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Viola Davis

1965-08-11 Saint Matthews, South Carolina, USA

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Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress and producer. The recipient of numerous accolades, Davis is one of the few performers to have been awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (EGOT); additionally, she is the sole African-American to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting as well as the third person to achieve both statuses. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017, and in 2020, The New York Times ranked her ninth on its list of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Davis began her career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, appearing in small stage productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played minor roles in film and television in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before earning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the 2001 Broadway production of August Wilson's King Hedley II. Her film breakthrough came with her role as a troubled mother in the drama Doubt (2008), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Davis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's play Fences. For starring as a 1960s housemaid in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), Davis received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2014 to 2020, she played lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC drama series How to Get Away with Murder, for which she became the first black actress to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. In 2016, Davis reprised the role of Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played Amanda Waller in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Suicide Squad (2016). In 2020, she portrayed Ma Rainey in the biopic Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, for which she received a fourth Academy Award nomination, becoming the most-Oscar-nominated black actress. Her performances in Widows (2018) and The Woman King (2022) earned her further nominations for the BAFTA Best Actress Award, making her the most-BAFTA-nominated black actress. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are founders of a production company, JuVee Productions. Davis is also widely recognized for her advocacy and support of human rights and equal rights for women and women of color. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017 and became a L'Oréal Paris ambassador in 2019. The audiobook narration of her 2022 memoir Finding Me earned Davis a Grammy Award in 2023.


Predator or Prey: Making The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Self (Dr. Volumnia Gaul) 2024-02-13
Kung Fu Panda 4 The Chameleon (voice) 2024-03-02
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Dr. Volumnia Gaul 2023-11-15
Air Deloris Jordan 2023-04-05
Black Adam Amanda Waller (uncredited) 2022-10-19
Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event Self 2022-04-22
The Woman King Nanisca 2022-09-16
The Unforgivable Liz Ingram 2021-11-24
The Suicide Squad Amanda Waller 2021-07-28
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey 2020-11-25
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times" Florida Evans 2019-12-18
Troop Zero Miss Rayleen 2019-02-01
A Touch of Sugar Narrator 2019-04-24
On Broadway Self (archive footage) 2019-10-12
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Self (archive footage) 2018-08-21
Widows Veronica Rawlings 2018-11-06
Suicide Squad Amanda Waller 2016-08-03
Fences Rose Maxson 2016-12-16
Custody Martha Schulman 2016-04-17
Lila & Eve Lila Walcott 2015-07-31
Blackhat Carol Barrett 2015-01-13
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand 2015-02-20
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him Professor Lillian Friedman 2014-10-10
Get on Up Susie Brown 2014-08-01
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them Professor Lillian Friedman 2014-05-14
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her Professor Lillian Friedman 2014-10-10
Prisoners Nancy Birch 2013-09-19
Ender's Game Major Gwen Anderson 2013-10-24
Love, Marilyn Self 2013-05-30
Beautiful Creatures Amma Treadeau 2013-02-13
Won't Back Down Nona Alberts 2012-09-28
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Abby Black 2011-12-25
The Help Aibileen Clark 2011-08-09
Touch of Evil The Vengeful Caretaker 2011-12-06
Eat Pray Love Delia Shiraz 2010-08-12
Trust Gail Friedman 2010-09-10
It's Kind of a Funny Story Dr. Eden Minerva 2010-10-08
Knight and Day CIA Director Isabel George 2010-06-15
Doubt: Stage to Screen Self 2009-04-07
Beyond All Boundaries Hortense Johnson 2009-11-09
State of Play Dr. Judith Franklin 2009-04-17
Law Abiding Citizen Mayor April Henry 2009-10-15
Madea Goes to Jail Ellen 2009-02-16
Nights in Rodanthe Jean 2008-09-26
Doubt Mrs. Miller 2008-02-27
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Molly Crane 2007-05-22
Disturbia Detective Parker 2007-04-12
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Molly Crane 2006-04-30
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Diane Barrino 2006-08-19
The Architect Tonya Neely 2006-12-01
Jesse Stone: Night Passage Officer Molly Crane 2006-01-15
World Trade Center Mother in Hospital with Donna 2006-08-09
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays Tonya (segment "King Hedley II") 2006-05-02
Syriana CIA Chairwoman 2005-11-23
Stone Cold Molly Crane 2005-02-20
Get Rich or Die Tryin' Grandma 2005-11-09
Solaris Gordon 2002-11-27
Antwone Fisher Eva May 2002-12-19
Far from Heaven Sybil 2002-11-08
The Shrink Is In Robin 2001-08-01
Amy & Isabelle Dottie 2001-03-04
Kate & Leopold Policewoman 2001-12-25
Traffic Social Worker 2000-12-27
Grace & Glorie Rosemary Allbright 1998-12-13
Out of Sight Moselle 1998-06-26
The Pentagon Wars Sgt. Fanning 1998-02-28
Miss Apprehension and Squirt Sharon Hughes 1998-01-01
The Substance of Fire Nurse 1996-09-11
Two Butterflies
Small Great Things
Operation Othello Narrator
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree Rachel Dupree
I Almost Forgot About You Dr. Georgia Young
G20 Taylor Sutton