Nichelle Nichols

Actor, Singer, Consultant
An accomplished singer, dancer and actress, Nichelle Nichols was irrevocably associated with Starfleet communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura, the character she created on the seminal science fiction series "Star Trek" ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1932 in Robbins, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Pioneers of Television 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The White Orchid 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

This Bitter Earth 2014 (Movie)

Miss Clara Watkins (Actor)

To Be Takei 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tru Loved 2008 (Movie)

Lo's Grandmother (Actor)

Heroes 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Surge of Power 2006 (Movie)

Omen (Actor)

The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Are We There Yet? 2005 (Movie)

Miss Mabel (Actor)

Super Secret TV Formula 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Snow Dogs 2002 (Movie)

Amelia Brooks (Actor)

Futurama 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Trekkies 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside Space 1992 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: A Captain's Log 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country 1991 (Movie)

Nytoba Uhura (Actor)

The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Stars in Orbit 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

Uhura (Actor)

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

Nytoba Uhura (Actor)

The Supernaturals 1985 (Movie)

Sergeant Leona Hawkins (Actor)

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

Uhura (Actor)

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

Uhura (Actor)

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

Uhura (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1968, 1973 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Voice

Star Trek 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

Truck Turner 1974 (Movie)

Dorinda (Actor)

Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding 1966 (Movie)

Jenny Ribbock (Actor)

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

Dice Player (Actor)

Commander Toad in Space (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

An accomplished singer, dancer and actress, Nichelle Nichols was irrevocably associated with Starfleet communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura, the character she created on the seminal science fiction series "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69). Having toured with the likes of Count Basie and performed on the stages of Chicago and New York, Nichols became a cultural icon when she took on the role of Uhura in the racially charged atmosphere of 1960s America. Unhappy with her status on "Star Trek," she had been ready to leave the show until Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced Nichols that her role was breaking important new ground and served as an inspiration to millions. His intuition was correct, as years later, people as diverse as Dr. Mae Jemison - the first African-American woman in space - and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg would cite Nichols as a major influence on their lives. In the mid-to-late 1970s, the multi-talented actress began providing consulting services for NASA as a recruiter of more diverse candidates for the space program. More visible to fans, Nichols reprised the role of Uhura in a series of hit feature films that continued the franchise a full decade after the original series had been canceled. "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) and four more entries, completed the adventures of the original crew, much to the delight of "Trekkies" the world over. An example to her former co-stars, Nichols gracefully managed to both embrace her "Star Trek" fame and move beyond it, eternally grateful to her loyal fans, while constantly looking forward to new creative horizons.

Relationships

Foster Johnson

Husband
abandoned Nichols

Thomas Nichols

Brother
committed suicide with 38 other members of the Heaven's Gate in March 1997

Gene Roddenberry Screenplay

Companion

Milestones

2005

Appeared in the comedy "Are We There Yet?" which starred Ice Cube

2002

Had supporting role as the mother of a dogsled racer (played by Cuba Gooding Jr) in "Snow Dogs"

1986

Portrayed a leading role in the feature film, "The Supernaturals"

1979

First reprised the role of Lt. Uhura in features with "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and five subsequent sequels through "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991)

1967

Played featured role of Lt. Uhura on NBC science-fiction series, "Star Trek"

1965

First notable feature film role, in "Mr. Buddwing"

1964

Met Gene Roddenberry when she acted on a series he was producing, "The Lieutenant" (date approximate)

Toured as a singer through the United States, Canada and Europe; worked for Lionel Hampton's band

Began her singing career at age 16 with Duke Ellington in a ballet she created for one of his musical suites; later sang with his band

Bonus Trivia

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Nichols's ancestry is a blend of African, Spanish, Welsh and Cherokee Indian heritages.

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Nichols has twice been nominated for the Sarah Siddons Award as Best Actress for her stage performances in "Kicks and Company" and Jean Genet's "The Blacks".

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Nichols has her own consulting firm, Women in Motion, Inc. and has produced and starred in a promotional film for the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum entitled "What's in It for Me?"

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Lt. Uhura's first name is Nytoba.

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An episode of "Star Trek" in which powerful, will-controlling aliens forced members of the Enterprise crew to perform romantic and clowning skits for them caused a controversy and was banned in several parts of the U.S. because it featured what was perhaps primetime TV's first sensual interracial kiss (between Nichols and co-star William Shatner).

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Nichols has recorded an album of songs entitled "Uhura Sings" and a video album entitled "Futuretrekkin' with Nichelle Nichols".

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Nicholas is a board of directors member to the National Space Institute.

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Nicholas is also a board of directors member to the National Space Society.

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She is a recipient of the NASA's Distinguished Public Service Award, for her efforts in helping bring women and minorities into the astronaut corps (1984)

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