Sanaa Lathan

Actress
Talented, versatile and intelligent were all terms used to accurately describe Sanaa Lathan throughout her career as a supporting and lead actress of film, television and stage. A graduate of the prestigious Yale School ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1971 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Now You See Me: The Second Act 2016 (Movie)

Natalie Austin (Actor)

The Perfect Guy 2015 (Movie)

Leah Vaughn (Actor)

Ad Inexplorata 2014 (Movie)

Captain Emily Maddox (Actor)

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Repentance 2014 (Movie)

Maggie Carter (Actor)

In the House 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1997 - 2000, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best Man Holiday 2013 (Movie)

Robyn (Actor)

The Cleveland Show 2009 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Boss 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Contagion 2011 (Movie)

Aubrey Cheever (Actor)

Wonderful World 2010 (Movie)

Khadi (Actor)

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

A Raisin in the Sun 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Powder Blue 2008 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

Andrea (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something New 2006 (Movie)

Kenya Denise McQueen (Actor)

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Alien vs. Predator 2004 (Movie)

Alexa Woods (Actor)

The Making of Alien Vs. Predator 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Time 2003 (Movie)

Ann Merai Harrison (Actor)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce 2000 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Monica Wright (Actor)

Life 1999 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

The Wood 1999 (Movie)

Alicia (Actor)

Blade 1998 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

Built to Last 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Drive 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Miracle in the Woods (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Talented, versatile and intelligent were all terms used to accurately describe Sanaa Lathan throughout her career as a supporting and lead actress of film, television and stage. A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, Lathan quickly landed work on TV soon after making the transition to Hollywood from the New York theater scene. A minor role in the bloody comic book adaptation "Blade" (1998) led to more nuanced performances in projects such as the romantic comedy-dramas "The Wood" (1999) and "The Best Man" (1999). It was, however, her role as an aspiring hoops player alongside Omar Epps in the critical darling of that year's Sundance Film Festival, "Love and Basketball" (2000), that truly marked a breakthrough for the actress. Other roles included a pairing with superstar Denzel Washington in "Out of Time" (2003), a turn as the heroine in the big-budget spectacle "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" (2004), and the reprisal of a character she had originated on stage in "A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC, 2007). Ironically, it was her work off-camera that brought Lathan one of her more successful roles as the voice of the unflappable Donna Tubbs in "The Cleveland Show" (Fox, 2009- ). Whether she was cast in a high-octane action movie or as a member of an ensemble family drama, Lathan consistently brought an undeniable realism and integrity to each and every performance.

Relationships

Tendaji

Step-Brother
Born c. 1972

Omar Epps Actor

Companion
Dated in 2002/03 no longer together

Stan Lathan Director

Parent
Produced "Sanford & Son" (NBC) and "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" (HBO) divorced from Lathan's mother remarried

Ariel Lathan

Half-Sister
Born c. 1985

Colette Lathan

Half-Sister
Born c. 1997

Liliane Lathan

Half-Sister
Born c. 1984

Eleanor McCoy

Mother
Performed on Broadway with Eartha Kitt divorced from Lathan's father

Adewale Ogunleye

Companion
Chicago Bears Defensive End

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley , California

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
Enrolled in Yale's School of Drama

Milestones

2009

Cast as Maggie the Cat in the all-black West End revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

2008

Featured in Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys"

2008

Reprised stage role of Beneatha Younger for the ABC airing of "A Raisin in the Sun"

2006

Joined the cast of the hit FX drama "Nip/Tuck" in the fourth season

2006

Co-starred with Simon Baker in the romantic comedy, "Something New"

2004

Appeared on stage opposite Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad in "Raisin in the Sun"; received a Tony nomination

2004

Cast in the big budget feature, "Alien vs. Predator"

2003

Featured in "Out of Time" opposite Denzel Washington

2002

Co-starred in the romance feature "Brown Sugar"

2001

Starred opposite Billy Crudup in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Central Park production of "Measure for Measure" (June-July)

2000

Featured in in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Love and Basketball"

2000

Co-starred in HBO's production of Terry McMillan's "Disappearing Acts"; directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

1999

Played the sweet but strong girlfriend of a commitment-shy novelist in the ensemble drama "The Best Man"

1999

Played the adult incarnation of the protagonist's teenage love in Rick Famuyiwa's nostalgic drama "The Wood"

1999

Featured in "Catfish in Black Bean Sauce," an independent drama about Vietnamese siblings raised by an African-American couple

1998

Cast as a regular on the NBC sitcom "Lateline" (unaired episodes were broadcast on the Showtime network during the 1999-2000 season)

1998

Featured in the vampire action film "Blade"

1998

Played Emily Webb in South Coast Repertory's production of "Our Town"

1997

Acted in the action/adventure "Drive" (aired on HBO in lieu of theatrical release)

1997

Featured in the TV-movie "Miracle in the Woods" (CBS)

1996

Headed to Los Angeles to work on stage and pursue a film acting career

Spent childhood living in Los Angeles and New York

Acted on the New York stage in "A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White" at the Signature Theater Company

Appeared onstage as part of Berkeley's Black Theater Workshop

Bonus Trivia

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"I love to watch people and take away bits and pieces. I simply love people." - Lathan to Vibe magazine, November 2002

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Lathan on "Love and Basketball" (2000): "I got my brother and my guy friends to teach me how to dribble. I was so naive, I thought it would be easy." - from Premiere magazine, April 2000

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