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Gabrielle Union

1972-10-29 Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama Series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J and Meagan Good in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003. Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Theresa and Sylvester Union. At the age of eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended Foothill High School. In high school, Union was an all-star point guard in basketball and a year-round athlete, also playing in soccer and running track. She went on to the University of Nebraska before moving on to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology. While studying there, she interned at the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency to earn extra academic credits. Invited by the agency's owner, Judith Fontaine, Union started working as a model to pay off college loans. Her acting career started with minor roles. Most were in teen movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You and Love and Basketball. In 1997, Union appeared in a sixth-season episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon N'Garen. She also appeared in Sister, Sister as Vanessa, in Smart Guy as Denise, and in five episodes of 7th Heaven as Keesha Hamilton. In 2000, Union landed the role of Isis in the cheerleading movie Bring it On opposite Kirsten Dunst. Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. She was cast in her first leading role in the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva with rapper L.L. Cool J. The film received fair reviews from critics and it showed that Union was a leading lady. Union landed the role of Will Smith's girlfriend Syd in the film Bad Boys II, a box office success grossing over $273 million worldwide. Union starred with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in the film Breakin' All the Rules in 2004. She then starred in the short-lived 2005 ABC series Night Stalker. She has also starred in the independent drama films Neo Ned and Constellation, the latter of which was released to theaters. She won an award for Best Actress in Neo Ned at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the film received awards at several festivals.


Adele One Night Only Self 2021-11-14
Fearless General Blazerhatch (voice) 2020-08-14
Sesame Street Elmo's Playdate: Scavenger Hunt 2020-08-06
The Public 2019-04-05
Breaking In Shaun Russell 2018-05-05
The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Nala (voice) 2018-01-09
Sleepless Dena 2017-01-12
The Birth of a Nation Esther 2016-09-09
Almost Christmas Rachel 2016-11-11
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Nala (voice) 2015-11-22
With This Ring Kitty 2015-01-24
Top Five Erica Long 2014-12-12
Think Like a Man Too Kristen 2014-06-20
The Door She 2013-07-02
Miss Dial Long Story Caller 2013-03-07
Think Like a Man Kristen 2012-04-16
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Herself 2012-10-03
Good Deeds Natalie 2012-02-23
In Our Nature Vicky 2012-12-07
Cadillac Records Geneva Wade 2008-12-05
Meet Dave No. 3 - Cultural Officer 2008-07-08
The Box Cris Romano 2007-01-01
Constellation Carmel Boxer 2007-02-01
The Perfect Holiday Nancy 2007-12-12
Daddy's Little Girls Julia Rossmore 2007-02-14
Running with Scissors Dorothy 2006-10-27
Neo Ned Rachael 2005-01-01
The Honeymooners Alice Kramden 2005-06-10
Say Uncle Elise Carter 2005-07-10
Hustle and Heat Masked Woman 2004-03-02
Breakin' All the Rules Nikki 2004-05-14
Something the Lord Made Clara Thomas 2004-05-30
Bad Boys II Sydney 'Syd' Burnett 2003-07-18
Deliver Us from Eva Eva Dandrige 2003-02-07
Cradle 2 the Grave Daria 2003-02-28
Welcome to Collinwood Michelle 2002-05-24
Abandon Amanda Luttrell 2002-10-14
Two Can Play That Game Conny Spalding 2001-09-07
The Brothers Denise Johnson 2001-03-23
Bring It On Isis 2000-08-25
Love & Basketball Shawnee 2000-04-21
H.E. Double Hockey Sticks Gabrielle 1999-10-03
She's All That Katie 1999-01-29
10 Things I Hate About You Chastity 1999-03-30
The Inspection
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Perfect Find