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

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

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.

Career

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

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Boyz in the Hood  Shalika
1993 Poetic Justice  Iesha
1995 Higher Learning Monet
1995 Friday  Dana Jones
1996 A 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 Blonde2: Red, White & Blonde Grace Rossiter
2004 A Cinderella Story  Rhonda
2004 Ray Margie Hendricks
2005 Miss Congeniality2: Armed and Fabulous  Sam Fuller
2006 The 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
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Television

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 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
2005–14 The Boondocks Riley and Huey Freeman’s 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 film
2009–13 Southland  Detective Lydia Adams Main role, 43 episodes
2012 Ru Paul’s Drag Race  Herself (guest judge) Episode: “Dragazines”
2013–17 The 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 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
2019 Watchmen Unknown Main role

As Director

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 
2017 Shameless Episode: ” Fuck Paying It Forward” 
2018 The Good Doctor  Episode: “Heartfelt”

Awards & Nominations

 

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 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 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 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
2016 American Crime  Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Crime  Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series American Crime  Won
Satellite Awards Best Cast- Television Series American Crime  Won
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Crime  Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Leftovers  Nominated
2017 Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited Series  American Crime   Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie American 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.

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