Keshia Knight Pulliam

  • Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • At 8 months old, she appeared in a national print ad for Johnson & Johnson.
  • Made TV debut on Sesame Street when she was 3.
  • In 1984, she landed her breakout TV gig playing youngest child Rudy Huxtable on the NBC comedy The Cosby Show, a role that was meant to be a boy's part. 
  • Was honored in 1984 with an NAACP Image Award.
  • Became the youngest female nominated for an Emmy in 1986.
  • In 1985, she landed her first movie part in The Last Dragon (1985). 
  • Won a Kid's Choice Award in 1991.  
  • A frequent participant on celebrity-themed game shows, she was crowned the winner of a 2001 special edition of Weakest Link and a 2002 special edition of Fear Factor.    
  • Started a production company called PullPenn in 2008.
  • Won the first of two NAACP Image Awards in 2009 for her work on the cable series Tyler Perry's House of Payne.


  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Young TV Performer: Winner


  • Gertha Pulliam — Grandmother
  • John Knight — Grandfather
  • Ed Hartwell — Husband (separated)
  • Ella Grace — Daughter
  • Elzora Knight — Grandmother
  • James Pulliam III — Brother
  • Mshon Pulliam — Brother
  • Denise Pulliam — Mother
  • James Pulliam — Father
  • James Pulliam — Grandfather


  • Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (BA in Sociology, 2001)

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  • Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Actor