Holly Robinson Peete Biography
Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete is an American actress and singer known for her roles on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street as Judy Hoffs, as Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and as Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love. Peete also served as one of the original co-hosts of the CBS Daytime talk show, The Talk.
After graduating from high school, she entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Peete majored in Psychology and French. In 1986, after she graduated she considered attending graduate school and perhaps working in languages for the U.S. State Department. However, Peete decided to give an acting career a chance. Within a short time, she found roles on a television series and in two films.
Her children’s book, My Brother Charlie, won her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in March 2011. The book was awarded the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award in 2012.
A reality series debuted in March 2016, titled For Peete’s Sake, documenting the everyday life of her family. Currently, she is doing commercials for the weight loss drug, Lipozene.
Holly Robinson Peete Age
Holly Robinson Peete Height
Robinson stands at a height of 1.65 m.
Holly Robinson Peete Net Worth
Over her decades of work in Hollywood, Robinson has accumulated an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Holly Robinson Peete Husband
Robinson married Rodney Peete on June 10, 1995, a National Football League quarterback. Rodney proposed by surprising Holly during an episode of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.
Holly Robinson Peete Kids | Children
The couple has four children: twins, daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete and son Rodney Peete, Jr. born (October 19, 1997), son Robinson James Peete, (born August 11, 2002) and son Roman Peete (born February 25, 2005).
Holly Robinson Peete Daughter
Robinson Peete has a daughter called Ryan Elizabeth Peete, a student at NYU in the Tisch School of Arts/ Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Ryan was raised in Los Angeles, California, but has traveled extensively as a student ambassador with the global travel organization “People to People” and “Students on Ice.”
Holly Robinson Peete Family
Born in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Peete is a daughter to Dolores and Matt Robinson (the original Gordon on Sesame Street). Peete’s mother was a school teacher, in public relations and later a personal talent manager, and her father a producer/writer. She has an older brother called Matthew Thomas Robinson III.
Peete went to Greene Street Friends School in nearby Germantown. Her family moved to California in 1974. Peete graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, where Rob Lowe was her classmates. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in psychology and French. Peete studied for a year abroad at the Sorbonne and is fluent in French. While there Peete sang in Paris nightclubs, including a memorable performance with jazz legend Lionel Hampton at the Hotel Meridian Jazz Club.
Holly Robinson Peete Career
She made her first television appearance in 1969, by playing a little girl named Sally on the very first episode of Sesame Street. Peete recalls that when she was six years old, she kept blowing her line, saying “Hi, Daddy”, instead of “Hi, Gordon”, his character’s name. Peete ended up with just an appearance where she walked down the street with Big Bird. When she was 11 years old, Peete worked for the children’s show Kidsworld as a celebrity correspondent; she interviewed many actors and actresses for the program.
As an actress, Peete has appeared on the TV series 21 Jump Street from 1987 to 1991, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper from 1992 to 1997, For Your Love from 1998 to 2002 and Like Family from 2003 to 2004. Holly was featured in the video for the 1990 hit single “Whip Appeal” by Babyface as the sultry radio host at the beginning of the video. She portrayed Diana Ross in The Jacksons: An American Dream in 1992. She most recently starred on the UPN comedy Love, Inc.. The show lasted just one season, and was canceled after the WB/UPN merger.
Peete has also had a limited career as a singer and recording artist, including the introductory song to 21 Jump Street. She contributed a variety of songs to the soundtrack of the film Howard the Duck. In the 1988 film Three for the Road, peete recorded the theme song “We Got Our Love”. Peete and Dawnn Lewis, together with R&B quartet En Vogue, performed the theme song for the first season of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.
She won, along with fellow writer Daniel Paisner, the Quills 2006 Award in Sports for the book Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game!: A Woman’s Guide to Loving Pro Football. She participated in The Celebrity Apprentice 3 in 2010, playing for her own charity, the HollyRod Foundation, which provides support for families with Parkinson’s disease or autism.
On October 18, 2010, Robinson started co-hosting The Talk, a CBS daytime talk show. In this forum, she was known for expressing herself through her ethnicity and being especially vocal about African American issues and, since her son Rodney is affected by it, autism. Robinson hosted a weekly series on The Talk promoting autism awareness in April 2011.
After serving on The Talk for its first season, Robinson together with Leah Remini were released from the show. Failure to ever reveal why the two were let go brought on a great deal of audience criticism of the show, as well as protests from the stars’ fans.
Robinson hosted the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, together with Wayne Brady, on March 4, 2011. The Peete family star in a reality TV series on OWN, entitled For Peete’s Sake. The series follows the lives of Peete and her husband Rodney as they juggle career choices with their family life.
Holly Robinson Peete Movies and TV Shows
- 1986 Howard the Duck K.C., Cherry Bomb
- 2007 Matters of Life and Dating
- 2010 Speed-Dating Gayle
- 2012 21 Jump Street Judy Hoffs Cameo
- 2014 Instant Mom Mrs. Kimberley Phillips
- 1969 Sesame Street Sally Walk-on role (and deleted scene)
- 1979 Dummy Genettia Lang Movie
- 1987–1991 21 Jump Street Officer Judy Hoffs Main role (102 episodes)
- 1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Diana Ross Miniseries
- 1992–1997 Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper Vanessa Russell Main role (101 episodes)
- 1997 Pacific Blue Gina Galindo Episode: “Soft Targets”
- 1998 Killers in the House Jennie Sawyer Movie
- 1998–2002 For Your Love Malena Ellis Main role (84 episodes)
- 1999 After All Michelle Troussaint Movie
- 2001-2002 One on One Stacey Recurring role (6 episodes)
- 2002 My Wonderful Life Samika
- 2003–2004 Like Family Tanya Jones 23 episodes
- 2004 Earthquake Heaven Movie
- 2005–2006 Love, Inc. Clea 22 episodes
- 2009 The Bridget Show Macy Movie
- 2010 The Celebrity Apprentice Herself 12 episodes; runner-up
- 2010–2011 The Talk Co-host 59 episodes
- 2011 The Young and the Restless Herself July 28, 2011 episode
- 2011–2012 Mike & Molly Christina 12 episodes
- 2015 Angel of Christmas Yvette Collins Movie
- 2016 Chicago PD Tamara Jones 2 episodes
- 2016–2017 For Peete’s Sake Herself Reality television series
- 2018 Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps Billie Blessings Movie
- 2018 Morning Show Mystery: Murder on the Menu Billie Blessings Movie
- 2018 Meet the Peetes Herself Reality series
- 2019 Morning Show Mystery: Murder in Mind Billie Blessings Movie
- 2019 Morning Show Mystery: Countdown to Murder Billie Blessings Movie
- 2019 Morning Show Mystery: Death by Design Billie Blessings Movie