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Keshia Knight Pulliam Biography

Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1988People's Choice Awards-Favorite Young TV Performer: winner


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