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Taraji P. Henson


Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005). See full bio »

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Known For

Hidden Figures Katherine G. Johnson
(2016)
(2005)
The Karate Kid Sherry Parker
(2010)

Filmography

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 2019 What Men Want (post-production)
Ali Davis
 2019 The Best of Enemies (completed)
Ann Atwater
 2015-2018 Empire (TV Series)
Cookie Lyon
- Had It from My Father (2018) ... Cookie Lyon
- Master of What Is Mine Own (2018) ... Cookie Lyon
- Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils (2018) ... Cookie Lyon
- What Is Done (2018) ... Cookie Lyon
- The Depth of Grief (2018) ... Cookie Lyon
 2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet
Yesss (voice)
 2018 Proud Mary: If Looks Could Kill (Short)
Mary
 2018 Acrimony
Melinda
 2018 Proud Mary
Mary
 2017 Hidden Figures: It All Adds Up - The Making of Hidden Figures (Video short)
Katherine Johnson
 2017 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Praline
- The Great Phatsby: Part 2 (2017) ... Praline (voice)
- The Great Phatsby: Part 1 (2017) ... Praline (voice)
 2016 Hidden Figures
Katherine G. Johnson
 2016 Term Life
Samantha Thurman
 2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (TV Short)
Ethel (voice)
 2011-2015 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Joss Carter
- Terra Incognita (2015) ... Joss Carter
- The Crossing (2013) ... Joss Carter
- Endgame (2013) ... Joss Carter
- The Perfect Mark (2013) ... Joss Carter
- Mors Praematura (2013) ... Joss Carter
 2014 Seasons of Love (TV Movie)
Jackie
 2014/I No Good Deed
Terry
 2014 Top Five
Taraji P. Henson
 2014 Think Like a Man Too
Lauren
 2013 From the Rough
Catana Starks
 2013 Madly Madagascar (Video short)
Okapi (voice)
 2012 Living in the Age of Surveillance (Video short)
Various
 2012 Think Like a Man
Lauren
 2011 Larry Crowne
B'Ella
 2011/I The Good Doctor
Nurse Theresa
 2011 Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (TV Movie)
Tiffany Rubin
 2010 The Brotherly Love Table Read (Video short)
 2010 Peep World
Mary
 2010 The Karate Kid
Sherry Parker
 2010 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Chanel
- Brotherly Love (2010) ... Chanel (voice)
 2010 Once Fallen
Pearl
 2010 Date Night
Detective Arroyo
 2010 Forehead Tittaes (Video short)
 2009 Hurricane Season
Dayna Collins
 2009 Not Easily Broken
Clarice Clark
 2008 Eli Stone (TV Series)
Angela Scott
- Help! (2008) ... Angela Scott
- Happy Birthday, Nate (2008) ... Angela Scott
- The Humanitarian (2008) ... Angela Scott
 2007-2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Whitney Rome
- Patriot Acts (2008) ... Whitney Rome
- The Gods Must Be Crazy (2008) ... Whitney Rome (credit only)
- Indecent Proposals (2008) ... Whitney Rome
- The Court Supreme (2008) ... Whitney Rome (credit only)
- The Mighty Rogues (2008) ... Whitney Rome
 2007 Talk to Me
Vernell Watson
 2006 Smokin' Aces
Sharice Watters (as Taraji Henson)
 2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Christina
- I Like to Watch (2006) ... Christina (as Taraji Henson)
 2006/I Something New
Nedra
 2005 House M.D. (TV Series)
Moira
- Spin (2005) ... Moira
 2005 Half & Half (TV Series)
Gabrielle
- The Big How to Do & Undo It Episode (2005) ... Gabrielle
 2005 Animal (Video)
Ramona
 2005 Common: Testify (Video short)
 2005 Four Brothers
Camille Mercer
 2005 Hustle & Flow
Shug
 2004 Hair Show
Tiffany (as Taraji Henson)
 2004 All of Us (TV Series)
Kim
- In Through the Out Door (2004) ... Kim (as Taraji Henson)
 2002-2004 The Division (TV Series)
Inspector Raina Washington
- Zero Tolerance: Part 2 (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
- Zero Tolerance: Part 1 (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
- Be Careful What You Wish For (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
- Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
- Baby, the Rain Must Fall (2004) ... Inspector Raina Washington
 2002 Holla (TV Series)
Guest
 2001 Baby Boy
Yvette
 2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (TV Movie)
Bess Pinckney
 2001 All or Nothing (Video)
Kiko
 2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
Left-Wing Student (as Taraji Henson)
 2000 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Crystal
- Drug Interactions (2000) ... Crystal
 2000 Satan's School for Girls (TV Movie)
Paige
 1999 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
Rhonda
- The Right Thing (1999) ... Rhonda
 1998-1999 Felicity (TV Series)
Art Student / R.A. #2
- Todd Mulcahy: Part 2 (1999) ... Art Student (as Taraji Henson)
- Drawing the Line: Part 1 (1998) ... R.A. #2
 1998 Streetwise
Tammy
 1997-1998 Smart Guy (TV Series)
Leslie / Monique
- Break Up Not to Make Up (1998) ... Leslie (as Taraji Henson)
- Boomerang (1998) ... Leslie (as Taraji Henson)
- Big Picture (1997) ... Monique
 1998 Saved by the Bell: The New Class (TV Series)
Girl #3
- Loser (1998) ... Girl #3
 1998 ER (TV Series)
Elan / Patrice Robbins
- Split Second (1998) ... Elan (as Taraji Henson)
- Of Past Regret and Future Fear (1998) ... Patrice Robbins (as Taraji Henson)
 1997 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
Briana
- Two's Company (1997) ... Briana
 1997 The Parent 'Hood (TV Series)
Aida
- Fast Cash (1997) ... Aida (as Taraji Henson)
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Other Works:

Appears in Jamie Foxx's music video 'Just like me'. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Taraji Henson

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm not interested in disposable music. See more »

Trivia:

Henson first attended North Carolina Agric & Tech, where she attempted to study electrical engineering. She failed precalculus, so she transferred to Howard University. To pay for Howard, she worked two jobs: in the morning, as a secretary at the Pentagon; at night, as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship. She graduated from Howard University in 1995. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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