Nia Long

Nia Long (born October 30, 1970) is an American actress and occasional music video director. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma's House, and Are We There Yet?   Long was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Her family is of Afro-Trinidadian descent. Her name, Nia, is one of the seven days of Kwanzaa, which means purpose in Swahili. Long's parents divorced when she was two years old, and she and her mother moved to Iowa City, Iowa. They subsequently moved to a South Los Angeles neighborhood when Long was seven. Long's father currently resides in Trenton, New Jersey. Long's half-sister is comedienne Sommore, one of the stars of The Queens of Comedy. She attended the Roman Catholic school St. Mary's Academy and studied ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, guitar, and acting. She graduated from WestchesterHigh School in 1989. Long's acting coach was Betty Bridges, better known as the mother of Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges. Her earliest role was in the Disney television movie, The B.R.A.T Patrol alongside Sean Astin, Tim Thomerson and Brian Keith. Her first notable role on television was a three-year contract role as Kathryn "Kat" Speakes on the soap opera Guiding Light. Long portrayed Kat from 1991 to 1994, then f rom 1994 - 1995, she played Will Smith's girlfriend and fiancée Beulah "Lisa" Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In 2003, she joined ...

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Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Omar Epps  •  Jane Krakowski

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Omar Epps  •  Jane Krakowski

Are We There Yet? (2005)

The fledgling romance between Nick, a playboy bachelor, and Suzanne, a divorced mother of two, is threatened by a particularly harrowing New Years Eve. When Suzanne's work keeps her in Vancouver for the holiday, Nick offers to bring her kids to the city from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  Ice Cube  •  Nia Long  •  Aleisha Allen  •  Philip Bolden

The fledgling romance between Nick, a playboy bachelor, and Suzanne, a divorced mother of two, is threatened by a particularly harrowing New Years Eve. When Suzanne's work keeps her in Vancouver for the holiday, Nick offers to bring her kids to the city from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Levant
CAST:  Ice Cube  •  Nia Long  •  Aleisha Allen  •  Philip Bolden

Baadasssss! (2004)

Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of Melvin's brash and sometimes deceptive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Van Peebles
CAST:  Mario Van Peebles  •  Joy Bryant  •  Khleo Thomas  •  T. K. Carter

Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of Melvin's brash and sometimes deceptive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Van Peebles
CAST:  Mario Van Peebles  •  Joy Bryant  •  Khleo Thomas  •  T. K. Carter

Big Momma's House (2000)

When a street-smart FBI agent is sent to Georgia to protect a beautiful single mother and her son from an escaped convict, he is forced to impersonate a crass Southern granny known as Big Momma in order to remain incognito.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Nia Long  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Jascha Washington

When a street-smart FBI agent is sent to Georgia to protect a beautiful single mother and her son from an escaped convict, he is forced to impersonate a crass Southern granny known as Big Momma in order to remain incognito.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raja Gosnell
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Nia Long  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Jascha Washington

Big Momma's House 2 (2006)

FBI agent Malcolm Turner goes back undercover as Big Momma, a slick-talking, slam-dunking Southern granny with attitude to spare! Now this granny must play nanny to three dysfunctional upper class kids in order to spy on their computer hacked dad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Whitesell
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Nia Long  •  Emily Procter  •  Kevin Durand

FBI agent Malcolm Turner goes back undercover as Big Momma, a slick-talking, slam-dunking Southern granny with attitude to spare! Now this granny must play nanny to three dysfunctional upper class kids in order to spy on their computer hacked dad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Whitesell
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Nia Long  •  Emily Procter  •  Kevin Durand

Boiler Room (2000)

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A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm and is on the fast track to success—but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Younger
CAST:  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Vin Diesel  •  Nia Long  •  Tom Everett Scott

A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm and is on the fast track to success—but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Younger
CAST:  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Vin Diesel  •  Nia Long  •  Tom Everett Scott

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

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Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Ice Cube  •  Morris Chestnut

Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Laurence Fishburne  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Ice Cube  •  Morris Chestnut

The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

A close-knit group of gay friends share the emotional roller coster of life, relationships, the death of friends, new beginnings, jealousy, fatherhood and professional success. At various stages of life's disarray, these young men share humorous and tragic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Berlanti
CAST:  Ben Weber  •  Timothy Olyphant  •  Matt McGrath  •  Zach Braff

A close-knit group of gay friends share the emotional roller coster of life, relationships, the death of friends, new beginnings, jealousy, fatherhood and professional success. At various stages of life's disarray, these young men share humorous and tragic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Berlanti
CAST:  Ben Weber  •  Timothy Olyphant  •  Matt McGrath  •  Zach Braff

Friday (1995)

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Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Ice Cube  •  Chris Tucker  •  Nia Long  •  Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.

Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Ice Cube  •  Chris Tucker  •  Nia Long  •  Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.

