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Denise Nicholas

Denise Nicholas was born on July 12, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donna Denise Nicholas. She is an actress and writer, known for Room 222 (1969), In the Heat of the Night (1988) and Ghost Dad (1990). She was previously married to Jim Hill, Bill Withers and Gilbert Moses. See full bio »
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 2004 Proud
Gordon's Mother
 2002 My Wife and Kids (TV Series)
Ann Kyle
- Failure to Communicate (2002) ... Ann Kyle
 2000 Ritual
Sylvia Becker
 1997 Living Single (TV Series)
Lilah James
- Never Can Say Goodbye (1997) ... Lilah James
- One Degree of Separation (1997) ... Lilah James
 1995 The Parent 'Hood (TV Series)
Miss Hicks
- A Kiss Is Just a Kiss (1995) ... Miss Hicks
 1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
Mrs. Walker
- My Dinner with Mark (1992) ... Mrs. Walker
 1990 Law & Order (TV Series)
Mrs. Victor More
- Prisoner of Love (1990) ... Mrs. Victor More (uncredited)
 1990 On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story (TV Movie)
Cleo Babilonia
 1990 Ghost Dad
 1990 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Darlene Carter
- Plates (1990) ... Darlene Carter
 1990 A Different World (TV Series)
Carol Garrison
- Here's to Old Friends (1990) ... Carol Garrison
 1989 Mother's Day (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Sturgis
 1989 Heart and Soul (TV Short)
Jean Kincaid
 1989 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
- Birthday Blues (1989) ... Lorraine
 1988 Supercarrier (TV Series)
 1988 Amen (TV Series)
Mrs. Kirby
- The Widow (1988) ... Mrs. Kirby
 1988 227 (TV Series)
Jeanie Smith
- Shall We Dance? (1988) ... Jeanie Smith
 1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Mrs Blake
- And Baby Makes Two (1987) ... Mrs Blake
 1985 And the Children Shall Lead (TV Movie)
 1984 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
T.C's Date
- I Witness (1984) ... T.C's Date (as Denise Nicholas-Hill)
 1983 Marvin & Tige
Vanessa Jackson (as Denise Nicholas-Hill)
 1983 Masquerade (TV Series)
- Pilot (1983) ... (as Denise Nicholas-Hill)
 1983 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Susan Bryant
- Baby Love: Part 2 (1983) ... Susan Bryant (as Denise Nicholas-Hill)
 1981 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (TV Movie)
Connie (as Denise Nicholas Hill)
 1981 The Sophisticated Gents (TV Movie)
Pat Henderson
 1981 Aloha Paradise (TV Series)
 1981 The Big Stuffed Dog (TV Movie)
Nurse Riley
 1981 Secrets of Midland Heights (TV Series)
Julie Hammond
- The Race (1981) ... Julie Hammond
 1980 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Sondra Williams
- Substitute Mother (1980) ... Sondra Williams
 1980 Benson (TV Series)
Carol Walker
- Just Friends (1980) ... Carol Walker
 1979 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Donna Scott
- A Matter of Anger (1979) ... Donna Scott
 1977-1978 Baby, I'm Back (TV Series)
Olivia Ellis
- You Bet Your Wife (1978) ... Olivia Ellis
- Olivia's Job Offer (1978) ... Olivia Ellis
- Like Father, Unlike Son (1978) ... Olivia Ellis
- Survival of the Fittest (1978) ... Olivia Ellis
- A Day at the Races (1978) ... Olivia Ellis
 1978 Ring of Passion (TV Movie)
Marva Trotter Louis
 1977 Capricorn One
Betty Walker
 1977 A Piece of the Action
Lila French
 1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Myrna Kelland
- The Strange Behavior of Paul Kelland (1975) ... Myrna Kelland
 1975 Let's Do It Again
Beth Foster
 1975 Rhoda (TV Series)
Denise Culp
- The Party (1975) ... Denise Culp
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Candy Priest
- A Community of Victims (1975) ... Candy Priest
 1975 Mr. Ricco
Irene Mapes
 1972 Blacula
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Split-Up")
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Kyro (segment "Logoda's Heads")
- The Different Ones/Tell David.../Logoda's Heads (1971) ... Kyro (segment "Logoda's Heads")
 1971 Five Desperate Women (TV Movie)
 1967-1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- Three-Fifty-Two (1969)
- The Bombers (1967) ... Ethel
- The Witness (1967)
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Nora Tobin
- Eye of the Storm (1969) ... Nora Tobin
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
- To Catch a Roaring Lion (1968) ... Toosdhi
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Viet Rock", off-Broadway. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Denise Nicholas Hill | Denise Nicholas-Hill

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Her first novel, Freshwater Road, was published by Agate Publishing in August, 2005. See more »

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