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Viola Davis



A graduate of the Juilliard School, Viola Davis built an exceptional background in theater productions and has continued to perform on-stage throughout her television and film career. Making her feature-film debut in 1996 as a nurse in The Substance of Fire, she followed that up with several TV movies and guest-star appearances on dramatic series like Law & Order and NYPD Blue. She went on to play another nurse in City of Angels, a hospital drama with a predominately African-American cast that didn't last long on CBS. She began collaborating with Steven Soderbergh for Out of Sight, and went on to star in two of the director's next few films, Traffic and Solaris. In 2001, she appeared in Kate and Leopold and in Oprah Winfrey's television presentation of Amy & Isabelle. The next year she played parts in both Far From Heaven and Denzel Washington's directorial debut, Antwone Fisher.



Davis continued to work steadily in a variety of notable projects including Steven Soderbergh's Solaris, Syriana, and played a notable part in the television movie biopic of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. However, in 2008 she landed the small but crucial role of the mother in John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his award-winning play Doubt. Although her screen time is minimal, her indelible performance garnered her Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy. Davis became a well known entity almost instantly, and was soon filling her docket with projects like 2009's State of Play, 2010's Knight and Day and Eat Pray Love, and an arc on the series United States of Tara.



Davis next appeared in the box office hit 2011 big screen adaptation of Kathryn Sockett 's period novel The Help, garnering still more praise as well as Best Actress nominations from the Academy, BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild. Her performance was still making waves when the critics began lauding her agian, this time for her role in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close that same year.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Fences
  • Rose
2016
26% Suicide Squad
  • Amanda Waller
2016
No Score Yet Custody
  • Executive Producer
  • Judge Martha Schulman
2016
No Score Yet The Brink
  • Producer
2015
33% Lila & Eve
  • Lila
  • Executive Producer
2015
34% Blackhat
  • Carol Barrett
2015
No Score Yet August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
  • Actor
2014
63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
  • Prof. Friedman
2014
80% Get On Up
  • Susie Brown
2014
60% Ender's Game
  • Major Gwen Anderson
2013
81% Prisoners
  • Nancy Birch
2013
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy
  • Actor
2013
46% Beautiful Creatures
  • Amma
2013
62% Love, Marilyn
  • Actor
2012
33% Won't Back Down
  • Nona Alberts
2012
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Abby Black
2012
75% The Help
  • Aibileen Clark
2011
78% Trust
  • Gail Friedman
2011
58% It's Kind of a Funny Story
  • Dr. Eden Minerva
2010
36% Eat Pray Love
  • Delia Shiraz
2010
52% Knight & Day
  • Director George
2010
25% Law Abiding Citizen
  • Mayor April Henry
2009
84% State of Play
  • Dr. Judith Franklin
2009
29% Madea Goes to Jail
  • Ellen
2009
78% Doubt
  • Mrs. Miller
2008
30% Nights in Rodanthe
  • Jean
2008
No Score Yet The Andromeda Strain
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Sea Change
  • Molly Crane
2007
69% Disturbia
  • Detective Parker
2007
11% The Architect
  • Tonya Neely
2006
No Score Yet Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story
  • Diane Barrino
2006
68% World Trade Center
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
  • Molly
2006
No Score Yet Jesse Stone: Night Passage
  • Molly
2006
72% Syriana
  • Marilyn Richards
2005
16% Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  • Grandma
2005
No Score Yet Stone Cold
  • Molly
2005
87% Far From Heaven
  • Sybil
2003
79% Antwone Fisher
  • Eva
2002
66% Solaris
  • Gordon
2002
50% Kate & Leopold
  • Policewoman
2001
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy & Isabelle
  • Dottie
2001
No Score Yet The Shrink Is In
  • Robin
2001
92% Traffic
  • Social Worker
2000
93% Out of Sight
  • Moselle
1998
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars
  • Fanning
1998
No Score Yet Grace & Glorie
  • Rosemary Allbright
1998
60% The Substance of Fire
  • Nurse
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
75% United States of Tara
2009-2011
  • Lynda
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Terry Randolph
90% How to Get Away With Murder
2014
  • Annalise Dewitt Annalise Keating
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Donna Emmett Attorney Donna Emmet
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
Sofia the First
2013
  • Voice
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Ms. Campbell Marla Campbell
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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