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Taraji P. Henson



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Hidden Figures
  • Katherine Johnson
2017
0% Term Life
  • Samantha Thurman
2016
No Score Yet Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
  • Ethel
2016
No Score Yet Seasons Of Love
  • Jackie
  • Executive Producer
2014
10% No Good Deed
  • Terri
  • Executive Producer
2014
23% Think Like a Man Too
  • Lauren
2014
No Score Yet From The Rough
  • Catana Sparks
2014
66% The Good Doctor
  • Nurse Theresa
2012
53% Think Like a Man
  • Lauren
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
2011
36% Larry Crowne
  • B'Ella
2011
22% Peep World
  • Mary
2011
No Score Yet Mama & Me
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season
  • Dayna Collins
2010
66% The Karate Kid
  • Sherry Parker
2010
67% Date Night
  • Detective Arroyo
2010
No Score Yet Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
  • Tiffany Rubin
2010
63% I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  • April
2009
33% Not Easily Broken
  • Clarice
2009
No Score Yet Once Fallen
  • Pearl
2009
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Queenie
2008
51% The Family That Preys
  • Pam
2008
82% Talk to Me
  • Vernell
2007
29% Smokin' Aces
  • Sharice Watters
2007
61% Something New
  • Nedra
2006
53% Four Brothers
  • Camille Mercer
2005
82% Hustle & Flow
  • Shug
2005
17% Hair Show
  • Tiffany
2004
71% Baby Boy
  • Yvette
2001
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Left-Wing Student
2000
No Score Yet Satan's School for Girls
  • Paige
2000

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2013
  • Carter
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Elam Patrice
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Moira
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
92% Person Of Interest
2011
  • Detective Carter Carter
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
86% Empire
2015
  • Cookie Lyon
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Whitney Rome
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Christina
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010
  • Host
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host

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