Wendy Raquel Robinson

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Wendy Raquel Robinson
WendyRaquelRobinsonHWOFMay2013.jpg
Robinson in May 2013
Born(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesWendy Robinson
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Marco Perkins (m. 2003)
 
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Wendy Raquel Robinson
WendyRaquelRobinsonHWOFMay2013.jpg
Robinson in May 2013
Born(1967-07-25) July 25, 1967 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesWendy Robinson
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Marco Perkins (m. 2003)

Wendy Raquel Robinson (born July 25, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as high school principal Regina Grier on the The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show (1996-2002), and as sports agent Tasha Mack on the The CW/BET comedy series The Game (as of 2006).

Life and career[edit]

Robinson was born in Los Angeles. She attended Howard University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama.[1][2] She made her acting debut in 1993 on an episode of Martin. That same year she guest starred on episodes of Thea and The Sinbad Show.

In 1995, Robinson co-starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom Minor Adjustments, starring Rondell Sheridan. The following year she won the role of Regina "Piggy" Grier in The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show which aired for six seasons. After the series ended its run in 2002, she appeared on the short-lived sketch comedy series Cedric the Entertainer Presents. Robinson also made guest appearances on The Parkers, All of Us, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Robinson has also appeared in several films including The Walking Dead, followed by roles in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Ringmaster (1998), Two Can Play That Game (2001), and Rebound (2005).

In 2007, Robinson began portraying the role of Tasha Mack, in the comedy The Game.[3] After three seasons, the series was canceled by The CW in May 2008.[4] BET struck a deal with The Game's parent company CBS to develop new episodes of the series, relocating taping of the show from Los Angeles to Atlanta,[5] and announcing its renewal at the April 2010 upfronts.[6] The Game returned to the air for a fourth season on January 11, 2011,[7] She also appeared on Shonda Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy in 2010. In 2014, she was cast as Cruella de Vil in the Disney's Descendants.[8][9]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1996, Robinson co-founded the Amazing Grace Conservatory,[10] a school that predominately serves children from 8 to 18 years old from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds in the fields of the arts and media production.[11][12] Robinson has served as the school's Executive Director since its inception. The school has provided a safe heaven and training for thousands of young people. Some of the most notable members are: Rhyon Nicole Brown,[13][14][15] Elle Varner,[16][17][18] and Selena Thurmond (Disney correspondent).[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994M.A.N.T.I.S.Hawkins' AssistantTelevision film
1995The Walking DeadCeleste
1996A Thin Line Between Love and HateGwen
1998RingmasterStarletta
2000Miss CongenialityLeslie Davis, Miss California
2001Two Can Play That GameKaren
2003With or Without YouSerena
2003Mind GamesNatalie, the Hairstylist
2004Reflections: A Story of RedemptionMayaShort film
2005Squirrel ManSonya WendellShort film
2005ReboundJeanie Ellis
2006Something NewCheryl
2008PeachesPeaches
2009Contradictions of the HeartKim
2010When the Lights Go OutSheila
2011He's Mine Not YoursSophia
201135 and TickingCallise
2014Revival!
2015DescendantsCruella de Vil
2015Chasing YesterdaySusan

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993MartinVanessa Tucker1 episode
1993The Sinbad ShowYvette1 episode
1993TheaPatrice Washington1 episode
1994Dream OnTiffany1 episode
1994Me and the BoysAmelia1 episode
1994SistersMannequin #21 episode
1995The Watcher1 episode
1995Vanishing SonLinda1 episode
1995Minor AdjustmentsRachel AimsSeries regular, 20 episodes
1996NYPD BlueLucy Kinley2 episodes
1996–2002The Steve Harvey ShowPrincipal Regina GrierSeries regular, 122 episodes
1998Getting PersonalKaylene3 episodes
2000–2002Baby BluesJosie (Voice)2 episodes
2002A Baby Blues Christmas SpecialJosie/Madge (Voice)Television movie
2002Yes, DearAndrea1 episode
2002Cedric the Entertainer PresentsVarious charactersSeries regular, 18 episodes
2002The Proud FamilyLeslie Parker (Voice)1 episode
2003The ParkersDr. Shepherd1 episode
2004–2005All of UsSarah Willis3 episodes
2005-2010The BoondocksTanisha Simmons (Voice)
2006The New Adventures of Old ChristineAnita1 episode
2006GirlfriendsTasha1 episode
2006–presentThe GameTasha MackSeries regular, 125 episodes
2007Family GuyVoice1 episode
2010Grey's AnatomyOfficer Gina ThompsonEpisode: "Sympathy for the Parents"
2014See Dad RunAlicia BarnesEpisode: "See Dad Run Until He Drops"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategorySeries
2000NAACP Image AwardsNominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Steve Harvey Show
2001Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Steve Harvey Show
2002Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Steve Harvey Show
2003Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesCedric the Entertainer Presents
2008Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
2009Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
2010Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
2012Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
2013Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game
2014WonOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wendy Raquel Robinson Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Wendy Raquel Robinson Biography". cw.com. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Tasha Mack Wendy Raquel Robinson". BET. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Stransky, Tanner (May 21, 2009). "INSIDE TV The CW announces fall schedule: 'Melrose Place' paired with '90210". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Murray, Jawn. "The Game Sitcom's Return On BET". aolblackvoices.com. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ Murray, Jawn (October 6, 2010). "BET puts sitcom back in 'The Game'". variety.com. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "'The Game': Season Four Starts on BET in January 2011 at 10 pm est". tvseriesfinale.com. October 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Andrea Seikaly @AndiSeikaly (2014-05-23). "Disney Confirms ‘Descendants’ Villains". Variety. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Wendy Raquel Robinson to Play Cruella de Vil in Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants’". EURweb. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  10. ^ http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.org/#!founders/ce23
  11. ^ http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.org/#!computer-lab/cajc
  12. ^ "Behind the Lens with Leroy Hamilton - A minute @ AGC with Wendy Raquel Robinson". YouTube. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0114499/bio
  14. ^ TV.com (2007-05-26). "Rhyon Nicole Brown". TV.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  15. ^ "Rhyon Nicole Brown Biography". Buddytv.com. 1992-10-06. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  16. ^ http://www.bet.com/music/style-stories/articles/elle-varner.html
  17. ^ "2013 Soul Beach Music Festival - Elle Varner". Soulbeach.net. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  18. ^ Jonathan Moore (2014-03-13). "Elle Varner Who Is She? Elle is a singer and... | Verses and Flow". Versesandflow.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  19. ^ http://www.amazinggraceconservatory.org/#!amazing-alumni/cqrk

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