Jurnee Smollett

Actor, Singer, Model
The fourth of six performing siblings, Jurnee Smollett was just what writer-director Kasi Lemmons had envisioned for the lead in her film: "a light-skinned black child . . . who could convey the nuances of a Creole ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1986 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Underground 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Cosby 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full House 1991 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1991 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1991 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Blood 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Do No Harm 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friday Night Lights 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parenthood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mob Doctor 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Defenders 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanda At Large 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heart of the City: Katrina 5 Years Later 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Debaters 2007 (Movie)

Samantha Booke (Actor)

Gridiron Gang 2006 (Movie)

Danyelle Rollins (Actor)

Roll Bounce 2005 (Movie)

Tori (Actor)

ER 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beautiful Joe 2000 (Movie)

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Eve's Bayou 1997 (Movie)

Eve Batiste (Actor)

Jack 1996 (Movie)

Phoebe (Actor)

On Our Own 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunday in Paris 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby's Bucket of Blood (TV Show)

Actor

Selma, Lord, Selma (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The fourth of six performing siblings, Jurnee Smollett was just what writer-director Kasi Lemmons had envisioned for the lead in her film: "a light-skinned black child . . . who could convey the nuances of a Creole child in the 60s." The young thespian pulled ahead of her brothers and sisters with her bracing portrayal of a ten-year-old who finds her father (Samuel L Jackson) in a compromising position in the finely-crafted independent "Eve's Bayou" (1997). She conveyed a maturity far beyond her years, yet also managed to retain a childlike innocence, impressing critics and audiences alike. Smollett had begun her career as a child model and landed recurring roles on both "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" and "Full House" before co-starring with her siblings in the sitcom "On Our Own" (ABC, 1994-95). Despite efforts to position the Smolletts as the "new" Jackson family (they sing and dance together as well as act), young Jurnee has managed to carve her own niche. In addition to her film roles, she displayed her acting chops as the daughter of a slain black activist in a particularly memorable episode of "NYPD Blue." After making guest appearances on Bill Cosby's CBS sitcom during the 1997-98 season, she was added as a regular to "Cosby" in the fall of 1998, allowing the veteran to bestow his "wisdom" to her.

Relationships

Josiah Bell

Husband
Married Oct. 24, 2010

Jake Smollett Actor

Brother
Born July 29, 1989

Joel Smollett

Father

Janet Smollett

Mother

Jocqui Smollett Actor

Brother
Born c. 1993

JoJo Smollett Actor

Brother
Born Aug. 28, 1977

Jussie Smollett Actor

Brother
Born June 21, 1983

Jazz Smollett Actor

Sister
Born April 1, 1980

EDUCATION

home-schooled by her parents

Milestones

2016

Joined the cast of the series "Underground"

2013

Took on the role of Nicole on the series "True Blood"

2013

Starred in "Tyler Perry's Tempation"

2010

Acted opposite Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell on legal drama "The Defenders" (CBS)

2009

Co-starred on final two seasons of "Friday Night Lights" (NBC)

2007

Cast in Denzel Washington's directorial debut "The Great Debaters"

2003

Played Wanda Sykes' niece on Fox series "Wanda at Large"

1999

Starred in ABC movie "Selma, Lord, Selma"

1998

Joined cast of CBS sitcom "Cosby"

1997

Earned critical raves for performance as a young girl who undergoes a loss of innocence in haunting "Eve's Bayou"

1996

Made film acting debut in "Jack"

1994

Featured alongside siblings on short-lived ABC comedy "On Our Own"

1992

Landed recurring role on ABC family sitcom "Full House"

1992

Played recurring role on "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" (ABC)

Began career as child model

Bonus Trivia

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Is of Russian, Polish, and African heritage.

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Has appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Cheerios, and Fisher-Price.

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Is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, an organization dedicated to combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Is on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Defense Fund.

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