Tisha Campbell-Martin

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Tisha Campbell-Martin
BornTisha Michelle Campbell
(1968-10-13) October 13, 1968 (age 45)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Duane Martin
(1996–present; 2 children)
Musical career
GenresR&B, Hip hop
 
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Not to be confused with Tisha Martin.
Tisha Campbell-Martin
BornTisha Michelle Campbell
(1968-10-13) October 13, 1968 (age 45)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Duane Martin
(1996–present; 2 children)
Musical career
GenresR&B, Hip hop

Tisha Michelle Campbell-Martin (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress and singer, known for her starring roles in the television series Martin and My Wife and Kids.

Career[edit]

Campbell’s first TV appearance was at the age of 6, in a 1974 episode of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble.[1] As a child, she won many talent shows, going on to appear in such children’s programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales, and Captain Kangaroo.

At age 18, she performed in the musical feature film Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon, one of The Supremes-like girl-group Greek Chorus, along with future Martin co-star Tichina Arnold. After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short-lived series Rags to Riches.

In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: “Push” and “Love Me Down”.[2] She also contributed vocals for the soundtrack of her 1997 film Sprung, singing on the remake of “Don’t Ask My Neighbor” with good friend, fellow actress and frequent co-star Tichina Arnold. Campbell also appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two for Will Smith (“Will 2K” and “Wild Wild West”) and Toni Braxton (“You’re Makin' Me High”).

In 1996, Campbell filed a lawsuit against her Martin co-star Martin Lawrence and the show’s producers for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults. HBO Studios eventually settled the case with Campbell so that the show’s last season could be completed. Campbell did return to the Martin set to film the last three episodes of the show’s last season under the condition that she would not appear in any scenes with Lawrence.[3]

Campbell later became a member of the American Film Institute and the Writer’s Boot Camp. She then produced the film short A Luv Tale about two women who fall in love with each other. The film won many awards, including the Audience Choice Award at the Black Hollywood Film Festival.

Campbell made guest appearances on the television series Everybody Hates Chris and played the matriarch of the Kyle family, Janet "Jay" Kyle on My Wife and Kids.[4] After My Wife and Kids, Campbell became a part of the sitcoms Rita Rocks and The Protector.

In 2012 Campbell starred in Mindless Behavior's music video "Hello." In the video she starred as Prodigy's mom.

Personal life[edit]

Campbell was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School.[5] Her mother, Mona (née Raye) Shockley (now Washington), was a nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Clifton Campbell, was a factory worker and singer and does magic tricks at the Fridays restaurant in Winchester, VA.[1] Her parents encouraged her love for music. Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers[1] and a younger sister.

On August 17, 1996 [6] she married actor-now-real estate developer Duane Martin. Together they have two sons: Xen, [7] and Ezekiel Czar.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums
Soundtracks
Singles

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1977The Magnificent MajorDaisy BunsenShort film
1980The Me Nobody KnowsLillie-MaeTV Movie
1986Little Shop of HorrorsChiffon
1988School DazeJane Toussaint
1988Heart and SoulJamie SinclairTV Movie
1989RooftopsAmber
1990House PartySidney
1990Moe's WorldJiwandaTV Movie
1990Another 48 Hrs.Amy Smith
1991House Party 2Sidney
1992BoomerangYvonne
1994House Party 3SidneyCameo
1996SnitchSteimer
1996Homeward Bound II: Lost in San FranciscoSledgeVoice
1997SprungBrandy
1998The Sweetest GiftRuby WilsonTV Movie
2001Down to EarthWoman in audienceUnncredited
2002The Last Place on EarthAnn Field
2008Zack and Miri Make a PornoDelaney's WifeCameo
2009Pastor BrownAmanda Carlton
2010Wright vs. WrongUncredited
2011Lemonade MouthJenny ReznickDisney Channel Original Movie
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987–1988Rags to RichesMarva FoleyMain role
1990Shannon's Deal1 episode, Uncredited
1991A Different WorldJosie Webb2 episodes
1991The Fresh Prince of Bel AirKathleen"Did the Earth Move for You?"(Season 2 episode 1)
1991BlossomToni2 episodes
1992RocAngela Kimbro"A Piece of the Roc" (Season 1 episode 20)
1992–1997MartinGina Waters-Payne / Gina WatersMain role, 122 episodes
1995Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildRapunzelRapunzel (Season 1 episode 8)
1997DuckmanEbony Sable"Ebony, Baby" (Season 4 episode 15)
1997Between BrothersDaisy"Dusty's in Love" (Season 1 episode 7)
1998Getting PersonalMichelle / Sandy"Milo Does the Darndest Things" (Season 1 episode 2)
1999WastelandOlivia"The Object of My Affection" (Season 1 episode 9)
2000Sabrina, the Teenage WitchJoyce"The Halloween Scene" (Season 5 episode 6)
2001–2005My Wife and KidsJanet "Jay' KyleMain role, 123 episodes
2004–2006All of UsCarmen JamesRecurring role
Seasons 1, 4 (7 episodes)
2008–2009Everybody Hates ChrisPeachesRecurring role
Seasons 4 (4 episodes)
2008–2009Rita RocksPatty MannixMain role, 40 episodes
2011The Paul Reiser ShowMaggie"The Old Guy" (Season 1 episode 5)
2011The ProtectorMichelle DulcettMain role, 13 episodes
2011Robot ChickenBeyoncé Knowles"Casablankman 2" (Season 5 episode 16)
2012Private PracticePam Reiter"You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone"(Season 6 episode 4)
2013Malibu CountryRikki"Bowling for Mama" (Season 1 episode 14)
2013-presentReal Husbands of HollywoodHerself

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1991Independent Spirit Award"Best Supporting Female"House PartyNominated
1996Image Award"Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series"MartinNominated
1997Image Award"Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series"MartinNominated
2002Image Award"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"My Wife and KidsNominated
2003Image Award"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"My Wife and KidsWon
2004Image Award"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"My Wife and KidsNominated
2004BET Comedy Award"Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series"My Wife and KidsWon
2005Image Award"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"My Wife and KidsNominated
2005BET Comedy Award"Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series" Shared with: VariousMy Wife and KidsNominated
2009Image Award"Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series"Rita RocksNominated
2010Image Award"Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series"Rita RocksNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tisha Campbell-Martin – Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "People are Talking About". Jet 83 (6): 61. November 30, 1992. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gale Contemporary Black Biography: Tisha Campbell-Martin". Answers.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Listings, Everybody Hates Chris". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "A Brief History, Newark Arts High School". Retrieved August 10, 2008. 
  6. ^ http://simplytisha.com/fanzone-2/happy-anniversary-to-tisha-and-duane Happy 15th Anniversary To The Martins
  7. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20135181,00.html Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, 32, of ABC's My Wife and Kids, and her husband, actor Duane Martin, 36, had their first child, a boy named Xen, on Aug. 8 in L.A....
  8. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20350606,00.html Tisha,Duane Welcome 2nd Son Ezekial Czar Martin

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