Nona Gaye

Actor, Singer
A native of Washington D. C., Nona Gaye is best known for her acclaimed performance opposite Will Smith as Belinda, Muhammad Ali's second wife in Michael Mann's "Ali" (2001). The result of her feature film debut was ... Read more »
Born: 09/16/1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (18)

Blood and Bone 2014 (Movie)

Tamara (Actor)

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

The Gospel 2005 (Movie)

Charlene Frank (Actor)

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

Lola Jackson (Actor)

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

Hero Girl (Actor)

The Matrix Reloaded 2003 (Movie)

Zee (Actor)

The Matrix Revolutions 2003 (Movie)

Zee (Actor)

The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Belinda (Actor)

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 World Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

Patron (Actor)
Music (3)

Platinum 2003 (Tv Show)

Song

Billboard's Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Eve 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song Performer

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Song

Biography

A native of Washington D. C., Nona Gaye is best known for her acclaimed performance opposite Will Smith as Belinda, Muhammad Ali's second wife in Michael Mann's "Ali" (2001). The result of her feature film debut was rave reviews, and a call from USA Today for a supporting actress Oscar nomination. She appeared on stage for the first time when she was three weeks old with her father, soul legend Marvin Gaye. At six years old her father announced on Soul Train, "She sings quite well." So at the tender age of 14, Gaye cut her first demo and was signed to Atlantic Records at 16. In 1992, she released her first album, "Love for the Future", which received high praise from the music industry. <p> Gaye added modeling to her career, shooting a campaign for Armani and walking the runway for Gianni Versace. <p>In 2001, Gaye returned to the recording studio, collaborating with Bono & Artists Against Aids Worldwide re-recording "What's Going On" as a call to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. <p>After taking time to raise her son, Nolan, Gaye began to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She was cast as Zee (a supporting role that was previously held by the late Aaliyah) in the sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" (both 2003), and turned in a fine performance via the groundbreaking Performance Capture technology in the CGI-animated children's story "The Polar Express" (2004).

Relationships

Prince Actor

Companion
Dated for three years c.1993 No longer together

Nolan

Son
born c. 1997

Bub

Brother
born c. 1976

Marvin Gaye Sr

Grandfather

Marvin Gaye

Father
shot to death by his father in 1984

Jan Gaye

Mother
divorced from Marvin Gaye in 1981

Justin Martinez

Companion
father of Gaye's son Nolan no longer together

Milestones

2005

Starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations

2004

Voiced Hero Girl in "The Polar Express" an animated feature directed by Robert Zemeckis

2003

Replaced the late Aaliyah in the Matrix sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions"

2001

Cast as Belinda Boyd, the second wife of boxer Muhammad Ali in the biopic "Ali" directed by Michael Mann

1992

Released her debut album with "Love for the Future"

Bonus Trivia

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Nona Gaye left the cast of NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" shortly after she signed on to play the new assistant district attorney; Sources cited creative differences for Gaye's hasty exit, which occurred soon after production began on the crime drama's sixth season.

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