Tisha Campbell-Martin

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Tisha Campbell
Tisha Michelle Campbell

(1968-10-13) October 13, 1968 (age 50)
EducationNewark Arts High School
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active1977–present
Home townNewark, New Jersey, United States
Duane Martin
(m. 1996; div. 2018)
Musical career
Associated actsTichina Arnold

Tisha Michelle Campbell (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and raised in New Jersey, She made her screen debut appearing in the 1986 rock musical comedy film Little Shop of Horrors, and later went to star on the short-lived NBC musical comedy drama Rags to Riches (1987 to 1988).

Campbell has appeared in films including School Daze (1988), Rooftops (1989), Another 48 Hrs. (1990), Boomerang (1992), and Sprung (1997). She received Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination for her performance in the 1990 comedy film House Party, and later starred in its two sequels; House Party 2 (1991), and House Party 3 (1994).

On television, Campbell starred as Gina Waters-Payne in the Fox comedy series Martin from 1992 to 1997 and as Janet "Jay" Marie Johnson-Kyle in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids (2001 to 2005), for which she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, she later had regular roles on Rita Rocks (Lifetime, 2008 to 2009), The Protector (Lifetime, 2011), and Dr. Ken (ABC, 2015 to 2017).

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School and also East Orange, New Jersey, where she attended Washington Academy of Music,[1] her mother, Mona (née Raye) Shockley (now known as Mona Washington), was a nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Michael Campbell, was a factory worker and singer, and as a chess master, works with underprivileged children on both the east and west coast,[2] her parents encouraged her love for music.

Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers,[2] and a younger sister.



Campbell's first television appearance was at the age of six, in an episode in 1974 of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble;[2] as a child, she won many talent shows, going on to appear in such children's programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales, and Captain Kangaroo. At age 18, she performed in the musical feature film, Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon, one of The Supremes like girl group Greek Chorus, along with future Martin co star, Tichina Arnold.[3]

After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short lived NBC musical comedy-drama series, Rags to Riches (1987–88), she later starred in the musical comedy drama film School Daze as Jane Toussaint, directed by Spike Lee.

In 1989, Campbell costarred in the crime film Rooftops, and the following year starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the action comedy Another 48 Hrs.. She later appeared in an supporting role in the 1992 romantic comedy Boomerang starring Murphy, her most notable film credit is 1990 comedy House Party for which she received Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination. She later co starred in its two sequels; House Party 2 (1991), and House Party 3 (1994). In 1997, she received her star billed role in the Trimark Pictures' comedy film Sprung,[4] she later had the leading role in the independent drama film The Last Place on Earth (2002),[5] and has appeared in sex comedy film Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) playing Craig Robinson's character wife.

In 1992, Campbell was cast as Regina "Gina" Waters-Payne in the Fox comedy series Martin, she left the show in April 1997, after settling the lawsuit against Martin Lawrence of sexual harassment.[6] The following year, she starred opposite Diahann Carroll in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film The Sweetest Gift (1998). Campbell returned to television in 2001, starring opposite Damon Wayans in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids; the series ran for five seasons, until 2005. In 2003, she won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.

After My Wife and Kids, Campbell had the recurring role on Everybody Hates Chris, and was regular in the Lifetime comedy series Rita Rocks (2008–09). In 2011, she starred opposite Ally Walker in the Lifetime police drama The Protector; the series was canceled after a single season. In September 2015, she was cast in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, starring Ken Jeong.[7] The series was cancelled after two seasons in 2017. In the beginning of 2018, she played mother in the Lifetime The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar .[8][9] Later in 2018, Campbell went to star on the ABC drama pilot The Holmes Sisters about the lives of five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, it produced by Regina King and Robin Roberts.[10]


In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, Tisha, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: "Push", which was co written and produced by Campbell's' friend, Vanilla Ice, and "Love Me Down".[11] Campbell contributed vocals for the soundtrack of the 1997 film, Sprung, in which she starred, singing a cover version of "Don't Ask My Neighbor" with her Martin costar Tichina Arnold.[3]

She appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two for Will Smith ("Will 2K" and "Wild Wild West") and one for Toni Braxton ("You're Makin' Me High"). In 2012, Campbell starred in Mindless Behavior's music video for "Hello".

