Denise Nicholas was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 12, 1944.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Denise made her first off-Broadway appearance in the 1966 revue "Viet Rock." She later appeared in such New York productions as "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" and "Dame Lorraine." Denise was also active with the New Federal Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, the Crossroads Theater Company in New Jersey, and The Free Southern Theater in Mississippi and Louisiana. Denise played Rosa Parks in her own play "Buses" at the University of Southern California.
She received two L.A. Emmy Awards for the KCET-PBS special "Voices of Our People," a celebration of African-American poetry and sheís the recipient of five NAACP Awards.
Deniseís feature film credits include "Blacula," "Capricorn One," "Letís Do It Again" and "A Piece Of The Action."
Denise's tv guest appearances include "It Takes A Thief," "Police Story," "Love American Style," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Magnum, P.I.," "227," "The Parent Hood" and "My Wife And Kids." She was a regular on "Room 222" in which she played the role of Liz McIntyre and received three Golden Globe Award nominations, "Baby, Iím Back" and "In The Heat Of The Night," a show in which she was also a writer.
Denise's film credits include the following:
- Proud (2005)
- Ritual (2000)
- The Rockford Files: Murder & Misdemeanors (1997)(Tv Movie)
- In The Heat Of The Night: Grow Old Along With Me (1995)(Tv Movie)
- In The Heat Of The Night: By Duty Bound (1995)(Tv Movie)
- In The Heat Of The Night: Give Me Your Life (1994)(Tv Movie)
- In The Heat Of The Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? (1994) (Tv Movie)
- In The Heat Of The Night: A Matter Of Justice (1994)(Tv Movie)
- On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story (1990)(Tv Movie)
- Ghost Dad (1990)
- Mother's Day (1989)(Tv Movie)
- Supercarrier (1988)(Tv Movie)
- And The Children Shall Lead (1985)(Tv Movie)
- Marvin & Tige (1983)
- Masquerade (1983)(Tv Movie)
- Jacqueline Susann's Valley Of The Dolls (1981)(Tv Movie)
- The Sophisticated Gents (1981)(Tv Movie)
- The Big Stuffed Dog (1981)(Tv Movie)
- Capricorn One (1978)
- Ring Of Passion (1978)(Tv Movie)
- A Piece Of The Action (1977)
- Let's Do It Again (1975)
- Mr Rocco (1975)
- The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973)
- Blacula (1972)
- Five Desperate Women (1971)(Tv Movie)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Denise:
Denise Nicholas@Internet Movie Database
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