Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt

Pratt in April 2008
Born Kyla Alissa Pratt
(1986-09-16) September 16, 1986
Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993present
Partner(s) Danny Kilpatrick (2005present)
Children 2

Kyla Alissa Pratt (born September 16, 1986) is an American actress, most known for her roles in films and television, such as the Disney Channel series The Proud Family (which lasted for 3 seasons) and One on One (which lasted for 5 seasons). After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy's character in the films Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, Pratt became the main character in the remake series of the franchise such as Dr. Dolittle 3, Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief, and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts. Pratt has also been in the films Fat Albert, Hotel for Dogs, and The Proud Family Movie. Pratt has recently been part of the series Let's Stay Together.

Personal life

Pratt was born in Los Angeles, California the oldest of five children of Kecia Pratt-McCullar, a schoolteacher, and Johnny McCullar, a semi-professional basketball player.[2][3]

Pratt gave birth to a daughter, Lyric Kai Kirkpatrick, on November 17, 2010. She gave birth to another daughter, Liyah Kirkpatrick, on August 5, 2013. Lyric and Liyah's father is Danny Kirkpatrick, a songwriter, hip-hop artist and tattoo artist.[4][5]


Acting career

Pratt began acting at age 8, appearing in commercials for an interactive computer game and Nike. In 1997, she appeared in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger entitled "The Neighborhood" where she portrayed Kyla Jarvis, a 10-year-old girl who miraculously recovers after accidentally being shot in a drive-by shooting in her gang ridden Neighborhood and reveals that she saw heaven where she met an guardian angel who gives her an important mission from God. With Walker's help Kyla Jarvis spreads the angel message of faith and love, uniting her local community into helping clean up their Neighborhood and end the gang violence plaguing it. She appeared in an episode of Friends, followed by roles in Smart Guy, Sister, Sister, Family Matters, Lizzie McGuire, Moesha, and The Parkers.

In 2001, she won the role of Breanna Barnes in the UPN series One on One (2001–2006). During the run of One on One, Pratt also voiced Penny Proud, the lead character in the Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family. She also voiced the character for The Proud Family Movie in 2005. In addition to television roles, Pratt has also appeared in several feature films including Love & Basketball (2000) and Fat Albert (2004). She played Maya Dolittle in Dr. Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), both of which starred Eddie Murphy. She reprised her role as Maya Dolittle (now the lead character) in the direct-to-DVD releases of Dr. Dolittle 3 (2006), Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008) and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009).[6] In 2009, Kyla Pratt co-starred along Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin in Hotel for Dogs. Pratt joined the cast of BET's Let's Stay Together in its second season.[7] In February 2014, Pratt was voted #97 on VH1's 100 Greatest Child Stars.[8] In June 2014 she filmed a Freeform pilot called Recovery Road based on Blake Nelson's homonym novel, in which she plays a title role alongside Jessica Sula.[9]

Singing career

As a member of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, Pratt performed a cover version of "Circle of Life" that appeared on the DisneyMania 2 album. She also sang "It's All About Me", for the series soundtrack for The Proud Family. She sang "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" with the Disney Channel Stars.

Music videos

Year Artist Song title
2003 B2K "What a Girl Wants"


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Babysitters Club Becca Ramsay
1997 Riot Jenny Baker
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Marcella Walker
Dr. Dolittle Maya Dolittle
2000 Love & Basketball Young Monica
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Maya Dolittle
2002 More than Puppy Love Jae
2004 Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen Paula
2004 Fat Albert Doris
2005 The Seat Filler Diona
2006 Dr. Dolittle 3 Maya Dolittle Direct-to-DVD
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts
Hotel for Dogs Heather
2016 Secret She Kept Tía Jiles/Kingston TV Film
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Where I Live Brittany 1 episode
1993 Living Single Tracy
1993 Touched By An Angel Annie
1995–99 The Parent 'Hood Monica 2 episodes
1996 The Bibleman Show (1996 TV series) Kyla 1 episode
In the House Erica 2 episodes
ER Lily 1 episode
Friends Charla Nichols
1997 Family Matters Kelsey
Walker, Texas Ranger Kyla Jarvis
1997–1998 Smart Guy Lillie/Brandi 3 episodes
1998 The Pretender Tracy Johnson 1 episode
Any Day Now Birdie
1999 Becker Keisha
So Weird Kamilah Simmonds
Sister Sister Herself
Jackie's Back Little Jackie Washington Television movie
1999–2000 Moesha Patricia/Sabrina Wilson 2 episodes
2000 The Parkers Shaquilla 1 episode
The Hughleys Kenyatha
Strong Medicine Donna Jenkins
2001 Lizzie McGuire Brooke Baker
2001–2005 The Proud Family Penny Proud (voice) Lead role; 54 episodes
2001–2006 One on One Breanna Latrice Barnes Lead role; 113 episodes
2003 Maniac Magee Amanda Beale Television movie
2004 Veronica Mars Georgia 1 episode
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Penny Proud (voice)
The Proud Family Movie Television movie
2007 Hell on Earth Keri Diamond/Dumpin
2012–2014 Let's Stay Together Crystal Whitmore Seasons 2–4
2012 Big Time Movie Herself Television movie
The Mentalist Juliana McVie 1 episode
2015 The Soul Man Alicia Episode: No Weddings and Ten Funerals
2016 Recovery Road Trish Collins


  1. "Kyla Pratt Biography (1986-)". Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  2. Lucas, Michael P. (1999-04-30). "Nickelodeon Lets Kids Name Stars in Their Firmament". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  3. Spruell, Sakina P. (March 2003). "A day in the life of TV star Kyla Pratt - How They're Living". Black Enterprise. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  5. Cadet, Danielle (2011-11-10). "Kyla Pratt Confirms Rumors". Huffington Post.
  6. Parham, Marti (2006-01-16). "'One On One' with Kyla Pratt: child star grows up". Jet. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  7. "Kyla Pratt". BET. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  8. "VH1′s 100 Greatest Kid Stars Of All Time". Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (Jun 3, 2014). "Kyla Pratt & Justin Prentice Join ABC Family Drama Pilot 'Recovery Road'". Retrieved Jun 20, 2014.

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