Nov. 8th, 1952
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Alfre Woodard's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2015 - Mississippi Grind
2013 - 12 Years a Slave
2008 - The Family That Preys
2008 - American Violet
2006 - Take the Lead
2005 - Beauty Shop
2004 - The Forgotten
2003 - Radio
2003 - Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
2003 - The Singing Detective
2003 - The Core
2002 - The Wild Thornberrys Movie
2001 - K-PAX
2000 - Lost Souls
2000 - Dinosaur
1999 - Mumford
1996 - Primal Fear
1996 - Star Trek: First Contact
1994 - Blue Chips
1994 - Crooklyn
1993 - Heart and Souls
1992 - Passion Fish
1992 - The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
1991 - Grand Canyon
1988 - Scrooged
1986 - Extremities
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Roxanne Turner
Ruby Jean Reynolds
Herself - Guest
Herself - Guest
Alfre Woodard is the youngest of three children born to her parents in Oklahoma. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name in written out in gold letters. A former high school cheerleader and track star, she got the acting bug after being pursuaded to audition for a school play by a nun at her school. She went on to study acting at Boston University and enjoyed a brief stint on Broadway before moving to LA.
She got her first break in Remember My Name (1978) which also starred 'Jeff Goldblum'. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, writer 'Roderick Spencer', and their two adopted children: Mavis and Duncan. She was named one of the Most Beautiful People in America by People Magazine.
- Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.
- Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.
- 'Jonathan Frakes' (qv) calls her his "godmother". The two became friends as young actors in the 1970s.
- Her old Tulsa, Oklahoma house located near the Broken Arrow Expressway is the same part of the Oklahoma Turnpike the Jackson family would take by bus to California for Jackson-Five performances.
- Has one daughter, Mavis and one son, Duncan
- For her revelatory performance in writer-director 'John Sayles' (qv)' _Passion Fish (1992)_ (qv) she was the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's second pick (i.e. runner-up) for their best supporting actress prize in 1992.
- As of September 13, 2003, she now holds the record of being the most honored African American actress in Primetime Emmy history. Until her win (as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for _"The Practice" (1997)_ (qv)), she was tied with 'Cicely Tyson' (qv) at three Primetime Emmys apiece. She won her first Primetime Emmy in 1984 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for a three-episode guest stint on _"Hill Street Blues" (1981)_ (qv), as the mother of a young boy accidentally killed by a police officer. Her second Primetime Emmy came in 1986 as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series (a category which has since been split into male and female equivalents) for the "Pilot" episode of _"L.A. Law" (1986)_ (qv) playing a woman dying of leukemia who claims to have been a victim of gang rape. In 1997, she won her third Primetime Emmy for _Miss Evers' Boys (1997) (TV)_ (qv) against stiff competition from the likes of 'Meryl Streep' (qv), 'Glenn Close' (qv) and 'Stockard Channing' (qv).
- Played Dr. Roxanne Turner in _"St. Elsewhere" (1982)_ (qv) and years later in an episode of _"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993)_ (qv). 'Tom Fontana' (qv) was a writer for the first, and an executive producer for the second.