Biography

Regina King was born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her role as Mary Jenkins's (played by Marla Gibbs) studious daughter, Brenda Jenkins, on the popular 1980s sitcom, 227 and for her critically-acclaimed supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. King began her acting career in 1985 in the role on the television series 227, a role she played until 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood (1991), Poetic Justice (1993) and Higher Learning (1995).  Also in 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy Friday. In 1996, she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy Jerry Maguire, with Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr. This film brought King mainstream recognition in her role as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character. Soon thereafter she played Will Smith's wife in the spy thriller Enemy of the State (1998), and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Disney's remake Mighty Joe Young (1998). She continued playing feature roles in a variety of films, including Down to Earth (2001), with Chris Rock, Daddy Day Care (2003) with Eddie Murphy, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) with Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field, and A Cinderella Story (2004), with Hilary Duff. In 2004, King played Margie Hendricks, a singer in Ray Charles’ backup group The Raelettes and one of the musical legend’s mistresses, in Ray, and in 2005, she co-starred in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as Sandra Bullock's tough FBI agent partner. Additionally, she is the star of the Adult Swim show The Boondocks, providing the voices for the characters Huey and Riley Freeman, as well as the feature film The Ant Bully (2006). Most recently, she appeared in season 6 of the hit show 24 and the film This Christmas (2007). She also she appeared in the TV film Living Proof (2008). Her latest film is 2010’s Our family Wedding where she stars alongside Forest Whitaker. Aside from portraying Detective Lydian Adams on the TNT police drama Southland, she is currently working on various film projects.

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Regina King was born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her role as Mary Jenkins's (played by Marla Gibbs) studious daughter, Brenda Jenkins, on the popular 1980s sitcom, 227 and for her critically-acclaimed supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. King began her acting career in 1985 in the role on the television series 227, a role she played until 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood (1991), Poetic Justice (1993) and Higher Learning (1995).  Also in 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy Friday. In 1996, she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy Jerry Maguire, with Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr. This film brought King mainstream recognition in her role as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character. Soon thereafter she played Will Smith's wife in the spy thriller Enemy of the State (1998), and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Disney's remake Mighty Joe Young (1998). She continued playing feature roles in a variety of films, including Down to Earth (2001), with Chris Rock, Daddy Day Care (2003) with Eddie Murphy, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) with Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field, and A Cinderella Story (2004), with Hilary Duff. In 2004, King played Margie Hendricks, a singer in Ray Charles’ backup group The Raelettes and one of the musical legend’s mistresses, in Ray, and in 2005, she co-starred in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as Sandra Bullock's tough FBI agent partner. Additionally, she is the star of the Adult Swim show The Boondocks, providing the voices for the characters Huey and Riley Freeman, as well as the feature film The Ant Bully (2006). Most recently, she appeared in season 6 of the hit show 24 and the film This Christmas (2007). She also she appeared in the TV film Living Proof (2008). Her latest film is 2010’s Our family Wedding where she stars alongside Forest Whitaker. Aside from portraying Detective Lydian Adams on the TNT police drama Southland, she is currently working on various film projects.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 53

Birthday 1971-01-15

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

High Bar(1 episode)
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk
2018 Seven Seconds(1 episode) as Latrice Butler
2016 The Snowy Day as Mom
2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter(1 episode)
2015 American Crime(11 episodes) as Aliyah Shadeed
2015 American Crime(10 episodes) as Terri LaCroix
2014 Planes Fire and Rescue: Smokejumpers as Dynamite (voice)
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue as Dynamite (voice)
2014 The Leftovers(18 episodes) as Erika Murphy
2014 The Gabby Douglas Story as Natalie Hawkins
2013 Inside the Box as Stephanie Miles
2010 Our Family Wedding as Angela
2009 Southland(45 episodes) as Detective Lydia Adams
2008 Living Proof as Ellie Jackson
2008 The Wendy Williams Show(1 episode)
2007 This Christmas as Lisa Whitfield Moore
2007 The Big Bang Theory(2 episodes) as Janine Davis
2007 The Big Bang Theory(1 episode) as Mrs. Davis
2007 Year of the Dog as Layla
2006 The Ant Bully as Kreela
2005 The Boondocks(25 episodes) as Riley Freeman (voice)
2005 Weekends at the D.L.(2 episodes)
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as Sam Fuller
2004 Ray as Margie Hendricks
2004 Genius. A Night for Ray Charles as Herself
2004 A Cinderella Story as Rhonda
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(1 episode)
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde as Grace Rossiter
2003 Daddy Day Care as Kim Hinton
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2002 Damaged Care as Cheryl Griffith
2002 Leap of Faith(6 episodes) as Cynthia
2002 Turnaround as Rayne
2001 24(22 episodes) as Sandra Palmer
2001 Good Day Live(1 episode)
2001 Down to Earth as Sontee Jenkins
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 as Allie
1999 Where the Truth Lies as Lillian Rose-Martin
1998 Mighty Joe Young as Cecily Banks
1998 Enemy of the State as Carla Dean
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back as Vanessa
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia
1995 Friday as Dana Jones
1995 Higher Learning as Monet
1994 New York Undercover(1 episode)
1993 Living Single(1 episode)
1993 Poetic Justice as Iesha
1991 Boyz n the Hood as Shalika
1990 Northern Exposure(1 episode)
1985 227(116 episodes) as Brenda Jenkins

Directing

2016 Animal Kingdom(1 episode)Director
2013 Let the Church Say AmenDirector

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