Gabrielle Union

Actor, Model
An impressively talented African-American actress, Gabrielle Union has carved out a niche after landing plum roles in a fiercely competitive field thanks to her consistent yet versatile performances. While studying ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1972 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (81)

Being Mary Jane 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Dial 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Box 2014 (Movie)

Det. Cris Romano (Actor)

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

Kristen (Actor)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

Erica Long (Actor)

The BET Honors 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

BET Honors 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

In Our Nature 2012 (Movie)

Vicky (Actor)

The American Giving Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

Kristen (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

NTSF:SD:SUV 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Flash Forward 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Life 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Cadillac Records 2008 (Movie)

Geneva Wade (Actor)

Meet Dave 2008 (Movie)

No. 3 – Cultural Officer (Actor)

Rip the Runway 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Constellation 2007 (Movie)

Carmel Boxer (Actor)

The Perfect Holiday 2007 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Neo Ned 2006 (Movie)

Rachael (Actor)

Night Stalker 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

Say Uncle 2006 (Movie)

Elise (Actor)

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

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

Actor

The Honeymooners 2005 (Movie)

Alice Kramden (Actor)

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Video Game Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Breakin' All the Rules 2004 (Movie)

Nikki Callas (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 1995 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

Sydney 'Syd' Burnett (Actor)

Clueless 1995 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

Daria (Actor)

Dave's World 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deliver Us From Eva 2003 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Grown Ups 1995 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pepsi Smash 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Host

Reel Comedy: Bad Boys II 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Steve Harvey Show 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Abandon 2002 (Movie)

Amanda Luttrell (Actor)

Sizzlin' 16 of 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

City of Angels 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Brothers 2001 (Movie)

Denise Johnson (Actor)

Two Can Play That Game 2001 (Movie)

Conny Spalding (Actor)

Bring It On 2000 (Movie)

Isis (Actor)

ER 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Shawnee (Actor)

The Others 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Zoe... 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

10 Things I Hate About You 1999 (Movie)

Chastity (Actor)

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

Katie (Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hitz 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Goode Behavior 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Malibu Shores 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

2014 BET Awards (TV Show)

Performer

H-E Double Hockey Sticks (TV Show)

Actor

Something the Lord Made (TV Show)

Actor

The Box (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An impressively talented African-American actress, Gabrielle Union has carved out a niche after landing plum roles in a fiercely competitive field thanks to her consistent yet versatile performances. While studying sociology at UCLA, this Omaha native interned at a modeling agency in her senior year in a bid to fit the most into her school schedule. When agents noted that clients often asked after her and were disappointed that she was a behind-the-scenes employee only, Union decided to take the plunge, and following graduation, she began modeling, seeing the high-paying job as a great way to pay off her sizable student loans. Before long, Union's look would migrate from the page to the screen, and in 1996, she was featured in episodes of "Moesha" (UPN) and "Malibu Shores" (NBC). A natural talent, Union landed parts in quick succession, including a recurring turn on The WB's family drama series "7th Heaven". Here she essayed the role of Keesha Hamilton, eldest daughter of African Methodist Episcopal Reverend Hamilton (Dorian Harewood), a close friend of the central Camden family. Carrying on the role occasionally from 1996-1998, Union was impressive in her infrequent guest shots. A 1997 two-episode recurring role on the syndicated sci-fi spin-off "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" also helped launch the ingénue's career.

Relationships

Theresa Glass

Mother

Chris Howard

Husband
Married May 5, 2001 Divorced in 2006

Sylvester Union

Father

Dwyane Wade Actor

Husband
Reportedly began dating in 2008; went public as a couple in 2010 Married in Miami.

