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Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971[2]) is an American actress and television director.[3] She became known for her role as Brenda Jenkins on the NBC
NBC
sitcom 227 (1985–90), a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire, and for her roles in the television shows The Boondocks and Southland. Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013. From 2015 to 2017, she starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she has received three nominations for Emmy Awards with two wins and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. From 2015 to 2017, she also played Erika Murphy on the critically acclaimed HBO drama The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics' Choice Television
Television
Award nomination. King has a recurring role as Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in numerous films, including Ray, Poetic Justice, Friday, and Legally Blonde 2.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 As director

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Regina Rene King was born on January 15, 1971, in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. She is the eldest daughter of Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician.[4] King's parents divorced in 1979.[5] King's younger sister is former actress Reina King. King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988[6] and later attending University of Southern California. Career[edit]

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King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227,[7] a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton
John Singleton
films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning.[8] In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday.[8] In 1996, she starred in the Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence
dark comedy-romance A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as Mia. Later in 1996 she gained fame starring in the blockbuster romantic comedy film Jerry Maguire as Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character.[8] She played Will Smith's character's wife in Enemy of the State, and was also featured in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Mighty Joe Young, Down to Earth, Daddy Day Care, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, A Cinderella Story, Ray and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Beginning in the mid-2000s, she had ongoing roles on several TV series, including acclaimed work as the voice of Huey and Riley Freeman for the animated series The Boondocks and Detective Lydia Adams on the TNT police drama Southland. She also appeared in roles on 24, The Big Bang Theory, and Shameless. In 2007 she played Lisa Moore in This Christmas. She was a cast member on ABC's John Ridley-penned ensemble drama American Crime, and played a devout member of the Nation of Islam
Nation of Islam
and sister to a drug addict accused of murder. In September 2015 and September 2016, King won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for American Crime.[9]In 2018, she played the role of the mother of a murdered black teenager in Netflix original series Seven Seconds. Personal[edit] In 1997, King married Ian Alexander but they divorced in 2007. They have one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born January 21, 1996. King dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
from 2011[10] until March 2013.[11][12] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1991 Boyz n the Hood Shalika

1993 Poetic Justice Iesha

1995 Higher Learning Monet

1995 Friday Dana Jones

1996 Thin Line Between Love and Hate, AA Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia

1996 Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell

1998 Rituals N/A Short film

1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa

1998 Enemy of the State Carla Dean

1998 Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks

1999 Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton

2001 Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins

2002 Turnaround Rayne

2003 Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton

2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter

2004 Cinderella Story, AA Cinderella Story Rhonda

2004 Ray Margie Hendricks

2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller

2006 Ant Bully, TheThe Ant Bully Kreela (voice)

2007 Year of the Dog Layla

2007 This Christmas Lisa Whitfield-Moore

2010 Our Family Wedding Angela

2013 Let the Church Say Amen Director

2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (voice)

2018 If Beale Street Could Talk

Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1985–90 227 Brenda Jenkins Main role, 107 episodes

1994 Northern Exposure Mother Nature Episode: "Baby Blues"

1994 New York Undercover Marah Episode: "Tasha"

1995 Living Single Zina Episode: "The Shake-Up"

1999 Where the Truth Lies Lillian Rose-Martin Television
Television
film

2000 If These Walls Could Talk
Talk
2 Allie Television
Television
film

2002 Leap of Faith Cynthia Main role, 6 episodes

2002 Damaged Care Cheryl Griffith Television
Television
film

2005–14 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Riley and Huey Freeman
Huey Freeman
(voice) Main role, 56 episodes

2006 Women in Law N/A Episode: "Pilot"

2007 24 Sandra Palmer Main role, 9 episodes

2008 Living Proof Ellie Jackson Television
Television
film

2009–13 Southland Detective Lydia Adams Main role, 43 episodes

2012 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (guest judge) Episode: “Dragazines”

2013–17 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Janine Davis Recurring role; 5 episodes (seasons 6–11)

2014 The Strain Ruby Wain 3 episodes

2014 Shameless Gail Johnson 4 episodes

2014 The Gabby Douglas Story Natalie Hawkins Television
Television
film

2015–17 American Crime Aliyah Shadeed Season 1 (recurring role; 7 episodes)

Terri LaCroix Season 2 (main role; 10 episodes)

Kimara Walters Season 3 (main role; 8 episodes)

2015–17 The Leftovers Erika Murphy Main role, 6 episodes

2018 Seven Seconds Latrice Butler Main role

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes

2013 Southland Episode: "Off Duty"

2015 Being Mary Jane 6 episodes

2015–16 Scandal 2 episodes

2016 The Catch Episode: "The Princess and the I.P."

2016 Animal Kingdom Episode: "Child Care"

2016 Greenleaf Episode: "Veni, Vidi, Vici"

2016 Pitch Episode: "The Break"

2017 This Is Us Episode: "The 20's[13]

2017 Shameless Episode: "Fuck Paying It Forward"[14]

2018 The Good Doctor Episode: "Heartfelt"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Enemy of the State Nominated

