Dondre Whitfield
Birth Date:
May 27, 1969
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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All My Children


“I thought I was being a man by leaving ‘All My Children.’ They didn’t want to give in to the issues that we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. When I brought it up, I guess I was like the Marcus Garvey of ABC daytime.” Dondre Whitfield

A veteran television actor hailed from Brooklyn, New York, Dondre Whitfield, sometimes credited as Dondre T. Whitfield / Dondré T. Whitfield, gained acclaimed and became famous for his role as Terence Frye on the long-running daytime soap opera “All My Children” (1991-1994), for which he nabbed three Emmy and two Soap Opera Digest nominations. First earning notice on the highly successful sitcom “The Cosby Show” (1985-1987), the actor established himself in the small screen with roles in such television shows as “Another World” (1989-1990), “The Crew” (1995), “Between Brothers” (1997), Fox’s “Living in Captivity” (1998), “Secret Agent Man” (2000), “Inside Schwartz” (2001), “Hidden Hills” (2002) and more recently, “Jake in Progress” (2006). Moreover, he has had recurring roles in such hit series as “Girlfriends” (2001-2002) and “Ghost Whisperer” (2005-2006).

On the feature front, Whitfield is probably remembered for his scene-stealing performance in the Vivica A. Fox vehicle Two Can Play That Game (2001). Other film credits include the Helen Mirren-directed Happy Birthday (2001), Biker Boyz (2003, starred Laurence Fishburne and Derek Luke), the baseball film Mr. 3000 (2004, starred Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett) and The Salon (2005).

Off screen, Whitfield is a passionate golfer and motorcyclist. He is married to actress Salli Richardson and they have one daughter. The happy couple was once chosen as one of Ebony magazine’s “10 Hottest Couples,” in a cover that also asserted their marriage among the “Top Weddings of the Year.”

Father of 1

Childhood and Family:

In Brooklyn, New York, Dondre Whitfield was born on May 27, 1969. He took professional acting studies at the Performing Arts High School in New York City, New York.

On September 8, 2002, Dondre tied the knot with actress Salli Richardson (born on November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois). The two have a daughter named Parker Richardson Whitfield. The family currently resides in Los Angeles.

The Cosby Show


Dondre Whitfield first caught the attention of television audiences when he appeared on several episodes of the most-watched sitcom in television history, “The Cosby Show” (1985-1987). There, he played the love interest of Vanessa, Robert Foreman. After the auspicious debut, he had a one-episodic role on “Diff’rent Strokes” (1986) and progressed to film two years later with bit parts in Bright Lights, Big City and Homeboy. A role as a breakdancer in the 1989 film Homeboyz II: Crack City followed before he returned to series TV by playing Jesse Lawrence in the 1964 soap “Another World” (1989-1990).

However, Whitfield did not receive a big breakthrough until he landed a regular role on the drama series “All My Children” (1991-1994). Brilliantly portraying Terence Frye, he earned Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Younger Actor in 1992, 1993 and 1994 as well as Soap Opera Digest nods for Outstanding Male Newcomer in 1993 and for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in 1994.

After “All My Children,” Whitfield joined the cast of the short-lived comedy “The Crew” (1995), as MacArthur ‘Mac’ Edwards, and, after guest spots in “The Jamie Foxx Show” (1996) and “Martin” (1997), he starred as a fun playboy named James Gordon in the well-liked comedy “Between Brothers” (1997), which broadcast on UPN and Fox. Concurrently, he played the role of Curtis Cook on Fox’s sitcom “Living in Captivity” (1998).

Entering the new millennium, Whitfield could be seen as Kevin Anjanette in the made-for-television sci-fi thriller, Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion (2000), in which he emerged to save the world from alien attack, and costarred in the brief thriller show “Secret Agent Man” (2000), created by Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson. Next up for Whitfield was guest roles in “The X Files” (2000), “Nash Bridges” (2000) and “NYPD Blue” (2001). Also in 2001, he offered a memorable supporting performance in director-writer Mark Brown’s film Two Can Play That Game, which starred Vivica A. Fox, and appeared in Happy Birthday, helmed by Oscar-nominated actress Helen Mirren.

Whitfield then was cast as William Morris in the NBC comedy series “Inside Schwartz” (2001), had a recurring role in the popular prime-time show “Girlfriends” (2001-2002, as Sean Ellis) and acted in another NBC’s comedy, “Hidden Hills” (2002), playing Zack Timmerman. The following years saw the actor make an uncredited cameo in the film Biker Boyz (2003), starring Laurence Fishburne and Derek Luke, supported Liz Vassey and Mary Catherine Garrison in The Partners (2003), an action-drama telepic about two female cops who can’t stand the sight of each other, as well as appeared with Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett in the baseball film Mr. 3000 (2004).

Following guest spots on “Half & Half” and “Second Time Around” (both 2004), Whitfield reunited with writer-director Mike Brown and actress Vivica A. Fox for the comedy/drama feature The Salon (2005) and took on a small role in the made-for-television film Briar & Graves (2005). He returned to his TV series roots by playing Mitch Marino on three episodes of the hit show “Ghost Whisperer” (2005-2006), starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and David Conrad, and Mark on the romantic comedy series “Jake in Progress” (2006), starring John Stamos as a New York publicist.

The 37-year-old actor will play Daniel in the made-for-television film comedy Our Thirties (2006). Among his costars in the upcoming film are Rachel Blanchard, Mike Faiola, Tom Hughes, Rashida Jones and Sarah Lafleur.


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