Kym Whitley

Kym Whitley

Whitley at the Comic Con in San Diego, 2011.
Born Kym Elizabeth Whitley
(1961-06-07) June 7, 1961
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Education Shaker Heights High School
Fisk University
Occupation Comedian, Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Rodney Van Johnson
Children Joshua K. Whitley (b. 2011)

Kym Elizabeth Whitley (born June 7, 1961) is an American comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as Animal Practice, The Boondocks, Young & Hungry, and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.

Personal life

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio to Kaysonia (1936-2011) and William Whitley, she has two older brothers. She attended Shaker Heights High School (graduating in 1979) and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

In January 2011, Whitley adopted a son named Joshua Kaleb Whitley.[1][2]


In 1989, Whitley got her big break starring in Shelly Garrett's popular play Beauty Shop which started in Los Angeles then later traveled across the U.S. Whitley's major acting roles include My Brother and Me and Sparks. She made guest appearances in several television sitcoms, including The Parent 'Hood, Married... with Children, Moesha, That's So Raven, The Parkers and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also hosted the short-lived BET show, Oh Drama (2000). She also had a small role in Next Friday as Craig's aunt Suga. She was one of "The Adults" in the earlier seasons of All That. "The Adults", as they were called, were grown-up featuring cast members that appeared in sketches with the regular cast. In the early spring of 2010, Whitley was a co-host with R&B musician, Brian McKnight on the short-lived talk show, The Brian McKnight Show. From 2012 to 2013, Whitley had a recurring role on the BET comedy Let's Stay Together as Charmaine Wax.

Kym's docu-series entitled Raising Whitley on the Oprah Winfrey network (OWN) premiered on April 20, 2013 with a total of 1.2 million viewers making it the fifth biggest premiere in the history of the network.[3] Due to the success of the first season, OWN ordered a second season, which premiered on January 4, 2014.

Kym created the "Don't Feed Me" T-shirt with her friend, Rodney Van Johnson. The T-shirts alert caregivers to the allergies of the children wearing them.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Beverly Hood Nola Washington
2000 Next Friday Suga
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Party Guest
2001 House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute Judy Harris Jon Jon's Mom
2001 Baby Boy Host
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Ormandy
2003 Love Chronicles Renee
2003 Malibooty! Donna
2004 Up Against the 8 Ball Mrs. Thompson
2004 Along Came Polly Gladys
2005 The Perfect Man Dolores
2005 L.A. Dicks Madame Opal
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane KostMart Training Leader
2005 The Salon Lashaunna
2005 The Golden Blaze Mother Johnson voice
2008 Cuttin' da Mustard
2008 College Road Trip Michelle Porter
2008 The Hustle Miss Tanya
2009 Black Dynamite Honeybee
2009 I Love You, Man Female Co-Worker #1
2009 Donation Cashier Keisha
2010 Something Like a Business Sasha
2010 Sebastian Roxanne
2010 Group Sex Tiffany
2011 35 and Ticking[5] Shavelle
2011 Rango[6] Melonee
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Jessica Morgan
2011 We Bought a Zoo Store Clerk
2013 Ticket to Vegas Monik
2013 Anything is Possible Ms. Kim
2014 A Haunted House 2 Church Lady
2016 Fist Fight Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Vinnie & Bobby 1 episode
1994 My Brother and Me Mrs. Pinckney 5 episodes
1995 The Parent Hood Muriel 1 episode
1995 Martin Louisa 1 episode
1996 Married... with Children Danielle 1 episode
1996–98 Sparks Darice Mayberry Main role
1998 The Wayans Bros Phyllis 1 episode
1999 Arli$$ Susan Caldwell 1 episode
1999 Silk Hope Grace
2000 Grown Ups Kim 1 episode
2000 A Private Affair 2000 "Oh Drama"
2000 Moesha Gertrude ("Gertie") 1 episode
2002 My Wife and Kids Wanda 3 episodes
2002 What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway Ms. Wells
2003 The Proud Family Caramel Jones 1 episode
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Monena 1 episode
2001–04 The Parkers Gertrude ("Gertie") Recurring role
2004 1-800-Missing DEA Agent Dominique Shaw 1 episode
2004 One on One Liza 1 episode
2005 The Catch Honey Commons
2005 That's So Raven Cousin Vicky 2 episodes
2005 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Norlisa 2 episodes
2005 Grey's Anatomy Yvonne 1 episode
2006 Love, Inc Arsenetta 1 episode
2006 Reno 911! Kay Kay 1 episode
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Ms. Attitude
2006 Standoff Angela Worthington 1 episode
2006 Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street Ms. Attitude
2007 Making It Legal Theresa
2008 Crusin for Love with Kym Whitley Herself
2009 The Cleveland Show Auntie Momma 4 episodes
2008-09 'Til Death Tina 4 episodes
2005–10 The Boondocks Various characters Recurring role
2010 Jonas Officer Evie 1 episode
2010–2011 Meet the Browns Yvonne 2 episodes
2010 School Pride Host
2011 2 Broke Girls Shirley 1 Episode
2011–2015 Black Dynamite Honeybee Main Role
2011-2012 Let's Stay Together Charmaine Wax Recurring Role
2012 Animal Practice Juanita Main Role
2013–present Raising Whitley Herself Reality Series
2013–2014 Baby Daddy Margaret Jenson "Whatever Lola Wants" & "An Affair Not To Remember"
2014–present Young & Hungry Yolanda Main Role
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Aunt Cudi 1 episode
2016 Kocktails with Khloé Herself 1 episode

Awards and nominations

BET Comedy Awards


  1. 'Don't Feed Me' T-Shirts Calm Parents of Allergic Kids (March 19, 2013) ABC News, ABC Blogs. Accessed 2013-03-19.
  2. 'Kym Whitley is a New Mom' (February 28, 2011) "Black Celebrity Kids". Accessed 2013-03-19.
  3. "'Don't Feed Me' T-Shirts Calm Parents of Allergic Kids" (March 19, 2013) ABC News, ABC Blogs. Accessed 2013-03-19.
  4. "Joshua's World"

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