Vernée Watson-Johnson

A character actress with an extensive and decades-long career in some of the most well-known American television shows of their time, Vernee Watson-Johnson was perhaps most familiar to a generation as Viola 'Vy' Smith ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1954 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (102)

Archer 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mike and Molly 2016 (Tv Show)

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Rush Hour 2016 (Tv Show)

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School of Rock 2016 (Tv Show)

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The Middle 2016 (Tv Show)

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The Odd Couple 2016 (Tv Show)

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Fresh Off The Boat 2015 (Tv Show)

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Two and a Half Men 2004, 2011 - 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

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Baby of the Family 2014 (Movie)

Sarah's Mother (Actor)

Beyond the Heavens 2014 (Movie)

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Jessie 2014 (Tv Show)

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Key & Peele 2014 (Tv Show)

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Selfie 2014 (Tv Show)

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Teen Wolf 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Exes 2014 (Tv Show)

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ANT Farm 2013 (Tv Show)

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Ironside 2013 (Tv Show)

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Nocturnal Agony 2013 (Movie)

Lois Helms (Actor)

Suburgatory 2013 (Tv Show)

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Ben & Kate 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Big Bang Theory 2007 - 2008, 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

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Castle 2011 (Tv Show)

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Reed Between the Lines 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)

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Melissa & Joey 2010 (Tv Show)

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Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2008 (Tv Show)

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Without A Trace 2008 (Tv Show)

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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Boondocks 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

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Dexter 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 (Movie)

Tourist #2 (Actor)

The Ant Bully 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Head Nurse (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

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Close to Home 2005 (Tv Show)

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Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Dox (Actor)

JAG 1986 - 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

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Soul Food 2004 (Tv Show)

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Hidden Hills 2003 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2003 (Tv Show)

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No Turning Back 2003 (Movie)

Detective Bryant (Actor)

The West Wing 2003 (Tv Show)

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Antwone Fisher 2002 (Movie)

Annette (Actor)

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Empty Nest 1986 - 1989, 1991 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1986 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Martial Law 1986 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1986 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Presidio Med 2002 (Tv Show)

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Profiler 1986 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Suddenly Susan 1986 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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That's Life 1986 - 1989, 1991 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1986 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Guardian 2002 (Tv Show)

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The X-Files 2002 (Tv Show)

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Any Day Now 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dharma & Greg 1986 - 1989, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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ER 2001 (Tv Show)

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The District 2001 (Tv Show)

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Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Newsstand Cashier (Actor)

A Different World 1986 - 1988, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Grace Under Fire 1986 - 1988, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Love & War 1986 - 1988, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Murphy Brown 1986 - 1989, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Party of Five 1986 - 1988, 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Roc 1986 - 1988, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Sister, Sister 1986 - 1988, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Superman 1986 - 1987, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Steve Harvey Show 1986 - 1988, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Me and the Boys 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Last Days of Russell 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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What About Your Friends? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Angie 1994 (Movie)

ICU Desk Nurse (Actor)

A Pup Named Scooby Doo 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 (Movie)

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Baby Talk 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Showdown in Little Tokyo 1991 (Movie)

Nonnie Russell--Coroner (Actor)

Close Encounters 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Flintstone Kids 1986 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Hard Copy 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

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Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Foley Square 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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London and Davis in New York 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo 1979 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

All Night Long 1981 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Eight Is Enough 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Dribble 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Carter Country 1977 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Celebrity Charades 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Voice

Norman... Is That You? 1975 (Movie)

Melody (Actor)

Trick Baby 1972 (Movie)

Cleo (Actor)

Diagnosis of Murder (TV Show)

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Hell Hath No Fury (TV Show)

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Love's Savage Fury (TV Show)

Actor
Sound (1)

Crossover 2006 (Movie)

ADR Voice (ADR)

Biography

A character actress with an extensive and decades-long career in some of the most well-known American television shows of their time, Vernee Watson-Johnson was perhaps most familiar to a generation as Viola 'Vy' Smith, the mother of Will Smith's lead character in the hugely popular sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC 1990-96). She also worked extensively as an animation voice artist. Offscreen, she was also in the media in 2005 when she appeared as a witness for the defense at the second trial of Michael Jackson on child molestation charges.

Relationships

Joe Duckett

Ex-Husband

Milestones

2007

Recurring television role in "The Big Bang Theory".

2007

Recurring television role in Days of Our Lives.

1990

Recurring television role in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".

1977

First television voice role in "Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics".

1975

Recurring television role in "Welcome Back, Kotter".

1972

First television role in "The Corner Club".

1969

First film role in "Cotton Comes to Harlem".

Bonus Trivia

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Testified for the defense at Michael Jackson's 2005 trial on child molestation charges.

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