Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker


10/7/1970, Baltimore, Maryland

Birth Name

Nicole Ari Parker



Also Known As

Nicole Ari Ofuatye-Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Kodjoe, Nicole Parker, Nicole Ari Kodjoe
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Nicole Ari Parker, born on October 7, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, is an American actress. Parker studied dancing as a child and briefly studied with the Washington Ballet Company before moving to New York to study acting at New York University. After briefly appearing in the television movie…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Nicole was an only child and her mother Susan worked as a health care entrepreneur and her father Donald was a dentist.

    • In 1998, Nicole was nominated for a SAG Award for the movie Boogie Nights. The category was Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.

    • Has legally changed her name to Nikki Kodjoe after her marriage to actor Boris Kodjoe.

    • In 2001, Presented President Bill Clinton with a Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony hosted by the NAACP.

    • She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

    • Favorite Movie: A Woman Under the Influence, written and directed by John Casavettes

    • Eloped with actor Joseph Falasca in March 2001. Their marriage lasted only 8 months.

    • She got married to Boris Kodjoe back in May of 2005.

    • Nicole Parker and Boris Kodjoe's daughter, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe was born March 8, 2005. The healthy 8 pounds, 2 ounce baby girl is the first child for both parents. "Tei-Naaki" is Ghanian for "first-born daughter."

  • Quotes

    • Nicole Parker: The illusion that there aren't roles for African-American women bothers me. I just feel like as long as I exist, there's a story to be told. I made it clear to my agent—I said, 'We're out for everything, not just black roles.' Why go into a closed–minded industry with a closed mind?

    • Nicole Parker: My career is taking off. This is the first time where my personal dreams match my salary.

    • Nicole Parker: A guy once told me that I sound like I'm a little ahead of myself. I can't wait to thank him at the Oscars.

    • Nicole Parker: I don't believe in 'insecurities.' They are a waste of time. God loves you and everything about you, so why beat up on your precious self?

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  • She is one of the greatest actress of this time. The characters that she play are all countless and somehow connect well with me and my friends. We have so much fun watching on tv with Boris and were all excited to find out about the baby!!! Congratsmoreless

    It was so funny that me and friends were so aexcited to find out about the baby like we were the ones having it. We were coming up with names and trying to figure out who the baby was going to look like. Back to Nicole. Coming the Washington, DC area seeing someone who has had an effect on my life like her constantly on the screen, it causes me to look for her in different movies or shows, or even constantly telling people that she could have played that part!! Much love!moreless
  • A very talented actress who doesn't get nearly enough credit for all of her accomplishments. She happens to be one of my favorite actresses, and I wish more people would recognize her for her incredible work.moreless

    Like most people, I first took notice to the wonderful actress Nicole Ari Parker in the Showtime series “Soul Food,” where she portrayed Teri Joseph, the feisty corporate lawyer and high-and-mighty oldest sister of Bird and Maxine. However, much to my surprise, Parker had been tip-toeing around the big screen long before she got her big break on “Soul Food.” She first burst onto the scene with the leading role in the indie film “The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love” where she plays a young lesbian. That role was followed by a long string of starring roles in other independent films, such as “Harlem Aria,” “Sebastian Cole,” and “Mute Love.” She also appeared in more well-known movies, like “Boogie Nights,” “Divas,” and “200 Cigarettes” before she landed her gig on “Soul Food.”

    Not only is Nicole Parker an established actress, she is also a published poet, with work including in an anthology of young poets entitled “New Breezes.” She also has an extensive background in theater, having performed in incredible Off-Broadway productions such as “Chicago,” “House of Lear,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Parker is a participant of nonprofit organizations as well, such as Habitat for Humanity and Sheila E’s Lil’ Angel Bunny Foundation.

    Nicole Parker is such a talented actress as well as a phenomenal person, and she is not given the credit she deserves. Hopefully, one day Hollywood will see what I see when I watch her movies and her television shows — a gifted young actress who has yet to reach her peak. And maybe then she will receive the respect she has been entitled to but denied for far too long.moreless