Cleo King (born Harriet Cleo King; August 21, 1962) is an American character actress, best known for her roles on television.

Cleo King
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King at the 2014 Seventh Annual Bel Air Film Festival at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Harriet Cleo King

(1962-08-21) August 21, 1962 (age 57)
Years active1988–present

Early lifeEdit

King was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and was the youngest of seven children in her family.[1] She graduated from University of Missouri and later moved to New York to pursue an acting career, appearing on stage productions.[1]


In mid-1990s, King moved to Los Angeles, California, when she began appearing on television shows such as The Wayans Bros., Living Single, Malcolm & Eddie, Murphy Brown, and Any Day Now. She also appeared on Friends as a nurse in the hospital when Rachel had her baby.

King has appeared in a number of films, playing small parts, include Magnolia (1999), Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Bubble Boy (2001), The Life of David Gale (2003), Dreamgirls (2006), Pineapple Express (2008), The Hangover (2009), Valentine's Day (2010), and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). She guest-starred on more than 50 shows, including NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, and Ugly Betty.

From 2001 to 2002, King had the recurring role as Helene Parks in the Fox drama series, Boston Public created by David E. Kelley. In 2003, she co-starred in the short-lived CBS drama The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire, also created by Kelley. In 2006, she played Aunt Lou in the HBO drama series Deadwood during its third and final season.[2] In 2009, King had the recurring role as Neeta, the nanny of Jax Teller's son in the FX drama series, Sons of Anarchy.

In 2010, King was cast in the series regular role as grandmother Rosetta "Nana" McMillan in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, even though she is only 7 years older than Reno Wilson (who played her grandson, Carl).[3]

She also appeared regularly in Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which premiered in 2017.[4]


  1. ^ a b Iya Bakare. "Mike-Molly-s-Cleo-King-Claims-Her-Throne-in-Acting-Industry - Entertainment - Articles". Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Cleo King". Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ William Keck (2 September 2010). "Keck's Exclusives: CBS' Mike & Molly Makes a Surprising Casting Choice". Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  4. ^ Sean Fitz-Gerald (January 13, 2017). "Every 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Actor You Need to Know About". Thrillist. Retrieved January 9, 2019.

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