EDUCATION

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo , California

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Interned at a modeling agency to earn extra academic credits for school

University of Nebraska

Omaha , Nebraska
Member of the soccer team; transferred out

Milestones

2012

Re-teamed with writer, director, and co-star Perry in drama feature "Good Deeds"

2012

Cast in the ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man"

2009

Landed a recurring role on ABC's mystery drama series "FlashForward"

2008

Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in "Meet Dave"

2008

Guest starred on ABC's "Ugly Betty" as Wilhelmina Slater's (Vanessa Williams) younger sister

2008

Portrayed Geneva Wade, Muddy Waters' (Jeffrey Wright) girlfriend in the musical biopic "Cadillac Records"

2007

Starred in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls"

2007

Co-starred with Morris Chestnut and Queen Latifah in the Christmas feature "The Perfect Holiday"

2006

Starred in Peter Paige's feature directorial debut "Say Uncle"

2005

Portrayed Alice Kramden, opposite Cedric the Entertainer in the big screen remake of "The Honeymooners"

2003

Co-starred opposite LL Cool J in the comedy feature "Deliver Us From Eva"

2003

Played the love interest to Will Smith's character in "Bad Boys II"

2003

Featured in "Cradle 2 to Grave"

2002

Co-starred in the college-set thriller "Abandon"

2002

Played Michelle in the comedy "Welcome to Collinwood," directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

2001

Played Denise Johnson, the strong-willed woman who might change the ways of a commitment-phobe (Morris Chestnut) in "The Brothers"

2001

Made history as the first major African-American role on the NBC sitcom "Friends," guest starring as a woman dating both Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer)

2001

Featured in the romantic comedy "Two Can Play That Game"

2000

Was a regular on the CBS medical drama "City of Angels" as Dr. Courtney Ellis

2000

Had a supporting role in the sports-themed romantic drama "Love & Basketball"

2000

Guested on an episode of "ER" (NBC)

2000

Breakthrough film role as the head cheerleader of rival team The Clovers in the cheerleader comedy "Bring It On"

1999

Made feature debut in the teen comedy "She's All That"

1999

Played the backstabbing best friend of Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) in "10 Things I Hate About You," a teen remake of "The Taming of the Shrew"

1999

Featured in "H-E Double Hockey Sticks," an ABC TV-movie presentation of "The Wonderful World of Disney"

1997

Had a two-episode recurring role on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (Syndicated)

1996

Guested on episodes of "Moesha" (UPN) and "Malibu Shores" (NBC)

1996

Had a recurring role on "7th Heaven" (The WB), playing the eldest daughter of Reverend Hamilton (Dorian Harewood)

1981

Relocated from Nebraska to Pleasanton, CA

While in college, interned at a modeling agency, later landing a contract

Bonus Trivia

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Union was beaten and raped while working part time at a shoe store in 1992. The rapist was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

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"I'm just riding this train as long as I can. As long as I'm having fun, I'll do it. When it stops being fun, I'll try something else. Maybe I'll open a chain of Popeye's Chicken." – Union on her career, quoted in the September 2000 E! Online feature "Who the Hell Is This?"

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"My character in 'The Brothers' was originally written as a wimp. The director said, 'You're entirely too strong a presence to sell this. Do it your way.'" – Union to New York's Daily News, Feb. 25, 2001

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"A lot of roles I've gotten have not been written black, so I've never felt that limited. There are so many quoted-unquoted black movies, and the only reason they're marketed like that is because there's black people in them. 'Deliver Us From Eva' is about family. It's for everybody, not just black folks." – Union to Movieline September 2002

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On the Russo brothers..."They had seen something in me that I hadn't seen in myself, and when people you respect see something in you that you didn't know you had, it's amazing. I have low esteem as an actress because I'm not formally trained, everything I've learned, I've learned from doing it, so I fear people will discover I'm a fraud or something." – Union to Interview magazine, September 2002

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In Aug. 2010, an Illinois judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Union by Siohvaughn Wade, the estranged wife of her boyfriend Dwayne Wade. Siohvaughn accused Union and the NBA superstar of engaging in "sexual foreplay" in front of her kids that allegedly left them psychologically damaged. The court ruled in favor of Union, citing improper jurisdiction.

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