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Phylicia Rashad

Highest Rated:   95% Creed (2015)
Lowest Rated:   21% Frankie & Alice (2014)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
92% 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
83% 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 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 Stories to Remember: Rhymin' Time!
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Polly
  • Aunt Polly
1989
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Eliza
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
81% When We Rise
2016
  • Yvette Flunder
  • 2017
86% Empire
2015
  • Diana DuBois
  • 2017
  • 2016
57% Jean-Claude Van Johnson
2016
  • Jane
  • 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
  • 2011
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Mrs. Guster
  • 2008
  • 2007

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