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?