Hav Plenty (1997)

Lee Plenty is an almost broke would-be novelist and Havilland Savage is rich and very beautiful woman and his friend. When she invites him to her home for New Year's Eve, they start to build up a romance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Scott Cherot
CAST:  Christopher Scott Cherot  •  Chenoa Maxwell  •  Tammi Katherine Jones  •  Robinne Lee

Lee Plenty is an almost broke would-be novelist and Havilland Savage is rich and very beautiful woman and his friend. When she invites him to her home for New Year's Eve, they start to build up a romance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Scott Cherot
CAST:  Christopher Scott Cherot  •  Chenoa Maxwell  •  Tammi Katherine Jones  •  Robinne Lee

Held Up (1999)

While they're on vacation in the Southwest, Rae finds out her man Michael spent their house money on a classic car, so she dumps him, hitching a ride to Vegas for a flight home. A kid promptly steals Michael's car, leaving him at the Zip & Sip, a convenience ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Rash
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Nia Long  •  Barry Corbin  •  John Cullum

While they're on vacation in the Southwest, Rae finds out her man Michael spent their house money on a classic car, so she dumps him, hitching a ride to Vegas for a flight home. A kid promptly steals Michael's car, leaving him at the Zip & Sip, a convenience ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Rash
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Nia Long  •  Barry Corbin  •  John Cullum

In Too Deep (1999)

Drug lord Dwayne Gittens rules Cincinnati with an iron fist. No wonder he's known as "God" on the streets. Determined to break Gittens' stranglehold on the city is undercover cop Jeffrey Cole. But as Cole takes on an assumed identity to penetrate Gittens' criminal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rymer
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  LL Cool J  •  Nia Long  •  Stanley Tucci

Drug lord Dwayne Gittens rules Cincinnati with an iron fist. No wonder he's known as "God" on the streets. Determined to break Gittens' stranglehold on the city is undercover cop Jeffrey Cole. But as Cole takes on an assumed identity to penetrate Gittens' criminal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rymer
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  LL Cool J  •  Nia Long  •  Stanley Tucci

Love Jones (1997)

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Theodore Witcher
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Nia Long  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Bill Bellamy

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Theodore Witcher
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Nia Long  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Bill Bellamy

Made in America (1993)

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A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that wasn't bad enough, he's white.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Benjamin
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ted Danson  •  Nia Long  •  Will Smith

A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that wasn't bad enough, he's white.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Benjamin
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Ted Danson  •  Nia Long  •  Will Smith

Stigmata (1999)

A young woman with no strong religious beliefs, Frankie Paige begins having strange and violent experiences, showing signs of the wounds that Jesus received when crucified. When the Vatican gets word of Frankie's situation, a high-ranking cardinal requests that the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rupert Wainwright
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Nia Long

A young woman with no strong religious beliefs, Frankie Paige begins having strange and violent experiences, showing signs of the wounds that Jesus received when crucified. When the Vatican gets word of Frankie's situation, a high-ranking cardinal requests that the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rupert Wainwright
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Nia Long

The Best Man (1999)

After writing a soon-to-be bestselling novel, writer and committed bachelor Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) attempts to hide the fact that his saucy new book is loosely based on the lives and loves of his tight-knit group of friends. Harper is set to be best man at his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm D. Lee
CAST:  Nia Long  •  Morris Chestnut  •  Terrence Howard  •  Harold Perrineau

After writing a soon-to-be bestselling novel, writer and committed bachelor Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs) attempts to hide the fact that his saucy new book is loosely based on the lives and loves of his tight-knit group of friends. Harper is set to be best man at his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm D. Lee
CAST:  Nia Long  •  Morris Chestnut  •  Terrence Howard  •  Harold Perrineau

Soul Food (1997)

Traditional Sunday dinners at Mama Joe's (Irma P. Hall) turn sour when sisters Teri (Vanessa L. Williams), Bird (Nia Long) and Maxine (Vivica A. Fox) start bringing their problems to the dinner table in this ensemble comedy. When tragedy strikes, it's up to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Tillman, Jr.
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Nia Long  •  Michael Beach  •  Mekhi Phifer

Traditional Sunday dinners at Mama Joe's (Irma P. Hall) turn sour when sisters Teri (Vanessa L. Williams), Bird (Nia Long) and Maxine (Vivica A. Fox) start bringing their problems to the dinner table in this ensemble comedy. When tragedy strikes, it's up to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Tillman, Jr.
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Nia Long  •  Michael Beach  •  Mekhi Phifer

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)

The stories of three lesbian couples -- who live in the same house at different periods of time -- who are at a crossroads in their lives. In 1961, Edith loses her lover, Abby, to a stroke. Linda and Amy struggle with feminist issues in 1972. And, in 2000, Kal and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anne Heche  •  Martha Coolidge  •  Jane Anderson
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Marian Seldes  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Elizabeth Perkins

The stories of three lesbian couples -- who live in the same house at different periods of time -- who are at a crossroads in their lives. In 1961, Edith loses her lover, Abby, to a stroke. Linda and Amy struggle with feminist issues in 1972. And, in 2000, Kal and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anne Heche  •  Martha Coolidge  •  Jane Anderson
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Marian Seldes  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Elizabeth Perkins

Are We Done Yet? (2007)

Newlyweds Nick and Suzanne decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor with a bizarre approach to business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carr
CAST:  John C. McGinley  •  Ice Cube  •  Nia Long  •  Aleisha Allen

Newlyweds Nick and Suzanne decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor with a bizarre approach to business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carr
CAST:  John C. McGinley  •  Ice Cube  •  Nia Long  •  Aleisha Allen

Butter (1998)

Corrupt record company executives kill a singing sensation with a drug overdose rather than letting her leave their label and join another company. They then frame her cousin/manager for the murder forcing him to go on the run and to try to get the goods on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Gathings Bunche
CAST:  Shemar Moore  •  Nia Long  •  Ernie Hudson  •  Donnie Wahlberg

Corrupt record company executives kill a singing sensation with a drug overdose rather than letting her leave their label and join another company. They then frame her cousin/manager for the murder forcing him to go on the run and to try to get the goods on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Gathings Bunche
CAST:  Shemar Moore  •  Nia Long  •  Ernie Hudson  •  Donnie Wahlberg
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