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Debra Wilson
American actress

Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson
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Intro American actress
Is Actor Voice actor Stage actor Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 26 April 1962, New York City
Age 61 years
Star sign Taurus
Height: 1.651 m
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Debra Renee Wilson (born April 26, 1962), also known as Debra Wilson Skelton or Debra Skelton, is an American actress and comedian. Wilson is known for being one of the longest-serving original cast member on the sketch comedy series MADtv, having appeared for the show's first eight seasons. She has also done voice work for various productions including Avatar, American Dad!, Family Guy, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, The Proud Family, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Boondocks.


Wilson was born and raised in New York City, in the neighborhood of Ozone Park, Queens. Wilson attended the New York City High School of the Performing Arts. After graduation, she continued her studies at Syracuse University, working in television and radio broadcasting. Wilson was also a pre-school teacher during the 1980s for the All Saints Church, in Sunnyside, Queens. Her acting debut was on the television pilot The Apollo Comedy Hour. Following this success she became a series regular on The Uptown Comedy Club and co-hosted Can We Shop? with Joan Rivers. She continued her work in television working as a spokesperson for Burger King, and guest starring in New York Undercover. Her major feature film debut was Let It Be Me which she worked on shortly before starting on MADtv.



Wilson was one of the original eight cast members of MADtv when the series aired in 1995. Wilson came to the show with a background in sketch comedy, improv and television. MADtv was her third TV series, although she had done stand up in New York for one year.

Wilson was credited for creating some of the most popular recurring characters on the show. Among her characters were Latina bimbo Melina (Lida and Melina), Reality Check's Tovah McQueen, Stick Chick Autumn, Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority sister Hayden Brooks, Alexis Dubane (Prehistoric Glamazon Huntresses), blaxploitation actress Cocoa Latette (Son of Dolemite), Lowered Expectations Host and Ms. Not Nice (Jenny Jones). Perhaps her best known character was the fast talking "Black American Princess" Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson. Her most recognized impressions on the show were of Oprah Winfrey and Whitney Houston. Her Oprah impersonation is so well regarded that in fact she has played Oprah or Oprah-like characters in other media, most notably Scary Movie 4 and The Proud Family.

Celebrity impressions on MADtv

  • Diana Ross
  • Beyoncé
  • Vanity
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Phylicia Rashad
  • Mariah Carey
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Ruby Dee
  • Joie Lee
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin
  • Rosie Perez
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Janet Jackson
  • Lil' Kim
  • Miss Cleo
  • Eve
  • Alicia Keys
  • Whitney Houston
  • Sheila E.
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Brandy
  • Jackée Harry
  • Kim Wayans
  • Tyra Banks
  • Chris Tucker
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Macy Gray
  • Lorraine Bracco (as Jennifer Melfi in The Sopranos)
  • Larry Fine of The Three Stooges
  • Marla Gibbs

Television projects

Since her debut on MADtv, Wilson has done voice acting on episodes on numerous television shows, landing some recurring roles on such shows as Clone High, Family Guy, and The Mr. Potato Head Show. She voiced Captain Lisa Cusak in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Sound of Her Voice".

Wilson has made numerous independent films, including Naked Angel, Jane White Is Sick and Twisted, Skin Deep, and Soulmates. She was also in an episode of Without a Trace as a doctor, and has appeared three times (to date) as working girl Divine in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

She and Sullivan have done commercials for Pepsi's Sierra Mist. She appeared as herself on the February 15, 1999, episode of WCW Monday Nitro accompanying MADtv castmate Will Sasso in his professional wrestling match against Bret Hart. She also appeared on the UK "Whose Line Is It Anyway" - Season 10, Episode 9.

She was the co-host of TV Guide Channel's TV Watercooler with John Fugelsang, until she was replaced by Teresa Strasser in October 2006. She was also a co-host on GSN Live until she left in January 2010.

Theater projects

Wilson performed Off-Broadway with the improvisational comedy troupe Noo Yawk Tawk directed by Richmond Shepard at The Village Gate (1988–1991).

