Tisha Michelle Campbell (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress, comedian, singer and dancer. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey, she made her screen debut appearing in the 1986 rock musical comedy film Little Shop of Horrors, and later starred on the short-lived NBC musical comedy drama Rags to Riches (1987–1988).
Tisha Michelle Campbell
October 13, 1968
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Other names||Tisha Campbell-Martin|
(m. 1996; div. 2020)
|Origin||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Associated acts||Tichina Arnold, Keith Washington|
Campbell has appeared in films including School Daze (1988), Rooftops (1989), Another 48 Hrs. (1990), Boomerang (1992), and Sprung (1997). She received Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination for her performance in the 1990 comedy film House Party, and later starred in its two sequels; House Party 2 (1991), and House Party 3 (1994).
On television, Campbell starred as Gina Waters-Payne in the Fox comedy series Martin from 1992 to 1997, Patrice Murphy in the WB comedy The Jamie Foxx Show (1996-2000) and as Janet "Jay" Marie Johnson-Kyle in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids (2001–2005), for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She later had regular roles on Rita Rocks (Lifetime, 2008–2009), The Protector (Lifetime, 2011), and Dr. Ken (ABC, 2015–2017).
Campbell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School and also East Orange, New Jersey, where she attended Washington Academy of Music. Her mother, Mona (née Raye) Shockley (now known as Mona Washington), was a nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Clifton Campbell, was a factory worker and singer, and as a chess master, works with underprivileged children on both the east and west coasts. Her parents encouraged her love for music.
Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers, and a younger sister.
Campbell's first television appearance was at the age of six, in an episode in 1974 of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble. As a child, she won many talent shows, going on to appear in such children's programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales (played lead Daisy Bunsen in episode, The Magnificent Major), and Captain Kangaroo. At age 16, she performed in the musical feature film, Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon, one of The Supremes like girl group Greek Chorus, along with future Martin co star, Tichina Arnold.
After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short lived NBC musical comedy-drama series, Rags to Riches (1987–88). She later starred in the musical comedy drama film School Daze as Jane Toussaint, directed by Spike Lee.
In 1989, Campbell costarred in the crime film Rooftops, and the following year starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the action comedy Another 48 Hrs.. She later appeared in an supporting role in the 1992 romantic comedy Boomerang starring Murphy. Her most notable film credit is 1990 comedy House Party for which she received Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination. She later co starred in its two sequels; House Party 2 (1991), and House Party 3 (1994). In 1997, she received her star billed role in the Trimark Pictures' comedy film Sprung. She later had the leading role in the independent drama film The Last Place on Earth (2002), and has appeared in sex comedy film Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) playing Craig Robinson's character wife.
In 1992, Campbell was cast as Regina "Gina" Waters-Payne in the Fox comedy series Martin. She left the show in April 1997, after settling the lawsuit against Martin Lawrence of sexual harassment. The following year, she starred opposite Diahann Carroll in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film The Sweetest Gift (1998). Campbell returned to television in 2001, starring opposite Damon Wayans in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids. The series ran for five seasons, until 2005. In 2003, she won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.
After My Wife and Kids, Campbell was a regular in the Lifetime comedy series Rita Rocks (2008–09). In 2011, she starred opposite Ally Walker in the Lifetime police drama The Protector. The series was canceled after a single season. In September 2015, she was cast in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, starring Ken Jeong. The series was cancelled after two seasons in 2017. In the beginning of 2018, she played mother in the Lifetime The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar. Later in 2018, Campbell went to star on the ABC drama pilot The Holmes Sisters about the lives of five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD. It was produced by Regina King and Robin Roberts.
In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, Tisha, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: "Push", which was co written and produced by Campbell's' friend, Vanilla Ice, and "Love Me Down". Campbell contributed vocals for the soundtrack of the 1997 film, Sprung, in which she starred, singing a cover version of "Don't Ask My Neighbor" with her Martin costar Tichina Arnold.
She appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two for Will Smith ("Will 2K" and "Wild Wild West") and one for Toni Braxton ("You're Makin' Me High"). In 2012, Campbell starred in Mindless Behavior's music video for "Hello".
On September 21, 2015, she released the single, "Steel Here". On February 24, 2016, Campbell released the single, "Lazy Bitch", as well as an accompanying video, where she featured her friend, Tasha Smith. On February 2, 2018, Campbell released the single, "I Don't Wanna Be Alone Tonight".
On August 17, 1996, Campbell married actor Duane Martin. The couple has two sons, Xen Martin (born August 8, 2001) & Ezekiel Czar Martin (born September 8, 2009). In February 2018, Campbell filed for divorce after 21 years of marriage. They finalized their divorce in December 2020.
