Who is Holly Robinson Peete?

American actress and singer Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, on 18 September 1964, meaning that Virgo’s her zodiac sign. She’s appeared in 50 movies and TV series, but is perhaps still known best for playing Officer Judy Hoffs in all 102 episodes of the crime mystery series “21 Jump Street”, which starred Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen and Johnny Depp, and was created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell. It follows the work of several undercover police officers, the series aired from 1987 through 1991, and won two of its four award nominations.

Holly’s still today active in Hollywood, and is currently shooting for the upcoming movie “Runnin’ with Johnson”.

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Education and early life

Holly and her older brother Matthew Thomas Robinson III were raised in Philadelphia by their father Matthew Thomas ‘Matt’ Robinson Jr. who was an actor, screenwriter and producer, and mother Dolores who was a high school teacher; Matthew Jr. passed away on 5 August 2002, aged 65.

Holly was only four when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Sally in the 1969 episode “Ernie Erases Cookie Monster” of the animated adventure comedy “Sesame Street”, and didn’t have any roles in the following 10 years.

She studied at Greene Street Friends School, and in 1974 moved to California with her family, eventually enrolling at Santa Monica High School; Holly was 14 when she made her debut film appearance, playing Genettia Lang in the 1979 drama “Dummy”, then spent the following seven years focused on her studies, thus not appearing in any movies or TV series. She matriculated in 1982, and then enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and French language in 1986; she had also spent a year studying at the University of Paris in France.

Roles in movies

Holly played K. C. Cherry Bomb in the popular 1986 action adventure comedy “Howard the Duck”, written and directed by Willard Hyuck, and which starred Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones and Tim Robbins. It follows a humanoid duck who’s been magically transported from her homeworld to Earth, and now has to help two people stop an alien invasion; the movie won five of its nine award nominations.

Some of Holly’s following roles were in the 1990 music video “Babyface: Whip Appeal”, the 1998 thriller “Killers in the House” and the 1999 romantic drama “After All”.

The year 2004 saw her play Heaven in the comedy “Earthquake”, and in 2007, Holly starred as Nicole Banning in the biographical comedy “Matters of Life & Dating”, directed by Peter Wellington, and which also starred Ricki Lake and Rachael Harris. It follows a single woman who’s recently undergone a mastectomy, and has now begun dating again; the film was nominated for only a single award. The remainder of the 2000s saw Holly appear in three movies: the 2007 short drama “Football Wives”, the 2009 comedy “The Bridget Show”, and the 2010 comedy “Speed-Dating”.

The year 2015 saw her star as Yvette Collins in the romantic comedy “Angel of Christmas”, directed by Ron Oliver, and which also starred Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Scarfe. It follows an aspiring newspaper writer as she’s working on a story for Christmas.

Some of Holly’s most recent film roles have been in the 2021 romantic drama “Our Christmas Journey”, the romantic adventure “The Journey Ahead” and the family comedy “Holiday Heritage”, both in 2022.

Roles in TV series

In 1989 and 1990, Holly played Detective Judy Hoffs in the crime mystery “Booker”, created by Eric Blakeney and Stephen J. Cannell, and which starred Richard Grieco, Marcia Strassman and Carmen Argenziano; it follows a rebellious young police officer who’s begun working for a multinational corporation as an insurance investigator.

From 1992 through 1997, Holly starred as Vanessa Russell in the family sports comedy “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”, which also starred Sandra Quarterman and Mark Curry, and was created by Jeff Franklin. It follows the life of a teacher and his housemates, and the series won two of its nine award nominations. The ‘90s also saw Holly appear in an episode of various series, such as the thriller “Gabriel’s Fire”, the crime action “Pacific Blue”, and the family fantasy “Touched by an Angel”.

From 1998 through 2002, Holly played the main character Malena Ellis in all the 86 episodes of the romantic comedy “For Your Love”, created by Yvette Lee Bowser, and which also starred James Lesure and Tamala Jones; the series follows the lives of three couples who are all friends, and it was nominated for eight awards. Holly’s only other two TV series roles in the 2000s were playing Tanya Ward in 23 episodes of the 2004 comedy “Like Family”, and Clea in 22 episodes of the 2006 romantic comedy “Love, Inc.”

From 2011 through 2014, she portrayed Christina in the popular romantic comedy “Mike & Molly”, which starred Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell, and was created by Mark Roberts. It follows two people who’ve met at an Overeaters’ Anonymous meeting and have fallen in love; the series aired from 2010 through 2016, and won five of its 21 award nominations.

Holly’s three most recent TV series roles have been in all the seven episodes of the 2021 mini-series “Morning Show Mysteries” (lead role), the 2022 episode “Save My Edges, I’m a Donor!” of the comedy “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and the 2023 episode “BeBe” of the animated adventure comedy “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (voice role).

Other credits

Holly has six producing credits, which include the 2019 romantic movie “A Family Christmas Gift”, the 2020 romantic film “The Christmas Doctor”, and the 2021 romantic movie “Our Christmas Journey”.

Some of her recent talk-show appearances have been in “Daily Blast Live”, “The Talk” and “The Jennifer Hudson Show”.

Awards and accolades

Holly was honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 21 June 2022.

She was nominated for a 1989 Blimp Award for Favorite TV Actress, for her performance in “21 Jump Street”, and for six Image Awards from 1999 through 2008, for “For Your Love” (x4), “Love, Inc.” and “Matters of Life & Dating”.

Love life and husband

Holly’s more or less open when it comes to sharing the details of her love life, and it’s known that she’s been a married woman for close to three decades now. Holly and her husband, American former professional Football Player Rodney Peete married in a small and private ceremony on 10 June 1995; Rodney proposed to Holly during an episode of the series “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” on 7 October 1994. On 17 October 1997, Holly gave birth to their twins Rodney Peete Jr. and Ryan Elizabeth Peete, and to their second son Robinson Peete on 11 August 2002, followed by third son Roman Peete on 25 February 2005.

Rodney Peete Jr. was diagnosed with autism when he was three.

Holly hasn’t mentioned the men whom she’d dated prior to meeting Rodney Peete, to whom she’s married as of May 2023, and they have four children together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Holly and Rodney’s second son Robinson played baseball while attending Sierra Canyon School, and he’s currently playing at college.

Holly’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the ‘90s, and this led Holly and her husband to found the non-profit organization HollyRod Foundation, which aims to find a cure for Parkinson’s and autism, as well as to help those suffering from these diseases.

She became a spokesperson for Nestlé’s Carnation Breakfast Essentials in September 2012.

Holly’s followed by over 1.4 million people on Instagram, and has posted close to 12,000 pictures and videos onto the network.

One of her favorite actresses is Marion Ross, while some of her favorite movies include “The Evening Star”, “Operation Petticoat”, and “A Perfect Christmas List”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Holly’s age is 58. Her hair’s black and eyes are brown, she’s 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs around 125lbs (57kgs).

Holly’s net worth’s been estimated at over $4 million, as of May 2023.

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