Regina King

Regina King

Highest Rated: 98% One Night in Miami (2020)

Lowest Rated: 12% A Cinderella Story (2004)

Birthday: Jan 15, 1971

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Regina King was an American actress and director who enjoyed one of the most rich and diverse careers of any performer in the 21st century; working consistently since she was a teenager, appearing in groundbreaking and culturally relevant films before transitioning back onto the small screen, she appeared in some of the 2000s most popular and acclaimed series, and, 35 years in to her career, was nominated for the 2019 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  Born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, CA, Regina King grew up in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of L.A. Her mother, Gloria, was a special education teacher, while her father, Thomas, was an electrician. She also had a younger sister, Reina. Her parents split in 1979, when King was eight years old. While attending Westchester High School, King began acting professionally: her first gig ever was a recurring role on the popular sitcom "227" (NBC, 1985-1990), playing Brenda Jenkins. She would play the role for the entire run of the series, graduating from high school in the middle of the show's fourth season. King continued to mix acting and academics: she began classes at University of Southern California while making her film debut in writer/director John Singleton's groundbreaking debut feature "Boyz n the Hood" (1991), a sobering look at teenage life in South Central L.A. King would go on to appear in Singleton's next two films as well, "Poetic Justice" (1993), and "Higher Learning" (1995). That same year, King also co-starred in another look at a day in the life of South Central, albeit a much more laid back and comedic one: "Friday" (1995) quickly became a comedic cult classic, and one of the most beloved stoner comedies of the decade. King next co-starred alongside Martin Lawrence in the dark romantic comedy "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (1996), before taking on a scene-stealing turn as Marcee Tidwell, wife to Cuba Gooding Jr.'s would-be football superstar in the smash hit "Jerry Maguire" (1996). King then went on a run of supporting roles alongside superstar black actors, playing Will Smith's wife in the espionage thriller "Enemy of the State" (1998), Chris Rock's love interest in the "Heaven Can Wait" remake "Down to Earth" (2001), and Eddie Murphy's wife in the family comedy "Daddy Day Care" (2003). In between supporting roles in two hit comedy sequels, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003) and "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005), King found time to play Margie Hendricks, backup singer and drug-addled mistress to Jamie Foxx's Ray Charles in the smash hit biopic "Ray" (2004). Around this time, King began to pivot back towards TV gigs: she voiced Riley and Huey Freeman on Adult Swim's subversive "The Boondocks" (Cartoon Network, 2005-2014), played Sandra Palmer, sister of slain president David Palmer, on season 6 of "24" (FOX, 2001-2010), starred as Detective Lydia Adams on the critically acclaimed police procedural "Southland" (ABC, 2009/TNT, 2010-13) (she also directed a few episodes), and took on a recurring role as Janine Davis, Human Resources administrator, on the smash hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-2019). King then joined the cast of John Ridley's anthology series "American Crime" (ABC, 2015-2017), which told a different hot-button story every season using the same cast. King was awarded the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV movie or Limited Series for her work two years in a row, on seasons one and two. After "American Crime" was cancelled following its third season, King moved on to another socially conscious drama, playing the mother of a murdered black teenager on the Netflix series "Seven Seconds" (Netflix, 2018-), for which she won a third Primetime Emmy, this time for Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series. King would receive some of the best reviews of her career for her deeply humanistic performance in "If Beale Street Could Talk" (2018). An adaptation of a 1974 novel by James Baldwin from "Moonlight" (2016) writer/director Barry Jenkins, King played Sharon, the matriarch who lead the charge to clear the name of Fonny (Stephan James), the true love of her daughter Tish (KiKi Layne), after his unjust arrest for a rape he could not have committed. Amongst the many accolades King received for her work was a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. King's first post-Oscars project was a lead role in the TV adaptation of Alan Moore's classic graphic novel "Watchmen" (HBO, 2019-).