In November 1996, Campbell left the FOX series Martin during its final season, citing "intolerable" working conditions. In January 1997, Campbell filed a lawsuit against co-star Martin Lawrence on the counts of sexual harassment and abuse both on and off set. By April 1997, Campbell had settled the lawsuit, and returned to appear in the last two episodes of the series.
|1977||The Magnificent Major||Daisy Bunsen||Short|
|1980||The Me Nobody Knows||Lillie-Mae||TV Movie|
|1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Chiffon|
|1988||School Daze||Jane Toussaint|
|Heart and Soul||Jamie Sinclair||TV Movie|
|Another 48 Hrs.||Amy Smith|
|Moe's World||Jiwanda||TV Movie|
|1991||House Party 2||Sidney|
|1994||House Party 3||Sidney|
|1996||Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco||Sledge||Voice|
|1998||The Sweetest Gift||Ruby Wilson||TV Movie|
|2001||Down to Earth||Woman in audience|
|2002||The Last Place on Earth||Ann Field|
|2008||Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Angelina|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Amanda Carlton|
|2010||Wright vs. Wrong||Sasha||TV Movie|
|2011||Lemonade Mouth||Jenny Reznick||TV Movie|
|The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar||Nellie Biles||TV Movie|
|The Finest||Anise||TV Movie|
|2021||The J Team||Coach Poppy||Direct-to-streaming film|
|1987-88||Rags to Riches||Marva Foley||Main Cast|
|1990||Shannon's Deal||Annette||Episode: "Inside Straight"|
|1991||A Different World||Josie Webb||2 Episodes|
|The Fresh Prince of Bel Air||Kathleen||Episode: "Did the Earth Move for You?"|
|1992||Roc||Angela Kimbro||Episode: "A Piece of the Roc"|
|1992-97||Martin||Gina Waters-Payne||Main Cast|
|1995-00||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Rapunzel / Goldie (voice)||2 episodes|
|1996-00||The Jamie Foxx Show||Patrice Murphy||Main Cast: Seasons 1-3, Guest: Seasons 4|
|1997||Duckman||Ebony Sable||Episode: "Ebony, Baby"|
|Between Brothers||Daisy||Episode: "Dusty's in Love"|
|1998||Getting Personal||Michelle / Sandy||Episode: "Milo Does the Darndest Things"|
|Linc's||Rosalee Lincoln||Recurring Cast|
|1999||Wasteland||Olivia||Episode: "The Object of My Affection"|
|2000||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Joyce||Episode: "The Halloween Scene"|
|2001||Cousin Skeeter||Nicole||2 Episodes|
|2001-05||My Wife and Kids||Jay Kyle||Main Cast|
|2003||The Proud Family||Rene (voice)||Episode: "There's Something About Rene"|
|2004-06||All of Us||Carmen James||Recurring Cast: Seasons 3-4|
|2008-09||Everybody Hates Chris||Peaches Clarkson||Recurring Cast: Seasons 4|
|Rita Rocks||Patty Mannix||Main Cast|
|2011||The Paul Reiser Show||Maggie||Episode: "The Old Guy"|
|The Protector||Michelle Dulcett||Main Cast|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Beyoncé Knowles||Episode: "Casablankman 2"|
|Private Practice||Pam Reiter||Episode: "You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone"|
|2013||Malibu Country||Rikki||Episode: "Bowling for Mama"|
|2013-16||Real Husbands of Hollywood||Herself||10 Episodes|
|2015-17||Dr. Ken||Damona Watkins||Main Cast|
|2017||Legends of Chamberlain Heights||Voice||6 Episodes|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself, Guest Judge||Season 10 Episode 4: "The Last Ball on Earth"|
|Grey's Anatomy||Lila's Mom||Episode: "All of Me"|
|Long Island Medium||Herself||Episode: "Sitcom Spirits"|
|2018-19||Empire||Brooke||Recurring Cast: Seasons 3-4|
|2018-20||Craig of the Creek||Kim / Shatanya (voice)||4 Episodes|
|2019||The Bold and the Beautiful||Dr. Davis||7 Episodes|
|2019-20||Last Man Standing||Carol Larabee||6 Episodes|
|Harley Quinn||Tawny Young (voice)||Recurring Cast|
|2021||Be Someone||Tanika Williams||4 Episodes|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|"Be Alone Tonight"||1988||School Daze|
|"Love Me Down"|
|"Don't Ask My Neighbor"
(with Tichina Arnold)
|"Steel Here"||2015||Non-album single|
|"Lazy Bitch (This Ain't Gina)"||2016|
|"I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (featuring Rich the Kid)||2018|
|"All Cried Out"
(Full Force featuring Tisha Campbell-Martin)
|2014||Full Force: With Love From Our Friends|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1991||Independent Spirit Award||"Best Supporting Female"||House Party||Nominated|
|1996||Image Award||"Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series"||Martin||Nominated|
|1997||Image Award||"Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series"||Martin||Nominated|
|2002||Image Award||"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"||My Wife and Kids||Nominated|
|2003||Image Award||"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"||My Wife and Kids||Won|
|2004||Image Award||"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"||My Wife and Kids||Nominated|
|2004||BET Comedy Award||"Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series"||My Wife and Kids||Won|
|2005||Image Award||"Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series"||My Wife and Kids||Nominated|
|2005||BET Comedy Award||"Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series" Shared with: Various||My Wife and Kids||Nominated|
|2009||Image Award||"Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series"||Rita Rocks||Nominated|
|2010||Image Award||"Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series"||Rita Rocks||Nominated|
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- "Don't Wanna Be Alone (feat. Rich the Kid) - Single by Tisha Campbell Martin on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
- "All Cried Out (feat. Tisha Campbell Martin) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved May 13, 2010.