Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She received praise for her performances as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award... read more

Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She received praise for her performances as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination; and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010 she appeared in the action comedy Date Night, and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid.

Birth Name

Taraji Penda Henson

Born

Friday, 11 September 1970

Links

Actress Filmography

Minions: The Rise of Gru Belle Bottom (voice) / Belle Bottom 2021
History 101 Self (archive footage) 2020
Feeding America Comedy Festival herself / Self 2020
LA Originals Self (archive footage) 2020
Coffee & Kareem Vanessa Manning / Vanessa 2020
BET Awards 2019 Self - Presenter 2019
Tuca & Bertie Terry (voice) 2019
The Best of Enemies Ann Atwater 2019
Desus & Mero Self 2019
What Men Want Ali Davis 2019
(see additional filmography)

Actress Filmography

Minions: The Rise of Gru Belle Bottom (voice) / Belle Bottom 2021
History 101 Self (archive footage) 2020
Feeding America Comedy Festival herself / Self 2020
LA Originals Self (archive footage) 2020
Coffee & Kareem Vanessa Manning / Vanessa 2020
BET Awards 2019 Self - Presenter 2019
Tuca & Bertie Terry (voice) 2019
The Best of Enemies Ann Atwater 2019
Desus & Mero Self 2019
What Men Want Ali Davis 2019
Ralph Breaks the Internet Yesss (voice) 2018
This Changes Everything Herself 2018
The Alec Baldwin Show Self - Guest 2018
Acrimony Melinda 2018
The Van Jones Show Self - Guest 2018
Proud Mary Mary 2018
Carpool Karaoke Self 2017
The Oscars Herself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature 2017
The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Herself - Presenter 2017
Hidden Figures Katherine G. Johnson 2016
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself - Nominee & Presenter 2016
Harry Herself 2016
Term Life Samantha Thurman 2016
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Ethel (voice) 2016
73rd Golden Globe Awards Herself - Winner & Presenter 2016
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Self - Guest, Self 2015
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter Self 2015
This Week in Hollywood Herself 2015
Lip Sync Battle Self - Competitor 2015
The Late Late Show with James Corden Herself 2015
Hot Ones Self - Guest 2015
Empire Cookie Lyon 2015
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Self 2014
Top Five Taraji P. Henson 2014
No Good Deed Terry 2014
Think Like a Man Too Lauren 2014
From the Rough Catana Starks 2014
Unsung Hollywood Self 2014
Late Night with Seth Meyers Self - Guest 2014
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Herself, Herself - Guest, Herself - Surprise Guest, Herself (segment "Jimpire") 2014
The Arsenio Hall Show Herself - Guest 2013
Celebrity Page Self, Herself, Self (archive footage) 2013
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film Herself - Actor 2013
The Real Self 2013
Hollywood Game Night Self - Guest 2013
Madly Madagascar Okapi (voice) 2013
Huff Post's BV 365 Herself 2012
Steve Harvey Herself 2012
Think Like A Man Lauren 2012
The Chew Herself - Guest 2011
Person of Interest Joss Carter 2011
Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain Taraji 2011
Dish Nation Self, Self (archive footage) 2011
Larry Crowne B'Ella 2011
The Good Doctor Nurse Theresa 2011
Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Tiffany Rubin 2011
Mama & Me Herself 2011
Conan Herself - Guest 2010
The Talk Self - Guest, Self 2010
Peep World Mary 2010
Once Fallen Pearl 2010
The Karate Kid Sherry Parker 2010
Date Night Detective Arroyo 2010
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards Herself 2010
Hurricane Season Dayna Collins 2009
The Cleveland Show Chanel 2009
The Dr. Oz Show Self - Guest 2009
I Can Do Bad All By Myself April 2009
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Self - Guest 2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Herself - Guest 2009
Not Easily Broken Clarice Clark 2009
Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photographer Johnny Nunez Herself 2009
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Queenie 2008
The Family That Preys Pam 2008
The Wendy Williams Show Self - Guest 2008
Eli Stone Angela Scott 2008
Talk to Me Vernell Watson 2007
Chelsea Lately Herself - Guest 2007
ESPN First Take Self 2007
Smokin' Aces Sharice Watters (as Taraji Henson) 2006
Access Hollywood Herself (archive footage), Herself 2006
Something New Nedra 2006
Made in Hollywood Self 2005
Hustle & Flow Shug 2005
Four Brothers Camille Mercer 2005
Animal Ramona 2005
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself - Guest 2005
House Moira 2004
Hair Show Tiffany 2004
Fashion News Live Herself 2004
Boston Legal Whitney Rome, Whitney Rome (credit only) 2004
The Insider Herself, Herself (archive footage), Herself - Author, Around the Way Girl 2004
The Drop Herself 2004
All of Us Kim 2003
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself - Guest 2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself - Guest 2003
Half & Half Gabrielle 2002
Baby Boy Yvette 2001
Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Bess Pinckney 2001
The Test Herself - Panelist 2001
All or Nothing Kiko 2001
The Division Inspector Raina Washington 2001
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Christina 2000
Strong Medicine Crystal 2000
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Left-Wing Student (as Taraji Henson) 2000
Satan's School for Girls Paige 2000
Felicity Art Student, R.A. #2 1998
The View Self - Guest, Herself - Guest, Herself 1997
Smart Guy Leslie, Monique 1997
Pacific Blue Rhonda 1996
The Parent 'Hood Aida 1995
ER Elan, Patrice Robbins 1994
Extra with Billy Bush Self, Self (archive footage), Herself, Self - Author, Around the Way Girl 1994
Sister, Sister Briana 1994
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Herself - Guest 1993
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Girl #3 1993
Late Show with David Letterman Herself - Guest 1993
The Simpsons Praline (voice) 1989
CNN Newsroom Self 1989
Inside Edition Herself, Herself - Hostess, Live with Kelly & Michael 1988
Entertainment Tonight Herself, Herself (archive footage), Herself - Author, Around the Way Girl 1981
Saturday Night Live Nicki Minaj / Tamara Sanz / Wanda Sykes / Cookie Lyon / Mavis / Various / Self - Host 1975
Good Morning America Self - Guest 1975

Director Filmography

Empire 2015

Producer Filmography

2016 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Won
2016 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2015 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
2009 Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
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