2001 BET Awards Best Actress Down to Earth Nominated

2002 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Down to Earth Nominated

2005 BET Awards Best Actress A Cinderella Story Won

BET Awards Best Actress Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Won

BET Awards Best Actress Ray Won

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Ray Won

Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Ray Won

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Ray Nominated

Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Dance Scene (shared with Sandra Bullock) Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Nominated

2010 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated

2011 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won

2012 BET Awards Best Actress on Television Southland Nominated

Critics' Choice Television
Television
Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Won

2013 Critics' Choice Television
Television
Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated

2014 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland Nominated

2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie American Crime Won

2016 American Crime Won

Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television
Television
Film American Crime Nominated

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series American Crime Won

Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television
Television
Series American Crime Won

Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television
Television
Film American Crime Nominated

Critics' Choice Television
Television
Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Leftovers Nominated

2017 Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited Series[15] American Crime Won

Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie American Crime Nominated

References[edit]

^ Praise Cleveland - Regina King
Regina King
Says Her Emmy Is Headed To Cincinnati Hometown - September 25, 2015 ^ " Regina King
Regina King
profile at". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 21, 2013.  ^ " Regina King
Regina King
IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-03-31.  ^ Regina King
Regina King
profile at FilmReference.com ^ Regina King
Regina King
profile at Yahoo! Movies ^ 1988 Westchester High School Yearbook (Los Angeles, California) ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155. ^ a b c "Regina King's Most Memorable Roles". Essence.com. Retrieved 2017-10-24.  ^ McNary, Dave (2017-10-25). "Film News Roundup: Regina King
Regina King
Joins Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-10.  ^ Malcolm Jamal Warner, Regina King
Regina King
Calls It Quits After Two Year Relationship (UPDATE) ^ NY Daily News - Regina King
Regina King
shows bikini bod on girl's getaway post- Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
split - May 12, 2013 ^ US Magazine - Regina King
Regina King
Hints Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Dumped Her On Valentines Day "What An Ass!" - January 15, 2015 ^ "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The 20s". Den of Geek. 2017-10-31.  ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BWYQeArD7PL/ ^ "Critics' Choice Television
Television
Awards: HBO Leads 22 Nominations". Indie Wire. November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Regina King.

Regina King
Regina King
on IMDb King, Regina. "The Emmys: As White As Ever", The Huffington Post, September 3, 2010; retrieved October 9, 2010.

Awards and achievements

BET Award

Preceded by Halle Berry Best Actress 2005 for Ray Succeeded by Taraji P. Henson

NAACP Image Award

Preceded by Alfre Woodard for Radio Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture 2005 for Ray Succeeded by Cicely Tyson for Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Satellite Award

Preceded by Patricia Clarkson for Pieces of April Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical 2005 for Ray Succeeded by Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
for Rent

Awards for Regina King

v t e

Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries

Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2013) Allison Tolman
Allison Tolman
(2014) Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson
(2015) Jean Smart
Jean Smart
(2016) Regina King
Regina King
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2017)

v t e

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Olivia Cole (1977) Blanche Baker (1978) Esther Rolle
Esther Rolle
(1979) Mare Winningham
Mare Winningham
(1980) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1981) Penny Fuller
Penny Fuller
(1982) Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
(1983) Roxana Zal (1984) Kim Stanley
Kim Stanley
(1985) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1986) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1987) Jane Seymour (1988) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1989) Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint
(1990) Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
(1991) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1992) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(1993) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(1994) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
/ Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi
(1996) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1997) Mare Winningham
Mare Winningham
(1998) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2000) Tammy Blanchard (2001) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(2002) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2003) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2004) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(2005) Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald
(2006) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2007) Eileen Atkins (2008) Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo
(2009) Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond
(2010) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2011) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2012) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(2013) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(2014) Regina King
Regina King
(2015) Regina King
Regina King
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2017)

v t e

Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Musical or Comedy (1996–2005, retired)

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1996) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(1999) Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson
(2000) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2001) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Regina King
Regina King
(2004) Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
(2005)

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2005, retired)

Courtney Love
Courtney Love
(1996) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1997) Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
/ Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2002) Maria Bello
Maria Bello
(2003) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2004) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2005)

Motion Picture (2006–present)

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Rosemarie DeWitt
Rosemarie DeWitt
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) June Squibb (2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
(2016) Lois Smith
Lois Smith
(2017)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 103623297 LCCN: no95048422 ISNI: 0000 0001 1454 0540 BNF: cb1419

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