Whoopi Goldberg

Highest Rated: 100% Under African Skies (2012)
Lowest Rated: 0% Theodore Rex (1995)
Birthday: Nov 13, 1955
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Though best known as an outspoken comedienne, Whoopi Goldberg is also a talented dramatic actress. By virtue of her distinctive appearance and a persona that is both no-nonsense and empathic, Goldberg has emerged as one of the most recognizable celebrities of the '80s and '90s.Born Caryn Johnson on November 13, 1955 in New York City, Goldberg began her long career when she was eight years old, performing with New York's Helena Rubenstein Children's Theater. She then went on to study with the Hudson Guild children's arts program and attended the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts. After graduating, Goldberg occasionally won small parts in Broadway productions such as Hair, Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar, but also supported herself doing odd jobs like bricklaying and serving as a funeral parlor make-up artist. In 1975, Goldberg moved West and helped found the San Diego Repertory Theater, where she appeared in a number of plays, including Brecht's Mother Courage and Marsha Norman's Getting Out. After several stints with the Spontaneous Combustion improvisational troupe and work in avant-garde productions at Berkeley's Blake Street Hawkeyes theater, Goldberg devised The Spook Show, a one woman satirical production in which she played several characters. The show, which originated in San Francisco, eventually toured the U.S. and Europe, earning acclaim and the attention of director Mike Nichols. Nichols went on to direct a 1984 Broadway version of the show, which earned Goldberg Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, as well as a Grammy for the album recording.Goldberg made an auspicious Hollywood debut with her portrayal of Celie, the lead character in Steven Spielberg's controversial 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker's novel. Goldberg's moving performance was rewarded with an Oscar nomination and Best Actress Golden Globe, as well as instant stardom for the actress. Although Goldberg's film career looked promising, the actress unfortunately spent much of the decade's remainder appearing in terrible action comedies such as Fatal Beauty and Burglar (both 1987) that did not do her comic gifts justice. Her one partial success during this period was her first action comedy, Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), which did relatively well at the box office and gave her a certain cult status. In 1988, Goldberg took a break from comedy with a memorable turn as a worldly Jamaican nanny in the otherwise unremarkable Clara's Heart. She also made numerous appearances in television specials, most notably as a co-host for the annual Comic Relief benefit for the homeless. Her attempt at sitcoms failed with the short-lived series Bagdad Cafe, but she did find greater television success with a small but crucial recurring role as the sagacious intergalactic bartender Guinan on the syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation. Around the same time, Goldberg's film career underwent a sharp turn-around. She won acclaim playing a selfless housekeeper opposite Sissy Spacek in the provocative Civil Rights drama The Long Walk Home (1989), and then played an eccentric con artist possessing unexpected psychic powers in the 1990 smash hit Ghost. Goldberg's funny yet moving performance earned her her first Oscar and the widespread opinion that this marked her comeback performance. After a couple of missteps that had a few people rethinking this verdict, Goldberg scored again with the 1992 hit comedy Sister Act. Nominated for Golden Globes and two NAACP awards, the film spawned mass ticket sales and an unsuccessful 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Meanwhile, Goldberg also continued her television work with a 1992 late night talk show. A laid back affair that ran for 200 episodes, it was praised by critics but failed to secure high ratings and went on permanent hiatus after only six months. However, Goldberg continued to appear on TV with her recurring role as a Comic Relief co-host and as an MC for the Academy Awards ceremony, a role she reprised mu

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Master of Dark Shadows Actor 2019
No Score Yet Master of Dark Shadows Actor 2019
25% Nobody's Fool Lola 2018
20% Furlough Mrs. Stevens 2018
No Score Yet I'm Coming Home Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America Actor 2018
96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Actor 2018
95% Gilbert Actor 2017
11% 9/11 Metzie $0.2M 2017
83% A Very Sordid Wedding Abernatha Coleman 2017
89% The Problem with Apu Actor 2017
93% Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Actor 2016
No Score Yet King of the Dancehall Actor 2016
No Score Yet 50 Years of Star Trek Actor 2016
35% Big Stone Gap Fleeta Mullins $1.1M 2015
86% Top Five Herself $17.1M 2014
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bernadette Thompson $164M 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
