Jurnee Smollett


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  • Birth Name: Jurnee Diana Smollett
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/01/1986, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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Major Crimes Star Lends His Voice to Raise Awareness About Immigration

Major Crimes star Jonathan Del Arco spends a lot of time in the morgue to help the fictional detectives of the TNT drama series solve their problematic cases. But the actor is one of several Hollywood celebs lending their time and talents in an effort to solve an even bigger problem. 

Del Arco is an honorary board member of the non-profit organization Welcome.us, which celebrates the United States rich immigrant heritage as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing political debate surrounding immigration reform. As part of June's Immigration Heritage Month, Del Arco and other actors, including Glee's Naya Rivera, The Vampire Diaries' Paul Wesley and Jamie-Lynn Sigler have created a series of PSAs to spread Welcome.us' message.

"We're addressing immigration in a holistic way," Del Arco tells TVGuide.com. "We're taking it out of the political circle and really addressing the social aspect of it....read more

Taraji P. Henson to Star Opposite Terrence Howard in Fox's Empire

Taraji P. Henson will star opposite Terrence Howard in Fox's Empire, TVGuide.com has learned.

From The Butler's Lee Daniels and Game Change's Danny StrongEmpire is a family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire that will feature both original and current music.

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Parenthood Books Friday Night Lights Alum for Recurring Role

Parenthood has booked Friday Night Lights alum Jurnee Smollett for a recurring role, TVLine reports.

Smollett will play a smart and feisty woman named Heather whom Kristina (Monica Potter) hires as her campaign manager when she decides to run for office. The arc will reunite Smollett with her FNL producer Jason Katims, as well as Matt Lauria with whom she worked on the show's final two seasons.

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Year Title Description
2010 The Defenders TV Show Series, Actor - Lisa Taylor
2007 The Great Debaters Movie, Actor - Samantha Booke
2006 Friday Night Lights TV Show Series, Actor - Jess Merriweather
2006 Gridiron Gang Movie, Actor - Danyelle Rollins
2005 Roll Bounce Movie, Actor - Tori

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Check Out New Photos From True Blood's Sixth Season

True Blood's sixth season will feature some new faces — and we've got your first look at them.

New characters played by Jurnee Smollett and Arliss Howard, among others, make their debut when the season premieres Sunday, June 16 at 9/8c on HBO. Will they be good or evil? read more

True Blood Adds Friday Night Lights, 90210 Alums

True Blood will return for Season 6 with two new faces in Bon Temps.

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Exclusive: Timothy Busfield Lands a Guest Role on The Mob Doctor

Emmy winning actor Timothy Busfield will guest-star on the new Fox drama The Mob Doctor, TVGuide.com reports exclusively. The show has also booked Friday Night Lights alum Jurnee Smollett in a guest role. read more

Kim Kardashian to Co-Star in Tyler Perry's Next Movie

Kim Kardashian will co-star in Tyler Perry's next film in what will be her largest acting role yet, Deadline reports.

The Marriage Counselor, based on Perry's stage play, follows Judith, an Ivy League-educated relationship expert who becomes bored with her own marriage and cheats with one of her clients only to realize she made a big mistake. Kardashian, 31, will play... read more

Jurnee Smolett is Two Much

Whether she's suited up as stripper-turned-lawyer Lisa Tyler on The Defenders (Wednesday, 10/9c, CBS) or submerged in teen angst as the East Dillon Lions' equipment manager Jess Merriweather on Friday Night Lights (Wednesday, 9/8c, DirecTV), Jurnee Smollett makes multitasking look good...

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