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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 4, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, choreographer, dancer

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While many stage performers stayed close to their roots when making the jump to acting, Khandi Alexander moved far afield from her background as a dancer and choreographer with expert turns in both comedy and drama on television, most notably on "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99), "The Corner" (HBO, 2000), "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) and "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ). Though glamorous, Alexander eschewed Tiffany roles in favor of parts with depth and grit, and she impressed critics and audiences alike in her turns as women with seemingly boundless reserves of strength and resolve. Some of her characters used that strength for comic purposes, like her steely anchor Catherine Duke on "NewsRadio," but most needed it to simply survive their environments. Whether surrounded by abject poverty in "The Corner," crime and violence on "CSI," or the destruction of their homes in "Treme," Alexander presented women who persevered through their own willpower, but always remembered to show their human sides through carefully chosen moments of emotion. In doing so, she became a critical favorite and one of the most accomplished character actresses on television.

While many stage performers stayed close to their roots when making the jump to acting, Khandi Alexander moved far afield from her background as a dancer and choreographer with expert turns in both comedy and drama on television, most notably on "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99), "The Corner" (HBO, 2000), "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) and "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ). Though glamorous, Alexander eschewed Tiffany roles in favor of parts with depth and grit, and she impressed critics and audiences alike in her turns as women with seemingly boundless reserves of strength and resolve. Some of her characters used that strength for comic purposes, like her steely anchor Catherine Duke on "NewsRadio," but most needed it to simply survive their environments. Whether surrounded by abject poverty in "The Corner," crime and violence on "CSI," or the destruction of their homes in "Treme," Alexander presented women who persevered through their own willpower, but always remembered to show their human sides through carefully chosen moments of emotion. In doing so, she became a critical favorite and one of the most accomplished character actresses on television.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Assault, The (2014)
3.
 First Born (2007)
4.
 Perfect Strangers (2004) Christie Kaplan
5.
 Dark Blue (2003) Janelle Holland
6.
 Thick As Thieves (1999) Janet
7.
8.
 No Easy Way (1996) Diana Campbell
9.
 Robin Cook's Terminal (1996) Dr Deborah Levy
10.
 Greedy (1994) Laura
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Milestones close milestones

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Danced in the chorus of "Dreamgirls" on Broadway
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Toured with the International Company of "Dancin'"
1985:
Made feature film debut in "Streetwalkin'"
1988:
Made TV acting debut on episode of "Duet" (Fox)
1989:
Worked as Whitney Houston's choreographer
1993:
Played Ikette Darlene in "What's Love Got to Do With It?"
1995:
Had a recurring role as Dr. Benton's (played by Eriq La Salle) sister on "ER" (NBC)
1995:
Played anchor Catherine Duke on the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio"
1998:
Toured as Velma Kelly in the stage musical "Chicago"
2000:
Garnered critical praise for her leading role in the HBO miniseries "The Corner"
2002:
Played Alexx Woods, a medical examiner, in the CBS drama "CSI: Miami"
2003:
Played Ving Rhames's wife in "Dark Blue"
2010:
Cast as Ladonna Batiste, the estranged wife of Wendell Pierce's character Antoine Batiste, in HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans series "Treme"
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Education

Queensborough Community College: Bayside , New York -

Notes

"It took her a long time to prove herself [when she gave up dancing for acting]. She lived in a one-room apartment and had one pair of sheets."--Choreographer Brad Jeffries in PEOPLE, July 1, 1996

"I started a list of my friends who had died of AIDS, and I stopped at 78. I think about things like that, and I'm just real glad to be here."--Khandi Alexander in PEOPLE, July 1, 1996

Family close complete family listing

father:
Henry Alexander. Construction company owner.
mother:
Alverina Alexander. Former opera and jazz singer. Gave up career to be a mother; died of heart attack in 1980 at age 41.

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