Regina King was born on January 15, 1971, to Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Gloria King in Los Angeles, California. She is the oldest out of her and her sister Reina,30. In the summer of 1988, Regina graduated from West Chester High School. King first made her mark as a TV actress when she was cast in the sitcom 227 in 1985, playing Brenda Jenkins (daughter of Mary and Lester Jenkins). After 227 ended in 1990, King moved to films full-time with a role in John Singleton's acclaimed directorial debut Boyz N the Hood (1991). She worked with Singleton again in Poetic Justice (1993) and Higher Learning (1995). Showing her ability with film comedy as well as drama, King appeared in F. Gary Gray's cult-hit comedy Friday (1995) and co-starred opposite Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996). After drawing attention with her performance as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife in the critically praised hit Jerry Maguire (1996), King landed substantial parts in the adaptation of Terry McMillan's How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), the hit action-thriller Enemy of the State (1998), and the family friendly animal adventure Mighty Joe Young (1998). Though her 1999 film Love and Action in Chicago was not nearly as successful as her trio of 1998 movies, King began the new decade with parts in HBO's widely watched telefilm If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) and the Chris Rock romantic comedy Down to Earth (2000). Most recently King has supporting roles in box office favorites Daddy Day Care (2003) and Legally Blonde 2: Red White & Blonde (2003). 2004-2005 was a huge and successful year for Regina. In October of 2004, she portrayed the late singer Margie Hendrix in the film Ray. And March of 2005, she starred opposite Sandra Bullock, in Miss Congeniality 2 playing the role Sam Fuller. Coming up on November 6, 2005, she will be starring in the television series, The Boondocks.