Gabrielle Union

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Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama Series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J and Meagan Good in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003.

Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Theresa and Sylvester Union. At the age of eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended Foothill High School. In high school, Union was an all-star point guard in basketball and a year-round athlete, also playing in soccer and running track. She went on to the University of Nebraska before moving on to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology. While studying there, she interned at the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency to earn extra academic credits. Invited by the agency's owner, Judith Fontaine, Union started working as a model to pay off college loans.

Her acting career started with minor roles. Most were in teen movies such as 10 Things I Hate About You and Love and Basketball. In 1997, Union appeared in a sixth-season episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon N'Garen. She also appeared in Sister, Sister as Vanessa, in Smart Guy as Denise, and in five episodes of 7th Heaven as Keesha Hamilton. In 2000, Union landed the role of Isis in the cheerleading movie Bring it On opposite Kirsten Dunst. Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. She was cast in her first leading role in the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva with rapper L.L. Cool J. The film received fair reviews from critics and it showed that Union was a leading lady.

Union landed the role of Will Smith's girlfriend Syd in the film Bad Boys II, a box office success grossing over $273 million worldwide. Union starred with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in the film Breakin' All the Rules in 2004. She then starred in the short-lived 2005 ABC series Night Stalker. She has also starred in the independent drama films Neo Ned and Constellation, the latter of which was released to theaters. She won an award for Best Actress in Neo Ned at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the film received awards at several festivals.

MOVIE CREDITS:
2007: Julia Rossmore - Daddy's Little Girls
2003: Evangeline 'Eva' Dandrige - Deliver Us from Eva
2007: Nancy - The Perfect Holiday
2005: Rachael - Neo Ned
2013: She - The Door
2018: Shaun Russell - Breaking In
The Perfect Find
2005: Alice Kramden - The Honeymooners
2008: Nr.3- Kulturoffizierin - Meet Dave
2007: Carmel Boxer - Constellation
2007: Det. Cris Romano - The Box
2012: Vicky - In Our Nature
1999: Gabrielle - H.E. Double Hockey Sticks
2000: Isis - Bring It On
2004: Clara Thomas - Something the Lord Made
2001: Conny Spalding - Two Can Play That Game
2003: Sydney 'Syd' Burnett - Bad Boys II
2008: Geneva Wade - Cadillac Records
2004: Nikki - Breakin' All the Rules
2014: Erica Long - Top Five
2017: Dena - Sleepless
2012: Natalie - Good Deeds
2005: Elise Carter - Say Uncle
2016: Esther - The Birth of a Nation
2003: Daria - Cradle 2 the Grave
2001: Denise Johnson - The Brothers
1999: Chastity - 10 Things I Hate About You
2019: The Public
2012: Herself - Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
2006: Dorothy - Running with Scissors
2012: Kristen - Think Like a Man
2016: Rachel - Almost Christmas
2002: Michelle - Welcome to Collinwood
2013: Long Story Caller - Miss Dial
2002: Amanda Luttrell - Abandon
2003: Masked Woman - Ride or Die
2015: Nala (voice) - The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
1999: Katie - She's All That
2014: Kristen - Think Like a Man Too
2015: Kitty - With This Ring
2000: Shawnee - Love & Basketball

TV CREDITS:
2005: Perri Reed - Night Stalker
2001: The Proud Family
2003: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
1983: Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
1999: Grown Ups
1996: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
1992: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
1999: The Early Show
1996: Clueless
1996: 7th Heaven
1993: Late Night with Conan O'Brien
1996: Jungle Cubs
2000: Dr. Courtney Ellis - City of Angels
2004: The Tony Danza Show
1993: Saved by the Bell: The New Class
1999: Family Guy
1994: Kirsten Lang - Friends
1997: Smart Guy
1996: Moesha
1997: City Guys
1994: Vanessa - Sister, Sister
1996: The Steve Harvey Show
1994: ER
2006: Ugly Betty
1996: Tracy Monaghan - Goode Behavior
2009: Zoey Andata - FlashForward
2014: Mary Jane Paul - Being Mary Jane
1999: Meeshel Anders - The West Wing
2005: The Reichen Show
2019: Syd Burnett - L.A.'s Finest
2019: Herself - Illustrious Guest - Desus & Mero
1993: N'Garen - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
2016: Nala (voice) - The Lion Guard
2006: Herself - Judge - America's Got Talent