• American model, actress and comedian Kellita Smith was born in 1969 in Chicago, IL and is best known for her role in 'The Bernie Mac Show'.
• She studied at Santa Rosa Junior College and began modeling and acting in the 90s.
• She has appeared in over 50 movies and TV series, including 'Martin', 'Roll Bounce', 'The First Family', and 'A Deadly Adoption'.
• She has won multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy for 'Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series'.
• Her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.
Who is Kellita Smith?
American model, actress and comedian Kellita Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 15 January 1969 under the zodiac sign of Capricorn. She’s appeared in over 50 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for her role as Wanda McCullough in the critically acclaimed family comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show”, created by Larry Wilmore, and in which she starred alongside Jeremy Suarez and Bernie Mac. It follows a stand-up comedian who’s taken custody over his sister’s three children, the series aired from 2001 to 2006 and won 32 of its 95 award nominations, including a 2002 Primetime Emmy win for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
Kellita’s still today active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming drama mini-series “From Scratch”.
Education and early life
Kellita and her brother Eric were raised by their mother Honey Smith in Chicago; their father was sent to fight in Vietnam only a couple of months after Kellita was born, and after he and Honey divorced, Kellita and Eric continued living with their mother.
Kellita studied at a local high school, and it was during her four years there that she began thinking about launching a career as a model or an actress, but her mother and brother urged her to continue working on her education.
Honoring her family’s wishes, upon matriculating in 1987, Kellita enrolled at Santa Rosa Junior College, graduating with an Associate’s degree in political science in 1989; she worked as a model for the following a couple of years, prior to becoming an actress.
Roles in TV series
Kellita’s debut TV series appearance was in the 1993 episode “Dirty Little Dick” of the musical comedy “In Living Color”, and gained recognition in 1994 and 1995 when she played Tracy in the romantic comedy drama “Martin”; it was created by John Bowman and Topper Carew, starred Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell and Thomas Mikal Ford, and follows the life of TV and radio personality Martin Payne. The series aired from 1992 to 1997, and won six of its 17 award nominations.
The remainder of the ‘90s saw Kellita appear in an episode or two of various series, such as the family comedy drama “Sister, Sister”, the comedy “The Wayans Bros.”, and another comedy “The Parent ‘Hood”.
Kellita didn’t appear in other series while shooting for “The Bernie Mac Show” between 2001 and 2006, and was then focused on appearing solely in movies in the following a couple of years.
Between 2012 and 2015, she starred as First Lady Katherine Johnson in the family comedy drama “The First Family”, created by Byron Allen, and which also starred Christopher B. Duncan and Jackee Harry. It follows an African-American family living in the White House, and the series won three of its eight award nominations.
Kellita’s three most recent roles in TV series have been in two episodes of the 2021 drama “BET Her Presents: The Couch”, three episodes of the 2021 drama “Lace”, and the 2022 drama mini-series “Conspiracy X: Reloaded”.
— Kellita Smith (@KellitaSmith1) July 16, 2021
Roles in movies
Kellita’s debut film appearance was in the 1994 romantic musical comedy “House Party 3”, and her following three roles were in the 1995 thriller drama “The Crossing Guard”, the 1999 comedy “Q: The Movie” and the 2000 comedy “Retiring Tatiana”.
The year 2005 saw her play Vivian in the popular musical comedy drama “Roll Bounce”, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and which starred Shad Moss, Nick Cannon and Meagan Good. Set in 1978, the movie follows a group of teenage friends who are all into roller skating, and it won two of the eight awards for which it was nominated.
What also marked the 2000s for Kellita was her portrayal of Carla in the 2007 romantic comedy “Three Can Play That Game”, directed by Samad Davis, and which starred Vivica A. Fox, Jason George and Jazsmin Lewis. It follows relationship expert Shante Smith, as she’s teaching women how to get what they want.
A couple of Kellita’s following roles were in the 2010 crime drama “Conspiracy X”, the 2011 drama “She’s Not Our Sister”, and the 2012 western “Gang of Roses II: Next Generation”.
She portrayed Officer Mason in the 2015 thriller drama “A Deadly Adoption”, directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, and which starred Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Jessica Lowndes. It follows a married couple who’ve taken in a pregnant woman, planning to adopt her baby.
Three of Kellita’s most recent movie roles have been in the 2017 romantic mystery drama “The Preacher’s Son”, the 2018 drama “The Choir Director”, and the 2020 mystery thriller drama “Influence”.
Kellita sang the song “Dance, Dance, Dance Until You Drop” in the 2012 episode “The First Roast” of the series “The First Family”.
She’s been featured in many documentaries, most recently in the 2011 movie “I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac”, the 2015 series “Unsung Hollywood”, and the 2019 series “From the Mouths of Babes”.
Kellita’s made a guest appearance in the talk-shows “Terror Talk”, “Popternative” and “Toure Show”, amongst many others.
Awards and nominations
Kellita was nominated for a 2003 and 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, for her performance in “The Bernie Mac Show”.
She was nominated for four Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series between 2003 and 2006, all for her performance in “The Bernie Mac Show”, and Kellita was also nominated for a 2013 Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, for “The First Family”.
Love life and boyfriend
Kellita’s amongst the most secretive of actresses, and hasn’t mentioned the men and/or women whom she’s perhaps dated.
It’s still widely known that she was in a relationship with a non-celebrity American male in 2013 and 2014, as the two were seen spending time together at Mr. Chow in New York City on multiple occasions, while it’s believed that they split before 2015.
Some of Kellita’s fans believe that she might today be either in a long-term relationship or married, and that she doesn’t want to share the details of her love life with the public, but this hasn’t been confirmed or addressed by Kellita.
She seems to be unattached as of September 2022, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Ms. Smith looking good in green at a shoot for the show In The Cut #inthecut
Posted by Kellita Smith on Friday, February 5, 2016
Interesting facts and hobbies
There are over 170,000 people following Kellita on Instagram, and she’s posted more than 600 pictures and videos onto the social media network; she’s made her account private, and only her followers can view what she’s uploaded.
She loves to go shopping for clothes, especially dresses, and often shows off her new clothes in her Instagram pictures.
Kellita’s been to many countries around the world, as she’s passionate about travelling, and her favorite city to vacation in is Marseille, France.
Her favorite actresses are Keira Knightley and Emma Watson, and some of her favorite movies are “Pride & Prejudice”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, and “Atonement”.
Height, eyes and net worth
Kellita’s age is 53. Her hair’s black and eyes are brown, her height’s 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and her weight is about 155lbs (71kgs).
Kellita’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million, as of September 2022.