Boy Meets World
Actress Trina McGee is most popular among television audiences for playing Angela Moore in several seasons of the series “Boy Meets World” (1997-2000). She also appeared in Mike Nichols' “The Birdcage” (1996), Rob Cohen's “Daylight” (1996), Marcus Raboy's “Friday After Next” (2002) and Marcello Thedford's “Da' Booty Shop” (2009). McGee originally wanted to pursue a career in music but subsequently turned her attention to acting after being discovered by a movie producer in New York.
McGee currently lives in the San Fernando Valley with her three children.
Childhood and Family:
Trina Nicole McGee was born on September 6, 1969, in The Bronx, New York. Her mother was a classical pianist and her father was a photographer and political activist. She spent her youth without her father, who at the time fled from the Haitian authorities in the 1960s. Trina graduated from the Manhattan Country School and later moved to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University, where she majored in political science. However, she left school after two years and moved back to New York to try her hand at music. A movie producer discovered Trina in New York and she subsequently changed her focus to acting.
In 1991 Trina married Courtland Davis, but they divorced in 2001. She has three children. During her leisure time, she enjoys painting and performing plays with her children. She is known by the nickname Tekla Ruchi.
Da' Booty Shop
After quitting college, Trina McGee attempted to pursue a music career in New York. A movie producer approached her and convinced her to try acting. Not long after, she landed an agent and made her professional stage debut in the original production of “Chelsea Walls,” starring Marissa Tomei and Gina Gershon. She followed it up with appearances in three musicals before attending an open audition held by Quincy Jones, who was in search of girls who could act, dance and sing for a television show. The project was never finished.
In 1992, billed as Trina McGee-Davis, McGee made her television debut on an episode of the sitcom “A Different World” called “Kiss You Back.” It was followed by guest spots on “Martin” (1994), “The Sinbad Show” (2 episode, 1994), “Picket Fences” (1994), “Family Matters” (1995) and “The Parent 'Hood” (1995). In 1996, she landed a small role on the Academy Award nominated comedy “The Birdcage,” which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman. Later that same year, she had a supporting role on Rob Cohen's action adventure “Daylight,” starring Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman and Viggo Mortensen. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing.
McGee's big breakthrough arrived in 1997 when she joined the cast of the 1993 sitcom “Boy Meets World” in the role of Angela Moore, the love interest of Shawn Hunter (played by Rider Strong). She remained with the show until it ended in 2000. Meanwhile, McGee also played the recurring role of Ashley on “City Guys” (3 episodes, 1999) and had a guest stint on “City of Angels” (1 episode, 2000).
After “Boy Meets World” left the airwaves, McGee guest starred in the shows “So Little Time” (2001) and “The Hughleys” (2002) and was cast as Cinnamon in the Ice Cube comedy “Friday After Next” (2002). After her divorce, she left show business to focus on her children.
McGee resumed her acting career in 2007 with a bit part in the TV film “Business Class,” starring Krista Allen, La Monde Byrd and Gregory George Frank. The same year, she also guest starred in “All of Us.” In 2009, McGee costarred with Nancy Bellany, Jemal Draco and Kaja Martin in the comedy “Da' Booty Shop,” which was written and directed by Marcello Thedford. The next year, she starred as Tanya Jones in the direct to video “Pastor Jones: The Complete First Season,” opposite Vivica A. Fox and Sheryl Lee Ralph.