Who is Cassi Davis?
American actress Cassandra ‘Cassi’ Davis-Patton was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi USA, on 31 July 1964, making Leo her zodiac sign. She’s had roles in 31 TV series and movies, and is probably known best for playing one of the main characters Aunt Bam in the 2019 comedy film “A Madea Family Funeral”, which Tyler Perry wrote and directed, as well as starred in; the film follows Madea and her family as they’re travelling to attend a funeral, and it was nominated for seven awards.
Education and early life
Cassi was raised in Holly Springs by her deeply religious Christian father and mother, but because she respects their privacy, not many details have been disclosed about them; Cassi hasn’t spoken about whether or not she has siblings, and is believed to be an only child.
She became interested in both music and acting while attending a local high school; Cassi went to church with her parents at least once a week, and was on the church choir.
She matriculated in 1982 and then enrolled at Spelman College, from which she was to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in music in 1986, however, because she wasn’t allowed to perform religious music at her senior recital, Cassi dropped out only a single credit away from graduation – she returned to Spelman in 2008, and graduated in November of the same year.
Roles in movies
Cassi made her debut film appearance in the 1988 musical comedy “School Daze”, written and directed by Spike Lee, and which starred Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito and Tisha Campbell. It follows a teenager who wants to join his college’s most popular fraternity, and the film was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Her only film role in the ‘90s was starring as Kate in the 1994 short drama “Silent Bomb”, directed by Kim Fields, and which also starred LaRita Shelby and Linda Brown; it follows a police officer who’s just learned that she’s infected with HIV.
In 2001, Cassi played Cook in the historical drama “Boycott”, and was then cast to appear in the 2004 musical comedy “He Say… She Say… But What Does GOD Say?”, the 2005 comedy “Love on Layaway” and the 2006 romantic comedy “Madea’s Family Reunion”. She portrayed Rita in the 2007 romantic drama “Daddy’s Little Girls”, which Tyler Perry wrote and directed, and which starred Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba and Tracee Ellis Ross. It follows a car mechanic who’s trying to get custody of his children because his former girlfriend’s a drug addict, while he’s now fallen in love with his lawyer; the film was nominated for a BET Award for Best Actor (Idris Elba).
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Some of Cassi’s following roles were in the 2011 comedy “Madea’s Big Happy Family”, another 2011 comedy “A Madea Christmas” and the 2012 comedy “Aunt Bam’s Place”. She played Jenice in the 2014 drama “Hamlet & Hutch”, directed by Jared Young and Matthew Young, and which starred Burt Reynolds, Elizabeth Leiner and Emma Rayne Lyle. It follows the life of a former Broadway actor who’s now old and suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Cassi’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2017 horror comedy “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween”, the 2020 comedy “Madea’s Farewell Play” and the 2022 romantic comedy “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming”.
Roles in TV series
Cassi’s debut TV series role was playing Francine in the 1993 episode “In the Black Is Beautiful” of the comedy “Living Single”, and the following year saw her play Nurse in the episode “Food Chains” of the mystery thriller “Chicago Hope”.
From 1999 through 2001, Cassi starred as HUD Woman (voice role) in the animated comedy “The PJs”, created by Eddie Murphy and Steve Tompkins, and which also starred Loretta Devine and Ja’net DuBois. It follows the occupants of a housing project, and the series won five of its 13 award nominations. Cassi’s only other TV series role in the 2000s was portraying Ella Payne in the 2009 episode “Meet the Christmas Spirit” of the comedy “Meet the Browns”.
Her following role came in 2018, when cast to star as Ella Payne in all the 41 episodes of the comedy “The Paynes”, created by Tyler Perry, and which also starred LaVan Davis and Jackee Harry. The series follows Ella and Curtis Payne as they’re vacationing in Florida, and have been tricked into entering a real-estate deal.
Since 2006, Cassi’s been playing the above mentioned character Ella Payne in the family comedy “House of Payne”, appearing in 307 of its 343 episodes. The series also stars Allen Payne and LaVan Davis, follows several generations of a family as they’re all living together, and has won 20 of its 37 award nominations.
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Cassi performed the song “If I Were Your Woman” in the 2017 movie “Madea on the Run”, the song “When He Sees Me” in the 2019 film “A Madea Family Funeral”, and the song “Lean wit It Rock wit It” in the 2022 film “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming”.
Some of her recent talk-show appearances have been in “Down Home with the Neelys”, “The Mo’Nique Show” and “Made in Hollywood”.
Awards and nominations
Cassi’s been nominated for four Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, all for her performance in “House of Payne”, and won two in 2010 and 2013.
She was also nominated for a 2013 NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance – Comedy for “House of Payne” and a 2020 Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress for “A Madea Family Funeral”.
Love life and husband
Cassi avoids sharing the details of her love life with her fans, but it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman.
She and American non-celebrity Kerry Patton began dating in 2007, and only exchanged vows on 11 January 2017, in a private ceremony attended by the closest of their family members and friends; Kerry’s profession remains undisclosed.
Many people on the internet mistakenly believe that Cassi’s married to American actor and musician LaVan Davis, mostly because their characters in the series “House of Payne” are married, while he also played her boyfriend in the movie “Madea Goes to Jail”.
Cassi’s yet to mention other men whom she’s maybe been with, she’s married to Kerry Patton as of May 2023 and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Some people have noticed that Cassi’s right eye is drooping, and they believe that she’s suffered a stroke; Cassi’s denied these rumors, and has revealed that she was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy in March 2020.
She’s been a philanthropist since the launch of her career, and has donated money to a number of charity organizations, mostly those helping underprivileged children.
She’s been to a number of US states and African countries, and her favorite city to travel to is Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cassi’s a lover of animals, and her favorites are cats and rabbits.
Her favorite actress is Mila Jovovich, while some of her favorite movies include “Resident Evil”, “The Fifth Element” and “Return to the Blue Lagoon”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Cassi’s age is 58. She has brown eyes and hair, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs around 200lbs (90kgs).
Cassi’s net worth’s been estimated at over $6 million, as of May 2023.