Tichina Arnold Biography


Birthday: June 28, 1969 (Cancer)

Born In: New York, New York, United States

Known for playing the role of the mother in the sitcom, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, Tichina Rolanda Arnold was recognized for her singing abilities and acting skills from a very young age. She started her career by acting in various productions and films during her teenage years. She got her first break when she was chosen to star in a primetime soap opera, after which there was no turning back for her. A deluge of offers started coming her way and she took up comedy roles on various TV sitcoms. She became a popular face on television with her first major supporting role in the sitcom, ‘Martin’. She has also played various small roles in films and has appeared on countless TV talk shows. She has ventured into the business world after launching her line of headgear. Apart from being an actor, she is also a gifted singer and one of her songs charted at the number 2 position in the Billboard countdown. She is also one of the founding members of the famous music band, ‘KNOW Pressure’ which performs in front of a packed audience every year. She has been nominated for several prestigious television awards and is also the recipient of some of the TV Awards.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Tichina Rolanda Arnold

Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Rico Hines (m. 2012), Lamon Brewster (m. 1992–1995)

mother: Diane Arnold

children: Alijah Kai Haggins

Born Country: United States

African American Women African American Actress

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females

Notable Alumni: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art And Performing Arts

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art And Performing Arts

  • 1

    What are some popular TV shows Tichina Arnold has starred in?

    Tichina Arnold is best known for her roles in TV shows such as "Martin," "Everybody Hates Chris," and "Survivor's Remorse."

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    Has Tichina Arnold released any music albums?

    Yes, Tichina Arnold released a music album titled "Soul Free" in 2002, showcasing her vocal talents.

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    What are some movies Tichina Arnold has appeared in?

    Tichina Arnold has appeared in movies such as "Little Shop of Horrors," "Big Momma's House," and "Wild Hogs."

Childhood & Early Life

Tichina Arnold was born to African-American parents in Queens, New York. From the tender age of four, she started singing at church. She played a part in the play, ‘The Me Nobody Knows’ in Brooklyn when she was just eight.

She graduated from ‘Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts’, Amsterdam Avenue, New York.

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She acted in various productions like ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Hair’ and played small parts in television films like ‘The Brass Ring’ (1983) and ‘House of Dies Drear’ (1984).

Her first break in primetime came in 1987 when she was cast as Zena Brown in the soap opera, ‘Ryan’s Hope’, for which she won a nomination at the Daytime Emmy Awards show in 1988.

In 1992, she landed an important role as ‘Pamela James’ in the American sitcom, ‘Martin’, alongside actor/comedian, Martin Lawrence. The show ran till 1997.

In 1998, she started her own designer headgear company, ‘China Moon Rags’, which produced bandanas adorned with Swarovski crystals. Her collections have been modeled by celebrities like Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and Vivica Fox.

In 2000, she once again teamed up with Martin Lawrence in Raja Gosnell-directed crime comedy film 'Big Momma's House'.

She was also a part of the sitcom, ‘One on One’, wherein she portrayed ‘Nicole Barnes’ in 2001.

In 2005, she played the role of a mother of three children in the sitcom, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’.

In 2008, she essayed the role of Lena Baker in ‘The Lena Baker Story’. Lena Baker was an African-American woman in Georgia who was convicted in 1945 of murder by an all-white, male jury.

She appeared as Aunt Nancy in the 2010 episode premiere of the Disney XD Original Series, ‘Pair of Kings’, which was also reprised by her later.

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The duet ‘Movin Up’ which was co-written and sung by her, with her high school friend Inaya Day, charted the number 2 position on the Billboard Countdown.

She has also done a voice-over role in the episode ‘Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch’ of the American animated series, ‘The Boondocks’ as Nicole/Brenda Richie.

Arnold has made guest appearances on the shows like ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’ and ‘Soul Food’.

From 2011 to 2013, she starred in the TV Land sitcom, ‘Happily Divorced’ as Judi Mann, who was the best friend of the main character, Fran Drescher. She next appeared in films such as ‘Summoned,’ ‘More to Love,’ ‘Top Five,’ ‘Royal Family Thanksgiving,’ ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco,’ ‘Countdown,’ ‘Runt,’ ‘Clover,’ and ‘The Main Event.’ In 2023, she played the role of ‘Wyvetta’ in the television film ‘So Fly Christmas.’

Major Works

Though she is known for her role in the sitcom, ‘Marvin’, it was for the UPN/CW sitcom ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, for which she was widely appreciated. She played the role of Rochelle, the mother of three children. In 2007, it was selected as one of the best 10 TV series by the ‘American Film Institute’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1996, she won the ‘Image Award’ for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ for the sitcom, Martin (1992).

In 2006, she was the recipient of the ‘Image Award’ for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series’ for ‘Everybody Hates Chris’.

Personal Life & Legacy

From 1992 to 1995, she was married to American heavyweight boxer Lamon Brewster.

She has a daughter named Alijah Kai with music producer Carvin Haggins. Alijah was born on March 16, 2004.

She married basketball coach Rico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 19, 2012.

Facts About Tichina Arnold

Tichina Arnold is an accomplished singer in addition to being a talented actress, showcasing her versatile talents in the entertainment industry.

She is known for her infectious sense of humor and down-to-earth personality, making her a beloved figure both on and off the screen.

Tichina Arnold is an advocate for mental health awareness and has used her platform to raise important discussions about the topic.

She is a dedicated mother and often shares heartwarming moments with her daughter on social media, showing her nurturing side beyond her on-screen roles.

Tichina Arnold is a fashion icon in her own right, known for her bold and glamorous style choices that always make a statement at red carpet events.

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