Dawnn Lewis

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Actress • Singer • Songwriter

Birth Date: August 13, 1961

Age: 62 years old

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Best known for her portrayal of Jaleesa Vinson on "The Cosby Show" spin-off, "A Different World," singer/actress Dawnn Lewis made her television debut on the sitcom in 1987. The series followed "Cosby" kid Denise Huxtable (played by Lisa Bonet) to college, where a new world of colorful characters mixed it up. Though Bonet left the show after the first year, the collegiate sitcom thrived and ran for six seasons. Lewis, who co-wrote the award-winning theme song for the series with Bill Cosby and Stu Gardner, left "A Different World" during its fifth season to join the cast of a new urban comedy series, "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper." On this Mark Curry sitcom, Lewis played Robin Dumars for the show's first season and lent her voice to its chipper theme song. Shortly thereafter, she moved into the world of voice work, voicing a number of cartoon characters including the stern Lt. Terri Lee of the 1990s "Spider-Man" animated series, the buxom and brassy LaBarbara Conrad of the sci-fi sitcom "Futurama," and the force-of-nature superhero Storm in a number of X-Men video games, including "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance." She continues to balance these cartoon character roles with full-bodied performances in film and television like the memorable troll Blabberwort in the Emmy-winning fantasy miniseries "The 10th Kingdom."

Credits

Maggie Simpson in 'Rogue Not Quite One'Stream

Voice
TIE Interceptor System
Movie
2023

Star Trek Day

Self
Show
2022

For Gunter's Eyes Only

Voice
Movie
2022

Blackjack ChristmasStream

Actor
Corrine Allen
Movie
2022

Karma's WorldStream

Voice
Ms. Jackie Washington
Series
2021

It's a Different World: Reunion Road Trip

Self
Show
2021

HouseBrokenStream

Guest Voice
Groomer
Series
2021
50%

Young RockStream

Guest Star
Prime Minister Honig
Series
2021

The Good, The Bart, and The LokiStream

Voice
Ravonna Renslayer
Special
2021

Writing Around the Christmas TreeStream

Actor
Sharon Samuels
Movie
2021

Star Trek: Lower DecksStream

Voice
Captain Carol Freeman
Series
2020
92%

Be the Light

Actor
Gladys
Movie
2020

Apple & OnionStream

Guest Star
Patty/Cinnamon Bun
Series
2018

Apple & OnionStream

Guest Voice
Patty/Croissant
Series
2018

9-1-1Stream

Guest Star
Danvers
Series
2018
81%

Revival! The Experience

Actor
Cleo
Movie
2018

The Rich and the Ruthless

Actor
Beth
Show
2017

The Legend of Master Legend

Actor
Tana
Show
2017

Bunyan & Babe

Voice
Maybelle
Movie
2017

This Is UsStream

Guest Star
Rosemary
Series
2016
94%

iZombieStream

Guest Star
Mama Leone
Series
2015
92%

Better Call SaulStream

Guest Star
Judge
Series
2015
98%

Megachurch Murder

Actor
Lucille Williams
Movie
2015

Survivor's RemorseStream

Guest Star
Vanessa Miller
Series
2014
97%

Rick and MortyStream

Guest Voice
Assimilated Alien 1
Series
2013
90%

Gospel Superfest Salute to Black History 13

Guest
Show
2013

Second Chances

Actor
Maria
Movie
2013

Sofia the FirstStream

Guest Star
Helen Hanshaw
Series
2012

Major CrimesStream

Guest Star
Series
2012

The Soul ManStream

Guest Star
Erika
Series
2012

Doc McStuffinsStream

Guest Voice
Grandma McStuffins
Series
2012

Let It Shine

Actor
Gail DeBarge
Movie
2012

Reed Between the Lines: Extras

Actor
Show
2011

Reed Between the Lines

Guest Star
Trishelle
Show
2011

Breaking InStream

Guest Star
Janet Jenkins
Series
2011
56%

Sinbad: Where U Been?

Actor
Show
2010

Preacher's Kid

Actor
Mya
Movie
2010

The Cleveland ShowStream

Guest Voice
Brunette Woman/Hostess
Series
2009

Spring Jam 2008

Host
Show
2008

Futurama: Bender's Big Score

Voice
LaBarbara Conrad/Amana/Jackie Anderson
Movie
2007

Handy Manny

Guest Voice
Tanya
Show
2006

DreamgirlsStream

Actor
Melba Early
Movie
2006
79%

One Tree HillStream

Guest Star
Series
2003

CSI: MiamiStream

Guest Star
Series
2002

Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure

Voice
Bessie
Movie
2002

The Poof Point

Actor
Marigold Ballard
Movie
2001

Nicolas

Actor
Movie
2001

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

Guest Voice
Series
2000

GirlfriendsStream

Guest Star
Series
2000

The 10th KingdomStream

Actor
Miniseries
2000

Décimo Reino

Actor
Movie
2000

FuturamaStream

Guest Voice
LaBarbara Conrad
Series
1999

The WoodStream

Actor
Woman in Cleaners
Movie
1999
61%

King of the HillStream

Guest Voice
Sharona Johnson
Series
1997

Under Pressure

Actor
Sandy Tierra
Movie
1997

Early Edition

Guest Star
Series
1996

The Burning Zone

Guest Star
Show
1996

The Steve Harvey ShowStream

Guest Star
Series
1996

Nash Bridges

Guest Star
Series
1996

The Faculty

Guest Star
Series
1996

The Cherokee Kid

Actor
Stagecoach Mary
Movie
1996

Bruno the Kid

Voice
Di Archer
Movie
1996

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Voice
Show
1995

SlidersStream

Guest Star
Series
1995

The Parent 'HoodStream

Guest Star
Series
1995

Carrera a la Libertad

Actor
Movie
1994

Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Actor
Minnie
Movie
1994

NYPD BlueStream

Guest Star
Jocelyn Barker
Series
1993
83%

Hangin' with Mr. CooperStream

Actor
Series
1992

I'm Gonna Git You SuckaStream

Actor
Cheryl
Movie
1988
62%

A Different WorldStream

Actor
Jaleesa Vinson Taylor
Series
1987

Super PasswordStream

Guest
Game Show
1984

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