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Cassandra Davis Patton (born July 30, 1964) is an American actress and singer who is best known for her role as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and its spin-off series The Paynes. She has also starred in several other productions under the direction of Tyler Perry.


Life and careerEdit

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi,[1][2] Davis' acting career began in 1988 with her role in the Spike Lee film School Daze. Her early television credits include appearances on Living Single, Married... with Children, Kenan & Kel, Boycott, and The PJ's. She established her acting career by appearing in Tyler Perry productions such as Madea's Family Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail, Daddy's Little Girls, and Tyler Perry's House of Payne.[3]

Davis attended Spelman College in Atlanta and majored in music. She left the college one credit short of graduation, because she was not allowed to perform religious music during her senior recital. Davis returned to Spelman in 2008 to complete her degree, graduating in November of that year.[4]

She has credited her devout, born-again Christian faith as the main reason behind her professional success.[5]


Films and playsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1988 School Daze Paula
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Aunt Sarah
2006 Madea Goes To Jail Ella Kincaid
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Aunt Rita
2010 Madea's Big Happy Family Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2011 °A Madea Christmas Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2011 Aunt Bam's Place Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2014 Madea's Neighbors from Hell Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2015 Madea on the Run Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2015 Madea's Tough Love Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2016 Boo! A Madea Halloween Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2017 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2019 Madea's Farewell Play Tour Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy
2019 A Madea Family Funeral Betty Ann "Aunt Bam" Murphy


Year Film Role Notes
1993 Living Single Francine Episode: "In The Black It's Beautiful"
1994 Chicago Hope Nurse #1 Episode: "Food Chains"
1996 Moesha
1996 Married... with Children Patty Episode: "Crimes Against Obesity"
1999 Kenan & Kel Kitty Episode: "He Got Job"
1999–2001 The PJs HUD woman (Voice) Recurring Role; 27 episodes
2000 The Parkers Big Woman
2001 Boycott Cook Television movie
2007–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Ella Payne Lead role; 254 episodes
2009 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Ella Payne Episode: "Meet the Christmas Spirit"
2015 Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor Ella Payne Episode: "Ella and Curtis"
2018–present Tyler Perry's The Paynes Ella Payne Lead role


  1. ^ "Cassi Davis Biography". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  2. ^ "Holly Springs Star!! Cassandra "Cassi" Davis". Visit Holly Springs. August 21, 2015. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Cast of Tyler Perry's House of Payne". Jet. June 2007.
  4. ^ House of Payne' Star Cassi Davis Graduating From College—25 Years Later
  5. ^ The 700 Club - Cassi Davis: House of Grace

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