lo's Grandmother
2008
No Score Yet Lady Magdalene's
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Torturer (Force Drift)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes
  • Actor
2006
11% Are We There Yet?
  • Miss Mable
$82.4M 2005
No Score Yet Surge of Power
  • Oman
2004
24% Snow Dogs
  • Amelia
$81.2M 2002
86% Trekkies
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet William Shatner's Star Trek Memories
  • Actor
1994
84% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country
  • Cdr. Uhura
1991
22% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier
  • Uhura
1989
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
  • Uhura
1986
No Score Yet The Supernaturals
  • Sgt. Leona Hawkins
1986
79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
  • Uhura
1984
88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Uhura
1982
No Score Yet Antony and Cleopatra
  • Actor
1981
44% Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Uhura
1979
No Score Yet Truck Turner
  • Dorinda
1974
No Score Yet Antony and Cleopatra
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!
  • Jenny Ribbock
1967
No Score Yet Mister Buddwing
  • Dice Player
1966
No Score Yet Star Trek - The Mudd Pack
  • Actor
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Comic Book Men
2012
  • Guest
  • 2014
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Nana
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Appearing
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Animated Series
1973-1974
  • Voice
  • Lieutenant Uhura Uhura
  • 1973
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Uhura
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966

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