Phylicia Rashad

Highest Rated: 95% Creed (2015)
Lowest Rated: 21% Frankie & Alice (2014)
Birthday: Jun 19, 1948
Birthplace: Not Available
A talented Broadway actress who shot to fame with her portrayal of loving mother-of-five and high-powered attorney Claire Huxtable in television's The Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad's strong television presence has lent itself to numerous dramatic roles in the years since her role as the member of one of the most famous families in television history. Born the daughter of a dentist in Texas in 1948, Rashad's (born Phylicia Allen) continual focus on her potential as an actress has attracted her to roles of integrity and honesty, with generally family friendly fare that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. After making her television debut in the 1978 production of The Wiz, Rashad appeared in such soap operas as One Life to Live and Santa Barbara before settling into an eight-year run as mother to one of television history's most beloved families (during which period she would also star with television daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam in a pair of television movies based on the popular children's character Polly). Married to Village People member Victor Willis in 1975, Rashad would later wed former Minnesota Viking and sports announcer Ahmad Rashad (who extravagantly proposed to her during a televised football game) in 1985. Continuing her television career following the end of The Cosby Show's run, Rashad would also turn up in such made-for-television thrillers as The Possession of Michael D. and The Babysitter's Seduction (both 1995) before once again joining television husband Bill Cosby in 1996's Cosby. A well-known member of numerous charities including the Diabetes Association African-American Program and the Educational Teacher's Association, Rashad has strived to bring social issues to the small screen with roles in such thoughtful productions as Uncle Tom's Cabin (1985) and Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored (1996). Though many female actors lament the glass ceiling that prevents them from obtaining roles in their later years, Rashad's maturity brings a distinctive presence to her roles in such dramatic television productions as Free of Eden (1999) and The Old Settler (2001). Over the next several years, Rashad would prove as consistent a force on screen as ever, appearing in movies like For Colored Girls and Good Deeds, as well as on TV series like Psych and Everybody Hates Chris.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
84% Creed II Mary Anne Creed 2018
89% Tour De Pharmacy Actor 2017
No Score Yet Emily & Tim Actor 2016
95% Creed Mary Anne Creed $81.2M 2015
No Score Yet Outliving Emily Actor 2015
No Score Yet August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand Actor 2015
21% Frankie & Alice Edna $0.7M 2014
30% Tyler Perry's Good Deeds Wilimena $35.1M 2012
No Score Yet Gods Behaving Badly Demeter 2012
No Score Yet Steel Magnolias (2012) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Steel Magnolias Clairee 2012
No Score Yet Change of Plans Actor 2011
No Score Yet John Legend - Duke Ellington Actor 2011
32% For Colored Girls Gilda $37.8M 2010
45% Just Wright Ella McKnight $21.6M 2010
86% A Raisin in the Sun Lena Younger 2008
No Score Yet Nick Jr. Celebrates Spring! Actor 2004
No Score Yet My First DVD Actor 2003
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Cassandra Hawkins 2001
No Score Yet The Old Settler Elizabeth Barney 2001
72% The Visit Dr. Coles 2000
33% Loving Jezebel Alice Melville 1999
No Score Yet Free of Eden Desiree 1999
71% Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored Ma Ponk 1995
No Score Yet The Babysitter's Seduction Det. Kate Jacobs 1995
No Score Yet David's Mother Gladys Johnson 1994
No Score Yet Mom Knows Best Actor 1992
No Score Yet Stories to Remember: Rhymin' Time! Actor 1991
No Score Yet Polly Aunt Polly 1989
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin Eliza 1987

TV

CREDIT
81% When We Rise
2016-2017
Yvette Flunder
  • 2017
88% Empire
2015
Diana Dubois Diana DuBois
  • 2017
  • 2016
68% Jean-Claude Van Johnson
2016-2017
Jane
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sofia the First
2013
Voice
  • 2014
  • 2013
15% Do No Harm
2013
Dr. Vanessa Young Vanessa Young
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2012
92% Psych
2006-2014
Mrs. Guster
  • 2008
  • 2007
95% Everybody Hates Chris
2005-2009
Kathleen Devereaux
  • 2007
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
2001-2007
Performer
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Clair Huxtable Phylicia Rashad
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
Fantasy Mom
  • 1991
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Clair Clair Huxtable
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet David Makes Man
2019
Dr. Woods-Trap

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