Flex Alexander

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Flex Alexander
BornMark Alexander Knox
(1970-04-15) April 15, 1970 (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesFlex
Mark "Flex" Knox
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Shanice (m. 2000) «start: (2000)»"Marriage: Shanice to Flex Alexander" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flex_Alexander)
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Flex Alexander
BornMark Alexander Knox
(1970-04-15) April 15, 1970 (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesFlex
Mark "Flex" Knox
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Shanice (m. 2000) «start: (2000)»"Marriage: Shanice to Flex Alexander" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flex_Alexander)

Mark Alexander Knox (born April 15, 1970), better known as Flex Alexander or Flex, is an American actor, comedian and dancer.


Early life

Born in New York City in Harlem, Alexander is the son of Alethia Knox and Robert Whitehead. As a teen, he began dancing in New York clubs earning the nickname "Flex" due to his acrobatic dance skills. After being discovered by DJ Spinderella, he began touring with rap trio Salt-n-Pepa's dance troupe for three years. In addition to dancing, Alexander also choreographed for Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah. In 1989, he made his stand-up comedy debut and eventually turned to acting, making his film debut in a bit part in the 1992 film Juice.[1] Alexander also was a regular cast member of the sketch comedy show, Uptown Comedy Club, from 1992-1994.


Alexander's first television role was on the short-lived 1993 ABC sitcom Where I Live, starring Doug E. Doug. Despite being critically acclaimed, the series was canceled that same year. Alexander then guest starred on episodes of Sister, Sister and The Cosby Mysteries before moving to Los Angeles in 1995 to concentrate on acting.[2] In 1996, he landed a starring role on another short-lived sitcom Homeboys in Outer Space. The series was critically panned and canceled the following year.[3][4] Later that year, Alexander co-starred in yet another short-lived series, the Steven Bochco-created Total Security. Following Total Security's run, Alexander guest starred on Brooklyn South and The Parkers, and also had roles in several films including the 1998 direct-to-video release Backroom Bodega Boyz and She's All That (1999).[5]

From 2000 to 2001, Alexander appeared as Maya Wilkes' husband Darnell during the first season of the UPN sitcom Girlfriends. He left Girlfriends to star as single father Flexter "Flex" Washington on the UPN sitcom One on One, a series he created and produced.[6] For his role on the series, Alexander was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards and two BET Comedy Awards. In 2004, he portrayed Michael Jackson in the VH1 television biopic Man In The Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story,[7] which garnered him another NAACP Image Award nomination. Alexander returned to One on One for two more seasons, however, during the last season, his character was phased out when the show was retooled.[8]

Following the end of One on One, Alexander had roles in the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and the 2007 horror film The Hills Have Eyes 2. He also had a role in Clement Virgo's Poor Boy's Game, with Danny Glover. Alexander's most recent role was in a 2007 episode of CSI: Miami.[5]

Personal life

Alexander, a born-again Christian, married singer Shanice Wilson on Valentine's Day 2000.[1] They have two children, daughter Imani Shekinah Alexander-Knox (born August 31, 2001) and son Elijah Alexander-Knox (born March 5, 2004).[9][10]


1992JuiceFlex the Contest AuditionerCredited as Mark "Flex" Knox
1995Money TrainHoodCredited as Flex
1997The Sixth ManJerrod SmithCredited as Flex
City of IndustryA RocCredited as Flex
1998Backroom Bodega BoyzCredited as Flex
Direct-to-video release
1999She's All ThatKadeem
2001Out ColdAnthony
Shira: The Vampire SamuraiSmall Change WillieCredited as Flex
Direct-to-video release
2005Her Minor ThingMarty
2006Snakes On a PlaneThree G's
2007Love... & Other 4 Letter WordsArnold
Poor Boy's GameOssie Paris
The Hills Have Eyes 2Sarge
The ListChet
1993Where I LiveReggie ColtraneUnknown episodes
1994Sister, SisterCold Dog1 episode
New York UndercoverMecca1 episode
1995The Cosby MysteriesPartygoer1 episode
1996–1997Homeboys in Outer SpaceTyberius Walker21 episodes
1997MoeshaDread1 episode
Total SecurityNeville Watson13 episodes
Brooklyn SouthBuster1 episode
1998Modern VampiresTriggerCredited as Flex
Television movie
IceKelvinCredited as Flex
Television movie
1999The ForceTelevision movie
The Apartment ComplexTelevision movie
Santa and PetePeteTelevision movie
2000The ParkersAndy1 episode
2000–2001GirlfriendsDarnell Wilkes4 episodes
2001–2006One on OneMark "Flex" Washington97 episodes
2004Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson StoryMichael JacksonTelevision movie
2005CutsFlex Washington1 episode
2007Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner OfficeDeefTelevision movie
CSI: MiamiMartin Wilson1 episode
2010Blue BloodsDet. Demarcus King1 episode (Pilot)
2011It Takes TwoMark "Flex" Wolf1 episode
2012Single LadiesJames Blackwell1 episode

Award nominations

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series
2004BET Comedy AwardsNominatedOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesOne on One
2005NominatedOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesOne on One
2003NAACP Image AwardsNominatedOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesOne on One
2004NominatedOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesOne on One
2005NominatedOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialMan in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story
NominatedOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesOne on One


  1. ^ a b Dougherty, Steve (2003-10-06). "Flex Appeal". People. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20148271,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Flex Alexander: Biography". tvguide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/flex-alexander/bio/150244. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  3. ^ McKissack, Fredrick L. , Jr. (February 1997). "Homeboys in Outer Space". The Progressive. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1295/is_n2_v61/ai_19056331?tag=content;col1. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (1996-09-13). "Beyond the Big 4". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,294099,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  5. ^ a b "Flex Alexander Biography". filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/77/Flex-Alexander.html. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Yahoo! TV Bio". tv.yahoo.com. http://tv.yahoo.com/contributor/46519/milestones;_ylt=Atdr6BuuVpvK0tD0xr2M5WG.o9EF. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  7. ^ Morales, Tatiana (2004-08-06). "Flex Alexander Plays King Of Pop". cbsnews.com. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/06/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main634446.shtml. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  8. ^ Alexander, Flex (2006-08-16). "Snakes on a Plane". washingtonpost.com. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2006/08/17/DI2006081701125.html. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Celebrities and Their Babies". Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company) 58 (2): 42. December 2002. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  10. ^ "Ebony On the Scene". Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company) 60 (3): 18. January 2005. ISSN 0012-9011. 

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