FilmTVDiversity - Stars of Summer 2011 TV

A tribute list of TV Stars of Diversity from summer of 2011 TV Series. Thanks for bringing a touch of diversity to the Summer lineup. (Sorted by Show and Star First Name) Follow us on twitter: @FILMTVDIVERSITY
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Azita Ghanizada
Actress, Alphas
Azita, a political refugee, came to Hollywood with an incredible story of cultural backlash. As a baby, she and her family fled to the United States and gained asylum in an effort to escape war-time conflicts . Being raised in a conservative multicultural home, she was forbidden to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress until she finished her studies...
“ Alphas on SYFY ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Alphas on SYFY ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Precious
Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious, was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver. Her mother is African-American and her father is Senegalese...
“ The Big C on SHOWTIME ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Corey Reynolds
Actor, The Closer
Corey Reynolds is one of the most versatile performers working in the business today. He currently can be seen playing Sgt. David Gabriel opposite Emmy Award winning actress Kyra Sedgwick on TNT's The Closer, the highest rated show in cable television history. His performance on the show has garnered him three SAG Award nominations and a NAMIC Vision Award nomination...
“ The Closer on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ The Closer on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Raymond Cruz
Actor, The Closer
Raymond Cruz is a mild-mannered man who studied writing and theater. He is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of the frighteningly lethal "Tuco Salamanca" in AMC's ground-breaking show Breaking Bad, a character he later reprized for the first two episodes of the "Breaking Bad" spin-off, Better Call Saul.
“ The Closer on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ The Closer on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Combat Hospital ABC ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Terry Chen
Terry Chen was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to a Taiwanese father and Chinese mother. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in order to pursue his dream of being an actor, after two years traveling throughout Cuba and the Cayman Islands. He made his debut in a supporting role as 'Ben Fong Torres' in the much-lauded film Almost Famous (2000)...
“ Combat Hospital ABC ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Sendhil Ramamurthy
Actor, Heroes
Sendhil Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in the action spy series Covert Affairs. He appeared as Abhay in the Indian film Shor in the City. He played Gabriel Lowen in The CW sci-fi romance series Beauty & the Beast...
“ Covert Affairs on USA ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret's father who writes joke books - in Korean...
“ Drop Dead Diva on LIFETIME ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Joe Morton
Joe Morton was born on October 18, 1947 in New York, New York, USA. He is a television, film, and theater actor, best known for The Brother from Another Planet, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Eureka, and Scandal. He also writes and directs, and is a singer/songwriter.
“ Eureka on SYFY ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Actress, I Am Legend
Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a non-stop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the Wall. However...
“ Eureka on SYFY ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Eureka on SYFY ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Falling Skies on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Mpho Koaho
Actor, Saw III
Mpho Koaho is a series regular on Falling Skies for TNT. Other television credits include the Canadian miniseries Soul, for which he won a Gemini Award in 2009, and a critically acclaimed guest lead performance on the CBS series Flashpoint, for which he was also nominated for a Gemini Award. Koaho...
“ Falling Skies on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Peter Shinkoda
Actor, I, Robot
Peter Shinkoda was born and raised in Montreal. After having studied Civil Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and Post Production for Film and Television at UCLA in the 90's, Peter decided to focus on his acting and put his then job as an assistant film editor on hold. Since then Peter has consistently worked as an actor in projects such as "I,Robot"...
“ Falling Skies on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Dana Davis
She is a native of Davenport, Iowa. Attended Davenport North High School in Davenport, Iowa. Graduated with a music degree from Loyola Marymount University in 2001. Was a singer with the group "Necessity."
“ Franklin & Bash on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle was born in Haiti. Her mother, Marie-Claire, was a teacher who moved Garcelle and her six older children to Massachusetts after a divorce from her father, Axel, four years prior. At age 16, the family moved again to Miami. At 17, Garcelle pursued a modeling career in New York. She got a break on Aaron Spelling's TV show...
“ Franklin & Bash on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Carlos Gómez
Actor, Desperado
Carlos Gomez's career spans over twenty years in film, television and theatre. The award winning actor was one of the leads of the A&E series "The Glades". Garnering critical praise prior to its launch, The Glades became the most watched original drama series telecast in A&E network history. Carlos also received a 2011 Imagen Award for best supporting actor in a television series for the show...
“ Glades on A&E ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Glades on A&E ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Happily Divorced on TVLAND ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Hawthorne on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Hannah Hodson
Actress, Hawthorne
Hannah Hodson, born in San Francisco in 1991, moved to Brooklyn at the age of two. She got her start in a Nike Air Jordan commercial directed by Spike Lee. She was then cast Lee's short film "Jesus Children of America," which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2005. She also starred in the TNT film special "The Ron Clark Story" as Shameika...
“ HawthoRNe on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Jada Pinkett Smith
Actress, Collateral
Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr., a contractor, and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a nurse. They divorced after only a few months of marriage. Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Afro-Caribbean ancestry (from Barbados and Jamaica). Jada majored in dance and choreography at the Baltimore School for the Arts...
“ HawthoRNe on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ HawthoRNe on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Aldis Hodge
Aldis Alexander Basil Hodge was born in Onslow County, North Carolina. His parents, Yolette Evangeline Richardson and Aldis Hodge, Sr., served in the U.S. Marine Corps. His mother is from Florida and his father is of Dominican heritage. Hodge played both the clarinet and the violin as a child, but as an adult his focus is on the violin; he purchased his first at the age of 18...
“ Leverage on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Alfre Woodard
Actress, Primal Fear
Alfre Woodard was born on November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children of Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an interior designer. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name written out in gold letters. A former high school cheerleader and track star...
