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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 15, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, restaurateur

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With her down-to-earth beauty and winning personality, actress Regina King could have made a career out of playing wives of leading men Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Cuba Gooding, Jr., as she did in films like "Daddy Day Care" (2003), "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "Jerry Maguire" (1996). But her talents and outsized personality were destined to break out sooner or later. And sure enough, King stole the show from her leading ladies with memorable supporting roles in "Legally Blond 2" (2003) and "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous" (2005). But it was her turn as R&B legend Ray Charles' backup singer and lover, Margie Hendricks, in the acclaimed "Ray" (2005) that earned the actress considerable praise and recognition, leading to higher profile work and a regular role on the sixth season of "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). From there, King worked regularly both in features and on television, earning acclaim for her performances in the quirky indie comedy "Year of the Dog" (2007) and the Lifetime movie "Living Proof" (2008), while voicing multiple characters on the animated series "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim, 2005- ). Building on her exposure from "24," King was cast in a leading role for the gritty cop...

With her down-to-earth beauty and winning personality, actress Regina King could have made a career out of playing wives of leading men Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Cuba Gooding, Jr., as she did in films like "Daddy Day Care" (2003), "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "Jerry Maguire" (1996). But her talents and outsized personality were destined to break out sooner or later. And sure enough, King stole the show from her leading ladies with memorable supporting roles in "Legally Blond 2" (2003) and "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous" (2005). But it was her turn as R&B legend Ray Charles' backup singer and lover, Margie Hendricks, in the acclaimed "Ray" (2005) that earned the actress considerable praise and recognition, leading to higher profile work and a regular role on the sixth season of "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). From there, King worked regularly both in features and on television, earning acclaim for her performances in the quirky indie comedy "Year of the Dog" (2007) and the Lifetime movie "Living Proof" (2008), while voicing multiple characters on the animated series "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim, 2005- ). Building on her exposure from "24," King was cast in a leading role for the gritty cop drama, "Southland" (NBC/TNT, 2009- ), which earned the actress further critical praise while cementing her status as a talented and versatile performer.

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 Living Proof (2008)
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 This Christmas (2007)
6.
 Year of the Dog (2007)
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 Grindin' (2007)
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 Ant Bully, The (2006)
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 Ray (2004) Margie Hendricks
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1985:
Made show business debut at the Crossroads Theatre in Leimert Park, Los Angeles
1985:
Television debut playing Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom "227"
1991:
Feature acting debut, "Boyz N the Hood," directed by John Singleton
1993:
Co-starred in Singleton's "Poetic Justice"
1995:
Had featured role in Singleton's "Higher Learning"
1996:
Breakthrough screen role as Cuba Gooding's no-nonsense and very loving wife in "Jerry Maguire"
1998:
Had major roles in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "Enemy of the State"
2000:
Starred opposite Chris Rock in the comedy feature "Down to Earth," a loose remake of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941)
2002:
Had co-starring role in the NBC sitcom "Leap of Faith"
2002:
Cast with Laura Dern in the TV movie "Damaged Care," which took a compelling look at HMOs
2003:
Starred opposite Eddie Murphy in the comedy "Daddy Day Care"
2003:
Played the smart and straitlaced Rudd staff-member Grace in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde"
2004:
Played the modern day fairy godmother to Hilary Duff in "A Cinderella Story"
2004:
Portrayed Margie Hendricks opposite Jamie Foxx in "Ray," a biopic of legendary blues singer Ray Charles
2005:
Starred opposite Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality: Armed and Fabulous"
2006:
Voiced no-nonsense Forager Ant Kreela in "The Ant Bully," a computer-animated film directed by John Davis
2007:
Appeared in season six of the hit Fox show "24"
2007:
Co-starred with Molly Shannon in "Year of the Dog"
2009:
Cast in the drama series "Southland" (premiered on NBC, but later moved to TNT) as Detective Lydia Adams
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for the comedy "Our Family Wedding"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Westchester High School: Westchester , California - 1988

Notes

King started her own clothing line, SMOKAWEAR, in 1993.

In August 1998, she opened an L.A. restaurant, Paio.

King was chareged with felony DUI in May 1999

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husband:
Ian Alexander. Executive. Served as vice president at Qwest Records; married on April 23, 1997.

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father:
Thomas King. Electrician. Divorced from King's mother in 1979.
mother:
Gloria King. Special-education teacher. Divorced from King's father in 1979.
sister:
Reina King. Editor. Younger.
son:
Ian Alexander Jr. Born on January 19, 1996.
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