No Score Yet A Day Late and a Dollar Short Viola Price 2014
No Score Yet Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You Actor Executive Producer Director Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet Black Dog, Red Dog Actor 2013
83% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic Actor 2013
100% Under African Skies Actor 2012
95% Sing Your Song Whoopi Goldberg $48.2K 2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Contradictions of Fair Hope Narrator 2012
95% The Muppets Herself $88.7M 2011
95% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Narrator $0.4M 2011
No Score Yet The Little Engine That Could Actor 2011
100% Teenage Paparazzo Actor 2010
32% For Colored Girls Alice/White $37.8M 2010
98% Toy Story 3 Stretch $415M 2010
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume Three Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Captain's Summit Actor 2009
28% Madea Goes to Jail Herself $90.5M 2009
No Score Yet See You in September Therapist 2009
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas Actor 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
No Score Yet Snow Buddies Miss Mittens 2008
No Score Yet Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins Narrator 2008
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins Helen 2007
No Score Yet If I Had Known I Was a Genius Actor 2007
42% Everyone's Hero Darlin' $14.5M 2006
No Score Yet Homie Spumoni Thelma 2006
8% Doogal Ermintrude $7.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Sophisticated Misfit Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Last Guy on Earth Actor 2006
No Score Yet African American Lives Actor 2006
No Score Yet Movies 101 Actor 2005
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Herself $26.2K 2005
35% Racing Stripes Franny $49.2M 2005
No Score Yet The N-Word Actor 2004
No Score Yet Pinocchio 3000 Cyberina 2004
76% The Lion King 1 1/2 Shenzi 2004
No Score Yet Richard Pryor - I Ain't Dead Yet #%$#@!! Uncensored Actor 2004
No Score Yet Uta Hagen's Acting Class Actor 2004
60% Blizzard Blizzard 2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead Herself 2003
No Score Yet Good Fences Producer Mabel Spader 2003
No Score Yet Bitter Jester Actor 2003
37% Star Trek - Nemesis Guinan $43.1M 2002
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Boss 2002
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
73% Showboy Herself 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Madeline: My Fair Madeline Miss Clavel 2002
No Score Yet Call Me Claus Lucy Cullins Executive Producer 2001
43% Rat Race Vera Baker $55.9M 2001
28% Kingdom Come Raynelle Slocumb $22.6M 2001
19% Monkeybone Death $5M 2001
No Score Yet What Makes a Family Terry Harrison Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet Chuck Jones: Extremes and Inbetweens - A Life in Animation Actor 2000
No Score Yet More Dogs Than Bones Cleo 2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Judge Cameo $0.5M 2000
No Score Yet Journey to the Stars Actor 2000
No Score Yet Our Friend, Martin Mrs. Peck 1999
No Score Yet Mary Pickford: A Life on Film Actor 1999
54% Girl, Interrupted Valerie 1999
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Ethyl 1999
No Score Yet The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Grand Banshee 1999
71% Get Bruce Herself 1999
44% The Deep End of the Ocean Candy Bliss 1999
33% Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat 1999
No Score Yet Alegría Baby Clown 1999
60% The Rugrats Movie Ranger Margaret 1998
No Score Yet A Knight in Camelot Vivien Morgan 1998
40% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Stormella 1998
49% How Stella Got Her Groove Back Delilah 1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Herself 1998
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Queen Constantina 1997
72% In & Out Herself 1997
No Score Yet In the Gloaming Myrna 1997
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Present 1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema Actor 1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Myrlie Evers 1996
28% The Associate Laurel 1996
44% Bogus Harriet Franklin 1996
12% Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood uncredited 1996
18% Eddie Eddie 1996
96% The Celluloid Closet Interviewee 1996
0% Theodore Rex Katie Coltrane 1995
15% Moonlight and Valentino Sylvie Morrow 1995
73% Boys on the Side Jane 1995
17% The Pagemaster Fantasy 1994
48% Star Trek Generations Guinan (uncredited) 1994
No Score Yet Liberation Actor 1994
39% Corrina, Corrina Corrina Washington 1994
23% The Little Rascals Buckwheat's Mom 1994
93% The Lion King Shenzi $94.3M 1994
42% Naked in New York Tragedy Mask on Theater Wall 1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo Actor 1994
7% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence 1993
31% Made in America Sarah Mathews 1993
No Score Yet Wisecracks Actor 1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Sgt. York 1993
60% Sarafina! Mary Masembuko 1992
71% Sister Act Deloris Van Cartier $139.7M 1992