“ Memphis Beat on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Memphis Beat on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Men of a Certain Age on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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LisaGay Hamilton
Actress, The Practice
Lisa's mother, Tina, is a retired social worker. Her late father, Ira, worked as an engineer and then went into business as a general contractor. A sister, Heidi, is a lawyer. Lisa started acting as a child and played Flip Wilson in a 3rd grade performance. During junior high, she started traveling by train to Manhattan for private acting lessons and acted in summer drama camps...
“ Men of a Certain Age on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Mehcad Brooks
Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness, in which he portrayed Terrence "TK" King, the star wide receiver for the Hawks who is becoming notorious for his frequent fumbles -- not to mention his regular run-ins with the law...
“ Necessary Roughness on USA ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ The Protector on LIFETIME ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Tisha Campbell-Martin
Actress, Martin
Tisha Campbell's first TV appearance was at the age of 8, on episode #006 of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble. The show featured stories on the life and culture of children from around the world. In her segment, Tisha was shown playing with her brother, going to school with her mother who was also her voice coach, and singing at a jazz concert in New York's Greenwich Village.
“ The Protector on LIFETIME ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Daniel Sunjata
Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon,December 30, 1971 is an American actor who performs in film, television and theater. He is best known for his role as Franco Rivera in the FX television series Rescue Me. Sunjata also starred as Paul Briggs in USA Network's series Graceland. Sunjata was born and grew up in Chicago...
“ Rescue Me on FX ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Larenz Tate
Larenz Tate was born on the west side of Chicago to Larry and Peggy Tate, the youngest of three brothers. His brothers are actors Larron Tate and Lahmard J. Tate. In 1984, Larenz and his family moved to California. It was while living in California that Larenz's parents got him and his brothers involved in a drama program at the Inner City Cultural Center...
“ Rescue Me on FX ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Lee Thompson Young
Tragically, Mr. Young took his own life on August 19, 2013, after years of struggle with bipolar disorder and clinical depression. His death was not detected until he failed to show for filming of an episode of Rizzoli & Isles, after which police were sent to his home to check on his welfare. Following his funeral...
“ Rizzoli & Isles on TNT ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Rookie Blue on ABC ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Lyriq Bent
After graduating college with high honors, Lyriq Bent originally began his career as a Computer Graphic Technician. Bent's plans, however, were short-lived as he decided to take up acting on a dare. Since then, his career has gained considerable momentum with numerous film and television appearances already under his belt...
“ Rookie Blue on ABC ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Rookie Blue on ABC ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Reshma Shetty
Actress, Royal Pains
Reshma Shetty stars as Divya Katdare in the hit USA Network original series "Royal Pains," one of television's first female South Asian series leads. Shetty is a graduate of the famed Opera department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. On stage, Reshma received rave reviews for her performance as 'Priya' in A.R...
“ Royal Pains on USA ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Single Ladies on VH1 ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Colin Salmon
Colin Salmon is one of Britain's most renowned actors. With a bold voice and posture, Colin makes his characters a favorite among audiences for every role he plays. He made his feature debut as Sgt. Robert Oswald in the British mega-hit mini-series Prime Suspect 2, which gave him much acclaim among British audiences...
“ Single Ladies on VH1 ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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D.B. Woodside
Actor, 24
“ Single Ladies on VH1 ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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LisaRaye McCoy
Actress, All of Us
LisaRaye McCoy-Misick was born September 23, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. She is of African American and Native American descent and is proud of her heritage. She later attended Eastern Illinois University but she never really took the idea of a career in acting seriously until persuaded by an insistent roommate to attend a local audition in Chicago...
“ Single Ladies on VH1 ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Stacey Dash
Actress, Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also St. Elsewhere. At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy Territory, which was quickly followed by Moving...
“ Single Ladies on VH1 ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Single Ladies on VH1 ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ Single Ladies on VH1 ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Loretta Devine
Actress, Crash
Loretta Devine was born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas, to Eunice O'Neal (née Toliver), a beautician, and James Devine, who worked as a laborer. Loretta grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston and later enrolled at the University of Houston, where she earned a a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama...
“ State of Georgia on ABC FAMILY ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Raven-Symoné
Self, The View
Raven-Symoné Pearman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lydia (Gaulden) and Christopher Pearman. At a young age, she moved to New York. While there Raven signed with the Ford Modeling Agency. They sent her out on a audition for a movie called Ghost Dad, which also starred the legendary Bill Cosby...
“ State of Georgia on ABC Family ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Gina Torres
Actress, Serenity
Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.
“ Suits on USA ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Mekhi Phifer
Actor, ER
Mekhi Phifer was born in Harlem, Manhattan, and was raised by his mother, Rhoda, a high school teacher. Phifer's acting career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for director Spike Lee's Clockers and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel and Delroy Lindo...
“ Torchwood on STARZ ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Nelsan Ellis
Actor, True Blood
Nelsan Ellis (born c. 1978) is an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood. Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis and his mother moved to Alabama. He moved back to Illinois as a teenager...
“ True Blood on HBO ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Rutina Wesley
Actress, True Blood
Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty Southern vampire drama, True Blood. She was born in the city most renowned for glitz and glamour, Las Vegas, Nevada and was exposed to the arts at a very early age; in fact entertainment runs through her veins. Her father, Ivery Wheeler...
“ True Blood on HBO ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ True Blood on HBO ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Tonye Patano
Actress, Weeds
“ Weeds on SHOWTIME ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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“ White Collar on USA ” - FilmTVDiversity
 
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Marsha Thomason
Actress, White Collar
Marsha Thomason, is a British actress, who is known for her roles on Las Vegas, Lost and White Collar and such movies as The Haunted Mansion and Black Knight. Thomason was born in Manchester, the daughter of Phyllis, a Jamaican electronics company employee and Peter Thomason, who works in the public sector...
“ White Collar on USA ” - FilmTVDiversity