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Taraji P. Henson

Highest Rated:   93% Hidden Figures (2017)
Lowest Rated:   0% Term Life (2016)
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Birthplace:   Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., native Taraji P. Henson didn't always know that her smoldering charisma and beautiful face would make her a professional actress. On the contrary, she originally studied electrical engineering when she enrolled at North Carolina Agric & Tech. She later transferred to Howard University, where she attended classes while working as a secretary at the Pentagon, and as a singer and dancer aboard a cruise ship. She eventually changed her academic focus to theater and graduated in 1995. Henson's career began with appearances on Homicide: Life on the Street and ER, but it really took off when she was cast in a major supporting role in 2001's Baby Boy and 2004's Hustle & Flow, in which she also showcased her vocal talents, singing on the track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" for the movie's soundtrack, which took home the Best Song Oscar that year. Henson later moved on to take major roles in Smokin' Aces and Talk to Me. Henson made the most of her work as the mother of the backward-aging man in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and her performance garnered Best Supporting Actress nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy. She became an in-demand character actress after that success and appeared in a series of films including Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, the remake of The Karate Kid, Date Night, and Larry Crowne. In 2012, she was part of the ensemble in the hit comedy Think Like a Man, and later reprised her role in the sequel, Think Like a Man Too. Henson returned to television on the CBS crime drama Person of Interest, playing an NYPD detective. Her character was dramatically killed off in the third season, with Henson claiming she wanted to focus on her film career. However, she quickly took a role on the FOX musical drama Empire, playing breakout character Cookie Lyon.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
20% Coffee & Kareem
  • Vanessa Manning
2020
No Score Yet Feeding America Comedy Festival
  • Actor
2020
87% This Changes Everything
  • Actor
2019
53% The Best of Enemies
  • Ann Atwater
2019
42% What Men Want
  • Executive Producer
  • Ali Davis
2019
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Yesss
2018
17% Tyler Perry's Acrimony
  • Melinda
2018
27% Proud Mary
  • Mary
2018
93% Hidden Figures
  • Katherine Johnson
$169.4M 2017
0% Term Life
  • Samantha Thurman
$13.5k 2016
No Score Yet Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
  • Ethel
2016
No Score Yet Seasons Of Love
  • Executive Producer
  • Jackie
2014
12% No Good Deed
  • Terri
  • Executive Producer
$42.5M 2014
23% Think Like a Man Too
  • Lauren
2014
No Score Yet From The Rough
  • Catana Sparks
2014
66% The Good Doctor
  • Nurse Theresa
$3.7k 2012
54% Think Like a Man
  • Lauren
$91.6M 2012
71% Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain
  • Black Teller
$7.8M 2011
36% Larry Crowne
  • B'Ella
$35.6M 2011
25% Peep World
  • Mary
$11.4k 2011
No Score Yet Mama & Me
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season
  • Dayna Collins
2010
66% The Karate Kid
  • Sherry Parker
$176.6M 2010
66% Date Night
  • Detective Arroyo
$98.8M 2010
No Score Yet Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
  • Tiffany Rubin
2010
60% I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  • April
$51.7M 2009
31% Not Easily Broken
  • Clarice
$10.6M 2009
No Score Yet Once Fallen
  • Pearl
2009
71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Queenie
$127.5M 2008
52% The Family That Preys
  • Pam
$37.1M 2008
82% Talk to Me
  • Vernell
$4.5M 2007
30% Smokin' Aces
  • Sharice Watters
$35.6M 2007
61% Something New
  • Nedra
$11.5M 2006
52% Four Brothers
  • Camille Mercer
$74.5M 2005
82% Hustle & Flow
  • Shug
$22.2M 2005
17% Hair Show
  • Tiffany
$0.3M 2004
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man
  • Bess Pinckney
2001
71% Baby Boy
  • Yvette
$27.9M 2001
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Left-Wing Student
$0.5M 2000
No Score Yet Satan's School for Girls
  • Paige
2000

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
84% Empire
2015
  • Cookie Lyon
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2019
100% Desus & Mero
2019
  • Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
0% The Alec Baldwin Show
2018-2019
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
85% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2016
92% Person Of Interest
2011-2016
  • Detective Carter Carter
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
  • Performer
  • 2015
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2016
  • Joss Carter Carter
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
  • Host
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show
2009-2011
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
60% Eli Stone
2008-2009
  • Angela
  • 2008
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Whitney Rome
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Christina
  • 2006
No Score Yet Half & Half
2002-2006
  • Gabrielle
  • 2005
90% House
2004-2012
  • Moira
  • 2005
No Score Yet All of Us
2003-2007
  • Kim Lawrence
  • 2004
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
  • Crystal
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Elam Patrice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Smart Guy
1997-1999
  • Leslie
  • 1998
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
  • Lisa DeNardi
  • 1995

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