Erika Alexander

Actor, Manager
With her almond-shaped eyes and earthy intensity, Alexander possesses a disarmingly composed manner that often makes the characters she play appear more secure than they really are. Before nabbing the role of the ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1969 in Winslow, Arizona, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Queen Sugar 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Recovery Road 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Magic City 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Man Standing 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elsa & Fred 2014 (Movie)

Laverne (Actor)

Let's Stay Together 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS: New Orleans 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Low Winter Sun 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

In Plain Sight 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

La Mission 2010 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Side Order of Life 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deja Vu 2006 (Movie)

Shanti (Actor)

ER 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heist 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Justice 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

LAX 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Street Time 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

30 Years to Life 2002 (Movie)

Joy (Actor)

Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Judging Amy 1990 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1990 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Liza 2002 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1990 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

54 1998 (Movie)

Ciel (Actor)

Celebrity Weddings InStyle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

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

Performer

Going to Extremes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

Rita, his Daughter (Actor)

Law & Order 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

Selma Cotter (Actor)

The Mahabharata 1990 (Movie)

Madri/Hidimbi (Actor)

My Little Girl 1987 (Movie)

Joan Herez (Actor)

Common Ground (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Flora's Family (TV Show)

Actor

Override (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Best Year (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With her almond-shaped eyes and earthy intensity, Alexander possesses a disarmingly composed manner that often makes the characters she play appear more secure than they really are. Before nabbing the role of the calculating Maxine Shaw on the Fox sitcom "Living Single" (1993-97), Alexander made her TV series debut as Clair Huxtable's (Phylicia Rashad) 17-year-old less-privileged second cousin Pam on the last two seasons of "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1990-1992). When that show's run ended, she showed up the following season as the proud but insecure medical student Cheryl Carter on the short-lived series "Going To Extremes" (ABC). But before TV discovered Alexander, she was already something of a seasoned show business trouper. In the second week of her freshman year at New York University, she dropped out to accept a role in Peter Brook's acclaimed "The Mahabaharta" (1987) in which she toured internationally for a year. Alexander then recreated her part for the film version shot in Paris.

Relationships

Tony Puryear

Husband
born c. 1958 married on September 27, 1997

EDUCATION

Philadelphia High School for Girls

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

New York University

New York , New York
attended liberal arts program; withdrew during freshman year to take a role in "The Mahabaharata" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Milestones

2006

Had a recurring role on the FX series, "Heist"

2006

Co-starred with Denzel Washington in director Tony Scott's "DéjÀ Vu"

2002

Returned to series TV as co-star of the Showtime drama "Street Time"

2001

Had leading role in the Sundance-screened "30 Years to Life"

1999

Appeared as Bianca in the New Yrok Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" in Central Park (summer)

1993

Launched her own production company, Two Hands and a Mouthful

1990

TV series debut as a regular, "The Cosby Show" (NBC)

1989

Off-Broadway debut, Joseph Papp's Public Theater production of Bill Gunn's "The Forbidden City"

1988

Re-created role for film version of "The Mahabaharta" shot in Paris

1987

New York stage debut, Peter Brook's "The Mahabaharata"; also toured the world

1986

Feature film debut in "My Little Girl"

Had a peripatetic childhood as her father was an itinerant preacher

Co-starred on Fox sitcom "Living Single"

Family settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bonus Trivia

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Alexander is the manager of singer Shawana Kemp.

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