Ella Joyce

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Actress

Birth Date: June 12, 1954

Age: 70 years old

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois

This stage-trained black American actress worked Off-Broadway and in regional theater productions for several years before landing the role of Eleanor Emerson, the strong and independent wife of Charles S. Dutton's title character on the Fox sitcom "Roc." Ella Joyce's theater credits include August Wilson's "Two Trains Running" and "Don't Get God Started." Her theater experience provided excellent preparation for the TV series' shift to a live production. Joyce's TV credits have included appearances in several TV-movies--Mike Newell's "Common Ground" (1990) and "Choices" (1986)--and the cable series "Rin Tin Tin."

She has attributed her success to changing her name, but her fortunate association with the celebrated playwright August Wilson was probably even more relevant. All three of Joyce's co-stars on "Roc" had appeared in plays written by Wilson and directed by Lloyd Richards. Joyce made her screen debut in the pallid Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (1992) and subsequently appeared in the crime drama "Set It Off" (1996).

Credits

Haus of Vicious

Actor
Carolyn
Show
2022

Catfish ChristmasStream

Actor
Helen
Movie
2022

Holiday HideawayStream

Actor
Rose
Movie
2022

Never and Again

Actor
Mrs. Donna
Movie
2021

The Men in My Life

Actor
Movie
2021

Heavenly Deposit

Actor
Nurse Williams
Movie
2019

Resolution Song

Actor
Edith
Movie
2018

Nina

Actor
Clifton's Mom
Movie
2016

Salvation

Actor
Auntie Reed
Show
2015

Lucky Girl

Actor
Melanie Jackson
Movie
2015

Being Mary Jane: Extras

Actor
Show
2014

Belle's

Actor
Gladys
Show
2013

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage CounselorStream

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Sarah
Movie
2013
21%

Hopelessly in June

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Mrs. Myers
Movie
2011

Preacher's Kid

Actor
Sister Watkins
Movie
2010

A Simple Promise

Actor
Mary
Movie
2008

Lost Signal

Actor
Nancy Caulderbank
Movie
2007

Who Made the Potatoe Salad?

Actor
Mrs. Jenkins
Movie
2006

City Teacher

Actor
Anita Sawyer
Movie
2006

EveStream

Guest Star
Series
2003

What About Your Friends: Weekend Get-Away

Actor
Juanita
Movie
2002

Bubba Ho-TepStream

Actor
Nurse
Movie
2002
79%

My Wife and KidsStream

Guest Star
Series
2001

Stranger Inside

Actor
Doodle Alderidge
Movie
2001

Clockin' Green

Actor
Sonya Brignone
Movie
2000

Selma, Lord, Selma

Actor
Betty Webb
Movie
1999

Dangerous Minds

Guest Star
Show
1996

Sabrina the Teenage WitchStream

Guest Star
Series
1996

The Client

Guest Star
Show
1995

In the HouseStream

Guest Star
Series
1995

NewsRadioStream

Actor
Catherine Duke
Series
1995
95%

Stop! Or My Mom Will ShootStream

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McCabe
Movie
1992
14%

RocStream

Actor
Eleanor Emerson
Series
1991

SeinfeldStream

Guest Star
Dean Jones
Series
1989
89%