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Also Known As: Nicole Parker, Nicole Parker Kodjoe Died:
Born: October 7, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, ice cream scooper, fit model, phone operator

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Often seen portraying level-headed professionals or the calming counterpart to energetic comedic leading men, Nicole Ari Parker made her show business breakthrough as one of the star's of the Showtime series "Soul Food" (Showtime, 2000-04). Parker enjoyed five seasons portraying a lawyer on the show, which was one of the few and most successful African-American dramas on television, and made several big screen supporting appearances in such dramas as "Remember the Titans" (2000) and "Brown Sugar" (2002). While her foray into TV sitcoms with "Second Time Around" (UPN, 2004-05) was short-lived, it did launch a new era of the actress' career and she went on to co-star as the sincere counterpart of comic actors Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy in "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" (2008) and "Imagine That" (2009) - a shift that nonetheless continued to fulfill the actress' desire to make positive entertainment for the African-American community.

Often seen portraying level-headed professionals or the calming counterpart to energetic comedic leading men, Nicole Ari Parker made her show business breakthrough as one of the star's of the Showtime series "Soul Food" (Showtime, 2000-04). Parker enjoyed five seasons portraying a lawyer on the show, which was one of the few and most successful African-American dramas on television, and made several big screen supporting appearances in such dramas as "Remember the Titans" (2000) and "Brown Sugar" (2002). While her foray into TV sitcoms with "Second Time Around" (UPN, 2004-05) was short-lived, it did launch a new era of the actress' career and she went on to co-star as the sincere counterpart of comic actors Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy in "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" (2008) and "Imagine That" (2009) - a shift that nonetheless continued to fulfill the actress' desire to make positive entertainment for the African-American community.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Vipaka (2013)
2.
 Pastor Brown (2011)
3.
 Black Dynamite (2009)
4.
 Imagine That (2009)
6.
 King's Ransom (2005) Cast
7.
 Brown Sugar (2002) Reese
8.
 Loretta Claiborne Story, The (2000) Christine Claiborne
9.
 Remember the Titans (2000) Carol Boone
10.
 Dancing in September (2000) Tomasina "Tommy" Crawford
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Milestones close milestones

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Acted in Baltimore Actors Theatre and the Washington Ballet Company
1998:
Moved to New York to study acting at NYU
1993:
Graduated from NYU, moved to Harlem and appeared in several small theater productions
:
Appeared in shows with Naked Angels, Metropolitan Playhouse and Circle Rep Laboratory
1995:
Film debut, "The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love"; screen at Sundance
1997:
Had small featured role in "Boogie Nights"
1999:
Had role in "200 Cigarettes"
1999:
Appeared with Sigourney Weaver in "A Map of the World"
1999:
Appeared in the Martin Lawrence comedy "Blue Streak"
2000:
Landed role as oldest sister, attorney Teri Joseph on Showtime series "Soul Food"
2000:
Played a black television producer in the HBO film "Dancing in September"
2000:
Played Denzel Washington's wife in "Remember the Titans"
2002:
Had supporting role in "Brown Sugar"
2004:
Starred with her husband, Boris Kodjoe, in the short-lived UPN comedy "Second Time Around"
2008:
Re-teamed with Martin Lawrence for the comedy "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"
2009:
Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in "Imagine That"
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Education

Roland Park Country School: Baltimore , Maryland - 1988
New York University: New York , New York - 1993

Notes

Parker has had her poetry published in the anthology "New Breezes"

"I don't believe in 'insecurities.' They are a waste of time. God loves you and everything about you, so why beat up on your precious self?"--Parker's answer to the question "What's your biggest insecurity?"

"I don't mind being called the black Meg Ryan. But I wonder how Meg Ryan would feel to called the white Nicole Parker."

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Joseph Falasca. Carpenter, chauffeur. Maternal grandfather.
husband:
Joseph Falasca. Actor/filmmaker. Eloped in March 2001.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Susan Parker. Healthcare professional.
mother:
Susan Parker. Machinist. Worked as a 2nd class machinist for Philadelphia Electric.
father:
Donald Parker. Dentist. Divorced from Susan Parker in early 1970's.
father:
Donald Parker. Cabinet maker. The brothers claimed to have two grandfathers (paternal) on their father's side of the family.
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