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Lonette McKee is a Actor American born on 22 july 1954 at Detroit (USA)

Lonette McKee

Lonette McKee
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Nationality USA
Birth 22 july 1954 (66 years) at Detroit (USA)

Lonette McKee (born July 22, 1954) is an American film, television and theater actress, music composer, producer, songwriter, screenwriter and director. She is most known for her role as Sister Williams in the original 1976 musical-drama film Sparkle. She is also known for roles in such movies as The Cotton Club, ATL and Honey. She also appeared on the CW sitcom The Game as Mrs. Pitts, the mother of Jason (played by Coby Bell).


McKee was born in Detroit, Michigan, the second of three daughters of Dorothy, a Scandinavian, and Lonnie McKee, an African American bricklayer and auto manufacturer employee.
McKee's career began in the music business in Detroit as a child prodigy, where she started writing music/lyrics, singing, playing keyboards and performing at the age of seven. At fourteen, she recorded her first record, which became an instant regional pop/R&B hit. McKee wrote the title song for the film Quadroon when she was fifteen. Several years later, McKee was launched to stardom with her critically accalimed performance in the hit 1976 musical drama Sparkle.

She has written and produced three solo LPs, the most recent, Natural Love, for Spike Lee's Columbia 40 Acres and A Mule label. McKee scored the music for the well-received cable documentary on the Lower Manhattan African Burial Ground, as well as numerous infomercials. McKee has toured extensively throughout the world singing concert performances, including the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.

McKee studied film directing at The New School in New York and apprenticed directing with filmmaker Spike Lee. She also studied singing with Dini Clark and ballet with Sarah Tayir, both in Los Angeles.

McKee won critical acclaim for her Broadway debut performance in the musical The First in the early 1980s, co-starring in the role of Jackie Robinson's wife Rachel. She became the first African American to play the coveted role of Julie in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Show Boat on Broadway, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Her tragic portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in the one-woman drama with music, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill won critical acclaim, standing ovations and a Drama Desk Award nomination. She reprised the role of 'Julie' on Broadway in the most recent revival of the musical Show Boat directed by Hal Prince.

McKee is currently developing plans to establish a performance arts center in the New York tri-state area.

McKee performs her one-woman memoir with music on stages throughout the country.

Best films

Brewster's Millions (1985)
The Cotton Club (1984)
’Round Midnight (1986)

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Filmography of Lonette McKee (23 films)

