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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama Series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J and Meagan Good in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003. Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Theresa and Sylvester Union. At the age of eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended Foothill High School. In high school, Union was an all-star point guard in basketball and a year-round athlete, also playing in soccer and running track. She went on to the University of Nebraska before moving on to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology. While studying there, she interned at the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency to earn extra academic credits. Invited by the agency's owner, Judith Fontaine, Union started working as a model to pay off college loans. Her acting career started with minor roles. Most were in teen movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You and Love and Basketball. In 1997, Union appeared in a sixth-season episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon N'Garen. She also appeared in Sister, Sister as Vanessa, in Smart Guy as Denise, and in five episodes of 7th Heaven as Keesha Hamilton. In 2000, Union landed the role of Isis in the cheerleading movie Bring it On opposite Kirsten Dunst. Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. She was cast in her first leading role in the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva with rapper L.L. Cool J. The film received fair reviews from critics and it showed that Union was a leading lady. Union landed the role of Will Smith's girlfriend Syd in the film Bad Boys II, a box office success grossing over $273 million worldwide. Union starred with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in the film Breakin' All the Rules in 2004. She then starred in the short-lived 2005 ABC series Night Stalker. She has also starred in the independent drama films Neo Ned and Constellation, the latter of which was released to theaters. She won an award for Best Actress in Neo Ned at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the film received awards at several festivals. In the 2005 she played in the remake of The Honeymooners with comedian Cedric The Entertainer. Union starred in the 2007 films Daddy's Little Girls by Tyler Perry and the Christmas film The Perfect Holiday .In 2008, Union appeared on Ugly Betty for 3 episodes (36-38). She also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent". She joined the cast of the U.S. television series Life on NBC and appeared in four episodes prior to the cancellation of series in May 2009. She also appeared in the ABC 2009 series FlashForward. She was once married to NFL player Chris Howard. The couple married on May 1, 2001. They became legally separated and the divorce was final in April 2006. Through mid-2009 into 2010, Union has been dating Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.

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Oct 29, 1972 In Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Football Wives
Latest Project:
Movie Cheaper by the Dozen 2022-03-18
Known For
Poster of Top Five
Poster of Good Deeds
Poster of Love & Basketball
Poster of Friends
Series Football Wives Chardonnay Lane 2023
Series Body Politic Jessica Sharp 2023
Movie Cheaper by the Dozen Zoey Baker 2022-03-18
Movie Fearless General Blazerhatch (voice) 2020-08-14
Movie The Public 2019-04-05
Series L.A.'s Finest Syd Burnett 2019-05-13
Movie Breaking In Shaun Russell 2018-05-05
Movie Sleepless Dena 2017-01-12
Movie Almost Christmas Rachel 2016-11-11
Movie The Birth of a Nation Esther 2016-09-09
Series The Lion Guard Nala (voice) 2016-01-15
Movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Nala (voice) 2015-11-22
Movie With This Ring Kitty 2015-01-24
Movie Think Like a Man Too Kristen 2014-06-20
Series Being Mary Jane Mary Jane Paul 2014-01-07
Movie Top Five Erica Long 2014-12-12
Movie Miss Dial Long Story Caller 2013-03-07
Movie The Door She 2013-07-02
Movie Good Deeds Natalie 2012-02-23
Movie Think Like a Man Kristen 2012-04-16
Movie Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Herself 2012-10-03
Movie In Our Nature Vicky 2012-12-07
Series FlashForward Zoey Andata 2009-09-24
Movie Meet Dave No. 3 - Cultural Officer 2008-07-08
Movie Cadillac Records Geneva Wade 2008-12-05
Movie The Box Cris Romano 2007-01-01
Movie Daddy's Little Girls Julia Rossmore 2007-02-14
Movie The Perfect Holiday Nancy 2007-12-12
Movie Constellation Carmel Boxer 2007-02-01
Series Ugly Betty Unknown 2006-09-28
Series America's Got Talent Herself - Judge 2006-06-21
Movie Running with Scissors Dorothy 2006-10-27
Series Night Stalker Perri Reed 2005-09-29
Movie Neo Ned Rachael 2005-01-01
Movie Say Uncle Elise Carter 2005-07-10
Movie The Honeymooners Alice Kramden 2005-06-10
Movie Hustle and Heat Masked Woman 2004-03-02
Movie Breakin' All the Rules Nikki 2004-05-14
Series The Tony Danza Show 2004-09-13
Movie Something the Lord Made Clara Thomas 2004-05-30
Movie Bad Boys II Sydney 'Syd' Burnett 2003-07-18
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Cradle 2 the Grave Daria 2003-02-28
Movie Deliver Us from Eva Eva Dandrige 2003-02-07
Movie Welcome to Collinwood Michelle 2002-05-24
Movie Abandon Amanda Luttrell 2002-10-14
Movie Two Can Play That Game Conny Spalding 2001-09-07
Series The Proud Family Unknown 2001-09-15
Movie The Brothers Denise Johnson 2001-03-23
Series City of Angels Courtney Ellis 2000-01-16
Movie Bring It On Isis 2000-08-25
Movie Love & Basketball Shawnee 2000-04-21
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie She's All That Katie 1999-01-29
Movie H.E. Double Hockey Sticks Gabrielle 1999-10-03
Movie 10 Things I Hate About You Chastity 1999-03-30
Series Grown Ups Unknown 1999-08-01
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Series Smart Guy Unknown 1997-03-26
Series City Guys Unknown 1997-09-06
Series Moesha Unknown 1996-01-23
Series The Steve Harvey Show Unknown 1996-08-25
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Series Clueless Unknown 1996-09-20
Series Jungle Cubs Unknown 1996-10-05
Series 7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
Series Goode Behavior Tracy Monaghan 1996-08-26
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Series Friends Kirsten Lang 1994-09-22
Series Sister, Sister Unknown 1994-04-01
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Saved by the Bell: The New Class Unknown 1993-09-11
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05