Roxie Roker

Roxie Roker

Highest Rated: 59% Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Lowest Rated: 59% Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Birthday: Aug 28, 1929

Birthplace: Not Available

On television, supporting actress Roxie Roker may best be remembered for playing outspoken Helen Willis for ten years on the popular television sitcom The Jeffersons. She and TV husband Franklin Cover comprised the first interracial married couple on network television. But in addition to television, Roker had also found success on stage and in the occasional feature film. Miami-born and Brooklyn-raised, Roker graduated from Howard University with a drama degree and then flew to England to study at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-on-Avon. During the 1960s, Roker supported herself with a secretarial job at NBC's New York office while trying to find acting jobs. Roker launched her drama career off-Broadway in productions such as Jean Genet's The Blacks. Between 1967 and '68, Roker hosted a local community television show, but that wasn't close enough to acting, so she quit to practice her craft full time. With the Negro Ensemble Company she appeared in Ododo and Rosalie Pritchet. In 1974, she earned an Obie and a Tony nomination for The River Niger. In 1975, shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Norman Lear cast Roker in The Jeffersons. In addition to this role, Roker occasionally guest-starred on other series and appeared in television movies. Her feature-film appearances were rare. Roker made her debut in Claudine (1974). In the '90s, Roker resumed her stage career, appearing in a theatrical version of The Jeffersons and then touring opposite Mary Martin and Carol Channing in Legends. Roker's son, Lenny Kravitz is a noted rock musician and record producer.

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Filmography

Movies

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59% Amazon Women on the Moon Female Republican ("Blacks Without Soul") $0.6M 1987
No Score Yet The Bermuda Triangle Actor 1979
No Score Yet Claudine Mrs. Winston 1974

TV

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No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Helen Willis Helene 2019
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1992-1997
Mrs. Russell 1993
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Dean Barksdale 1991
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Jennifer Bryce 1991
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Carol Lessonbee 1976
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Helen Willis 1975

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