Regina King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician.
Is an alumnus of Westchester High School (class of 1988), as are Nia Long (class of 1989), singer Karyn White (class of 1984), director Tim Story (class of 1988), former NFL player Kevin Johnson (class of 1988), jazz pianist Eric Reed (class of 1988), the late Anissa Jones (class of 1976) and the late Phil Hartman (class of 1966).
In addition, well-known civil rights attorney and radio talk show host Leo Terrell was an English teacher at the school.
I know in my own marriage I stayed in it to provide my son with what I thought was a stable background and to give him what I thought was the family life a child should have with two parents.
But that isn't always the best way, and it took me taking my son to therapy after the divorce to really see it. sometimes might get a bad rap because it's known to be so Hollywood-oriented and then underneath that you have crime.
I love my city and I feel like the majority of the people that are in the city are people from other cities. But that's really the case in pretty much any major city that you go to.
She began her national TV career on What's Happening Now!!
, a sequel to the original ABC show What's Happening!! She became known for her role as Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90) and a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire, then for her leading roles in two Peabody Award–winning television shows: The Boondocks and Southland.
Her role in Southland earned her two Critics' Choice Award nominations for best supporting dramatic actress in 20.
In 2015, she began starring in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Since 2015, she played Erika Murphy on the critically acclaimed HBO drama, The Leftovers, for which she has received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination.
She has a recurring role as Janine Davis on The Big Bang Theory, and has starred in numerous films, including Ray, Poetic Justice, Friday, and Legally Blonde 2. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning.