Khandi Alexander

Actor, Dancer, Choreographer
While many stage performers stayed close to their roots when making the jump to acting, Khandi Alexander moved far afield from her background as a dancer and choreographer with expert turns in both comedy and drama on ... Read more »
Born: 09/04/1957 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Scandal 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Assault 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Tremé 2009 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Better Off Ted 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Different World 1988 - 1989, 1994 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1994 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1994 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsradio 1994 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1999 - 2000, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Myths & Legends 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Narrator

TV Land Myths & Legends: Elvis Presley 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

First Born 2006 (Movie)

Deidre (Actor)

Perfect Strangers 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

Janelle Holland (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

La Femme Nikita 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Performer

Emmett's Mark 2000 (Movie)

Det. Middlestat (Actor)

Third Watch 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Joanie (Actor)

No Easy Way 1996 (Movie)

Diana Campbell (Actor)

Robin Cook's Terminal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

House Party 3 1994 (Movie)

Janelle (Actor)

Shameful Secrets 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Sugar Hill 1994 (Movie)

Ella Skuggs (Actor)

CB4 1993 (Movie)

Sissy (Actor)

Menace II Society 1993 (Movie)

Karen Lawson (Actor)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)

The Edge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Darlene (Actor)

Maid to Order 1987 (Movie)

Hooker in Jail (Actor)

FTV 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A Chorus Line 1985 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

Streetwalkin' 1985 (Movie)

Star (Actor)

Bessie (TV Show)

Actor

The Corner (TV Show)

Actor

Thick As Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

To My Daughter With Love (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

While many stage performers stayed close to their roots when making the jump to acting, Khandi Alexander moved far afield from her background as a dancer and choreographer with expert turns in both comedy and drama on television, most notably on "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99), "The Corner" (HBO, 2000), "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) and "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ). Though glamorous, Alexander eschewed Tiffany roles in favor of parts with depth and grit, and she impressed critics and audiences alike in her turns as women with seemingly boundless reserves of strength and resolve. Some of her characters used that strength for comic purposes, like her steely anchor Catherine Duke on "NewsRadio," but most needed it to simply survive their environments. Whether surrounded by abject poverty in "The Corner," crime and violence on "CSI," or the destruction of their homes in "Treme," Alexander presented women who persevered through their own willpower, but always remembered to show their human sides through carefully chosen moments of emotion. In doing so, she became a critical favorite and one of the most accomplished character actresses on television.

Relationships

Henry Alexander

Father

Alverina Alexander

Mother
Died of heart attack in 1980 at age 41

EDUCATION

Queensborough Community College

Bayside , New York

Milestones

2010

Cast as Ladonna Batiste, the estranged wife of Wendell Pierce's character Antoine Batiste, in HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans series "Treme"

2003

Played Ving Rhames's wife in "Dark Blue"

2002

Played Alexx Woods, a medical examiner, in the CBS drama "CSI: Miami"

2000

Garnered critical praise for her leading role in the HBO miniseries "The Corner"

1998

Toured as Velma Kelly in the stage musical "Chicago"

1995

Had a recurring role as Dr. Benton's (played by Eriq La Salle) sister on "ER" (NBC)

1995

Played anchor Catherine Duke on the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio"

1993

Played Ikette Darlene in "What's Love Got to Do With It?"

1989

Worked as Whitney Houston's choreographer

1988

Made TV acting debut on episode of "Duet" (Fox)

1985

Made feature film debut in "Streetwalkin'"

Danced in the chorus of "Dreamgirls" on Broadway

Toured with the International Company of "Dancin'"

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