Viola Davis

Actress
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Born: 08/11/1965 in St. Matthews, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Stand Up to Cancer 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Herself

Conan 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Fences 2016 (Movie)

Rose Maxson (Actor)

How To Get Away With Murder 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Suicide Squad 2016 (Movie)

Amanda Waller (Actor)

The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

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

Presenter

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

Carol Barrett (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Lila and Eve 2015 (Movie)

Lila (Actor)

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

Susie Brown (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby 2014 (Movie)

Professor Friedman (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him 2014 (Movie)

Professor Lillian Friedman (Actor)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him 2014 (Movie)

Professor Lillian Friedman (Actor)

Beautiful Creatures 2013 (Movie)

Amma (Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Celebration of Gospel 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Ender's Game 2013 (Movie)

Major Gwen Anderson (Actor)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Nancy Birch (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Oprah's Oscar Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Teachers Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Won't Back Down 2012 (Movie)

Nona Alberts (Actor)

20/20 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

Abby Black (Actor)

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Help 2011 (Movie)

Aibileen Clark (Actor)

Trust 2011 (Movie)

Gail Friedman (Actor)

Dark Girls 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

Delia Shiraz (Actor)

It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Eden Minerva (Actor)

Knight and Day 2010 (Movie)

Director George (Actor)

United States of Tara 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

State of Play 2009 (Movie)

Dr Judith Franklin (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail 2009 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Doubt 2008 (Movie)

Mrs Miller (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 - 2004, 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nights in Rodanthe 2008 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

The Andromeda Strain 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Disturbia 2007 (Movie)

Detective Parker (Actor)

Traveler 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Architect 2006 (Movie)

Tonya Neely (Actor)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Mother in Hospital (Actor)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

Robert B. Parker's Stone Cold 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Marilyn Richards (Actor)

Threshold 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Century City 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hack 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Antwone Fisher 2002 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Sybil (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

Helen Gordon (Actor)

The Division 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guardian 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amy and Isabelle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kate & Leopold 2001 (Movie)

Policewoman (Actor)

Third Watch 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Social Worker (Actor)

Grace & Glorie 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

Moselle (Actor)

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Jesse Stone: Night Passage (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Sea Change (TV Show)

Actor

Poof! (TV Show)

Actor

The Pentagon Wars (TV Show)

Actor

The Shrink Is In (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Lila and Eve 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Relationships

Dan Davis

Father
Worked at Rhode Island's Narragansett Trotting Park and Lincoln Downs for 25 years

Mae Davis

Mother

Deloris Grant

Sister

Julius Tennon Actor

Husband
Married June 23, 2003

Genesis Tennon

Daughter
Adopted in October 2011 with her husband Julius Tennon

Dianne Wright

Sister

EDUCATION

Rhode Island College

Providence , Rhode Island
As a teenager had attended the Upward Bound program held at the school; enrolled after completing high school

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
Graduated

Milestones

2016

Starred in the Denzel Washington-directed film adaptation of the August Wilson play "Fences"

2016

Nabbed a supporting role in the feature-length drama "Custody"

2016

Played the iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a biographical film about Tubman's life

2016

Appeared alongside Margot Robbie and Will Smith in the comic book adaptation "Suicide Squad"

2016

Nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role in "How To Get Away With Murder"

2015

Starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in action thriller "Lila and Eve"

2015

Starred in action drama "Blackhat" opposite Chris Hemsworth

2014

Starred in ABC drama "How To Get Away With Murder"

2014

Co-starred in James Brown biopic "Get On Up"

2013

Co-starred in art house dramas "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: her" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him"

2013

Cast as seer Amma in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"

2013

Featured in the drama "Prisoners"

2013

Co-starred in fantasy thriller "Ender's Game"

2012

Played a determined teacher alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in inner city school drama "Won’t Back Down"

2011

Earned critical raves for playing strong-willed 1960s maid Aibileen Clark in film adaptation of bestseller "The Help"

2011

Cast opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel

2010

Played supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in action/comedy "Knight and Day"

2010

Joined Denzel Washington for the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s "Fences"

2010

Co-starred with Julia Roberts in "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir

2009

Cast as a pathologist in thriller "State of Play"

2009

Appeared as a minister in Tyler Perry's "Medea Goes to Jail"

2008

Cast as Mrs. Miller in John Patrick Shanley's film adaptation of his play "Doubt"

2007

Cast in short-lived ABC series "Traveler" as Agent Jan Marlow

2006

Played Fantasia's mother in Lifetime biopic "Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story"

2005

Played the grandma in "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'" directed by Jim Sheridan and starring 50 Cent

2004

Cast in short-lived CBS series "Century City" as lawyer Hannah Crane

2004

Starred in off-Broadway production of "Intimate Apparel"

2003

Landed recurring role on NBC drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

2002

Featured in Todd Haynes-directed "Far from Heaven," starring Julianne Moore

2002

Cast in Denzel Washington's directorial debut "Antwone Fisher"

2002

Co-starred in third collaboration with Steven Soderbergh, "Solaris"

2001

Portrayed Tonya in Broadway production of August Wilson's "King Hedley II"

2001

Appeared in ABC telecast of Oprah Winfrey's "Amy & Isabelle," an adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's acclaimed debut novel

2000

Re-teamed with director Soderbergh to play a social worker in "Traffic"

2000

Played Nurse Lynnette Peeler on short-lived CBS drama "City of Angels"

1998

Cast as Cary Elwes' secretary in HBO film "The Pentagon Wars"

1998

Featured in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"

1996

Made TV debut on an episode of "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

1996

Played a nurse in film debut "The Substance of Fire"

1996

Made Broadway debut in August Wilson's "Seven Guitars"; earned a Tony nomination

Bonus Trivia

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After Whoopi Goldberg, Davis was the second African-American actress to be nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the Academy awards.

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Was chosen as one of Time's Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

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In addition to her screen acting, has also appeared in numerous plays both in New York and Los Angeles.

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Was the first African-American woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for "How To Get Away With Murder" in 2015.

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"The thing about the African-American community compared with the white community is, we are more concerned with image and message than execution. I don't play roles that are necessarily attractive or portray a positive image. They are well-rounded characters. When you squelch excellence to put out a message it's like passing the baton and seeing it drop." -- Time, August 5, 2011

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"There are few movies coming out this year with African-American women in them. Very few are being made. Black actresses have enough obstacles in our way without someone protesting an opportunity for us to show our work on screen. It’s one thing if you go see 'The Help' and you don’t like it. But give it a chance!" -- On complaints about playing a maid in "The Help," from Entertainment Weekly, August 12, 2011

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"In 2015, just like people say men have to ‘man up’, we have to ‘woman up’ and live our truths through our work and define ourselves in our terms, not the Mr. Potato Head model of male desirability." - from The Guardian, December 20, 2015

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"Acting is not rocket science, but it is an art form. What you are doing is illuminating humanity." - from Elle, January 21, 2016

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"The turning point definitely was 'The Help,' getting the Oscar nomination for Best Actress. And also 'How to Get Away With Murder; was the tipping point. That’s the one that changed everything. Believe it or not, it just did. I don’t question it, it’s just what it is. It’s now in 150-something territories, it’s watched by a lot of people and all of a sudden it’s opened me up to a whole different audience. And who could’ve thunk it, after 30 years in the business. But so be it, you know?" - from www.indiewire.com, July 28, 2016

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