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LUV (2013)
, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Common, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles Dutton, Lonette McKee, Meagan Good
Roles Grandma
Rating60% 3.000373.000373.000373.000373.00037
The film begins with Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) having a dream about him and his mother in the woods, but he then wakes up. Woody lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in the inner city of Baltimore and longs to be reunited with his mother who is in rehab in North Carolina. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack. Vincent drops Woody off at school, but when Woody becomes embarrassed when a girl looks at him, Vincent decides to give the boy a tutorial on how to become a man.
Honey 2
Honey 2 (2011)
, 1h50
Directed by Bille Woodruff
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Musical films
Actors Katerina Graham, Randy Wayne, Melissa Molinaro, Lonette McKee, Audrina Patridge, Seychelle Gabriel
Roles Connie Daniels
Rating53% 2.672132.672132.672132.672132.67213
A talented but very troubled young dancer tries to turn her life around by focusing on her one true passion, Dancing and trains a young crew to compete against one of the best dance crews in the country in this sequel from original Honey director Bille Woodruff. Seventeen-year-old Maria Bennett (Kat Graham) decides to return to the Bronx, and become a professional dancer, after she gets out of juvie. With the support of Honey's mother Connie (Lonette McKee), Maria is able to get a decent job, and begins training in the same studio where she learned how dance. Later a volunteer Brandon recognizes Maria's talent, and recruits her to help get a promising young dance crew known as the HD's into shape. But temptation soon shows up in the form of Maria's ex-boyfriend Luis, the leader of the 718 crew, and a fierce dancer who doesn't take competition lightly. Recognizing her one chance to break free of Luis' influence and stay positive, Maria joins the HD's and prepares to go toe-to-toe with reigning champs the 718's on national television. If Maria and her new crew can just come out on top, she'll finally be able to cut her ties from the past, and follow in the footsteps of her idol Honey.
ATL (2006)
, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Sports films, Hip hop films, Musical films, Gangster films
Actors T.I., Lauren London, Evan Ross, Big Boi, Mykelti Williamson, Jackie Long
Roles Priscilla Garnett, Erin's mother and John Garnett's wife.
Rating61% 3.0544853.0544853.0544853.0544853.054485
Rashad (T.I.) is a teen living in Atlanta with his Uncle, George (Mykelti Williamson) and his little brother Ant (Evan Ross). He and his brother were raised by their uncle George since their parents died in a car accident, and they work with him as part of his custodial company. When not working or finishing his last year of high school, Rashad spends most of his time with his friends Brooklyn (Albert Daniels), Teddy (Jason Weaver), and Esquire (Jackie Long). Rashad is a talented artist but does not see much of a future in that field as he has become accustomed to working the family business. Esquire, Rashad's best friend, goes to a prep school on the opposite side of town from where they live, and is trying to attend an Ivy League college after senior year. However, he finds out that he will need a letter of recommendation from someone of high stature to better his chances of acceptance at the school he wants to attend.
She Hate Me, 2h18
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Jamel Debbouze, Brian Dennehy
Roles Lottie Armstrong
Rating53% 2.6508052.6508052.6508052.6508052.650805
John Henry "Jack" Armstrong (Anthony Mackie) is a financially successful and upwardly mobile executive at a biotechnology firm who, following the suicide of a colleague, Dr. Herman Schiller, is falsely accused of securities fraud by his superior, Leland Powell (Woody Harrelson). Armstrong's assets are frozen, and he finds himself unable to maintain his quality of life.
Honey (2003)
, 1h34
Directed by Bille Woodruff
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Musical films
Actors Jessica Alba, Romeo Miller, Mekhi Phifer, David Moscow, Zachary Isaiah Williams, Joy Bryant
Roles Mrs. Daniels
Rating54% 2.708812.708812.708812.708812.70881
Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) works as a bartender, a record store clerk and a dancer teacher at a local community center run by her mother in New York. Having dreams to make it as a backup dancer in music videos, Honey and rival Katrina (Laurieann Gibson) are recorded dancing in the club where the former works. That same night, Honey and friend Gina (Joy Bryant) leave the club and encounter some kids dancing. Two of the kids are introduced as Benny (Lil' Romeo), and his little brother Raymond (Zachary Williams). Honey invites them to attend her classes at the community center, and they work together to inspire new dance moves. The young teacher soon catches the attention of music director Michael Ellis (David Moscow), who gives her a job as a backup dancer in Jadakiss' new video. Unimpressed with his current choreographer, Michael decides to let Honey choreograph the video. Impressed, Honey gets promoted, and choreographs for Tweet, Sheek Louch, and Shawn Desman.
Fast Food Fast Women, 1h35
Directed by Amos Kollek
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Anna Thomson, Jamie Harris, Louise Lasser, Lonette McKee, Victor Argo, Austin Pendleton
Roles Sherry-Lynn
Rating64% 3.2000453.2000453.2000453.2000453.200045
Bella, serveuse dans un café-restaurant et célibataire, est sur le point de fêter ses 35 ans. Sa mère lui arrange un rendez-vous avec un jeune écrivain qui vient juste de se voir confier la garde de ses enfants par son ex-femme. Parallèlement, les habitués du café cherchent aussi l'amour : Paul, un veuf retraité, fait appel aux petites annonces pour rencontrer une nouvelle compagne.
Men of Honor, 2h8
Directed by George Tillman Jr., George Tillman, Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about disabilities, Children's films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron, Chris Warren Jr., Glynn Turman, Aunjanue Ellis
Roles Ella Brashear
Rating72% 3.6005453.6005453.6005453.6005453.600545
