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        Taraji P. Henson


        Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005). See full bio »
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        Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 66 nominations. See more awards »

        Known For

        Hidden Figures Katherine G. Johnson
        (2016)
        (2005)
        The Karate Kid Sherry Parker
        (2010)

        Filmography

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         2015-2019 Empire (TV Series)
        Cookie Lyon
        - My Fate Cries Out (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
        - Never Doubt I Love (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
        - A Wise Father That Knows His Own Child (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
        - Without All Remedy (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
        - Hot Blood, Hot Thoughts, Hot Deeds (2019) ... Cookie Lyon
         2019 The Best of Enemies
        Ann Atwater
         2019 What Men Want
        Ali Davis
         2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet
        Yesss (voice)
         2018 Proud Mary: If Looks Could Kill (Short)
        Mary
         2018 Acrimony
        Melinda
         2018 Proud Mary
        Mary
         2017 Hidden Figures: It All Adds Up - The Making of Hidden Figures (Video short)
        Katherine Johnson
         2017 The Simpsons (TV Series)
        Praline
        - The Great Phatsby (2017) ... Praline (voice)
         2016 Hidden Figures
        Katherine G. Johnson
         2016 Term Life
        Samantha Thurman
         2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (TV Short)
        Ethel (voice)
         2011-2015 Person of Interest (TV Series)
        Joss Carter
        - Terra Incognita (2015) ... Joss Carter
        - The Crossing (2013) ... Joss Carter
        - Endgame (2013) ... Joss Carter
        - The Perfect Mark (2013) ... Joss Carter
        - Mors Praematura (2013) ... Joss Carter
         2014 Seasons of Love (TV Movie)
        Jackie
         2014/I No Good Deed
        Terry
         2014 Top Five
        Taraji P. Henson
         2014 Think Like a Man Too
        Lauren
         2013 From the Rough
        Catana Starks
         2013 Madly Madagascar (Video short)
        Okapi (voice)
         2012 Living in the Age of Surveillance (Video short)
        Various
         2012 Think Like a Man
        Lauren
         2011 Larry Crowne
        B'Ella
         2011/I The Good Doctor
        Nurse Theresa
         2011 Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (TV Movie)
        Tiffany Rubin
         2010 The Brotherly Love Table Read (Video short)
         2010 Peep World
        Mary
         2010 The Karate Kid
        Sherry Parker
         2010 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
        Chanel
        - Brotherly Love (2010) ... Chanel (voice)
         2010 Once Fallen
        Pearl
         2010 Date Night
        Detective Arroyo
         2010 Forehead Tittaes (Video short)
         2009 Hurricane Season
        Dayna Collins
         2009 Not Easily Broken
        Clarice Clark
         2008 Eli Stone (TV Series)
        Angela Scott
        - Help! (2008) ... Angela Scott
        - Happy Birthday, Nate (2008) ... Angela Scott
        - The Humanitarian (2008) ... Angela Scott
         2007-2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
        Whitney Rome
        - Patriot Acts (2008) ... Whitney Rome
        - The Gods Must Be Crazy (2008) ... Whitney Rome (credit only)
        - Indecent Proposals (2008) ... Whitney Rome
        - The Court Supreme (2008) ... Whitney Rome (credit only)
        - The Mighty Rogues (2008) ... Whitney Rome
         2007 Talk to Me
        Vernell Watson
         2006 Smokin' Aces
        Sharice Watters (as Taraji Henson)
         2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
        Christina
        - I Like to Watch (2006) ... Christina (as Taraji Henson)
         2006/I Something New
        Nedra
         2005 House M.D. (TV Series)
        Moira
        - Spin (2005) ... Moira
         2005 Half & Half (TV Series)
        Gabrielle
        - The Big How to Do & Undo It Episode (2005) ... Gabrielle
         2005 Animal (Video)
        Ramona
         2005 Common: Testify (Video short)
         2005 Four Brothers
        Camille Mercer
         2005 Hustle & Flow
        Shug
         2004 Hair Show
        Tiffany (as Taraji Henson)
         2004 All of Us (TV Series)
        Kim
        - In Through the Out Door (2004) ... Kim (as Taraji Henson)
         2002-2004 The Division (TV Series)
        Inspector Raina Washington
        - Zero Tolerance: Part 2 (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
        - Zero Tolerance: Part 1 (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
        - Be Careful What You Wish For (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
        - Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
        - Baby, the Rain Must Fall (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
         2002 Holla (TV Series)
        Guest
         2001 Baby Boy
        Yvette
         2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (TV Movie)
        Bess Pinckney
         2001 All or Nothing (Video)
        Kiko
         2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
        Left-Wing Student (as Taraji Henson)
         2000 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
        Crystal
        - Drug Interactions (2000) ... Crystal
         2000 Satan's School for Girls (TV Movie)
        Paige
         1999 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
        Rhonda
        - The Right Thing (1999) ... Rhonda
         1998-1999 Felicity (TV Series)
        Art Student / R.A. #2
        - Todd Mulcahy: Part 2 (1999) ... Art Student (as Taraji Henson)
        - Drawing the Line: Part 1 (1998) ... R.A. #2
         1998 Streetwise
        Tammy
         1997-1998 Smart Guy (TV Series)
        Leslie / Monique
        - Break Up Not to Make Up (1998) ... Leslie (as Taraji Henson)
        - Boomerang (1998) ... Leslie (as Taraji Henson)
        - Big Picture (1997) ... Monique
         1998 Saved by the Bell: The New Class (TV Series)
        Girl #3
        - Loser (1998) ... Girl #3
         1998 ER (TV Series)
        Elan / Patrice Robbins
        - Split Second (1998) ... Elan (as Taraji Henson)
        - Of Past Regret and Future Fear (1998) ... Patrice Robbins (as Taraji Henson)
         1997 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
        Briana
        - Two's Company (1997) ... Briana
         1997 The Parent 'Hood (TV Series)
        Aida
        - Fast Cash (1997) ... Aida (as Taraji Henson)
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        Other Works:

        Appears in the music video "Testify" for rap artist Common. See more »

        Publicity Listings:

        1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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        Alternate Names:

        Taraji Henson

        Height:

        5' 4" (1.63 m)
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        Date a woman with children only if you are ready to man up, because it's a position that comes with responsibility. See more »

        Trivia:

        Has a son named Marcell Johnson (born May 10, 1994). See more »

        Star Sign:

        Virgo

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