Gabrielle Union

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Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama Series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J and Meagan Good in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003. Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Theresa and Sylvester Union. At the age of eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended Foothill High School. In high school, Union was an all-star point guard in basketball and a year-round athlete, also playing in soccer and running track. She went on to the University of Nebraska before moving on to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology. While studying there, she interned at the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency to earn extra academic credits. Invited by the agency's owner, Judith Fontaine, Union started working as a model to pay off college loans. Her acting career started with minor roles. Most were in teen movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You and Love and Basketball. In 1997, Union appeared in a sixth-season episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon N'Garen. She also appeared in Sister, Sister as Vanessa, in Smart Guy as Denise, and in five episodes of 7th Heaven as Keesha Hamilton. In 2000, Union landed the role of Isis in the cheerleading movie Bring it On opposite Kirsten Dunst. Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. She was cast in her first leading role in the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva with rapper L.L. Cool J. The film received fair reviews from critics and it showed that Union was a leading lady. Union landed the role of Will Smith's girlfriend Syd in the film Bad Boys II, a box office success grossing over $273 million worldwide. Union starred with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in the film Breakin' All the Rules in 2004. She then starred in the short-lived 2005 ABC series Night Stalker. She has also starred in the independent drama films Neo Ned and Constellation, the latter of which was released to theaters. She won an award for Best Actress in Neo Ned at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the film received awards at several festivals. In the 2005 she played in the remake of The Honeymooners with comedian Cedric The Entertainer. Union starred in the 2007 films Daddy's Little Girls by Tyler Perry and the Christmas film The Perfect Holiday .In 2008, Union appeared on Ugly Betty for 3 episodes (36-38). She also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent". She joined the cast of the U.S. television series Life on NBC and appeared in four episodes prior to the cancellation of series in May 2009. She also appeared in the ABC 2009 series FlashForward. She was once married to NFL player Chris Howard. The couple married on May 1, 2001. They became legally separated and the divorce was final in April 2006. Through mid-2009 into 2010, Union has been dating Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.

Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama Series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J and Meagan Good in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003. Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Theresa and Sylvester Union. At the age of eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended Foothill High School. In high school, Union was an all-star point guard in basketball and a year-round athlete, also playing in soccer and running track. She went on to the University of Nebraska before moving on to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology. While studying there, she interned at the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency to earn extra academic credits. Invited by the agency's owner, Judith Fontaine, Union started working as a model to pay off college loans. Her acting career started with minor roles. Most were in teen movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You and Love and Basketball. In 1997, Union appeared in a sixth-season episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon N'Garen. She also appeared in Sister, Sister as Vanessa, in Smart Guy as Denise, and in five episodes of 7th Heaven as Keesha Hamilton. In 2000, Union landed the role of Isis in the cheerleading movie Bring it On opposite Kirsten Dunst. Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. She was cast in her first leading role in the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva with rapper L.L. Cool J. The film received fair reviews from critics and it showed that Union was a leading lady. Union landed the role of Will Smith's girlfriend Syd in the film Bad Boys II, a box office success grossing over $273 million worldwide. Union starred with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in the film Breakin' All the Rules in 2004. She then starred in the short-lived 2005 ABC series Night Stalker. She has also starred in the independent drama films Neo Ned and Constellation, the latter of which was released to theaters. She won an award for Best Actress in Neo Ned at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the film received awards at several festivals. In the 2005 she played in the remake of The Honeymooners with comedian Cedric The Entertainer. Union starred in the 2007 films Daddy's Little Girls by Tyler Perry and the Christmas film The Perfect Holiday .In 2008, Union appeared on Ugly Betty for 3 episodes (36-38). She also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent". She joined the cast of the U.S. television series Life on NBC and appeared in four episodes prior to the cancellation of series in May 2009. She also appeared in the ABC 2009 series FlashForward. She was once married to NFL player Chris Howard. The couple married on May 1, 2001. They became legally separated and the divorce was final in April 2006. Through mid-2009 into 2010, Union has been dating Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.

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Gender Female

Known Credits 66

Birthday 1972-10-29

Place of Birth Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Adult Actor False

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2016 The Birth of a Nation
2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar as Nala (voice)
2015 With This Ring as Kitty
2014 Top Five as Erica Long
2014 Think Like a Man Too as Kristen
2014 Being Mary Jane(30 episodes) as Mary Jane Paul
2013 The Door as She
2013 Miss Dial as Long Story Caller
2012 In Our Nature as Vicky
2012 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide as Herself
2012 Think Like a Man as Kristen
2012 Good Deeds as Natalie
2009 FlashForward(9 episodes) as Zoey Andata
2008 Cadillac Records as Geneva Wade
2008 Meet Dave as Nr.3- Kulturoffizierin
2007 The Perfect Holiday as Nancy
2007 Daddy's Little Girls as Julia
2007 Constellation as Carmel Boxer
2007 The Box as Det. Cris Romano
2006 Running with Scissors as Dorothy
2006 Ugly Betty(3 episodes)
2005 Night Stalker(10 episodes) as Perri Reed
2005 Say Uncle as Elise Carter
2005 The Honeymooners as Alice Kramden
2005 Neo Ned as Rachael
2004 The Tony Danza Show(1 episode)
2004 Something the Lord Made as Clara Thomas
2004 Breakin' All the Rules as Nikki
2003 Hustle & Heat as Masked Woman
2003 Bad Boys II as Sydney 'Syd' Burnett
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave as Daria
2003 Deliver Us from Eva as Evangeline 'Eva' Dandrige
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(5 episodes)
2002 Abandon as Amanda Luttrell
2002 Welcome to Collinwood as Michelle
2001 The Proud Family(1 episode)
2001 Two Can Play That Game as Conny Spalding
2001 The Brothers as Denise Johnson
2000 Bring It On as Isis
2000 Love & Basketball as Shawnee
2000 City of Angels(25 episodes) as Dr. Courtney Ellis
1999 The Early Show(2 episodes)
1999 H-E Double Hockey Sticks as Gabrielle
1999 Grown Ups(1 episode)
1999 10 Things I Hate About You as Chastity
1999 Family Guy(1 episode)
1999 She's All That as Katie
1997 City Guys(1 episode)
1997 Smart Guy(1 episode)
1996 Jungle Cubs(2 episodes)
1996 Clueless(1 episode)
1996 The Steve Harvey Show(1 episode)
1996 7th Heaven(5 episodes)
1996 Goode Behavior(26 episodes) as Tracy Monaghan
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(2 episodes)
1996 Moesha(1 episode)
1994 Friends(1 episode) as Kirsten Lang
1994 ER(1 episode)
1994 Sister, Sister(4 episodes)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1993 Saved by the Bell: The New Class(1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1900 Sleepless Night
1900 Football Wives(0 episodes) as Chardonnay Lane
1900 Body Politic(0 episodes) as Jessica Sharp

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