Jo Marie Payton

Jo Marie Payton is an American actress and singer who starred as Harriette Baines–Winslow, the matriarch of the Winslow family on the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters (1989–1998), a role she originated on its forerunner series Perfect Strangers. From 2001 to 2005, Payton provided the voice for Suga Mama Proud (Penny Proud's grandmother) on Disney Channel's animated series The Proud Family and Disney+’s upcoming revival The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. The role earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2005. Payton also had a recurring role as the personal assistant to Gregory Hines' character, Ben Doucette (Will Truman's boss), during season two of Will & Grace (1999–2000).

The Proud Family Movie (2005)

Penny and her family are lured on an all expenses paid vacation where a mad scientist captures them, refusing to let them go because Oscar won't reveal his on of his secret Proud Snacks formulas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce W. Smith
CAST:  Kyla Pratt  •  Tommy Davidson  •  Paula Jai Parker  •  Jo Marie Payton

Penny and her family are lured on an all expenses paid vacation where a mad scientist captures them, refusing to let them go because Oscar won't reveal his on of his secret Proud Snacks formulas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce W. Smith
CAST:  Kyla Pratt  •  Tommy Davidson  •  Paula Jai Parker  •  Jo Marie Payton

Colors (1988)

IntenseViolentAction-packedDramatic

A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Hopper
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Robert Duvall  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Randy Brooks

A confident young cop is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of Los Angeles, where the gang culture is enforced by the colors the members wear.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Hopper
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Robert Duvall  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Randy Brooks

Gas (2004)

Upon returning to Los Angeles to attend his father's funeral, Damon (Alexander) soon learns that in order to claim his share of the family inheritance he must work alongside his brother, Mookie (Kain) — a former drug-dealer who had previously cost Damon a college ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Chan
CAST:  Flex Alexander  •  Mike Batayeh  •  Tyson Beckford  •  Brent Jennings

Upon returning to Los Angeles to attend his father's funeral, Damon (Alexander) soon learns that in order to claim his share of the family inheritance he must work alongside his brother, Mookie (Kain) — a former drug-dealer who had previously cost Damon a college ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Chan
CAST:  Flex Alexander  •  Mike Batayeh  •  Tyson Beckford  •  Brent Jennings

The Flight Before Christmas (2015)

Two strangers who both happen to be in marketing, share a room at a bed-and-breakfast when a snowstorm strands their flight in Montana on Christmas Eve.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Sullivan
CAST:  Mayim Bialik  •  Ryan McPartlin  •  Jo Marie Payton  •  Reginald VelJohnson

Two strangers who both happen to be in marketing, share a room at a bed-and-breakfast when a snowstorm strands their flight in Montana on Christmas Eve.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Sullivan
CAST:  Mayim Bialik  •  Ryan McPartlin  •  Jo Marie Payton  •  Reginald VelJohnson

A Student's Obsession (2015)

High school teacher Stephanie breaks the cardinal rule of not getting romantically involved with one of her students. To make things worse, her handsome teenage lover James starts to demonstrate psychotic, obsessive behavior. When James starts stalking Stephanie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacobo Rispa  •  Damián Romay
CAST:  Louise Lombard  •  Ella Wahlestedt  •  Jo Marie Payton  •  Alex Esola

High school teacher Stephanie breaks the cardinal rule of not getting romantically involved with one of her students. To make things worse, her handsome teenage lover James starts to demonstrate psychotic, obsessive behavior. When James starts stalking Stephanie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacobo Rispa  •  Damián Romay
CAST:  Louise Lombard  •  Ella Wahlestedt  •  Jo Marie Payton  •  Alex Esola

From This Day Forward (2012)

Patrice and Corrine are two sexy, confident women with great relationships, but they've got it all wrong when it comes to love. Before they drive their men crazy, they've got some tough lessons to learn about trust and fidelity, if they hope to make love last.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Melvin
CAST:  Leon  •  Essence Atkins  •  Jo Marie Payton  •  Vanessa Simmons

Patrice and Corrine are two sexy, confident women with great relationships, but they've got it all wrong when it comes to love. Before they drive their men crazy, they've got some tough lessons to learn about trust and fidelity, if they hope to make love last.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Melvin
CAST:  Leon  •  Essence Atkins  •  Jo Marie Payton  •  Vanessa Simmons

The Little Mermaid (2018)

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Bouchard  •  Blake Harris
CAST:  Poppy Drayton  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Loreto Peralta  •  William Moseley

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Bouchard  •  Blake Harris
CAST:  Poppy Drayton  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Loreto Peralta  •  William Moseley

The Beach Bum (2019)

An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harmony Korine
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Snoop Dogg  •  Isla Fisher  •  Stefania LaVie Owen

An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harmony Korine
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Snoop Dogg  •  Isla Fisher  •  Stefania LaVie Owen

Christmas Made to Order (2018)

When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expected it to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Irvin
CAST:  Alexa PenaVega  •  Jonathan Bennett  •  Scott Christopher  •  Chelsea Gilson

When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expected it to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Irvin
CAST:  Alexa PenaVega  •  Jonathan Bennett  •  Scott Christopher  •  Chelsea Gilson

Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends (2021)

A story about longtime friends whom have known one another since college. All of whom have been doing well since, with careers in the entertainment industry, on wall street, legal and even in the NFL. When the group decides to take a weekend getaway, to a rented ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josh Webber
CAST:  Cameron Bright  •  Paula Jai Parker  •  Parker McKenna Posey  •  Jo Marie Payton

A story about longtime friends whom have known one another since college. All of whom have been doing well since, with careers in the entertainment industry, on wall street, legal and even in the NFL. When the group decides to take a weekend getaway, to a rented ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josh Webber
CAST:  Cameron Bright  •  Paula Jai Parker  •  Parker McKenna Posey  •  Jo Marie Payton

Jerico (2016)

The story of best friends who set out on a dangerous, but comedic journey that challenges the restrictions of a Jim Crow South to fulfill their dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seckeita Lewis
CAST:  Anthony Fort  •  Brandon Lewis  •  George Wallace  •  Irma P. Hall

The story of best friends who set out on a dangerous, but comedic journey that challenges the restrictions of a Jim Crow South to fulfill their dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seckeita Lewis
CAST:  Anthony Fort  •  Brandon Lewis  •  George Wallace  •  Irma P. Hall

A Very Charming Christmas Town (2020)

Aubrey Lang, a travel and lifestyle blogger, goes to the little town of Solvang for her next holiday vlog piece after it’s voted Most Christmassy Town in the USA. She soon meets Sawyer Larsen, a local community coordinator and chocolate shop owner assigned to show ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Helgren
CAST:  Natalie Hall  •  Jon Prescott  •  Kelley Jakle  •  Jo Marie Payton

Aubrey Lang, a travel and lifestyle blogger, goes to the little town of Solvang for her next holiday vlog piece after it’s voted Most Christmassy Town in the USA. She soon meets Sawyer Larsen, a local community coordinator and chocolate shop owner assigned to show ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Helgren
CAST:  Natalie Hall  •  Jon Prescott  •  Kelley Jakle  •  Jo Marie Payton