Taraji P. Henson

Highest Rated: 93% Hidden Figures (2017)
Lowest Rated: 0% Term Life (2016)
Birthday: Sep 11, 1970
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., native Taraji P. Henson didn't always know that her smoldering charisma and beautiful face would make her a professional actress. On the contrary, she originally studied electrical engineering when she enrolled at North Carolina Agric & Tech. She later transferred to Howard University, where she attended classes while working as a secretary at the Pentagon, and as a singer and dancer aboard a cruise ship. She eventually changed her academic focus to theater and graduated in 1995. Henson's career began with appearances on Homicide: Life on the Street and ER, but it really took off when she was cast in a major supporting role in 2001's Baby Boy and 2004's Hustle & Flow, in which she also showcased her vocal talents, singing on the track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" for the movie's soundtrack, which took home the Best Song Oscar that year. Henson later moved on to take major roles in Smokin' Aces and Talk to Me. Henson made the most of her work as the mother of the backward-aging man in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and her performance garnered Best Supporting Actress nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy. She became an in-demand character actress after that success and appeared in a series of films including Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, the remake of The Karate Kid, Date Night, and Larry Crowne. In 2012, she was part of the ensemble in the hit comedy Think Like a Man, and later reprised her role in the sequel, Think Like a Man Too. Henson returned to television on the CBS crime drama Person of Interest, playing an NYPD detective. Her character was dramatically killed off in the third season, with Henson claiming she wanted to focus on her film career. However, she quickly took a role on the FOX musical drama Empire, playing breakout character Cookie Lyon.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
53% The Best of Enemies Ann Atwater 2019
45% What Men Want Ali Davis Executive Producer 2019
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet Yesss 2018
19% Tyler Perry's Acrimony Melinda 2018
26% Proud Mary Mary 2018
No Score Yet Acrimony Melinda 2018
93% Hidden Figures Katherine Johnson $169.4M 2017
0% Term Life Samantha Thurman $13.5K 2016
No Score Yet Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Ethel 2016
No Score Yet Seasons Of Love Executive Producer Jackie 2014
11% No Good Deed Terri Executive Producer $42.5M 2014
22% Think Like a Man Too Lauren 2014
No Score Yet From The Rough Catana Sparks 2014
66% The Good Doctor Nurse Theresa $3.7K 2012
54% Think Like a Man Lauren $91.6M 2012
No Score Yet We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston Actor 2012
71% Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain Black Teller $7.8M 2011
36% Larry Crowne B'Ella $35.6M 2011
25% Peep World Mary $11.4K 2011
No Score Yet Mama & Me Actor 2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season Dayna Collins 2010
66% The Karate Kid Sherry Parker $176.6M 2010
66% Date Night Detective Arroyo $98.8M 2010
No Score Yet Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Tiffany Rubin 2010
61% I Can Do Bad All By Myself April $51.7M 2009
31% Not Easily Broken Clarice $10.6M 2009
No Score Yet Once Fallen Pearl 2009
71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Queenie $127.5M 2008
52% The Family That Preys Pam $37.1M 2008
82% Talk to Me Vernell $4.5M 2007
30% Smokin' Aces Sharice Watters $35.7M 2007
61% Something New Nedra $11.5M 2006
52% Four Brothers Camille Mercer $74.5M 2005
82% Hustle & Flow Shug $22.2M 2005
17% Hair Show Tiffany $0.3M 2004
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Bess Pinckney 2001
71% Baby Boy Yvette $27.9M 2001
44% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Left-Wing Student $0.5M 2000
No Score Yet Satan's School for Girls Paige 2000

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
84% Empire
2015
Cookie Lyon
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
0% The Alec Baldwin Show
2018
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
Guest Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Performer
  • 2016
  • 2015
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
Detective Carter Carter
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2016
Joss Carter Carter
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Host
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2009
60% Eli Stone
2008-2009
Angela
  • 2008
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Whitney Rome
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Christina
  • 2006
91% House
2004-2012
Moira
  • 2005
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
Crystal
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Elam Patrice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Smart Guy
1997-1999
Leslie
  • 1998
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Lisa DeNardi
  • 1995

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