Khandi Alexander

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Khandi Alexander
Born(1957-09-04) September 4, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York, USA
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer
Years active1985–present
 
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Khandi Alexander
Born(1957-09-04) September 4, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York, USA
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer
Years active1985–present

Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer, choreographer, and film and television actress. She is best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami, as LaDonna Batiste-Williams in HBO drama series Treme, and as Catherine Duke on NewsRadio. She also had a major recurring role on ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton.

Early life[edit]

Khandi Alexander was born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College. She appeared on Broadway, starring in Chicago, Bob Fosse's Dancin,[citation needed] and Dreamgirls. She was a choreographer for Whitney Houston's world tour from 1988–1992, and also appeared as a dancer in Natalie Cole's video for "Pink Cadillac" in 1988.[1]

Career[edit]

Since the early 1990s, Alexander has concentrated on film and TV, playing the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio - a role she left after the start of season 4. She made a guest appearance in the episode after Phil Hartman's death.[2] She also played the recurring character Jackie Robbins on ER. She is known for her starring role as Fran, a mother addicted to drugs in the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries The Corner.[1] She portrayed the character Alexx Woods, a medical examiner in the forensics-related drama CSI: Miami for 6 seasons as a series regular.

Alexander has made guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, Cosby, Better off Ted and La Femme Nikita. She starred in the movie CB4 with Chris Rock and Charlie Murphy. Other film credits include Dark Blue, Sugar Hill, Menace II Society, House Party 3, There's Something About Mary, Rain, Poetic Justice, and the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With It, where she portrayed an Ikette.

Alexander left the CBS hit show CSI: Miami shortly before the end of the 2007-2008 season. Her final appearance aired Monday, May 5, 2008 ("Rock and a Hard Place").[citation needed] On February 2, 2009, she returned to the role of Alexx Woods for a guest appearance in the episode "Smoke Gets In Your CSI's". She later returned again as Alexx Woods for more guest appearances in the episodes "Out of Time" on September 21, 2009 and "Bad Seed" on October 19, 2009.

From 2010 to 2013, Alexander starred in the award-winning HBO television series by David Simon, Treme, where she played a bar owner in an affected neighborhood of post-Katrina New Orleans.[3] The series ended after four seasons.[4] She later was cast in Shonda Rhimes's drama series Scandal as Kerry Washington's character mother.[5][6][7]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985FTVPerformer
1985StreetwalkinStar
1985A Chorus LineDancer
1987Rags to RichesThe DelightsEpisode: "Pilot"
1987Maid to OrderHooker in Jail
1989A Different WorldTheressa StoneEpisode: "Citizen Wayne"
1993CB4Sissy
1993Joshua TreeMaralena Turner
1993Menace II SocietyKaren Lawson
1993What's Love Got to Do with ItDarlene
1993Poetic JusticeSimone
1993Shameful SecretsRosalie
1994Sugar HillElla Skuggs
1994House Party 3Janelle
1994To My Daughter with LoveHarriet
1994GreedyLaura
1996No Easy WayDiana Campbell
1996TerminalDr. Deborah Levy
1998La Femme NikitaTerryEpisode: "Soul Sacrifice"
1998There's Something About MaryJoanie
1995-1998NewsRadioCatherine Duke59 episodes
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1998)
1999CosbyKarenEpisode: "The Awful Truth"
1999Thick as ThievesJanet
1999NYPD BlueSonyaEpisode: "What's Up, Chuck?"
1999PartnersCharlie
1999Spawn 3: Ultimate BattleLakesha
2000Rude AwakeningJuanita WilsonEpisode: "Star 80 Proof"
2000The CornerDenise Francine 'Fran' BoydTV mini-series
Black Reel Award for Best Actress on Miniseries or Movie
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2000Third WatchBeverly SaundersEpisode: "History"
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSgt. Karen SmytheEpisode: "Paranoia"
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1995-2001ERJackie Robbins29 episodes
2002Fool ProofIcarus
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDr. Alexx WoodsEpisode: "Cross-Jurisdictions"
2002Emmett's MarkDet. MiddlestatNominated - DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actress
2002Dark BlueJanelle Holland
2003Life's a BitchYolanda
2004Perfect StrangersChristie Kaplan
2006RainLatishia Arnold
2007First BornDierdre
2002-2009CSI: MiamiDr. Alexx Woods145 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2005)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2006-2007)
2009Better Off TedStellaEpisode: "Battle of the Bulbs"
2012Body of ProofBeverly Travers2 episodes
2010–2013TremeLaDonna Batiste-Williams36 episodes
Vision Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (2011)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2012-2013)
2013-ScandalMaya Lewis

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