PROFILE
Name:
Kym Whitley
Birth Date:
June 7, 1961
Birth Place:
Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Sparks

Background:

Actress and comedian Kym Whitley is recognized for her roles in the TV series "My Brother and Me," "Sparks," "My Wife and Kids," "The Parkers," and "The Boondocks" (voice). She also has guest starred in such TV shows as "The Parent 'Hood," "Martin," "Married with Children," "Arli$$," "The Wayans Bros.," "Grown Ups," "Moesha," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "One on One," "1-800-Missing," "That's So Raven," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Love, Inc."

Meanwhile, moviegoers could catch her in the films "Next Friday" (2000), "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000), "Deliver Us from Eva" (2003), "Along Came Polly" (2004), "The Salon" (2005), "The Perfect Man" (2005), "Fun with Dick and Jane" (2005), and "College Road Trip" (2008).

She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Something Like a Business," "The Hustle," "Group Sex," and "The Black Man's Guide to Understanding Black Women."

As a comedienne, Whitley performs side-splitting stand-up routines weekly at “Whacked Out Wednesdays” comedy night at Sierra’s Café in Studio City, California, alongside Buddy Lewis.

Whitley is currently engaged to director Timothy Wayne Folsome.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Girl

Childhood and Family:

Born in Sudan, Khartoum, on June 7, 1961, Kym Elizabeth Whitley grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Whitley is currently engaged to director Timothy Wayne Folsome.


The Salon

Career:

In early 1990s, Kym Whitley first appeared on television in a July 1992 episode of the sitcom "Vinnie & Bobby," a spin-off of the "Top of the Heap" TV series starring Matt LeBlanc and Robert Torti in the title role. She then joined the cast of Nickelodeon one-season family sitcom about an African American family living in the West Side of Charlotte, North Carolina, "My Brother and Me" (1994-1995), playing Ms. Pigney. She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the sitcoms "The Parent 'Hood" (The WB; starring Robert Townsend and Suzzanne Douglass), "Martin" (HBO; starring Martin Lawrence), and "Married with Children" (FOX; starring Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, and Christina Applegate).

Whitley landed her first TV series regular role, as Darice Mayberry, in the UPN comedy-sitcom "Sparks." The show, which follows the every day lives of an African-American family of lawyers running a family owned law practice, also stars James Avery, Robin Givens, Terrence Howard, and Miguel A. Núñez Jr. It aired from August 26, 1996 to March 2, 1998.

After guest-starring in an episode of the WB sitcom starring real-life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, "The Wayans Bros.," and HBO sitcom starring Robert Wuhl, "Arli$$," Whitley supported Farrah Fawcett in the TV movie version of Lawrence Naumoff's book, "Silk Hope" (1999). She also made her first film in director Tyler Maddox-Simms' poor urban comedy "Beverly Hood" (1999). Meanwhile, she appeared in the TV commercial for laundry detergent Tide.

Entering the new millennium, Whitley was cast in two comedy movies, Steve Carr's "Next Friday," starring Ice Cube, Tamala Jones, and Mike Epps, and Peter Segal's "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," starring Eddie Murphy and Janet Jackson. She guest-starred in the UPN sitcom starring Jaleel White, "Grown Ups," and UPN sitcom starring R&B singer Brandy Norwood, "Moesha." She also appeared as Vanessa Bell Calloway friend Cheryl in the made-for-television movie "A Private Affair," which based on the novel by Donna Hill, and was Calloway's sidekick in the show "Oh Drama!"

From 2001 to 2004, Whitley played a recurring role as Gertrude in the UPN sitcom starring Mo'Nique Imes and Countess Vaughn, "The Parkers," a spin-off of "Moesha."

Meanwhile, she continued to add to her resume with roles in the films "Baby Boy" (2001), writer/director John Singleton's romantic drama starring Tyrese Gibson, Ving Rhames, Snoop Dogg, and Omar Gooding, "House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute" (2001; V), the fourth installment of the "House Party" film series starring IMx, and "Deliver Us from Eva" (2003), Gary Hardwick's romantic drama/comedy starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union for which Whitley was nominated a BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her performance as Ormandy.

