FilmTVDiversity - Stars of Summer 2011 TV

by FilmTVDiversity | last updated - 12 Aug 2011 | Public

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

1. Azita Ghanizada

Actress | Complete Unknown

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 ...

Alphas on SYFY

2. Malik Yoba

Actor | Cool Runnings

Malik Yoba was born on September 17, 1967 in Bronx, New York, USA as Abdul-Malik Yoba. He is an actor and writer, known for Cool Runnings (1993), New York Undercover (1994) and Cop Land (1997). He has been married to Cat Wilson since December 21, 2003. He was previously married to Trisha Mann.

Alphas on SYFY

3. Gabourey Sidibe

Actress | Precious

Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious (2009), 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....

The Big C on SHOWTIME

4. 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 (2005), the highest rated show in cable television history. His performance on the show has ...

The Closer on TNT

5. Michael Paul Chan

Actor | Falling Down

Michael Paul Chan was born on June 26, 1950 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Falling Down (1993), The Goonies (1985) and Spy Game (2001). He has been married to Christina Ann Chan since January 11, 1975. They have one child.

The Closer on TNT

6. Raymond Cruz

Actor | Alien: Resurrection

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 (2008), a character he later reprized for the first two episodes of the "Breaking Bad" spin-off, ...

The Closer on TNT

7. Robert Gossett

Actor | The Closer

Robert Gossett is a veteran actor of stage, screen and television. He is known for his work on the hit TNT drama "The Closer" (2005-2012) and it's spin off "Major Crimes (2012-2017). Among his many film credits there is "Arlington Road" (1999) , "The Net" (1995) and "White Man's Burden" (1995). He ...

The Closer on TNT

8. Arnold Pinnock

Actor | The Incredible Hulk

Arnold Pinnock was born on December 10, 1967 in Birmingham, England. He is known for his work on The Incredible Hulk (2008), Exit Wounds (2001) and Lars and the Real Girl (2007).

Combat Hospital ABC

9. Terry Chen

Actor | House of Cards

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' ...

Combat Hospital ABC

10. Sendhil Ramamurthy

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

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 ...

Covert Affairs on USA

11. Margaret Cho

Actress | 30 Rock

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 ...

Drop Dead Diva on LIFETIME

12. Joe Morton

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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 (1984), Terminator 2 (1991), Eureka (2006), and Scandal (2012). He also writes and directs, and is a singer/songwriter.

Eureka on SYFY

13. Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Actress | Eureka

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 ...

Eureka on SYFY

14. Trevor Jackson

Actor | Burning Sands

Trevor Jackson is an actor and director, known for Burning Sands (2017), Grown-ish (2018) and Black-ish (2014).

Eureka on SYFY

15. Moon Bloodgood

Actress | Terminator Salvation

Moon Bloodgood was born on September 20, 1975 in Alliance, Nebraska, USA as Korinna Moon Bloodgood. She is known for her work on Terminator Salvation (2009), Faster (2010) and The Sessions (2012). She has been married to Grady Hall since August 2011. They have one child.

Falling Skies on TNT

16. Mpho Koaho

Actor | It's a Boy Girl Thing

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

17. 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 ...

Falling Skies on TNT

18. Dana Davis

Actress | Prom Night

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

19. Garcelle Beauvais

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Named one of People Magazine's highly-coveted 50 Most Beautiful in 2014, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. A seasoned actress, Garcelle ...

Franklin & Bash on TNT

20. Carlos Gómez

Actor | Madam Secretary

CARLOS GOMEZ

The Miami native, actor Carlos Gomez will be starring in the highly anticipated new television drama series "LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: MENENDEZ MURDER" on NBC network as Jose Menendez. The series will premiere this fall September 26 at 10/9c. Recently Mr. Gomez co-starred in the hit drama...

Glades on A&E

21. Michelle Hurd

Actress | Blindspot

Michelle Hurd was born on December 21, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Blindspot (2015), Ash vs Evil Dead (2015) and The Glades (2010). She has been married to Garret Dillahunt since 2007.

Glades on A&E

22. Tichina Arnold

Actress | Martin

Tichina Arnold was born on June 28, 1969 in Queens, New York, USA as Tichina Rolanda Arnold. She is an actress, known for Martin (1992), Everybody Hates Chris (2005) and Survivor's Remorse (2014). She has been married to Rico Hines since August 18, 2012. She was previously married to Lamon Brewster.

Happily Divorced on TVLAND

23. Derek Luke

Actor | Antwone Fisher

Derek Luke was born on April 24, 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Antwone Fisher (2002), Glory Road (2006) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). He has been married to Sophia Adella Luke since 1998.

Hawthorne on TNT

24. 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 ...

HawthoRNe on TNT

25. Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress | The Matrix Revolutions

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 ...

HawthoRNe on TNT

26. Suleka Mathew

Actress | Da Vinci's Inquest

Suleka Mathew was born in Kerala, India. She is an actress, known for Da Vinci's Inquest (1998), Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Men in Trees (2006).

HawthoRNe on TNT

27. Aldis Hodge

Actor | Hidden Figures

Aldis Hodge is best known for his role as 'Alec Hardison' on TNT's highly rated television series, "Leverage" which nabbed a People's Choice Award in 2013. He can be seen in the Amazon pilot, "The After" from "X-Files" creator Chris Carter in addition to his recurring role on AMC's "Turn: ...

Leverage on TNT

28. Alfre Woodard

Actress | Star Trek: First Contact

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 ...

Memphis Beat on TNT

29. Leonard Earl Howze

Actor | The Ringer

Leonard Earl Howze made his feature film debut in the box office hit, 'Barbershop'. He later reprised his role in the film's sequel, 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'. He currently stars on the CBS sitcom, 'Kevin Can Wait'. He also stars in the Netflix action/comedy,' The True Memoirs of an ...

Memphis Beat on TNT

30. Andre Braugher

Actor | Homicide: Life on the Street

Andre Braugher was born on July 1, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Andre K. Braugher. He is an actor and producer, known for Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Frequency (2000) and The Mist (2007). He has been married to Ami Brabson since December 28, 1991. They have three children.

Men of a Certain Age on TNT

31. LisaGay Hamilton

Actress | True Crime

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...

Men of a Certain Age on TNT

32. Mehcad Brooks

Actor | Desperate Housewives

Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness (2011), 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 ...

Necessary Roughness on USA

33. Alyssa Diaz

Actress | Red Dawn

Alyssa Diaz was born on September 7, 1985 in Northridge, California, USA as Alyssa Elaine Diaz. She is an actress and art director, known for Red Dawn (2012), Shark Night 3D (2011) and Zoo (2015).

The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family

34. Ki Hong Lee

Actor | The Maze Runner

Ki Hong Lee is an actor and writer, known for The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) and Wish Upon (2017). He has been married to Ha Young Choi since March 7, 2015.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family

35. Terrell Tilford

Actor | Switched at Birth

Terrell Tilford was born on July 22, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Terrell Dusean Tilford. He is an actor and producer, known for Switched at Birth (2011), Single Ladies (2011) and The Protector (2011). He has been married to Victoria Gabrielle Platt since September 29, 2001.

The Protector on LIFETIME

36. 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 (1974). 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...

The Protector on LIFETIME

37. Daniel Sunjata

Actor | One for the Money

Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon on 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 (2004). Sunjata also starred as "Paul Briggs" in USA Network's series, Graceland...

Rescue Me on FX

38. Larenz Tate

Actor | Crash

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 ...

Rescue Me on FX

39. Lee Thompson Young

Actor | Friday Night Lights

Lee Thompson Young was born as the son of Velma Love and Tommy Scott Young. When he was in second grade his parents split up and he went to live with his mother. At age ten, he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called "A Night of Stars and Dreams". That's when Lee decided he wanted to be ...

Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

40. Enuka Okuma

Actress | Reindeer Games

Enuka Okuma was born on September 20, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress and writer, known for Reindeer Games (2000), House of the Dead (2003) and Rookie Blue (2010). She has been married to Joe Gasparin since July 2, 2011.

Rookie Blue on ABC

41. Lyriq Bent

Actor | The Book of Negroes

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 ...

Rookie Blue on ABC

42. Melanie Nicholls-King

Actress | St. Vincent

Melanie Nicholls-King is an actress and producer, known for St. Vincent (2014), Rookie Blue (2010) and Orphan Black (2013).

Rookie Blue on ABC

43. Reshma Shetty

Actress | Royal Pains

Reshma Shetty was born on November 2, 1977 in Manchester, England, UK to Hindu parents. She was raised in England and Richmond, Virginia in the United States. She is a graduate of the famed Opera department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. On stage, Reshma received rave reviews in 2006 for ...

Royal Pains on USA

44. Anthony Montgomery

Actor | Enterprise

Anthony Montgomery was born on June 2, 1971 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is an actor, known for Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks) (2007) and Chariot (2013).

Single Ladies on VH1

45. Colin Salmon

Actor | Resident Evil

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 (1992), which gave him much ...

Single Ladies on VH1

46. D.B. Woodside

Actor | Lucifer

D.B. Woodside was born on July 25, 1969 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as David Bryan Woodside. He is an actor and director, known for Lucifer (2015), 24 (2001) and Romeo Must Die (2000).

Single Ladies on VH1

47. LisaRaye McCoy

Actress | The Players Club

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 ...

Single Ladies on VH1

48. 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 (1984), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), and also St. Elsewhere (1982). At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy...

Single Ladies on VH1

49. Timon Kyle Durrett

Actor | Heroes

Timon Kyle Durrett is an actor and producer, known for Heroes (2006), Samantha Who? (2007) and Stiletto (2008).

Single Ladies on VH1

50. Travis Winfrey

Actor | Single Ladies

Travis Winfrey is an actor, known for Single Ladies (2011), Pretty Little Liars (2010) and Being Mary Jane (2013).

Single Ladies on VH1

51. 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 ...

State of Georgia on ABC FAMILY

52. Raven-Symoné

Actress | That's So Raven

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 (1990), which also starred the legendary Bill ...

State of Georgia on ABC Family

53. 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

54. Mekhi Phifer

Actor | Honey

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 (1995) and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel and Delroy ...

Torchwood on STARZ

55. Nelsan Ellis

Actor | The Butler

Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood (2008).

Ellis was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis and his mother moved to Alabama. He moved back to ...

True Blood on HBO

56. Rutina Wesley

Actress | True Blood

Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty Southern vampire drama, True Blood (2008). 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, ...

True Blood on HBO

57. Kevin Alejandro

Actor | Arrow

Kevin Alejandro was born on April 7, 1976 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Kevin Michael Alejandro. He is an actor and producer, known for Arrow (2012), Southland (2009) and True Blood (2008). He has been married to Leslie de Jesus Alejandro since February 14, 2004. They have one child.

True Blood on HBO

58. Tonye Patano

Actress | Weeds

Tonye Patano is an actress and producer, known for Weeds (2005), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Savages (2007).

Weeds on SHOWTIME

59. Sharif Atkins

Actor | ER

Sharif Atkins was born on January 29, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for ER (1994), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and The 4400 (2004).

White Collar on USA

60. Marsha Thomason

Actress | White Collar

Marsha Thomason was born and raised in Manchester, England. Her love for acting began after watching the musical "Bugsy Malone". Soon after, aged 12, she joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she performed many diverse stage plays, including "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell and "Peace" by Aristophanes...

White Collar on USA