Lynne Thigpen

Actor, Singer
A powerful and commanding singer and actress, Lynne Thigpen first gained attention on stage in the pop musical "Godspell" and repeated her role in the 1973 film version. She continued to carve out a niche on stage in ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1948 in Joliet, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

Judge Daniels (Actor)

Cosby 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear John 1990 - 1992, 1996 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1990 - 1992, 1996 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1990 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1990 - 1992, 1996 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bear in the Big Blue House 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Novocaine 2001 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

An American Daughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinner and a Movie 2000 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Carla Howard (Actor)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

Female President (Actor)

Random Hearts 1999 (Movie)

Phyllis Bonaparte (Actor)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Williams (Actor)

Chance of a Lifetime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

For the People 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pretty Poison 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Shattering the Silences 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Preston Episodes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

Ida Conklin (Actor)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

Grandma Walker (Actor)

Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

Girlfriend 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Nurse White (Actor)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Kelly Noble (Actor)

Impulse 1990 (Movie)

Dr Gardner (Actor)

FM 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Lean on Me 1989 (Movie)

Leona Barrett (Actor)

Running on Empty 1988 (Movie)

Contact at Eldridge Street (Actor)

Gimme a Break 1981 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Flanagan 1986 (Movie)

Woman Cop (Actor)

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Recovery Room 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

Motorwoman (Actor)

Love, Sidney 1981 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The News Is the News 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Jo (Actor)

Pottsville 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Warriors 1979 (Movie)

Deejay (Actor)

Godspell 1973 (Movie)

Lynne (Actor)

A Mother's Instinct (TV Show)

Actor

Fear Stalk (TV Show)

Actor

Night Ride Home (TV Show)

Actor

Private Affairs (TV Show)

Actor

Rockabye (TV Show)

Actor

Separate But Equal (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A powerful and commanding singer and actress, Lynne Thigpen first gained attention on stage in the pop musical "Godspell" and repeated her role in the 1973 film version. She continued to carve out a niche on stage in productions varied as "The Magic Show" (1976) and a Tony-nominated turn in multiple roles in "Tintypes" (1981). Thigpen again played several roles (including an ex-slave and entertainer Moms Mabley) in Off-Broadway's "And I Ain't Finished Yet" before making the most of a small role as a camera operator in the hit comedy film "Tootsie" (1982). Segueing to the small screen, she joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "Love, Sidney" in 1982, playing a secretary and was among the cast of regulars in the summer variety series "The News Is the News" (NBC, 1983). One of her best screen roles came as a black activist determined to oust hard-nosed principal Joe Clark (portrayed by Morgan Freeman) in the biopic "Lean on Me" (1989). That same year, Thigpen portrayed the straight-laced radio station manager in the NBC sitcom "FM." While she continued to act in features ("Bob Roberts" 1992; "Just Cause" 1995) and on stage (notably in "Fences" opposite Billy Dee Williams and a Tony-winning turn as a feminist doctor in "An American Daughter"), she is perhaps best known to children of a certain age as 'The Chief' of the game shows "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" (PBS, 1991-96) and "Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?" (PBS, 1996-98). Fans of daytime television would also remember her for her compelling turn as the grief-stricken Grace Keefer (who kidnapped a baby) in ABC's "All My Children," a role she essayed from 1993 to 1997 while primetime viewers may recognize her from her series parts or recurring roles on "L.A. Law" (as a district attorney) and "thirtysomething." More recently, Thigpen landed the pivotal role of the new employer of tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffery Wigand in Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated "The Insider" (1999). The following year, she made regular appearances in support of Craig T Nelson in the CBS drama "The District."

EDUCATION

University of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
received a graduate fellowship to study acting; dropped out after one semester

University of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
received a graduate fellowship to study acting; dropped out after one semester

Milestones

2001

Played the officious office manager in "Novocaine"

2000

Recreated award-winning stage role in Lifetime movie version of "An American Daughter"

2000

Co-starred in the CBS fall drama "The District"

1999

Had supporting role in "The Insider" as the new employer of whistleblower Jeffery Wigand

1997

Gave award-winning supporting performance in Wendy Wasserstein's Broadway comedy-drama "An American Daughter"

1995

Played recurring role of the ex-wife of a college professor on the short-lived Fox sitcom "The Preston Episodes", starring David Alan Grier

1995

Had supporting role in the feature thriller "Just Cause"

1993

Joined cast of the ABC daytime drama "All My Children", playing Grace Keefer

1989

Co-starred in the film "Lean on Me"

1989

Had recurring role in "thirtysomething"

1984

Appeared in John Malkovich's acclaimed stage revival of "Balm in Gilead"

1983

Was a regular in the summer variety series "The News Is the News" (NBC)

1982

Acted small role of cameraperson in the hit film "Tootsie"

1980

Received Tony nomination for playing several roles in the musical "Tintypes"

1976

Appeared in "The Magic Show", with score by Schwartz

1975

Broadway debut in the short-lived "The Night That Made America Famous"

1973

Reprised stage role for film debut in "Godspell"

Had recurring role of a district attorney in the primetime legal series "L.A. Law" (NBC)

Played dual role of 'The Chief' and 'Edwina' in the children's game show "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" (PBS)

Reprised role of 'The Chief' in the PBS children's game show "Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?"

Made NYC stage debut in the musical "Godspell"; socre by Stephen Schwartz

TV series debut as regular, joined cast of the NBC sitcom "Love, Sydney", playing a secretary at an advertising agency

Had featured role as the station manager in the NBC sitcom "FM"

Spent several years as member of the now-defunct Circle Repertory Theatre in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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The year of Ms. Thigpen's birth has variously been reported as 1940, 1948 and 1957

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