Denise Nicholas

Not entirely unlike Sydney Poitier, Denise Nicholas was a quietly dignified, cool yet powerful on-screen performer who was instrumental in the civil rights movement during the late 1960s and early '70s. After touring ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1944

Filmography

Actor (34)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1989 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1989 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Different World 1989 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1989 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Parent 'Hood 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Ritual 1995 (Movie)

Sylvia Becker (Actor)

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Heart and Soul 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother's Day 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Marvin and Tige 1983 (Movie)

Vanessa Jackson (Actor)

The Big Stuffed Dog 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby, I'm Back! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Capricorn One 1978 (Movie)

Betty Walker (Actor)

A Piece of the Action 1977 (Movie)

Lila French (Actor)

Let's Do It Again 1975 (Movie)

Beth Foster (Actor)

Mr. Ricco 1975 (Movie)

Irene Mapes (Actor)

Room 222 1969 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Blacula 1972 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

The Soul of Nigger Charley 1972 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

And the Children Shall Lead (TV Show)

Actor

Five Desperate Women (TV Show)

Actor

Plates (TV Show)

Actor

Ring of Passion (TV Show)

Actor

The Sophisticated Gents (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Not entirely unlike Sydney Poitier, Denise Nicholas was a quietly dignified, cool yet powerful on-screen performer who was instrumental in the civil rights movement during the late 1960s and early '70s. After touring America as part of a progressive theater group, she began acting on television and almost immediately landed her signature role as compassionate guidance counselor Liz McIntyre on the socially conscious college dramedy "Room 222" ('69-'74). During her run on the show, which regularly dealt with issues such as race relations and women's rights, she also broke barriers in the world of cinema, co-starring in such blaxploitation classics as the absurdly inspired horror send-up "Blacula". She remained a fairly prolific TV force throughout the '70s and into the following decade, but it wasn't until she joined the cast of the gritty, hot-button crime drama "In the Heat of the Night" ('88-'95) that she again found a truly resonant role. While portraying "Night"'s Councilwoman Harriet DeLong, Thompson took part in a momentous, close-to-home story line which not only provided her with a sort of personal closure for her own sister's murder but also inspired her to pursue a writing career. She penned several episodes of the series before heading back to school to formally study her second craft. Her first novel, "Freshwater Road", was adapted into a stage show at Brown University in 2008. Following a string of decidedly lighthearted roles in projects such as the feel-good family comedy "Ghost Dad", she retired from acting in '04.

Relationships

Bill Withers Song

Ex-Husband

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