Lisa Gay Hamilton

Actor
An actress who seems to have talent waiting to burst out of the small featured roles to which she has been assigned, Lisa Gay Hamilton made it to primetime TV in 1997 playing Rebecca Washington, the paralegal ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Life of a King 2014 (Movie)

Sheila King (Actor)

Go For Sisters 2013 (Movie)

Bernice (Actor)

Lovelace 2013 (Movie)

Marsha (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2003, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beastly 2011 (Movie)

Zola (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1993, 2001 - 2003, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2003, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men of a Certain Age 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2003, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Take Shelter 2011 (Movie)

Kendra (Actor)

The Practice 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2003, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Leticia (Actor)

The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

Jennifer Ayers (Actor)

Deception 2008 (Movie)

Detective Russo (Actor)

Honeydripper 2007 (Movie)

Delilah Purvis (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Until the Violence Stops 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

10 Tiny Love Stories 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Intimate Portrait: LisaGay Hamilton 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sum of All Fears 2002 (Movie)

Captain Lorna Shiro (Actor)

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

Lola Jansco (Actor)

Hamlet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Bonnie Beechum (Actor)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

Younger Sethe (Actor)

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

Sheronda (Actor)

Last Breath 1997 (Movie)

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Nick and Jane 1997 (Movie)

Vicki (Actor)

Palookaville 1996 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

12 Monkeys 1995 (Movie)

Teddy (Actor)

Bloodmoon 1990 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

Aisha (Actor)

A House Divided (TV Show)

Actor

Red Hook Justice (TV Show)

Narrator

Swing Vote (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 2004 (Movie)

(Writer)
Director (1)

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 2004 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An actress who seems to have talent waiting to burst out of the small featured roles to which she has been assigned, Lisa Gay Hamilton made it to primetime TV in 1997 playing Rebecca Washington, the paralegal receptionist who graduated to full-fledged attorney on the ABC TV series "The Practice". She was cast in the role after several critically-acclaimed stage performances, notably in Athol Fugard's "Valley Song", in which she played a South African teen on the verge of adulthood yearning to become a singer. Hamilton first played the role in 1995 at the prestigious MacArthur Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, then reprised it Off-Broadway and at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1997. A graduate of Juilliard, Hamilton has numerous stage credits, including the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure", starring Kevin Kline and Andre Braugher. She first appeared on Broadway in 1990 playing the supporting role of Grace in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" and could be seen as one of Allen Dershowitz' minions in "Reversal of Fortune" (1990). More recently, she appeared as Adam Trese's unhappy wife in "Palookaville" (1995) and was cast by Quentin Tarantino in "Jackie Brown" (1997). Hamilton also made a strong impression playing a member of Alcoholics Anonymous who feels shame because her behavior contributed to a younger bother's substance abuse in "Drunks" (Showtime, 1996; later released theatrically).

Relationships

Eleanor Blackwell

Mother
Earned a Masters degree in social work and worked for the Girl Scouts

Ira Hamilton

Father

Robin Kelley

Husband
Professor of History and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California married in August of 2009

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1988

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2011

Featured in the film "Beastly," a retelling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast

2011

Cast in the drama "Take Shelter," opposite Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain

2010

Cast as Melissa on TNT's "Men of a Certain Age"

2007

Co-starred in John Sayles' musical drama film "Honeydripper"

2006

Published the children's book "Keep Climbing Girls," based on a poem by actress Beah Richards

2005

Cast in the ensemble feature "Nine Lives," a series of vignettes directed by Rodrigo García, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women

2003

Directed the documentary film "Beah: A Black Woman Speaks," about actress Beah Richards

2002

Re-teamed with director Johnathan Demme to portray Lola in "The Truth About Charlie"

2002

Cast as Captain Lorna Shiro in "The Sum of All Fears"

2000

Cast as Ophelia in Campbell Scott's version of "Hamlet" for the Odyssey TV network (released theatrically in 2001)

1998

Portrayed the younger version of Oprah Winfrey's character in Johnathan Demme's film adaptation of Toni Morrison's "Beloved"

1997

Played the receptionist Rebecca Washington on "The Practice" (ABC)

1996

Gained notice for her role in "Drunks" (first aired on Showtime; later shown in limited theatrical release)

1995

Featured in Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys"

1995

First performed in Athol Fugard's "Valley Song" in Princeton, NJ; show later moved to off-Broadway in NYC and later to LA

1990

Broadway debut, "The Piano Lesson"

1985

Made film debut in "Krush Groove"

Bonus Trivia

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Hamilton's first name was sometimes billed as two words (Lisa Gay) and other times as one word (LisaGay).

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In the fall of 2010, Hamilton took a faculty position in the School of Theater for the California Institute of the Arts.

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