She could also be seen in "Love Chronicles" (2003), writer/director Tyler Maddox-Simms' romantic drama starring Terrence Howard and Caroline Whitney Smith which Whitley also co-produced, "Malibooty!" (2003), Barry Bowles' straight-to-video released comedy, "Up Against the 8 Ball" (2004), Troy Curvey Jr. and Miguel A. Núñez Jr. comedy starring Iva La'Shawn and Tawny Dahl, and "Along Came Polly" (2004), writer/director John Hamburg's romantic comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.

Meanwhile, Whitley took the stage and headlined "Things That Lovers Do," a 13 city play which also starred Chante and Kenny Lattimore. It ran from January to March 2003.

On the small screen, Whitley guest-starred in multiple episodes of ABC sitcom starring Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell, "My Wife and Kids," as well as in an episode of Disney Channel animated series "The Proud Family," Lifetime mystery/drama based on the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series by Meg Cabot, "1-800-Missing," UPN sitcom starring Flex Alexander and Kyla Pratt, "One on One," and HBO sitcom "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She also co-starred with Keshia Knight Pulliam, Angell Conwell, and Monica McSwain in the family/drama TV movie "What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway" (2002).

From 2005 to 2007, Whitley provided her voice for various characters in the animated series based upon McGruder's comic strip, "The Boondocks." During this time, she continued working for films and has acted in "The Salon" (2005), Mark Brown's film adaptation of Shelley Garrett's play about an African-American woman who opens her own hair salon in which she co-starred with Vivica A. Fox and Darrin Henson, "The Golden Blaze" (2005), Bryon E. Carson's straight-to-video released cartoon movie, and "The Perfect Man" (2005), Mark Rosman's family drama/comedy starring Hilary Duff and Heather Locklear in which she played Locklear's friend and employer Dolores.

She also co-starred with Anthony Guidera, Dean Alioto, Sarah Wynter, Erik Palladino, and Michael Madsen in the crime/comedy movie "L.A. Dicks" (2005), which was written and directed by Alioto, and supported Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, and Alec Baldwin in Dean Parisot's remake of the 1977 comedy film, "Fun with Dick and Jane" (2005). She also appeared in Reed R. McCants' comedy about wannabe actors who battle slings and arrows in the process of making a community theater troupe, "Cuttin Da Mustard" (2006).

Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch her in dual episodes of Disney Channel sitcom "That's So Raven," and in an episode of ABC Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning primetime medical drama "Grey's Anatomy," UPN sitcom "Love, Inc.," Comedy Central's "Reno 911!," and FOX short-lived drama "Standoff." She also starred in an unsold TV series pilot "The Catch" (2005), an ensemble drama created by J.J. Abrams and is set in the world of bounty hunters, and was in the animated made-for-television movie "Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street" (2006).

Most recently, in 2008, Whitley co-starred with Scott Wolf and Ashley Williams in the legal comedy TV movie "Making It Legal" and supported Raven-Symoné and Martin Lawrence in Roger Kumble's comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, "College Road Trip."

Whitley is currently working on her upcoming film projects, "Something Like a Business," a comedy by writer/director Russ Parr in which she co-stars with Kevin Hart, Tracey Cherelle Jones, and Keith David, and "The Hustle," a comedy by Deon Taylor in which she teams up with Charles Q. Murphy, Al Shearer, and Lisa Tucker.

She will also appear in "Group Sex," a comedy by Lawrence Trilling in which she joins Greg Grunberg, Sandra Taylor, and Aaron Hill, and "The Black Man's Guide to Understanding Black Women," an independent drama by writer/director Greg Carter in which she co-stars

with Lark Voorhies, LisaRaye, and Wesley Jonathan.

As a comedienne, Whitley performs side-splitting stand-up routines weekly at “Whacked Out Wednesdays” comedy night at Sierra’s Café in Studio City, California, alongside Buddy Lewis.


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