On September 21, 2015, she released the single, "Steel Here".[12] On February 24, 2016, Campbell released the single, "Lazy Bitch", as well as an accompanying video, where she featured her friend, Tasha Smith.[13] On February 2, 2018, Campbell released the single, "I Don't Wanna Be Alone Tonight".[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

On August 17, 1996, Campbell married actor Duane Martin;[16] the couple have two sons. In February 2018, Campbell-Martin filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage.[17]

In November 1996, Campbell left the FOX series Martin during its final season, citing "intolerable" working conditions. In January 1997, Campbell filed a lawsuit against co-star Martin Lawrence on the counts of sexual harassment and abuse both on and off set.[18] By April 1997, Campbell had settled the lawsuit, and returned to appear in the last two episodes of the series.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Magnificent Major Daisy Bunsen Short film
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Chiffon
1988 School Daze Jane Toussaint
1989 Rooftops Amber
1990 House Party Sidney
Another 48 Hrs. Amy Smith
1991 House Party 2 Sidney
1992 Boomerang Yvonne
1994 House Party 3 Sidney
1996 Snitch Steimer
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sledge Voice
1997 Sprung Brandy
2001 Down to Earth Woman in audience
2002 The Last Place on Earth Ann Field
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Delaney's Wife
2009 Pastor Brown Amanda Carlton
2018 Blindspotting Mama Liz


Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Me Nobody Knows Lillie-Mae Television film
1987–1988 Rags to Riches Marva Foley Main role; 20 episodes
1988 Heart and Soul Jamie Sinclair Television film
1990 Shannon's Deal Annette Episode: "Inside Straight"
Moe's World Jiwanda Television film
1991 A Different World Josie Webb 2 episodes
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Kathleen Episode: "Did the Earth Move for You?"
Blossom Toni 2 episodes
1992 Roc Angela Kimbro Episode: "A Piece of the Roc"
1992–1997 Martin Gina Waters-Payne Main role; 132 episodes
1995–2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Rapunzel/Glodie (voice) 2 episodes
1997 Duckman Ebony Sable Episode: "Ebony, Baby"
Between Brothers Daisy Episode: "Dusty's in Love"
1998 Getting Personal Michelle / Sandy Episode: "Milo Does the Darndest Things"
The Sweetest Gift Ruby Wilson Television film
1999 Wasteland Olivia Episode: "The Object of My Affection"
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Joyce Episode: "The Halloween Scene"
2001 Cousin Skeeter Nicole 2 episodes
2001–2005 My Wife and Kids Jay Kyle Main role; 123 episodes
2003 The Proud Family Rene (voice) Episode: "There's Something About Rene"
2004–2006 All of Us Carmen James Recurring role (Seasons 3 & 4)
2008–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Peaches Clarkson Recurring role (Season 4)
Rita Rocks Patty Mannix Main role; 40 episodes
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Sasha Pilot
2011 Lemonade Mouth Jenny Reznick Television film
The Paul Reiser Show Maggie Episode: "The Old Guy"
The Protector Michelle Dulcett Main role; 13 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Beyoncé Knowles Episode: "Casablankman 2"
Private Practice Pam Reiter Episode: "You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone"
2013 Malibu Country Rikki Episode: "Bowling for Mama"
2013–2016 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself 10 episodes
2015–2017 Dr. Ken Damona Watkins Main role; 44 episodes
2017 Legends of Chamberlain Heights Voice 6 episodes
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself, guest judge 1 episode (season 10)
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar Nellie Biles Television film
Empire Brooke (The Three Black Divas) 3 episode
Untitled Holmes Sisters Project Sgt. Anise Kendrick-Morrison Pilot
Grey's Anatomy Lila's Mom Episode: "All of Me"
Long Island Medium Herself
2019 Last Man Standing Carol Larabee Episode: "The Best Man"
2020 Outmatched Rita Main cast



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Tisha 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Song Year Album
"Be Alone Tonight" 1988 School Daze
"Push" 1992 Tisha
"Love Me Down"
"Don't Ask My Neighbor"
(with Tichina Arnold)
1997 Sprung
"Steel Here"[21] 2015 Non-album single
"Lazy Bitch (This Ain't Gina)"[22] 2016
"I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (featuring Rich the Kid)[23] 2018

Featured singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"All Cried Out"[24]
(Full Force featuring Tisha Campbell-Martin)
2014 Full Force: With Love From Our Friends

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 Independent Spirit Award "Best Supporting Female" House Party Nominated
1996 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
1997 Nominated
2002 "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2003 Won
2004 Nominated
BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Won
2005 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" Nominated
BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series" Shared with: Various Nominated
2009 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated
2010 Nominated


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  16. ^ Happy 15th Anniversary To The Martins, simplytisha.com; accessed February 2, 2016.
  17. ^ Aiello, McKeena (February 22, 2018). "Tisha Campbell-Martin Files for Divorce From Husband Duane Martin". E!. Los Angeles, California: NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
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  23. ^ "Don't Wanna Be Alone (feat. Rich the Kid) - Single by Tisha Campbell Martin on Apple Music". February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  24. ^ "All Cried Out (feat. Tisha Campbell Martin) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved May 13, 2010.

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