Nichelle Nichols Biography (1933-)

Original name, Grace Nichols; born December 28, 1933 (some sources cite 1936), in Robbins, IL; daughter of Samuel Earl (a factory worker and civic leader)and Lishia (maiden name, Parks) Nichols; married Foster Johnson (a dancer),1951 (divorced); married Duke Mondy (a songwriter and music arranger), c. 1968 (divorced); children: (first marriage) Kyle. Addresses: Office: AR-Way Productions, 22647 Ventura Blvd., Suite 121, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.; Agent: Artists Group, 1930 Century Park W., Suite 303, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Actress, singer
Birth Details
December 28, 1933
Robbins, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Dancer, Porgy and Bess, Columbia, 1959
  • Dice player, Mister Buddwing (also known as Woman without a Face), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Made in Paris, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Jenny Ribbock, Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Dorinda, Truck Turner (also known as Black Bullet), American International Pictures, 1974
  • Lieutenant Commander Uhura, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Paramount, 1979
  • Commander Uhura, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (also known as Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan), Paramount, 1982
  • Charmain, Antony and Cleopatra (also known as The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra), 1983
  • Commander Uhura, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Paramount, 1984
  • Commander Uhura, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (also known as The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV), Paramount, 1986
  • Sergeant Leona Hawkins, The Supernaturals, Republic Entertainment,1987
  • Commander Uhura, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Paramount, 1989
  • Commander Uhura, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, 1991
  • Herself, William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (documentary), Paramount Home Video, 1995
  • Herself, Trekkies (documentary), Paramount, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Lieutenant Uhura, Star Trek, NBC, 1966-69
  • Voice of Lieutenant Uhura, Star Trek (also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, and Star Trek: The Animated Series), NBC, 1973-75
  • Episodic
  • Norma Bartlett, "To Set It Right," The Lieutenant, NBC, 1963
  • Ruana, Tarzan, NBC, 1966
  • Voices of the computer, Security Officer Davison, Dara, Lieutenant Ann Nored, Alice, female Ursinoid miner, Mess Officer Briel, Devna, Magen, alien entity, Karla Five, and Dr. Sarah April, Star Trek (also known as TheAnimated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, and Star Trek: The Animated Series), NBC,multiple episodes, between 1973-1974
  • Head of the Class, ABC, 1988
  • Host, Inside Space, Sci-Fi Channel, 1992
  • Voice of Diane Maza, "Her Brother's Keeper," Gargoyles, syndicated, c. 1994
  • Voice of Thoth Khepera, "Avatar," Batman: The Animated Series, 1994
  • Voice of Diane Maza, "Deadly Force," Gargoyles, syndicated, 1994
  • Voice of Diane Maza, "The Cage," Gargoyles, syndicated, 1995
  • Voice of Diane Maza, "Mark of the Panther," Gargoyles, syndicated,1996
  • Voice of Miriam the Vampire Queen, "The Vampire Queen," Spider-Man, 1997
  • "Renunciation," G vs E, USA Network, 2000
  • Voice, "Anthology of Interest I," Futurama, 2000
  • Also appeared as Uhura, "Trials and Tribble-ations," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Specials
  • Black Stars in Orbit, PBS, 1990
  • The Tube Test, ABC, 1990
  • Starathon '92: A Weekend with the Stars, 1992
  • Voice of S.S. Stella, Commander Toad in Space, ABC, 1993
  • Star Trek: A Captain's Log, UPN, 1994
  • Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood, 1998
  • Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Last Angel of History (also known as Der letzte Engel der Geschichte), 1995
  • Sagan, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space (movie), Starz!, 1995
  • Moonshot--The Spirit of 69, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Dancer, College Inn (revue), Chicago, IL, c. 1947
  • No Strings, 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1952
  • May, Italian-American Reconciliation, GNU Theatre, Los Angeles, 1987
  • Reflections (solo show), Los Angeles, 1990
  • Singer and dancer in Calypso Carnival (revue), performing at various nightclubs, Chicago, IL, early 1950s. Also appeared as Hazel Sharp, Kicks and Company; in the title role, Carmen Jones, Chicago, IL; andin productions of The Blacks, Blues for Mr. Charlie, For MyPeople, Horwitz and Mrs. Washington, and The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd.
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Lieutenant Uhura, Star Trek: Judgment Rites, 1994
  • Albums
  • Down to Earth, Epic, 1968
  • Out of This World, GNP Cresdenco, 1991
  • Also recorded the albums Dark Side of the Moon, Americana; and Uhura Sings. Singles include "Shoop Shoop," Twentieth Century.
  • Books
  • Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories, Putnam (New York City), 1994
  • (With Margaret Wander Bonanno) Saturn's Child (science fictionnovel), Putnam, 1995
  • Other Writings
  • Contributor to publications of the National Space Institute.

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Black Biography, October 21, 1994, Volume 11, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1996.
    • Who's Who among African Americans, 13th edition, Gale, 2000.
    • Entertainment Weekly, p. 57.
    • Essence, January 21, 1995, p. 50.
    • Jet, July 12, 1982, pp. 56-60; November 14, 1994, pp. 62-63.
    • Starlog, February 12, 1990 February, 1992; January, 1995.
    • Star Trek Communicator, April 12, 1998, pp. 16-20.
    • TV Guide, October 8, 1994, pp. 30-33.
    • Uhura Web Site,

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