Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971) is an American actress and television director. She is the recipient of various accolades including an Academy Award for If Beale Street Could Talk, a Golden Globe Award, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. Time magazine named King one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.
King in 2018
Regina Rene King
January 15, 1971
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Home town||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Ian Alexander, Sr.
(m. 1997; div. 2007)
King first gained attention in 1985 as Brenda Jenkins in the NBC television series 227. She would go on to star in both television and film, rising to greater prominence with roles like Dana Jones in Friday (1995), Marcee Tidwell in Jerry Maguire (1996), Riley and Huey Freeman on the hit animated series The Boondocks, and Detective Lydia Adams on Southland. For Southland, she earned two Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013. In 2018, her performance as Sharon Rivers in the film If Beale Street Could Talk earned her the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
From 2015 to 2017, King starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning twice, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Also from 2015 to 2017, she played Erika Murphy in the HBO drama The Leftovers, for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination. In 2018, she starred in the Netflix miniseries Seven Seconds, for which she won her third Emmy Award. King had a recurring role as Janine Davis in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in various films, including Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Legally Blonde 2, Ray and Miss Congeniality: Armed & Fabulous.
Early life and educationEdit
Regina Rene King was born on January 15, 1971, in Los Angeles and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. She is the eldest daughter of Gloria (Cain), a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. King's parents divorced in 1979. King's younger sister is former actress Reina King, who appeared on What's Happening Now!! King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988 and later attended the University of Southern California.
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King began her acting career in 1985 playing the role of Brenda Jenkins on the television series 227, a role she played until the show ended in 1990. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. In 1995, she was featured in the hit comedy film Friday. In 1996, she starred in the 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. 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 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. In 2018, she played the role of the mother of a murdered black teenager in Netflix original series Seven Seconds, winning her third Primetime Emmy Award. Her performance in the 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins, garnered critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1997, King married Ian Alexander, but they divorced in 2007. They have one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born January 19, 1996. King dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner from 2011 until March 2013.
|1985–1990||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 film|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Allie||Television film|
|2002||Leap of Faith||Cynthia||Main role, 6 episodes|
|2002||Damaged Care||Cheryl Griffith||Television film|
|2005–2014||The Boondocks||Riley and Huey Freeman (voice)||Main role, 55 episodes|
|2006||Women in Law||N/A||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||24||Sandra Palmer||Main role, 9 episodes|
|2008||Living Proof||Ellie Jackson||Television film|
|2009–2013||Southland||Detective Lydia Adams||Main role, 43 episodes|
|2012||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "Dragazines"|
|The Big Bang Theory||Janine Davis||Recurring role; 6 episodes (seasons 6–8; 11–12)|
|2014||The Strain||Ruby Wain||3 episodes|
|2014||Shameless||Gail Johnson||4 episodes|
|2014||The Gabby Douglas Story||Natalie Hawkins||Television film|
|2015–2017||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)|
|2015–2017||The Leftovers||Erika Murphy||Main role, 6 episodes|
|2018||Seven Seconds||Latrice Butler||Main role, 10 episodes|
|2019–present||Watchmen||Angela Abraham||Main role|
|2013||Southland||Episode: "Off Duty"|
|2015||Being Mary Jane||6 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"|
|2017||Shameless||Episode: "Fuck Paying It Forward"|
|2018||The Good Doctor||Episode: "Heartfelt"|
As music video directorEdit
|2010||"Finding My Way Back"||Jaheim|
|2011||"Not My Daddy"||Kelly Price featuring Stokley|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Regina King profile at". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- "Regina King IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- Davis, Viola (April 17, 2019). "Regina King". Time. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
- "Regina King Biography (1971-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, December 17, 2018
- "Regina King profile at Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- 1988 Westchester High School Yearbook (Los Angeles, California)
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. p. 155.
- "Regina King's Most Memorable Roles". Essence.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
- "Regina King". IMDb. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- McNary, Dave (October 25, 2017). "Film News Roundup: Regina King Joins Barry Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- "Malcolm Jamal Warner, Regina King Calls It Quits After Two Year Relationship (UPDATE)". March 21, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2018 – via Huff Post.
- Rivera, Zayda. "Regina King shows off bikini bod on girls getaway post-Malcolm-Jamal Warner split - NY Daily News". Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "Regina King Hints Ex Malcolm-Jamal Warner Dumped Her on V-Day: "Ass!"". January 15, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
- "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The 20s". Den of Geek. October 31, 2017.
- "Shanola Hampton on Instagram: "The queen has arrived to direct episode 4!!!! Yaaaaassss! #ReginaKing #Shameless"". Instagram.com. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 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|
| Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson
|NAACP Image Award|
| Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
for Diary of a Mad Black Woman
for Pieces of April
| Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical
Rosario Dawson for Rent