Personal life

Wilson married writer and director Cliff Skelton in April 2006. They separated in 2010 citing irreconcilable differences.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Cracking Up N/A
1995 Blue in the Face Statistician
1996 Girl 6 Salesgirl #3
1997 Gridlock'd Medicaid woman #2
1997 B*A*P*S Flight attendant
1997 Soulmates Jennifer Williams
1997 Asylum Belinda Davis
1997 Sleeping Together Wendy
1998 Star Trek: The Experience: The Klingon Encounter Security officer Short film; voice role
2000 Rubbernecking Julia
2002 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Chi-Chi
2003 Skin Deep Alex
2004 Target Nolan
2004 Nine Lives Lisa
2005 Bringing Up BayBay Pam Wilcox, BayBay Girl Short film; also writer
2006 Whitepaddy Aunt Tiny
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Rehab nurse
2006 Adventures of Brer Rabbit, TheThe Adventures of Brer Rabbit Sister Buzzard Direct-to-video; voice role
2006 Scary Movie 4 Oprah Winfrey
2006 Over the Hedge Debbie Voice
2006 Mandingo in a Box Host Short film
2006 Shut Up and Shoot! Nikki Ryder
2006 Rockin' Meera Rudy
2007 If I Had Known I Was a Genius Teresa Reed
2007 Lord Help Us Shariffer Simms Direct-to-video
2007 Cordially Invited Vivian Dunn
2007 Chosen One, TheThe Chosen One Akia May Voice role
2008 Cuttin' da Mustard Actress
2009 Knight to F4 Cheryl Johnson
2009 Psyche on Melrose Hostess Short film
2009 Haunted World of El Superbeasto, TheThe Haunted World of El Superbeasto Various voices Direct-to-video
2009 Avatar Na'vi troupe member
2009 Friends of Dorothy Hillary Short film
2010 Perfect Combination Mrs. Lewis
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Iana Voice role
2010 Oprah's Last Show Oprah Winfrey Short film
2011 Naked Angel Mama Tony
2011 Division III: Football's Finest Mandy
2012 Back Then Georgia Miller
2012 Bed-Stuy Lullaby Sha'rell Short film
2013 Cordially Invited – The Wedding Day of Alton & Kenya Vivian Dunn
2014 Jungle Shuffle Kam Voice role
2014 Knock 'em Dead Darien
2014 Untold Merrel
2014 Fatal Acquittal Detective Bell
2014 10 Year Plan Minister
2015 Midlife Diane Freeland
2015 Mothers of the Bride Freesia the producer
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Additional Voices
2016 Caged No More Leona
2016 The Summerland Project Adah Allen
2017 Open Marriage Vulnavia
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1992–93 Uptown Comedy Club, TheThe Uptown Comedy Club Various Main cast
1995 New York Undercover Shanna Episode: "High on the Hog"
MADtv Various Main cast (seasons 1–8); guest star (seasons 10, 13, 14 and 15); 196 episodes
1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Lisa Cusak Episode: "The Sound of Her Voice"
1998 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Season 10, episode 9
1998–99 Mr. Potato Head Show, TheThe Mr. Potato Head Show Queenie Main role; voice; 13 episodes
2000–01, 2008–11 Family Guy Various voices 6 episodes
2001 Gary & Mike Various voices 13 episodes
2001 Oblongs, TheThe Oblongs N/A 2 episodes
2002 Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa Great grandma Voice role; television film
2002–03 Clone High Various voices 3 episodes
2002–03 Proud Family, TheThe Proud Family Oprah Winfrey Voice role; 2 episodes
2003 Proud Family, TheThe Proud Family Basil / Tobasco Voice role; episode: "Adventures in Bebe Sitting"
2003 Parkers, TheThe Parkers Zorah Episode: "Kimmie Has Two Moms"
2004 Without a Trace Doctor Episode: "Hawks and Handsaws"
2004–07 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Divine 3 episodes
2004 I'm with Her Brenda Episode: "Friends in Low Places"
2004 That's So Raven Miesha Episode: "Spa Day Afternoon"
2005 Second Time Around Deonne Episode: "You're Fired"
2005–2016 American Dad! Whitney Houston, Mom at basketball game Voice role; 2 episodes
2006 In Justice Detective Powell Episode: "Confessions"
2006 Celebrity Paranormal Project Herself Episode: "Cult Commune"
2007 Higglytown Heroes Marine biologist hero Voice role; episode: "Little Big Fish/Good Sports"
2007 Super Sweet 16: The Movie Edan Day Television film (MTV)
2008 Reno 911! Dominatrix 3 episodes
2008 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Deborah LeVil Voice role; 2 episodes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lilian Episode: "Automatic for the People"
2009 90210 Teacher Episode: "Hello, Goodbye, Amen"
2009–10 GSN Live Herself Co-host
2012 Black Dynamite Amazon Moon Bitch leader, Lil' Orphan Penny, Eartha K.I.T.T. (voices) 1 episode
2013 2 Broke Girls Delores Episode: "And the Temporary Distraction"
2013 First Family, TheThe First Family Helen Episode: "The First Driver"
2013 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show N/A Episode: "Of Lice and Men"
2013 Save Me Stephanie Episode: "Heavenly Hostess"
2013–14 DC Super-Pets! Various voices 3 episodes
2013 Mad Various voices Episode: "Alfred's Game/We Are X-Men"
2013 Doom Patrol Madame Rouge Voice role; episode: "Chapter Ten: The Spy Within the Doom Patrol"
2014 Regular Show Council Woman / Thunder Girl 1 / Blonde Girl Voice role; episode: "Dodge This"
2014–2016 All Hail King Julien Masikura, Foosa Babe, Tammy Voice role; 21 episodes
2016 Dead 7 Apocolypta Television film (Syfy)
2016 Z Nation Linda Episode: "Doc's Angels"
Web series roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012–13 Lips X-girlfriend 2 episodes
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Everybody's Golf 4 Various Voices Voice
2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Ellie Voice
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Storm Voice
2007 Halo 3 Marines Voice
2008 Speed Racer: The Videogame Booster Mbube Voice
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Crying Wolf Voice
2008 Fracture N/A Voice
2009 Halo 3: ODST Marine #4 Voice
2010 Dead to Rights: Retribution Security Guard Voice
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Additional Voices Voice
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Kate / Sweeite / Yvette / Boomer Teacher / Jackal Gang Member / Mercenary / New Vegas Citizen / Novac Settler / Prospector / The Tops Cashier / Traveling Merchant / Vault 34 Dweller / Vikki and Vance Dealer / Viper Gunslinger / Viper Leader / White Gloves Society Member Voice
2011 Infamous 2 Female Pedestrians / The Storyteller Voice
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population Voice
2014 Elder Scrolls Online Additional Voices Voice
2014 WildStar Dreadphage Ohmna / Selene / Granok Female Voice
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Additional Voices Voice
2014 World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Monster Vocal Effects Voice
2016 Mirror's Edge Catalyst Rebecca Thane Voice
2016 Gears of War 4 Ashpo Point Gear Voice

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