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Angela Bassett


Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son. Bassett and her sister D'nette grew up in St. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Meet the Robinsons
(2007)
Malcolm X
Malcolm X Dr. Betty Shabazz
(1992)
Boyz n the Hood
Boyz n the Hood Reva Styles
(1991)
Strange Days
Strange Days Lornette 'Mace' Mason
(1995)

Filmography

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 2017 Master of None (TV Series)
Catherine
- Thanksgiving (2017) ... Catherine
 2017 Underground (TV Series)
Midwife
- Ache (2017) ... Midwife (uncredited)
 2016 Close to the Enemy (TV Mini-Series)
Eva
- Episode #1.7 (2016) ... Eva
- Episode #1.6 (2016) ... Eva
- Episode #1.5 (2016) ... Eva
- Episode #1.4 (2016) ... Eva
- Episode #1.3 (2016) ... Eva
 2016 The Snowy Day (TV Movie)
Nana
 2015-2016 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Ana Spanikopita
- That's Too Much, Man! (2016) ... Ana Spanikopita (voice)
- It's You (2016) ... Ana Spanikopita (voice)
- Old Acquaintance (2016) ... Ana Spanikopita (voice)
- Stop the Presses (2016) ... Ana Spanikopita (voice)
- Fish Out of Water (2016) ... Ana Spanikopita (voice)
 2015 Rainbow Six: Siege (Video Game)
Six
 2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
Dr. Kulinda (voice)
 2015/I Survivor
Maureen Crane
 2012 Rogue (TV Movie)
Alice Vargas
 2011 Identity (TV Movie)
Martha Adams
 2010 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Michelle Obama
- Stealing First Base (2010) ... Michelle Obama (voice)
 2008-2009 ER (TV Series)
Cate Banfield
- I Feel Good (2009) ... Cate Banfield
- Shifting Equilibrium (2009) ... Cate Banfield (credit only)
- Old Times (2009) ... Cate Banfield
- What We Do (2009) ... Cate Banfield (credit only)
 2008 Gospel Hill
Sarah Malcolm
 2008/I Nothing But the Truth
Bonnie Benjamin
 2008 Meet the Browns
Brenda
 2008 Of Boys and Men
Rieta Cole
 2007 Meet the Robinsons
Mildred (voice)
 2006 Time Bomb (TV Movie)
Jill Greco
 2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. Smith's Boss (voice, uncredited)
 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary)
Sheyann Webb / Melba Pattillo
- Marching to Freedom Land (2003) ... Sheyann Webb (voice)
- Let Freedom Ring (2003) ... Melba Pattillo (voice)
 2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood (TV Movie)
Ruby Delacroix
 2001 The Score
Diane
 2000 Boesman and Lena
Lena
 1999 Our Friend, Martin (Video)
Miles' Mom (voice)
 1999 Music of the Heart
Principal Janet Williams
 1992 Innocent Blood
U.S. Attorney Sinclair
 1992 Passion Fish
Rhonda / Dawn
 1992 Critters 4
Fran
 1992 Nightmare Cafe (TV Series)
Evelyn
- Sanctuary for a Child (1992) ... Evelyn
 1991 One Special Victory (TV Movie)
Lois
 1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (TV Movie)
Willie
 1991 City of Hope
Reesha
 1991 The Heroes of Desert Storm (TV Movie)
Lt. Phoebe Jeter
 1991 Stat (TV Series)
Dr. Willie Burns
- Ladyfinger (1991) ... Dr. Willie Burns
 1991 Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (TV Movie)
Allison
 1991 The Flash (TV Series)
Linda Lake
- Beat the Clock (1991) ... Linda Lake
 1991 Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (TV Movie)
Pat
 1990 Kindergarten Cop
Stewardess
 1990 In the Best Interest of the Child (TV Movie)
Lori
 1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (TV Movie)
Carla Peters
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Janet Fields
- Goodbye, Judge Green (1990) ... Janet Fields
 1990 Challenger (TV Movie)
Cheryl McNair
 1990 Alien Nation (TV Series)
Renee Longstreet
- Eyewitness News (1990) ... Renee Longstreet
 1990 Family of Spies (TV Mini-Series)
Bev Andress
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Bev Andress
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Bev Andress
 1989 Thirtysomething (TV Series)
Kate Harriton
- Legacy (1989) ... Kate Harriton
 1989 227 (TV Series)
Amy Burnett
- A Pampered Tale (1989) ... Amy Burnett
 1989 Tour of Duty (TV Series)
Lt. Camilla Patterson
- The Volunteer (1989) ... Lt. Camilla Patterson
- Hard Stripe (1989) ... Lt. Camilla Patterson
 1989 A Man Called Hawk (TV Series)
Bailey Webster
- Never My Love (1989) ... Bailey Webster
- Hear No Evil (1989) ... Bailey Webster
- The Master's Mirror (1989) ... Bailey Webster
 1989 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Jeanette Calder R.N.
- Gestalt and Battery (1989) ... Jeanette Calder R.N.
 1985-1988 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Sara / Mrs. Mitchell
- Bookworm (1988) ... Sara
- Mr. Quiet (1985) ... Mrs. Mitchell
 1986 Liberty (TV Movie)
Linda Thornton
 1986 F/X
TV reporter
 1985 Doubletake (TV Movie)
Prostitute at HQ
 1985 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Alice
- The Choice (1985) ... Alice
 1985 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Salina McCulla
- Episode #1.8689 (1985) ... Salina McCulla (uncredited)
- Episode #1.8688 (1985) ... Salina McCulla (credit only)
- Episode #1.8677 (1985) ... Salina McCulla (credit only)
- Episode #1.8676 (1985) ... Salina McCulla (uncredited)
- Episode #1.8675 (1985) ... Salina McCulla (uncredited)
 1975 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Leonie Peach (1987)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Played Rose in August Wilson's "Fences" (Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, California, USA). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 10 Interviews | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

My mom was always pretty supportive. She saw me do plays and she'd always act out the parts I did. My aunt, who played a big part in my life, was a little bit more reserved, because if they don't see you on TV every week they think you must be starving. See more »

Trivia:

Was offered the role of Leticia Musgrove in Monster's Ball (2001), but she turned it down as she did not want to perform nude. As a result Halle Berry, who went on to become the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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