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Sanaa Lathan

Actress / Voice Actress / Stage Actress / Television Actress / Film Actress | * 09/19/1971 (48) | New York City, New York, USA
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Sanaa McCoy Lathan (born September 19, 1971) is an American actress. As a voice actress, from 2009 to 2013, she voiced Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show and in all concurrent and subsequent Family Guy appearances. She has starred in many films, including The Best Man (1999) and its 2013 sequel, The Best Man Holiday. Her other film credits include Love & Basketball (2000), Brown Sugar (2002), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Something New (2006), The Family That Preys (2008), Contagion (2011), and ()
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Sanaa McCoy Lathan was born in New York City on September 19, 1971. She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English. Lathan contemplated a career in law, but instead enrolled at the Yale School of Drama. Following her training at Yale, she performed in a number of Shakespeare's plays and earned acclaim both off-Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage. She later found early television roles on episodes of such shows as In the House, Family Matters, NYPD Blue, and Moesha. During that same period, she was awarded Best Actress from the Los Angeles NAACP Theatrical Award Committee for her performance in To Take Arms. In 1998, Lathan starred as the mother of Wesley Snipes' title character in Blade. She followed with a role in Life and back-to-back turns in and The Wood and The Best Man for which Lathan received a NAACP Image Award nomination. She was then cast as the love interest of Omar Epps in Prince-Bythewood's Love & Basketball. Her performance in Love & Basketball earned her the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress and a BET Award. In 2001, Lathan earned additional acclaim for her work in the multicultural comedy Catfish in Black Bean Sauce. Next was her second collaboration with Prince-Bythewood: Disappearing Acts; which was based on a novel by Terry McMillan. For her work in the film, Lathan earned an Essence Award for Best Actress. That year, she was named by Ebony magazine as one of its 55 Most Beautiful People. In 2002, Lathan starred in the romantic comedy, Brown Sugar. Lathan’s performance earned a NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. In 2004, Lathan starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, and Phylicia Rashad. Lathan received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her portrayal of Beneatha Younger. Several years later, Lathan reprised the role in a critically acclaimed ABC Network production of A Raisin in the Sun. Lathan subsequently starred in several major Hollywood films, including Alien vs. Predator, which was Lathan's biggest role to date. Out of Time was also an important role for Lathan as she played the plot-twist antagonist, sharing the screen with Denzel Washington. In 2006, Lathan co-starred with Simon Baker in Something New, a romantic comedy about an interracial relationship. Lathan appeared in a recurring role as Michelle Landau in another interracial relationship as the much younger wife of a Texas businessman (Larry Hagman) during the fourth season of the television series, Nip/Tuck. Lathan played Andrea in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys in 2008. In 2009, Lathan co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the drama Wonderful World. She also began voicing the character Donna Tubbs on The Cleveland Show. Retuning back to the stage in 2010 she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Sanaa Lathan

Theatre World Award Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play

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Movies with Sanaa Lathan as Actress(26)

as Trudy Thomas2019 Native Son
as Violet Jones2018 Nappily Ever After
as Irene Kennedy2017 American Assassin
as Captain Emily Maddox2016 Approaching the Unknown
as Deputy Director Natalie Austin2016 Now You See Me 2
as Leah2015 The Perfect Guy
as Maggie2014 Repentance
as Aubrey Cheever2011 Contagion
as Khadi2009 Wonderful World
as Diana2009 Powder Blue
as Beneatha Younger2008 A Raisin in the Sun
as Andrea2008 The Family That Preys
as Kenya Denise McQueen2006 Something New
as Alexa Woods2004 AVP: Alien vs. Predator
as Ann Merai Harrison2003 Out of Time
as Sidney 'Syd' Shaw2002 Brown Sugar
as Zora Banks2000 Disappearing Acts
as Monica Wright2000 Love & Basketball
as Daisy1999 Life
as Alicia1999 The Wood
as Robin1999 The Best Man
as Vanessa1998 Blade
as Carolyn Brody1997 Drive
as Young Lilly1997 Miracle in the Woods

TV Shows/Series with Sanaa Lathan as Actress(13)

as Nina Harrison2019 The Twilight Zone
as Ashe Akino2017 Shots Fired
as Jenelle Wilson2014 The Affair
as Mona Fredricks2011 Boss
as Donna Tubbs (voice)2009 The Cleveland Show
as Donna (voice)1999 Family Guy
as Briana Gilliam1998 LateLine
as Linda1997 Built to Last
1996 Moesha

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Full Name: Sanaa Lathan
Born: Sunday, 09/19 1971 (September) in New York City (current age: 48 years + 323 days)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Educated at: University of California, Berkeley, Yale School of Drama
Father: Stan Lathan
Sanaa Lathan frequently works together with these people:
Seth MacFarlane (9x, Actor)
Mike Henry (8x, Actor)
Danny Smith (7x, Cast)
Kirker Butler (6x, Crew)
Richard Appel (6x, Crew)
Alec Sulkin (5x, Crew)
Malcolm D. Lee (5x, Crew)
Lynnie Greene (5x, Crew)
John Viener (5x, Actor)
Wesley Snipes (4x, Actor)
Regina Hall (4x, Actress)
Taye Diggs (4x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:694, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/13/2020