Phylicia Rashad

Actor, Singer
One of the best-loved matriarchs in television history, Phylicia Rashad made her Broadway debut playing a munchkin in the original 1975 production of "The Wiz. " Following this up with a small role in the musical ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1948 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

Creed 2015 (Movie)

Mary Anne Creed (Actor)

Outliving Emily 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Do No Harm 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Magnolias 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Gods Behaving Badly 2012 (Movie)

Demeter (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

Wilimena (Actor)

Change of Plans 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Cosby: Mark Twain Prize 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Gilda (Actor)

Frankie and Alice 2010 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Just Wright 2010 (Movie)

Ella McKnight (Actor)

Dateline NBC 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Raisin in the Sun 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Tim 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Everybody Hates Chris 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

In the House 1987 - 1991, 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 1987 - 1991, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 1996, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Different World 1987 - 1991, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blossom 1990 - 1991, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Bill 1999 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

On the Record With Bob Costas 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 The Greatest 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Cool Women 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cosby 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Loving Jezebel 2000 (Movie)

Alice Melville (Actor)

The 50th Anniversary Pillsbury Bake-Off 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Visit 2000 (Movie)

Dr Coles (Actor)

A Tribute to Black Music Legends 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghostwriter 1992 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1996 (Movie)

Ma Ponk (Actor)

TV Violence: Parents Under the Gun 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Families 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Possession of Michael D. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual Trumpet Awards Ceremony 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hallelujah 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Campbell's Portrait of a Teacher 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mom Knows Best 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1984 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

False Witness 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 Miss America Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

100th Tournament of Roses Parade (NBC/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Catches 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Debbie Allen Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical World of Disney (10/09/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

99th Tournament of Roses Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson Around the World 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Kids and the Best of Everything 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Night at the Super Bowl 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstars & Their Moms 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Tom's Cabin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Nell Carter -- Never Too Old to Dream 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 97th Tournament of Roses Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Broad Coalition 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

BET Honors 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

David's Mother (TV Show)

Actor

Free of Eden (TV Show)

Actor

Jailbirds (TV Show)

Actor

Polly (TV Show)

Actor

Polly Comin' Home! (TV Show)

Actor

The Babysitter's Seduction (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

The Old Settler (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the best-loved matriarchs in television history, Phylicia Rashad made her Broadway debut playing a munchkin in the original 1975 production of "The Wiz. " Following this up with a small role in the musical company of the Tony Award-winning smash hit, "Dreamgirls," Rashad segued into television in the early 1980's. Though her first big break came playing Courtney Wright on the daytime soap, "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968- ), it was her breakthrough role as no-nonsense matriarch Clair Huxtable on the landmark sitcom "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) that forever changed her life and added her to the long list of beloved TV moms, a la June Cleaver and Carol Brady.

Relationships

William Lancelot Bowles Jr

Husband
Married in 1972 divorced in 1975 father of her son William Lancelot Bowles III

William Lancelot Bowles III

Son
Born in 1973 father, William Lancelot Bowles, Jr

Andrew Arthur Allen Jr

Brother
Born October 2, 1945

Andrew Allen

Father
Full-blooded Cherokee

Debbie Allen

Sister
Born in 1950 Emmy-winning star of TV series, "Fame" (NBC) also appeared on Broadway in the revivals of "West Side Story" (1980) and "Sweet Charity" (1986) has also directed many episodes of TV sitcoms, especially "A Different World" (NBC), which she also produced

Vivian Ayers

Mother
African-American her first published work, Spice of Dawns earned her a Pulitzer Prize nomination

Ahmad Rashad

Husband
Born in 1949 married December 14, 1985, after he proposed to her during a pregame show on a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions on Nobermber 28, 1985 divorced in 2001

Condola Rashad

Daughter
Born December 11, 1986 father, Ahmad Rashad

Victor Willis

Husband
Born in 1951 original lead singer of the disco group Village People married in 1978 divorced in 1984

EDUCATION

Howard University

Washington , Washington D.C. 1970
Graduated magna cum laude; was a member of the sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha

New York School of Ballet

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Re-teamed with writer, director, and co-star Perry in drama feature "Good Deeds"

2010

Co-starred with Queen Latifah in "Just Wright"

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"

2009

Assumed the role of matriarch Violet Weston in Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" on Broadway

2008

Starred in Debbie Allen's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Broadhurst Theatre

2008

Reprised her role of Lena Younger in the television adaptation of "Raisin in the Sun" (ABC); received Emmy and SAG nominations for Best Actress in a TV-Movie

2005

Starred on Broadway in "Gem of the Ocean"; earned a Tony nomination for her role

2004

Offered a Tony award-winning performance as Lena Younger in the revival of "Raisin in the Sun"

2001

Appeared alongside Hill Harper in Charles Randolph-Wright's off-Broadway play "Blue"

2000

Lent her voice to Bill Cosby's animated series "Little Bill" (CBS) as Bill's mother Brenda

1999

Played an overprotective mother of a womanizer in "Loving Jezebel"

1996

Returned to series TV, once again play Bill Cosby's wife on the CBS sitcom "Cosby"

1992

Joined the cast of the Broadway musical "Jelly's Last Jam" in the role of Anita

1989

Directed by her sister Debbie Allen in the TV movie musical "Polly" (NBC), adapted from the book Pollyanna

1988

Returned to Broadway to replace Bernadette Peters in the role of the Witch in the musical "Into the Woods"

1987

TV film debut, "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

1984

Essayed the role of Clair Huxtable, lawyer, wife and mother, on the popular NBC family sitcom "The Cosby Show"

1983

TV debut in the role of Courtney Wright on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"

1981

Had a small role in the musical "Dreamgirls"

1981

Played title role of Zora Neale Hurston in "Zora"

1979

Released the album "Josephine Superstar," a disco concept record telling the life story of Josephine Baker

1975

Broadway debut in "The Wiz" playing a Munchkin, a fieldmouse and an Emerald city swing dancer

1972

Cast in a Lincoln Center production of Ed Bullins' "The Duplex"

1972

Appeared in "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" at the Ambassador Theatre

Stage debut with the Negro Ensemble Company in "Sons and Fathers of Sons" while attending Howard University

Off-Broadway debut, "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"

Joined the Merry-Go-Round Theatre, a training program for talented children sponsored by the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX

Bonus Trivia

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She and her mother spearheaded the renovation of the historic Brainerd Institute in South Carolina. The school was founded in 1866 by Presbyterian ministers as an educational establishment for freed slaves. Rashad's mother was one of the last graduates from the Institute.

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