Regina Taylor

Actor, Playwright, Tutor
This performer made a hit onstage in the 1980s and was lauded for one particular TV role, before beginning to make her mark in features. Taylor grew up in a poor Dallas, TX neighborhood and began acting in college ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1960 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

The Making of Dig 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unit 2005 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Max Bickford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Cora Unashamed 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ken Follett's The Third Twin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

Karen Roman (Actor)

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Keeper 1997 (Movie)

Angela Lamont (Actor)

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

Meredith Serling (Actor)

Spirit Lost 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Children of the Dust 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Clockers 1995 (Movie)

Iris Jeeter (Actor)

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

Gussie (Actor)

I'll Fly Away: Then and Now 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

I'll Fly Away 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Howard Beach: Making the Case For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Lean on Me 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Carter (Actor)

Children of the Dust (Movie)

Drusilla (Actor)

Concealed Enemies (TV Show)

Actor

Crisis at Central High (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes From the White House (TV Show)

Voice

Hostile Waters (TV Show)

Actor

In From the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Who is Clark Rockefeller? (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This performer made a hit onstage in the 1980s and was lauded for one particular TV role, before beginning to make her mark in features. Taylor grew up in a poor Dallas, TX neighborhood and began acting in college. Arriving in New York in 1981, she supported herself with odd jobs until the roles began coming in: repertory, off-Broadway and finally the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Shakespeare on Broadway". Overseen by actress/director Estelle Parsons, the program presented Shakespearean productions for NYC high school students. Taylor appeared in several productions and had the distinction of being one of the few black actresses to portray Juliet. She also adapted several German plays for the New York Theater Festival, and was one of the few American performers in the Broadway show "Sarafina!" (1988-89).

EDUCATION

Taylor was among the first group of black children to integrate her all-white junior high school in Oklahoma in the 1970s

Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas
Intended to become a journalist; changed major after one acting class

Milestones

2005

Cast as Molly Blane in the CBS drama series, "The Unit" created by David Mamet

2002

Adapted Chekhov's "The Seagull" as "Drowning Crow", set in the Gullah culture of South Carolina; performed at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

1999

Wrote "Oo-Bla-Dee"; staged at Chicago's Goodman Theater

1999

Portrayed Anita Hill in the Showtime original "Strange Justice"

1998

Played Samuel L Jackson's wife in "The Negotiator"

1997

Appeared in the NBC drama series "Feds"

1991

Wrote the play, "Watermelon Rinds" which was produced off-Broadway by the Women's Project

1991

Played Lilly Harper on NBC drama series, "I'll Fly Away"

1989

Feature film debut, "Lean on Me"

1989

Appeared in TV-movie, "Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder"

1988

Was one of the few non-African performers in the Broadway production of "Sarafina!"

1987

Appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's productions of "Macbeth", "As You Like It" and "Romeo and Juliet" (as the first black woman to play Juliet on Broadway) in "Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools" run by actress-director Estelle Parsons

1981

Moved to New York; supplimented income by reconstructing interiors of houses, tutoring children and working as a maid

1981

Professional debut in TV-movie, "Crisis at Central High"

Adapted the German plays, "Sty Farm" and "Ghost Train" for the New York Theatre Festival

Bonus Trivia

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"I may have grown up in the ghetto, but I never felt I was poor because I had a very rich creative life. My mother was a painter and she also taught me the power of words. I became a voracious reader as a way to escape. I could become part of the household of the Bronte sisters, or Italy of the last century. Reading transported me. I was able to see the possibilities in myself." - Taylor, quoted in the Daily News, Sept. 17, 1995

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