Angela Bassett

Actor, Photo cataloger, Beauty salon receptionist
Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett was often associated with notable African-American cultural figures like Rosa Parks, Betty Shabazz, and Tina Turner, all of whom she portrayed on the big and small screens to ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1958 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (121)

American Horror Story 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

London Has Fallen 2016 (Movie)

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs (Actor)

Survivor 2015 (Movie)

Maureen Cranepaul (Actor)

Sea Isle 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)

Suzanne Louverture (Actor)

White Bird in a Blizzard 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Thaler (Actor)

Betty and Coretta 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Nativity 2013 (Movie)

Aretha Cobbs (Actor)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs (Actor)

This Means War 2012 (Movie)

Collins (Actor)

Celebration of Gospel 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Waller (Actor)

Jumping the Broom 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Watson (Actor)

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

Sarah Malcolm (Actor)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

Voletta Wallace (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing But the Truth 2008 (Movie)

Bonnie Benjamin (Actor)

Of Boys and Men 2008 (Movie)

Rieta Cole (Actor)

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

InStyle Celebrity Weddings 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet the Robinsons 2007 (Movie)

Mildred (Voice)

Akeelah and the Bee 2006 (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lazarus Child 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Time Bomb 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

Mo Simmons (Actor)

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

The Mistress (Actor)

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

When I Was A Girl 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunshine State 2002 (Movie)

Desiree Perry (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Terry McMillan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Score 2001 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Boesman and Lena 2000 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

Supernova 2000 (Movie)

Kaela Evers (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of Groove (Voice)

Music of the Heart 1999 (Movie)

Janet Williams (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Contact 1997 (Movie)

Rachel Constantine (Actor)

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Panther 1995 (Movie)

(uncredited) Betty Shabazz (Actor)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

Lornette "Mace" Mason (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Bernadine (Actor)

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual CableACE Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 MTV Movie Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Love Got to Do With It 1993 (Movie)

Tina Turner (Actor)

Angie, The Lieutenant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Critters 4 1992 (Movie)

Fran (Actor)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

US Attorney Sinclair (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Betty Shabazz (Actor)

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

Dawn/Rhonda (Actor)

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

Reva Styles (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Reesha (Actor)

Stat 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Family of Spies 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

Stewardess (Actor)

My Man Bovanne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Doubletake 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

F/X 1986 (Movie)

TV Reporter (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Challenger (TV Show)

Actor

Close To The Enemy (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty (TV Show)

Actor

Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (TV Show)

Actor

One Special Victory (TV Show)

Actor

Our Friend, Martin (TV Show)

Voice

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby's Bucket of Blood (TV Show)

Actor

The Heroes of Desert Storm (TV Show)

Actor

The Rosa Parks Story (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Black Nativity 2013 (Movie)

("He Loves Me Still") (Song Performer)
Director (1)

Whitney (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Our America (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett was often associated with notable African-American cultural figures like Rosa Parks, Betty Shabazz, and Tina Turner, all of whom she portrayed on the big and small screens to critical acclaim. But when she was not ably filling the shoes of such important, multi-dimensional female icons in films like "What's Love Got to Do With It" (1992) and "Malcolm X" (1992), Bassett created equally compelling portraits of independent modern women audiences could relate to in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998) and "Meet the Browns" (2008). Bassett's stage training and open, expressive face - not to mention her sheer beauty - made her one of Hollywood's most versatile African-American actresses, admired by the black community to the tune of nearly a dozen NAACP Image Award nominations, and a universal appeal that saw her navigate between film and television and comedy and drama seemingly without effort, leaving a lasting impact with the powerful, purposeful women she left behind on screen.

Relationships

Betty Bassett

Mother

D'nette Bassett

Sister

Mark Jenkins

Companion
No longer together

Courtney B. Vance Actor

Husband
Engaged in 1997 Married Oct. 12, 1997 Played married couple on NBC's "ER" in 2008

Bronwyn Vance

Daughter
Born Jan. 27, 2006 via a surrogate; twin of Slater; father, Courtney Vance

Slater Vance

Son
Born Jan. 27, 2006 via a surrogate; twin of Bronwyn; father, Courtney Vance

EDUCATION

Boca Ciega High School

St Petersburg , Florida 1976
Bassett was the school's first black student to be accepted into the National Honor Society

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
Graduated from Yale's School of Drama

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1980

Milestones

2013

Played the head of the Secret Service in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"

2012

Landed supporting role in "This Means War," an action comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy

2011

Played Dr. Amanda Waller, a government agent in film adaptation of DC Comics superhero "Green Lantern"

2011

Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson on Broadway in "The Mountaintop," a fictionalized depiction of the night before Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination

2010

Voiced U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama on "The Simpsons" (Fox) episode titled "Stealing First Base"

2009

Portrayed Voletta Wallace, mother of slain rapper Biggie Smalls (aka The Notorious B.I.G.) in biopic "Notorious"

2008

Joined cast of NBC's "ER" as Dr. Cate Banfield, an exacting Chief of the ER; husband Courtney Vance played her television husband

2008

Co-starred in "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns"

2006

Portrayed the mother of a young girl trying to make it to the National Spelling Bee in "Akeelah and the Bee"

2004

Joined cast of "Alias" (ABC) as the new CIA director

2003

Cast in Bob Dylan film "Masked & Anonymous"

2002

Starred in "Sunshine State" with Edie Falco as a failed actress who goes with her friend home to their northern Florida town

2002

Starred in title role of CBS biopic "The Rosa Parks Story"

2001

Cast as Robert De Niro's love interest in "The Score"

2001

Played the owner of a waterfront joint in 1960s Louisiana who begins a relationship with a white male singer in Showtime movie "Ruby's Bucket of Blood"; also served as co-producer

2000

Co-starred with Danny Glover in "Boesman and Lena"; film adapted from Athol Fugard's play

2000

Appeared in less than stellar sci-fi flick "Supernova"

1999

Cast as a school principal in "Music of the Heart"

1998

Headlined second adaptation of a McMillan novel "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"

1995

Reprised role of Betty Shabazz for uncredited cameo in Mario Van Peebles' "Panther"

1995

Co-starred in female ensemble "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker and scripted by Terry McMillan

1994

Provided voice of writer Zora Neale Hurston for TBS documentary miniseries "A Century of Women"

1993

Delivered breakout role in biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It"; portrayed Tina Turner opposite Fishburne's Ike

1992

Portrayed Jackson family matriarch Katherine in ABC miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"

1992

Portrayed Betty Shabazz, the wife of "Malcolm X" in Spike Lee's feature biopic

1991

First film with independent writer-director John Sayles, "City of Hope"

1991

First gained notice in John Singleton's directorial debut "Boyz N the Hood" as Laurence Fishburne's estranged wife

1989

Appeared on episodes of "Spenser: For Hire" spin-off "A Man Called Hawk" (ABC)

1988

Acted in Broadway production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," directed by Lloyd Richards

1986

Feature debut, "F/X" playing a news reporter

1985

Broadway debut, August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"; directed by Lloyd Richards

1985

First primetime TV guest spot, "Spenser: For Hire" (ABC)

1985

TV movie debut, playing a prostitute in "Doubletake" (CBS)

1984

Worked at Hartford Stage Company, performing in "The Mystery Plays"

Born in NYC's Harlem

Acted in off-Broadway productions

Acting debut, school production of "A Raisin in the Sun"

Moved with mother and sister to St. Petersburg, FL

Worked with Negro Ensemble Company as an understudy

Became first black student at her high school to be accepted into National Honor Society

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