Pam Grier

Actor, Back-up singer, Writer
Actress Pam Grier was a 1970s pop culture icon thanks to a string of roles as tough and sexy heroines in such blaxploitation classics as "Coffy" (1973), "Foxy Brown" (1974) and "Sheba, Baby" (1975). A statuesque figure ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1949 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Skinny Dip 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Baby of the Family 2014 (Movie)

Mrs Williams (Actor)

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 (Movie)

Detective Barrick (Actor)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

Janice Wright (Actor)

The L Word 2003 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in the Day 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Gayer 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

James Patterson's First to Die 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love the Hard Way 2003 (Movie)

Detective Linda Fox (Actor)

Hollywood Unleashed 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Frequency 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

Flura Nash (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilder 2002 (Movie)

Detective Della Wilder (Actor)

Women & the Badge 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

3 AM 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bones 2001 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars 2001 (Movie)

Commander Helena Braddock (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sandra Bernhard Experience 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

World Stunt Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

For Your Love 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fortress II 2000 (Movie)

Susan Mendenall (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Linc's 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Snow Day 2000 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

In Too Deep 1999 (Movie)

Detective Angela Wilson (Actor)

Jawbreaker 1999 (Movie)

Detective Vera Cruz (Actor)

LaVyrle Spencer's Family Blessings 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

No Tomorrow 1998 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fakin' Da Funk 1997 (Movie)

Annabelle Lee (Actor)

Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

Jackie Brown (Actor)

Sparks 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strip Search 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wayans Bros 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

Hershe (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Louise Williams (Actor)

Original Gangstas 1996 (Movie)

Laurie Thompson (Actor)

Foxy Brown 1995 (Movie)

Foxy Brown (Actor)

Serial Killer 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Posse 1993 (Movie)

Phoebe (Actor)

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991 (Movie)

Ms Wardroe (Actor)

Class of 1999 1990 (Movie)

Ms Connors (Actor)

16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Package 1989 (Movie)

Ruth Butler (Actor)

Above the Law 1988 (Movie)

Delores Jackson (Actor)

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Allnighter 1987 (Movie)

Sergeant MacLeish (Actor)

Stand Alone 1985 (Movie)

Cathryn Bolan (Actor)

Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983 (Movie)

Dust Witch (Actor)

The Vindicator 1983 (Movie)

Hunter (Actor)

Tough Enough 1983 (Movie)

Myra (Actor)

Fort Apache, the Bronx 1981 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Greased Lightning 1977 (Movie)

Mary Jones (Actor)

Drum 1976 (Movie)

Regine (Actor)

Friday Foster 1975 (Movie)

Friday Foster (Actor)

Bucktown 1974 (Movie)

Aretha (Actor)

Sheba Baby 1974 (Movie)

Sheba Shayne (Actor)

Hit Man 1973 (Movie)

Gozelda (Actor)

The Arena 1973 (Movie)

Mamawi (Actor)

Coffy 1972 (Movie)

Coffy (Actor)

Scream Blacula Scream 1972 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Twilight People 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Mama, White Mama 1971 (Movie)

Lee Daniels (Actor)

The Big Bird Cage 1971 (Movie)

Blossom (Actor)

Women in Cages 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Doll House 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Badge of the Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Cleveland Abduction (TV Show)

Actor

Hayley Wagner, Star (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies of the House (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

The Feast of All Saints (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actress Pam Grier was a 1970s pop culture icon thanks to a string of roles as tough and sexy heroines in such blaxploitation classics as "Coffy" (1973), "Foxy Brown" (1974) and "Sheba, Baby" (1975). A statuesque figure who radiated confidence and determination, she surpassed the exploitative bonds of the genre to establish herself as the first black female action hero and box office draw. Grier struggled to surpass the limitations of her early screen roles, but a revival of interest thanks to the home video boom brought her back to films in the '80s and '90s. Unabashed fan Quentin Tarantino paid homage to her screen persona with "Jackie Brown" (1997), which led to a long-overdue career boost; she was soon tackling substantive roles in the Showtime series "The L Word" (2004-09) and reaping the rewards of a career forged in hard work and determination. She remained an enduring symbol of female empowerment at its funkiest and most ferocious.

Relationships

Gwendolyn Samuels

Mother

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Companion
involved romantically in the early 1970s

Kevin Evans

Companion
born in 1961 together since c. 1996 has a son from a previous relationship announced engagement in January 1998

Clarence Grier

Father

Richard Pryor Actor

Companion
together c. 1977

EDUCATION

East High School

Denver , Colorado

Milestones

2010

Appeared in the adventure/drama series "Smallville"

2010

Co-starred opposite Queen Latifah in "Just Wright"

2004

Played the sister of Jennifer Beals' character in the showtime series "The L Word," a story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends

2003

Along with Adrien Brody and Jon Seda, co-starred in the crime drama "Love The Hard Way"

2002

Co-starred in "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"

2001

Appeared with Snoop Dogg in "Bones"

2001

Had co-starring role in "Ghosts of Mars"

1999

Played small role of a police detective investigating a possible homicide in "Jawbreaker"

1999

Appeared in pivotal role in Jame Campion's "Holy Smoke"

1998

Co-starred in the Showtime comedy-drama "Linc's"

1997

Starred in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"; Tarantino tailored the part for Grier, her first leading role in over 20 years

1996

Reunited with other blaxploitation stars for "Original Gangstas"

1988

Diagnosed with cancer; underwent treatment for two years

1985

Debut in a TV-movie, "Badge of the Assassin" (CBS)

1985

Episodic TV debut as guest, "Miami Vice"

1979

TV debut in a miniseries, "Roots: The Next Generation" (ABC)

1977

Co-starred with Richard Pryor in "Greased Lightning"

1973

Had leading role in "Coffey"

1972

First blaxploitation feature, "Hit Man"

1970

Feature film debut, "The Big Doll House"

1967

Moved to Los Angeles (date approximate)

Participated in beauty contests in order to earn money for college

Hired to answer phones at American International Pictures (AIP)

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Acted onstage in productions in Colorado

Auditioned for a part in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; did not get the role but Tarantino promised to write a role for her

Traveled around USA with family before settling in Denver, Colorado

Moved back to Colorado

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