Regina Taylor

Regina Taylor

  • Highest Rated: 93% Saturday Church (2018)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Keeper (1996)
  • Birthday: Aug 22, 1960
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • After commencing minor on-camera appearances in the early '80s, multi-talented African-American actress Regina Taylor juggled careers as a character actress and playwright with great aplomb. As both a thespian and a scribe, Taylor often dealt with material that grappled with race relations and civil rights. This was hardly accidental, for she rose up out of a bitter and tumultuous youth in the Deep South that forced her to face racism head-on and thus marked her for life. After an appearance as Mrs. Carter in John G. Avildsen's uneven Joe Clark biopic Lean on Me (1989), Taylor first made members of the press sit up and take notice with her pivotal role on I'll Fly Away. This thoughtful and heartfelt series drama -- set in the apocryphal Southern town of Bryland in the late '50s -- starred the venerable Sam Waterston as D.A. Forrest Bedford, a conservative prosecuting attorney grappling with shifting attitudes about race relations as he took on a new black housekeeper, Lilly Harper (Taylor). The program's consistent inability to land an audience, in spite of across-the-board critical acclaim, marked one of the most unfortunate events to befall a prime-time series program during the early '90s. Taylor returned to similar themes -- albeit in a much earlier setting -- with the 1995 Children of the Dust, a telemovie starring Sidney Poitier, about the tensions between black and white homesteaders. The actress also graced the casts of such noteworthy theatrical features as Spike Lee's Clockers (1995), Ed Zwick's Courage Under Fire (1996), and F. Gary Gray's The Negotiator (1998) before hearkening back to television as military man Jonas Blane's (Dennis Haysbert) beleaguered wife, Molly, on the CBS drama The Unit. As a playwright, Taylor received her first significant break with the 1983 Watermelon Rinds, and spent the following decades authoring such critically acclaimed productions as Oo-Bla-Dee (2000) and Urban Zulu Mambo (2001). She debuted on Broadway in 2004 with her work Drowning Crow, a loose adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull posited in the Gullah Islands of South Carolina. At one point, she was reported to have been involved with the Broadway musical production of The Color Purple, but it was ultimately credited to other writers.

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Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

93% Saturday Church Aunt Rose 2018
No Score Yet Who Is Clark Rockefeller? Megan Norton 2010
No Score Yet In from the Night Dr. Gardner 2006
No Score Yet Cora Unashamed Actor 2000
No Score Yet Strange Justice Anita Hill 1999
75% The Negotiator Karen Roman 1998
No Score Yet Ken Follett's 'The Third Twin' Det. Delaware 1997
No Score Yet Hostile Waters Lieutenant Curtis 1997
No Score Yet Spirit Lost Willy Chapman 1997
85% Courage Under Fire Meredith 1996
73% A Family Thing Ann 1996
17% The Keeper Angela Lamont 1996
69% Clockers Iris Jeeter 1995
45% Losing Isaiah Gussie 1995
No Score Yet Children of the Dust Drusilla 1995
No Score Yet Jersey Girl Rosie 1993
69% Lean on Me Mrs. Carter 1989
No Score Yet Crisis at Central High Actor 1980

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

72% The Red Line
2019
Dinorah Benson
  • 2019
84% The Unit
2006-2009
Molly Blane
  • 2019
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
95% Elementary
2012
Dr. Wilkerson
  • 2017
67% Time After Time
2017
  • 2017
30% Dig
2015
Ruth Ridell
  • 2015
24% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
81% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Greta
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Sarah Maslin Evelyn Griggs
  • 1994
  • 1991
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Cora Jenkins

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