Highest rated movies

If Beale Street Could Talk The Harder They Fall Jerry Maguire Ray
Friday
Enemy of the State
Year of the Dog
Mighty Joe Young

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
88% 93% The Harder They Fall "Treacherous" Trudy Smith (Character) - 2021
98% 78% One Night in Miami Director,
Executive Producer
- 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet If Beale Street Could Talk Unknown (Character) - 2019
95% 71% If Beale Street Could Talk Sharon Rivers (Character) $14.9M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 55% Let the Church Say Amen Director - 2015
45% 56% Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (Voice) $59.2M 2014
No Score Yet 79% The Gabby Douglas Story Natalie Hawkins (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Box Stephanie Miles (Character) - 2013
15% 48% Our Family Wedding Angela (Character) $20.2M 2010
No Score Yet 75% Living Proof Unknown (Character) - 2008
55% 81% This Christmas Sistah (Character) $49.1M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindin' Unknown (Character) - 2007
69% 43% Year of the Dog Layla (Character) $1.5M 2007
62% 42% The Ant Bully Kreela (Voice) $28.1M 2006
16% 43% Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller (Character) $48.5M 2005
79% 87% Ray Margie Hendricks (Character) $75.3M 2004
12% 53% A Cinderella Story Rhonda (Character) $51.4M 2004
37% 19% Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter (Character) $89.8M 2003
27% 48% Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton (Character) $104.1M 2003
No Score Yet 53% Final Breakdown Rayne (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 57% Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith (Character) - 2002
20% 40% Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins (Character) $64.2M 2001
No Score Yet 84% If These Walls Could Talk 2 Allie (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 62% Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 54% Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton (Character) - 1999
56% 40% Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks (Character) $50.6M 1998
50% 66% How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa (Character) $37.7M 1998
72% 78% Enemy of the State Carla Dean (Character) $111.5M 1998
12% 76% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia Williams (Character) $34.8M 1996
84% 79% Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell (Character) $153.6M 1996
45% 74% Higher Learning Monet (Character) $36.8M 1995
76% 91% Friday Dana Jones (Character) $27.4M 1995
34% 83% Poetic Justice Iesha (Character) $27.5M 1993

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2019-2020 2022
100% No Score Yet Phat Tuesdays Self 2022
71% 83% Janet Jackson. Self 2022
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2016 2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bottomless Brunch at Colman's Guest 2021
No Score Yet 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2020-2021
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019 2021
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2021
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Big Interview With Dan Rather Self 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2019-2021
96% 56% Watchmen Angela Abar (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011-2013 2015-2016 2018-2019
81% 82% The Big Bang Theory Janine Davis (Guest Star) 2013-2014 2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2010 2014-2015 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2019
0% 11% The Alec Baldwin Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet 100% Who Do You Think You Are? Guest 2018
No Score Yet 53% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017-2018
97% 82% Insecure Director 2018
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2015 2018
No Score Yet 69% The Good Doctor Director 2018
78% 83% Seven Seconds Latrice Butler (Character) 2018
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
91% 90% The Leftovers Erika Murphy (Character) 2015 2017
96% 89% American Crime Kimara Walters (Character),
Terri LaCroix (Guest Star)
2015-2017
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2017
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2012-2013 2017
93% 83% Pitch Director 2016
No Score Yet 77% Greenleaf Director 2016
No Score Yet 87% Animal Kingdom Director 2016
74% 71% The Catch Director 2016
93% 73% Scandal Director 2015-2016
No Score Yet 76% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2008-2009 2011 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Morning Buzz Live Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
54% 80% The Boondocks Riley/Huey (Voice) 2005-2008 2010 2014
82% 81% Shameless Gail Johnson (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2013
90% 98% Southland Detective Lydia Adams (Character) 2009-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2012
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
50% No Score Yet The Wanda Sykes Show Guest 2010
87% 86% 24 Sandra Palmer (Character) 2007
40% No Score Yet Leap of Faith Cynthia (Character) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Brenda Jenkins (Character) 1985-1990