Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins

Age58Born on30 May 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tonya Pinkins was born in Chicago, Illinois. She has four children. Her father was a police officer and insurance salesman and her mother is a former postal worker. She has two brothers, Eric Swoope and Thomas Swoope and a sister Tamera Swoope from whom she is estranged. She was interested in the arts from a young age. In high school, she studied acting at the Goodman Theatre Young People's Program. Aged 18, she briefly attended college and decided to pursue an acting career instead. She later returned to college, earning an undergraduate degree from Columbia College in Chicago, followed by graduate work at Carnegie Mellon's music theater program, and a year at California Western School of Law in San Diego. Pinkins is probably most admired for her stage work. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Sweet Anita in Jelly's Last Jam. She was nominated for her roles in Play On! and in Caroline, or Change, where she played the title role. Her additional Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The Wild Party, House of Flowers, Radio Golf, A Time To Kill and Holler If Ya Hear Me. Pinkins has performed in several Off Broadway productions, including the comic role of Mopsa, the Shepherdess, in The Winter's Tale produced by the Riverside Shakespeare Company at The Shakespeare Center in 1983. In 2011, Pinkins starred in the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar at La Jolla Playhouse, and received a 2012 Craig Noel nomination for Best featured Actress in a Play. She reprised her role in the Playwrights Horizons in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and garnered a 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. In 2012 Pinkins starred in Katori Hall's play Hurt Village, the gritty drama about life and change in a Memphis housing project made its world-premiere at Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Company as part of the theatre's inaugural season. The play also Marsha Stephanie Blake, Ron Cephas Jones, Saycon Sengbloh, Lloyd Watts, Charlie Hudson III, Nicholas Christopher, Corey Hawkins, Ron Cephas Jones and Joaquina Kalukango. In 2014, Pinkins appeared in New Federal Theatre's revival of Ed Bullins' The Fabulous Miss Marie opposite Roscoe Orman; in the Broadway production of Holler If Ya Hear Me; and the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' War at Yale Repertory. She has also had a prolific television career making guest appearances on such television shows as Army Wives, 24, Law & Order, The Cosby Show, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and The Guardian among others. During the mid-1980s Pinkins created the role of Heather Dalton on the CBS soap, As the World Turns. In 1991 she was cast as Livia Frye in All My Children. Pinkins left All My Children in 1995 but returned to her role in 2003. She was later put on contract with the show from March 2004 until June 2006, when she was downgraded to recurring status. She has played Amala Motobo on the popular television show 24. She has appeared in several films in supporting roles, including Newlyweeds, Home, Fading Gigolo opposite Woody Allen, Enchanted, Premium, Romance & Cigarettes, Noah's Arc: Jumping The Broom and Above the Rim among others.
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guest Roles

God Friended Me
Episode 02x21
2020
God Friended Me
Episode 02x18
2020
God Friended Me
Episode 02x16
2020
Bull (2016)
Episode 03x21
2019
Fear The Walking Dead
Episode 04x16
2018
Fear The Walking Dead
Episode 04x15
2018
Fear The Walking Dead
Episode 04x14
2018
Elementary
Episode 06x20
2018
Fear The Walking Dead
Episode 04x13
2018
Fear The Walking Dead
Episode 04x12
2018
Fear The Walking Dead
Episode 04x11
2018
The Strain
Episode 04x05
2017
Gotham
Episode 03x01
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x22
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x21
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x20
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x19
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x18
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x17
2016
11.22.63
Episode 01x06
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x14
2016
11.22.63
Episode 01x05
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x13
2016
11.22.63
Episode 01x04
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x12
2016
11.22.63
Episode 01x03
2016
Gotham
Episode 02x11
2015
Army Wives
Episode 03x10
2009
24
Episode 07x07
2009
24
Episode 07x06
2009
24
Episode 07x05
2009
24
Episode 07x04
2009
The Closer
Episode 04x08
2008
Law & Order
Episode 16x21
2006
Cold Case
Episode 03x22
2006
Criminal Minds
Episode 01x17
2006
The Guardian
Episode 01x15
2002
Law & Order
Episode 01x02
1990
The Cosby Show
Episode 06x13
1990