Lynne Thigpen won a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway production of An American Daughter and received a Tony nomination for her performance in Tintypes. She also won an L.A. Drama Critics Award for her role in a Los Angeles production of Fences.
She portrayed the Chief in the PBS series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? Her additional television credits include the series thirtysomething and L.A. Law and the movies The Boys Next Door and Night Ride Home. Thigpen's feature film credits include Tootsie, Bob Roberts, Lean on Me, Random Hearts, Shaft, and The Insider.
She was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, and lived in New York. Her birth date is December 22.