98% The Player Detective Avery 1992
No Score Yet Koi and the Kola Nuts Narrator 1992
21% House Party 2 Professor 1991
No Score Yet Kiss Shot Sarah Collins 1991
69% Soapdish Rose 1991
87% The Long Walk Home Odessa Cotter 1990
74% Ghost Oda Mae Brown 1990
0% Homer & Eddie Eddie Cervi 1989
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Brats Actor 1989
38% Clara's Heart Clara Mayfield 1988
No Score Yet The Telephone Vashti Blue 1988
23% Fatal Beauty Rita Rizzoli 1987
27% Burglar Bernice Rhodenbarr 1987
26% Jumpin' Jack Flash Terry Dolittle 1986
85% The Color Purple Celie 1985
No Score Yet Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce Actor 1985
77% The Sunshine Boys Nurse 1975

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
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No Score Yet The View
1997
Host Host (2007-present) Appearing
  • 2019
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56% Instinct
2018
Joan Ross
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2018
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No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
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  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
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No Score Yet Desus & Mero
2016
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2017
81% When We Rise
2016-2017
Pat Norman
  • 2017
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Regina Thomas
  • 2017
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No Score Yet Harry
2016
Guest
  • 2017
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No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2017
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  • 2012
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No Score Yet Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle
2016
Judge
  • 2016
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016-2017
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No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
Guest
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No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
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No Score Yet 20/20
1978-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
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91% Nashville
2012-2018
Herself
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Janette Grayson
  • 2015
71% Glee
2009-2015
Carmen Tibideaux
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
59% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
2013-2014
Mrs. Rabbit Voice
  • 2014
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No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2001
57% 666 Park Avenue
2012-2013
Maris Elder
  • 2012
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Narrator
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
Jane Marsh
  • 2012
No Score Yet Would You Rather? With Graham Norton
2011-2012
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Electric Company
2009-2011
Appearing
  • 2010
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Herself
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Cleaner
2008-2009
Pauline Kmec
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing
  • 2008
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Herself
  • 2008
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
2005
Appearing
  • 2008
72% Life on Mars
2008-2009
Brother Lovebutter
  • 2008
95% Everybody Hates Chris
2005-2009
Louise
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Chesley Watkins
  • 2006
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
Executive Producer Lydia Emerson Dr. Lydia Emerson Creator
  • 2006
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No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Panelist
  • 2005
No Score Yet Whoopi
2003-2004
Executive Producer Mavis Rae
  • 2004
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No Score Yet Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist
1995-1999
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
1998
Performer Guest
  • 2002
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No Score Yet The Academy Awards
1988
  • 2002
  • 1999
  • 1996
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No Score Yet America's Funniest Home Videos
1990
Appearing
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Chris Rock Show
1997-2000
Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet Captain Planet and the Planeteers
1990-1996
Voice
  • 1995
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89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Guinan
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
Guest
  • 1991
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
  • 1991
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97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet Delores & Jermaine
2015
Executive Producer Delores Producer

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