Regina King was born on January 15, 1971, in Los Angeles, California and has achieved fame as a television and film actress. She was born to parents Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas, an electrician.
Regina King was a prominent actress from an early age. She began her acting career in 1985 at the age of fourteen. It was during this time that she landed the role of Mary Jenkins on the show 227. Her role was that of an only child in a family; studious and hard-working but possessing a fun side as well.
This role led to many other projects, many of which were done in conjunction with acclaimed director John Singleton. King appeared in many of his films including Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justic, and Higher Learning.
During her time acting in various movies, King decided to take time to receive a formal education to augment her career. King graduated from the University of Southern California as a student in good standing.
In 1996, King was cast in the wildly successful blockbuster Jerry Maguire¸ playing Marcee Tidwell, the wife of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character. This role gained King considerable recognition and she appeared in many movies after it.
King appeared in many movies such as Enemy of the State, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Down to Earth, and a myriad of others. King also has a large role on the syndicated television series, The Boondocks, where she provides the voices for the two main characters, Huey and Riley Freeman.
In 2004, King played in one of her most critically well-received productions in the multi-award winning movie Ray, which detailed the life of musician Ray Charles. Her performance as Margie Hendricks, a singer in Charles' backup group, earned her a an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Currently, King's acting career encompasses a main role on the hit drama Southland¸ currently airing on Turner Network Television (TNT). She plays the role of Lydia Adams, a detective in the robbery and homicide division of Los Angeles.
Politics is also an important area of society for King, as she is heavily involved in the scene. King was a very vocal supporter for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and played a large role in his winning the Ohio primary by her heavy campaigning.
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