Regina King biography
Date of Birth: January 15, 1971
A native to Los Angeles, Regina King studied under acting coach/actress Betty A. Bridges, mother of actor Todd Bridges for ten years, before and during King's first TV role on the series 227.
With this show King made a name for herself. She played the perennially petulant daughter to Marla Gibbs for three years on the series before making her film debut in John Singleton's Boyz N The Hood . Other television credits include guest appearances on New York Undercover, Living Single, and Northern Exposure.
She went on to star in two more films for Singleton: Poetic Justice and Higher Learning. King began to be recognized by a mainstream audience after her role as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife in Jerry Maguire . For her role as Marcee Tidwell, King received rave reviews. She gained notice from critics and audiences alike as the fiercely protective wife of a charismatic football player.
After playing Will Smith's wife in the action thriller, Enemy of the State (1998), King co-starred with Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg in the comedy How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998). In 2000, King played a crusading public-defender/social-activist in I Was Made to Love Her.
Other film credits include the hit comedy Friday (1995), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) and A Cinderella Story (2004). From 2009 to 2013, she played a regular role as Detective Lydia Adams on the police drama Southland.
In 2018, Regina won a Primetime Emmy award for her starring role as Latrice Butler in the Netflix limited series Seven Seconds (2018).
King and her husband Ian Alexander have a son, Ian Alexander Jr.
Regina King Filmography