Charlayne Woodard is an American playwright and actress. She began her career with the musical ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, and went on to act in television and film projects as well. Besides her work in stage productions and TV series, she is also known for her poignant performances in films, such as ‘The Million Dollar Hotel’, Unbreakable’, and more recently ‘Glass’. Woodard was born in Albany, New York, where she also grew up. She learnt acting at the Goodman School of Drama. She made her acting debut in the musical ‘Ain’t Misbehaving’, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award in the ‘Best Featured Actress’ category. She made her onscreen debut in the TV film ‘Cindy,’ playing the titular role. In 1982, she made her film debut in ‘Hard Feelings’, for which she was nominated for a Genie Award. As a playwright, she has written four plays, including ‘Pretty Fire’ and ‘Neat.’
Charlayne Woodard began her career in the Broadway play ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. In 1978, she made her TV debut in the TV film ‘Cindy’, where she played the titular character. In 1982, she made her feature film debut in the Canadian drama film ‘Hard Feelings’. It was directed by Daryl Duke. Woodard played the role of Winona Lockhart. In 1984, she was seen in the comedy crime film ‘Crackers’.
In 1988, she appeared in another TV film ‘God Bless the Child’, where she had a supporting role. The next year, she was seen in the comedy film ‘Twister’, which was directed by Michael Almereyda. Woodard played a supporting character named Lola.
She appeared in two films in 1991, the romantic drama ‘He Said, She Said’ and crime drama ‘One Good Cop’. She played supporting roles in both the films, both of which received mixed reviews. In 1991 and 1992, she also appeared in the long-running soap opera ‘Days of Our Lives’. From 1991 to 1993, she appeared in another TV series, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. She portrayed a character named Janice Smith. Meanwhile, Woodard also continued her work on the big screen, appearing in movies like ‘The Meteor Man’ (1993), ‘Babyfever’ (1994), and ‘Eye for an Eye’ (1996). She appeared in three TV films as well, ‘Buffalo Girls’ (1995), ‘Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story’ (1996), and ‘Touched by Evil’ (1997).
From 1996 to 2000, she played a recurring role in the medical drama series ‘Chicago Hope’, where she portrayed Dr Paula Michelson. In 2000, she had an important role of Mrs. Price in the superhero thriller ‘Unbreakable’. Directed by M Night Shyamalan, the film was a commercial success, earning $248.1 million on a budget of $75 million. The reviews were mostly positive. The film was the first installment of the ‘Unbreakable’ film series.
She was next seen in the TV shows ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, between 2002 and 2011, and the medical drama ‘ER’ in 2006 and 2007. She also acted in the 2003 TV film ‘DC Sniper: 23 Days of Fear’. Her most recent TV projects are ‘Pose’ (2018-present) and ‘Sneaky Pete’ (2019).
In 2013, she appeared in the film ‘Things Never Said’, which was directed by Charles Murray. Her most recent work on the big screen is the 2019 superhero thriller ‘Glass’, where she reprised her role of Mrs. Price. Directed by M Night Shyamalan, the film is the third and last installment of the ‘Unbreakable’ film series. The film was a success commercially, earning nearly $247 million on a budget of $20 million. The reviews were mostly mixed.
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Family & Personal Life Charlayne Woodard was born on 29th December 1953 in Albany, New York. Not much is known regarding her parents or early life.
She studied at the Goodman School of Drama before she began her career in acting.
In 1991, she married Alan Harris, an intellectual property lawyer.