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Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett

Birthday: 1986-10-01 | Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

Jurnee Diana Smollett was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City. She co-starred in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994–1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey's Anatomy, etc. She also co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett is best known for her role in the independent film Eve's Bayou (1997), for which she received critical acclaim as ten-year-old Eve. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma Lord Selma. In 2000 she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly in the comedy film Beautiful Joe. 2001 would find Jurnee co-starring as daughter to another popular actress, Angela Bassett, in the film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. Smollett co-starred with actors Bow Wow and Brandon T Jackson in the 2005 skater movie Roll Bounce. In 2006 she joined the film Gridiron Gang. In 2007 actor/director Denzel Washington cast Smollett in The Great Debaters. As of September 2010, she is co-stars with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in the CBS legal drama The Defenders. She has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was eleven. She spoke at the Ryan White Youth Conference, and elsewhere, on this issue. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa. On October 24, 2010, Jurnee married musician Josiah Bell.

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Known For

Underground
Underground

Underground   2017

Rating: 7.7

genres: 
Drama
Hands of Stone
Hands of Stone

Hands of Stone   2016

Rating: 6.6

genres: 
Drama
Stars: 
Robert De Niro  /  John Turturro  /  Rubén Blades
True Blood
True Blood

True Blood   2014

Rating: 7.9

genres: 
Drama  /  Mystery  /  Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor   2013

Rating: 5

genres: 
Drama
Stars: 
Vanessa Williams  /  Brandy Norwood  /  Ella Joyce
Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights   2011

Rating: 8.7

genres: 
Drama
Stars: 
Kyle Chandler  /  Connie Britton  /  Adrianne Palicki
The Defenders
The Defenders

The Defenders   2011

Rating: 7.4

genres: 
Drama  /  Comedy
Stars: 
James Belushi  /  Jerry O'Connell  /  Jurnee Smollett

Acting

2017
Underground

as    Rosalee

2016
Hands of Stone

as    Juanita Leonard

2011
Friday Night Lights

as    Jess Merriweather

2011
The Defenders

as    Lisa Tyler

2006
Gridiron Gang

as    Danyelle Rollins

2005
Roll Bounce

as    Tori

2001
Ruby's Bucket of Blood

as    Emerald Delacroix

2000
Beautiful Joe

as    Vivien Mason

1996
Jack

as    Phoebe

1995
On Our Own

as    Jordee Jerrico

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