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Erika Alexander stars in "Last Man Standing" on ABC in the recurring role of Carol Larabee.

With lauded roles on film, television and the stage to her name, actress Erika Alexander's star shines brightly in Hollywood. She co-starred in the Tony Scott directed feature film "Deja Vu" for Walt Disney, alongside Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Adam Goldberg and Paula Patton. A two-time Outstanding Comedy Actress at the NAACP Image Awards, Alexander won TV viewers' hearts in her role as maverick attorney Maxine Shaw on FOX's hit series "Living Single." She broke into the world of television after Bill Crosby caught her performing onstage and personally invited her to create the character of Cousin Pam on "The Cosby Show."

Since then Alexander has appeared in the recurring role of Fran Winston on CBS's "Judging Amy" and on the CBS miniseries "Mama Flora's Family" with co-stars Queen Latifah, Cecily Tyson and Blair Underwood. Alexander transcended her previous comedic success with the gutsy role of parole officer Dee Mulhern on the Showtime original series "Street Time." The critically acclaimed show ended its second season 2004. Recent additional work include pilots for ABC, NBC and numerous guest-starring roles in both comedy and drama. She played the recurring roles of Louise "LC" Cullen in AMC's "Low Winter Sun," Blanche in BET's "Let's Stay Together," and Theresa Simmons in USA Network's "In Plain Sight."

On the big screen, Alexander played Lucy in Steven Soderbergh's "Full Frontal," starring alongside Julia Roberts, Catherine Keener, David Duchovny, Blair Underwood and David Hyde Pierce. Alexander also starred in the movie "30 Years to Life" — an ensemble comedy that premiered in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival — as well as "Love Liza," a Sundance acquisition released by Sony Classics in 2002 that starred Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates. Additional film credits include Miramax's "54," opposite Neve Campbell, Mike Myers and Salma Hayek, "The Long Walk Home" with Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek, "Fathers & Sons," "He Said, She Said" and "Tricks." Alexander made her film debut at age 15 in "My Little Girl," starring James Earl Jones and Geraldine Page.

Prior to her film and television work, Alexander honed her acting chops onstage. She attended the progressive Philadelphia High School for Girls and participated in summer programs at the Philadelphia Freedom Theatre, Pennsylvania's oldest African-American performance troupe. She toured internationally with "The Mahabaharta" (also starring in the French film adaptation), performed in the New York Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Taming of the Shrew" with Allison Janney and Jay O'Sanders, and more recently starred in the Public Theater's production of "The Story," opposite Phylicia Rashad.



In addition to her thespian accomplishments, Alexander also writes, directs and produces with her production company Popcult Entertainment. Along with award-winning producer Jon Avnet, she developed and sold the one-hour television series "Concrete Park" to UPN.

Alexander heads Together Strong, a nonprofit youth and community organization, and has established a scholarship program for the Freedom Theatre's performing arts program to encourage up-and-coming young actors. "I understand better than most the importance of helping others to achieve," she explains of her advocacy work. "You've got to lift as you climb."

Alexander is married to painter and screenwriter ("Eraser") Tony Puryear.




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ERIKA ALEXANDER: FACTS

How old is Erika Alexander? Find out here.

Age: 45 years old
Birthday: November 19, 1969
Full Name / Real Name: Erika Rose Alexander
Birthplace: Winslow, AZ
Husband: Tony Puryear (9/27/1997)





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