Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Nov. 8th, 1952
Born in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
5' 3

Alfre Woodard's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Desperate Housewives TV Show
Desperate Housewives
State Of Affairs TV Show
State Of Affairs
My Own Worst Enemy TV Show
My Own Worst Enemy
Memphis Beat TV Show
Memphis Beat
Three Rivers TV Show
Three Rivers
Sara TV Show

Main Movie Roles

2015 - 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 - Dinosaur
2000 - Lost Souls
1999 - Mumford
1996 - Star Trek: First Contact
1996 - Primal Fear
1994 - Blue Chips
1994 - Crooklyn
1993 - Heart and Souls
1992 - The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
1992 - Passion Fish
1991 - Grand Canyon
1988 - Scrooged
1986 - Extremities

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Dr. Roxanne Turner
Marcia Fulbright
Hattie Lemaster
Ruby Jean Reynolds
Amy Granderson
Doris Robson
Herself - Narrator (Voiced)
Dr. Lydia Crawford
Denise Freeman
Princess Lovinia
[Complete List]


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.
  • 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).
  • Attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • She was so impressed with the script of the independent film _Follow Me Home (1996)_ (qv) that she offered to play the role of Evey without pay; much to the delight and awe of filmmaker 'Peter Bratt' (qv).
  • Among the Star Trek toys released for the movie _Star Trek: First Contact (1996)_ (qv), an action figure was made of Alfre in the likeness of her character Lili in the film.
  • She and 'Felicity Huffman' (qv) are the only two cast members of _"Desperate Housewives" (2004)_ (qv) to have Oscar nominations.
  • 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.

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