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American Actress Regina Rene King: Biography, Career, Net-worth & Awards

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The famous American actress and T.V director Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971). She is an American actress and television director, who became known for her role as “Dana in the film Friday” (1995), a supporting role in the feature film “Jerry Maguire” (1996), 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 HBO drama The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics’ Choice 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.

Early life and education

Regina Rene King is aged 47 was born on 15, January 1971, in 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. King’s parents divorced in 1979. 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.


Regina 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.

Regina King gained fame featuring 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.

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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.[9]In 2018, she played the role of the mother of a murdered black teenager in Netflix original series Seven Seconds.

Personal Life

Regina King and Ex-husband

In 1997, Regina King got married to Ian Alexander but they divorced in 2007.

Regina King and ex-husband Lan Alexander have one son, Ian Alexander Jr., born January 21, 1996.

After separation from her husband, Regina King dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner from 2011 until March 2013



1991Boyz in the Hood Shalika
1993Poetic Justice Iesha
1995Higher LearningMonet
1995Friday Dana Jones
1996A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Mia
1996Jerry Maguire Marcee Tidwell
1998RitualsN/AShort film
1998How Stella Got Her Groove Back Vanessa
1998Enemy of the StateCarla Dean
1998Mighty Joe Young Cecily Banks
1999Love and Action in Chicago Lois Newton
2001Down to Earth Sontee Jenkins
2003Daddy Day Care Kim Hinton
2003Legally Blonde2: Red, White & BlondeGrace Rossiter
2004A Cinderella Story Rhonda
2004RayMargie Hendricks
2005Miss Congeniality2: Armed and Fabulous Sam Fuller
2006The Ant Bully Kreela (voice)
2007Year of The Dog Layla
2007This Christmas Lisa Whitfield-Moore
2010Our Family WeddingAngela
2013Let the Church Say AmenDirector
2014Planes: Fire & Rescue Dynamite (voice)
2018If Beale Street Could TalkPost-production
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1985–90227 Brenda JenkinsMain role, 107 episodes
1994Northern Exposure Mother NatureEpisode: “Baby Blues”
1994New York Undercover MarahEpisode: “Tasha”
1995Living SingleZinaEpisode: “The Shake-Up”
1999Where the Truth LiesLillian Rose-MartinTelevision film
2000If These Walls Could Talk 2AllieTelevision film
2002Leap of FaithCynthiaMain role, 6 episodes
2002Damaged CareCheryl GriffithTelevision film
2005–14The BoondocksRiley and Huey Freeman’s VoiceMain role, 56 episodes
2006Women in LawN/AEpisode: “Pilot”
200724 Sandra PalmerMain role, 9 episodes
2008Living ProofEllie JacksonTelevision film
2009–13Southland Detective Lydia AdamsMain role, 43 episodes
2012Ru Paul’s Drag Race Herself (guest judge)Episode: “Dragazines”
2013–17The Big Bang Theory Janine DavisRecurring role; 5 episodes (seasons 6–11)
2014The Strain Ruby Wain3 episodes
2014Shameless Gail Johnson4 episodes
2014The Gabby Douglas StoryNatalie HawkinsTelevision film
2015–17American CrimeAliyah ShadeedSeason 1 (recurring role; 7 episodes)
Terri LaCroixSeason 2 (main role; 10 episodes)
Kimara WaltersSeason 3 (main role; 8 episodes)
2015–17The Leftovers Erika MurphyMain role, 6 episodes
2018Seven Seconds Latrice ButlerMain role
2019WatchmenUnknownMain role

As Director

2013Southland Episode: “Off Duty”
2015Being Mary Jane  6 episodes
2015–16Scandal 2 episodes
2016The Catch Episode: “The Princess and the I.P.”
2016Animal KingdomEpisode: “Child Care”
2016GreenleafEpisode: “Veni, Vidi, Vici”
2016PitchEpisode: “The Break”
2017This is Us Episode: The 20’s 
2017Shameless Episode: ” Fuck Paying It Forward” 
2018The Good Doctor Episode: “Heartfelt”

Awards & Nominations


YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1999NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureEnemy of the State Nominated
2001BET AwardsBest ActressDown to EarthNominated
2002NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureDown to Earth Nominated
2005BET AwardsBest Actress A Cinderella Story Won
BET AwardsBest ActressMiss Congeniality 2: Armed and FabulousWon
BET AwardsBest ActressRayWon
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureRayWon
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureRayWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureRay Nominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Dance SceneMiss Congeniality 2: Armed and FabulousNominated
2010BET AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionSouthland Nominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesSouthland  Nominated
2011BET AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionSouthland  Nominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama Series Southland  Won
2012BET AwardsBest Actress on TelevisionSouthland  Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Southland  Nominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesSouthland  Won
2013Critics’ Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSouthland  Nominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesSouthland  Nominated
2014NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesSouthland  Nominated
2015Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
2016American Crime  Won
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmAmerican Crime  Nominated
NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesAmerican Crime Won
Satellite AwardsBest Cast- Television SeriesAmerican Crime  Won
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmAmerican Crime  Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Leftovers Nominated
2017Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited Series  American Crime  Won
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a MovieAmerican Crime  Nominated
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Net – Worth

The stunning actress and director Regina Rene King is recorded to have a net worth of $12 million.