Angela Bassett


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Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on 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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 66 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Strange Days Lornette 'Mace' Mason
(1995)
Black Panther Ramonda
(2018)
Contact Rachel Constantine
(1997)
Olympus Has Fallen Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
(2013)

Filmography

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 2020 Gunpowder Milkshake (filming)
Anna May
 2019 Attorneys at Love (Short) (post-production)
Narrator
 2019 Otherhood (completed)
Carol Walker
 2018-2019 9-1-1 (TV Series)
Athena Grant
- This Life We Choose (2019) ... Athena Grant
- Careful What You Wish For (2019) ... Athena Grant
- Bobby Begins Again (2019) ... Athena Grant
- Ocean's 9-1-1 (2019) ... Athena Grant
- Broken (2019) ... Athena Grant
 2019 Avengers: Endgame
Ramonda
 2018 Bumblebee
Shatter (voice)
 2013-2018 American Horror Story (TV Series)
Marie Laveau / Desiree Dupree / Ramona Royale / ...
- Apocalypse Then (2018) ... Marie Laveau
- Chapter 10 (2016) ... Monet Tumusiime
- Chapter 9 (2016) ... Monet Tumusiime
- Chapter 8 (2016) ... Monet Tumusiime
- Chapter 7 (2016) ... Monet Tumusiime
 2015-2018 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Ana Spanikopita
- BoJack the Feminist (2018) ... Ana Spanikopita (voice)
- 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)
 2018 Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Erika Sloane
 2018 Black Panther
Ramonda
 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 Short)
Nana (voice)
 2016 London Has Fallen
Lynne Jacobs
 2015 Rainbow Six: Siege (Video Game)
Six (voice)
 2015 Chi-Raq
Miss Helen
 2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
Dr. Kulinda (voice)
 2015/I Survivor
Maureen Crane
 2014 White Bird in a Blizzard
Dr. Thaler
 2013 Black Nativity
Aretha Cobbs
 2013 Olympus Has Fallen
Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs
 2013 Betty and Coretta (TV Movie)
Coretta Scott King
 2012 Rogue (TV Movie)
Alice Vargas
 2012 This Means War
Collins
 2011 Identity (TV Movie)
Martha Adams
 2011 Green Lantern
Doctor Waller
 2011 Jumping the Broom
Mrs. Watson
 2010 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Michelle Obama
- Stealing First Base (2010) ... Michelle Obama (voice)
 2008-2009 ER (TV Series)
Cate Banfield
- And in the End... (2009) ... 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)
 2009 Notorious
Voletta Wallace
 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
 2006 Akeelah and the Bee
Tanya
 2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. Smith's Boss (voice, uncredited)
 2005 Alias (TV Series)
Hayden Chase
- The Descent (2005) ... Hayden Chase
- Search and Rescue (2005) ... Hayden Chase
- The Index (2005) ... Hayden Chase
- Authorized Personnel Only: Part 1 (2005) ... Hayden Chase
 2005 The Lazarus Child
Dr. Elizabeth Chase
 2004 Mr 3000
Maureen "Mo" Simmons
 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)
 2003 The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series)
Angela Bassett
- Laughing Matters (2003) ... Angela Bassett
 2003 Masked and Anonymous
Mistress
 2002 Sunshine State
Desiree Perry
 2002 The Rosa Parks Story (TV Movie)
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks
 2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood (TV Movie)
Ruby Delacroix
 2001 The Score
Diane
 2000 Boesman and Lena
Lena
 2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
Groove (voice)
 2000/I Supernova
Dr. Kaela Evers
 1999 Music of the Heart
Janet
 1999 Our Friend, Martin (Video)
Miles' Mom (voice)
 1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Stella Payne
 1997 Contact
Rachel Constantine
 1995 Waiting to Exhale
Bernadine Harris
 1995 Vampire in Brooklyn
Det. Rita Veder
 1995 Strange Days
Lornette 'Mace' Mason
 1995/I Panther
Dr. Betty Shabazz
 1993 What's Love Got to Do with It
Tina Turner
 1992 Malcolm X
Dr. Betty Shabazz
 1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream (TV Mini-Series)
Katherine Jackson
- Part II (1992) ... Katherine Jackson
- Part I (1992) ... Katherine Jackson
 1992 Innocent Blood
U.S. Attorney Sinclair
 1992 Passion Fish
Rhonda / Dawn
 1992 Critters 4
Fran
 1992 Nightmare Cafe (TV Series)
Evelyn Wall
- Sanctuary for a Child (1992) ... Evelyn Wall
 1991 One Special Victory (TV Movie)
Lois
 1991 Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (TV Movie)
Willie
 1991 The Heroes of Desert Storm (TV Movie)
Lt. Phoebe Jeter
 1991 Boyz n the Hood
Reva Styles
 1991 Stat (TV Series)
Dr. Willie Burns
- Ladyfinger (1991) ... Dr. Willie Burns
 1991 Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (TV Movie)
Allison
 1991 City of Hope
Reesha
 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 Family of Spies (TV Mini-Series)
Bev Andress
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Bev Andress
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Bev Andress
 1990 Alien Nation (TV Series)
Renee Longstreet
- Eyewitness News (1990) ... Renee Longstreet
 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
 1987 Leg Work (TV Series)
Dr. Griffin
- Things That Go Bump in the Night (1987) ... Dr. Griffin
 1987 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Angela
- Episode #1.10366 (1987) ... Angela
 1986 Liberty (TV Movie)
Linda Thornton
 1986 F/X
TV reporter
 1985 Doubletake (TV Mini-Series)
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)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (175 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage: Played Hildy Johnson alongside Courtney B. Vance in John Guare's "His Girl Friday" (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I don't like elevators, I don't like being in small places. I worked with the dearly departed Wes Craven years ago for Vampire In Brooklyn and he had me in a coffin and closed up, so I get a little claustrophobic. 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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