Taraji P. Henson

Actress
Actress Taraji P. Henson began to catch the attention of film audiences with supporting roles in John Singleton's "Baby Boy" (2001) and "Four Brothers" (2005), but her breakout performance opposite Terrence Howard in ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1970 in United States

Filmography

Actor (79)

Empire 2014 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Figures 2017 (Movie)

Katherine Johnson (Actor)

Celebration Of Gospel 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Taraji And Terrence's White Hot Holidays 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Term Life 2016 (Movie)

Samantha Thurman (Actor)

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Guys Choice 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Lip Sync Battle 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Person of Interest 2000 - 2001, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Seasons of Love 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebration of Gospel 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Felicity 1998 - 2004, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

From the Rough 2014 (Movie)

Catana Starks (Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Good Deed 2014 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Once Fallen 2014 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

The Division 2000 - 2004, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

BET Awards '12 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Black Girls Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Good Doctor 2012 (Movie)

Nurse Theresa (Actor)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

Lauren (Actor)

2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

BET Awards '11 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

B'Ella (Actor)

Peep World 2011 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

United Negro College Fund: An Evening of Stars 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '10 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Date Night 2010 (Movie)

Detective Arroyo (Actor)

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

Sherry Parker (Actor)

The Tyler Perry Show 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Hurricane Season 2009 (Movie)

Dayna Collins (Actor)

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

Clarice Johnson (Actor)

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

Actor

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

April (Actor)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

Queenie (Actor)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

Pam (Actor)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

Sharice Watters (Actor)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

Vernell Watson (Actor)

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something New 2006 (Movie)

Nedra (Actor)

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

Camille Mercer (Actor)

House 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hair Show 2004 (Movie)

Tiffany (Actor)

Hustle & Flow 2004 (Movie)

Shug (Actor)

The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

Yvette (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle 2000 (Movie)

Left-Wing Student (Actor)

ER 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

2015 Billboard Music Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

Satan's School For Girls (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

No Good Deed 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Actress Taraji P. Henson began to catch the attention of film audiences with supporting roles in John Singleton's "Baby Boy" (2001) and "Four Brothers" (2005), but her breakout performance opposite Terrence Howard in the acclaimed urban drama "Hustle & Flow" (2005) really set the critical buzz in motion. A virtual unknown when she was flooded with award nominations for her performance and her singing on the film's soundtrack single "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," Henson's image as a feisty, independent woman led to steady series television work and another round of accolades for the acclaimed period biopic "Talk to Me" (2007). When Henson found herself sharing the screen with Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) the following year, it was clear that her long-held dream of being a respected A-list actress was quickly becoming reality.

Relationships

Marcel

Son
Born in 1995; son's father was murdered in 1997

Boris Henson

Father
Died in 2006

Bernice Henson

Mother
Worked at Woodward & Lothrop in Washongton, DC

EDUCATION

Howard University

Washington , Washington D.C.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Greensboro , North Carolina

Oxon Hill High School

Oxon Hill , Maryland

Milestones

2012

Cast in the ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man"

2011

Played a former Iraqi soldier turned NYPD homicide detective on the CBS mystery drama "Person of Interest"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2011

Cast in a supporting role opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne"

2010

Co-starred with Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy "Date Night"

2010

Co-starred with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in "The Karate Kid"

2009

Starred in "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself," written and directed by her film co-star Perry

2008

Cast in the role of Queenie, Benjamin's (Brad Pitt) mother in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

2008

Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys"

2007

Joined the cast of ABC's "Boston Legal" for one season

2007

Cast as Petey Greene's (played by Don Cheadle) assertive girlfriend Vernell in "Talk to Me," about the 1960s influential ex-con turned DJ

2006

With Three 6 Mafia, performed the song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" at the 78th Academy Awards ceremony

2006

Joined the cast of the ensemble crime thriller "Smokin' Aces"

2005

Played Shug, the pregnant prostitute and live-in girlfriend of Terrence Howard in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow"; also made her singing debut, providing the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"

2003

Joined the cast of the Lifetime series "The Division" as Inspector Raina Washington

2001

Earned positive reviews for her role as the strong-willed girlfriend of Tyrese Gibson's character in John Singleton's "Baby Boy"

2000

Had a small role as a student in the comedy "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle"

1998

Made film debut in "Streetwise"

1997

Made her debut TV appearance on an episode of The WB sitcom "Smart Guy"

Auditioned for the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, but was not accepted

Worked as a secretary and a singing and dancing waitress to pay for college

Moved to Los Angeles, CA after graduating from Howard University

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