Carl Brashear (Gooding, Jr.) leaves his native Kentucky and the life of a sharecropper in 1948 by joining the United States Navy. As a crew member of the salvage ship USS Hoist, where he is assigned to the galley, he is inspired by the bravery of one of the divers, Master Chief Petty Officer Leslie William "Billy" Sunday (De Niro). He is determined to overcome racism and become the first black American Navy diver, even proclaiming that he will become a master diver. He eventually is selected to attend Diving and Salvage School in Bayonne, New Jersey, where he arrives as a boatswain's mate second class. He finds that Master Chief Sunday is the leading chief petty officer and head instructor, who is under orders from the school's eccentric, bigoted commanding officer to ensure that Brashear fails.
He Got Game, 2h14
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about music and musicians, Prison films, Sports films, Basketball films, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson, Hill Harper, Ned Beatty, Jill Kelly
Roles Martha Shuttlesworth
Rating68% 3.4494053.4494053.4494053.4494053.449405
Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen), a top-ranked athlete and student at Lincoln High School in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, is being pursued by the top college basketball programs in the nation. His father, Jake (Denzel Washington), is a convicted felon serving time at Attica Correctional Facility for accidentally killing his wife (Jesus' mother) by pushing her while arguing with Jesus at the age of 12. The father is temporarily released by the governor, an influential alum of "Big State," one of the colleges Jesus is considering, so that he might persuade his son to sign with the governor's college; if successful he'll get an early release from prison.
Blind Faith
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Charles Dutton, Courtney B. Vance, Lonette McKee, Kadeem Hardison, Alex Karzis, Dan Lett
Roles Carol Williams
Rating72% 3.6371853.6371853.6371853.6371853.637185
In 1957 Bronx, Charlie Williams (Garland Whitt), the 18-year-old son of a Black NYPD policeman Charles Williams Sr. (Charles S. Dutton) is arrested for the murder of an Irish youth in Van Cortland Park. Charles' younger brother John (Courtney B. Vance), a respected lawyer defends Charlie and soon discovers there is more to the case than what appears on the surface.
Alex Haley's Queen, 4h42
Directed by John Erman
Origin USA
Themes Films about slavery, Films about racism
Actors Halle Berry, Danny Glover, Christopher Allport, Jasmine Guy, Timothy Daly, Martin Sheen
Roles Alice
Rating75% 3.793433.793433.793433.793433.79343
The series begins with the friendly relationship between James Jackson Jr. (Tim Daly), the son of the plantation owner, and one of the slaves, Easter (Jasmine Guy), at the Jackson estate, known as Forks of Cypress, near Florence in northern Alabama. James and Easter have grown up together (within the social limits of the plantation culture), and gradually their feelings for each other have developed into romance. Easter is the daughter of an African-American house slave, Captain Jack (Paul Winfield), and his true love, Annie, another slave, who is part-Cherokee, and who is no longer on the Jackson property.
Malcolm X
Malcolm X (1992)
, 3h13
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Assassinat, Politique, Films about racism, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Islam
Actors Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee
Roles Louise Little
Rating76% 3.848713.848713.848713.848713.84871
Malcolm X divides the life of the African-American activist Malcolm X into three sections. The first section deals with the troubled childhood of Malcolm Little, whose father, a preacher, was murdered by the Black Legion and whose mother was institutionalized for insanity. Malcolm grows up and gets a job as a Pullman porter, calling himself Detroit Red. Getting involved with a Harlem gangster named West Indian Archie with whom he has a falling out, Malcolm flees to Boston and decides to become a burglar. He and his best friend, Shorty (played by Spike Lee) are arrested by the police and Malcolm is sentenced to a ten-year prison term. The second section follows Malcolm's life in prison, where a fellow inmate, Baines, introduces him to the teachings of the Nation of Islam.
Jungle Fever, 2h12
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about racism, Films about sexuality
Actors Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee
Roles Drew
Rating64% 3.249343.249343.249343.249343.24934
Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes), a successful and happily married architect from Harlem, makes love to his wife, Drew (Lonette McKee). At work, he discovers that an Italian-American woman named Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra) has been hired as a temporary. Flipper tells his partners Jerry (Tim Robbins) and Leslie (Brad Dourif) that he wanted an African American secretary; they tell him that they want "the best human being for the job", no matter is the person white or black.
Dangerous Passion
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Actors Billy Dee Williams, Carl Weathers, Lonette McKee, Michael Beach, Miguel Sandoval, Elpidia Carrillo
Roles Meg
Rating50% 2.5012752.5012752.5012752.5012752.501275
A security expert Kyle Western (Weathers) begins working for the high-profile gangster Lou Jordan (Williams), who is an antique-car enthusiast. When Jordan shoots dead an intruder one evening, Western is pressured into taking the fall, in return for a large cash sum, to which Western hopes will enable him to buy Napa Valley land as an upright citizen. Soon after Jordan murders his own wheelchair-bound attorney in front of Western's eyes. Having already started an affair with Jordan's wife, Meg (McKee), Western decides to go on the run with her after discovering she is pregnant with his child. Trading the luxury car given to Western by his boss, the pair flee with Jordan's hitmen on their trial. However henchman Frank Carmen (Boswell) fatally stabs Meg Jordan in a coffee shop. The waitress Angela (Carrillo) witnesses the event, and flees, becoming sought after by both the henchmen and Western, as she is the only witness to be able to clear Western in Meg's murder. After a confrontation, Western kills Carmen, but another henchman, Walt (Tony DiBenedetto), kidnaps Angela. A final confrontation at Jordan's warehouse sees Western trade Lou his prized antique sports car for Angela. After escaping the warehouse Western detonates the explosives rigged on the car.