Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett

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    • October 1st, 1986
Jurnee Diana Smollett was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City. She co-starred in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994–1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey's Anatomy, etc. She also co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett is best known for her role in the independent film Eve's Bayou (1997), for which she received critical acclaim as ten-year-old Eve. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma Lord Selma. In 2000 she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly in the comedy film Beautiful Joe. 2001 would find Jurnee co-starring as daughter to another popular actress, Angela Bassett, in the film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. Smollett co-starred with actors Bow Wow and Brandon T Jackson in the 2005 skater movie Roll Bounce. In 2006 she joined the film Gridiron Gang. In 2007 actor/director Denzel Washington cast Smollett in The Great Debaters. As of September 2010, she is co-stars with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in the CBS legal drama The Defenders. She has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was eleven. She spoke at the Ryan White Youth Conference, and elsewhere, on this issue. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa. On October 24, 2010, Jurnee married musician Josiah Bell.


Acting (16 Credits)

2020Birds of Prey as Dinah Lance / Black Canary
2020Lovecraft Country as Letitia
2016Hands of Stone as Juanita Leonard
2016Underground as Rosalee
2013Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor as Judith
2010The Defenders (2010) as Lisa Tyler
2008True Blood as Nicole Wright
2007The Great Debaters as Samantha Booke
2006Gridiron Gang as Danyelle Rollins
2006Friday Night Lights as Jess Merriweather
2005Roll Bounce as Tori
2000Beautiful Joe as Vivien Mason
1999Selma, Lord, Selma as Sheyann Webb
1997Eve's Bayou as Eve Batiste
1996Jack as Phoebe


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