Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer, choreographer, and film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami and as Catherine Duke on NewsRadio. She also had a major recurring role on ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton. She is currently appearing in the HBO series Treme.
Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway starring in Chicago, Bob Fosse's Dancin and Dreamgirls. She was a choreographer for Whitney Houston's world tour from 1988–1992, and also appeared as a dancer in Natalie Cole's video for "Pink Cadillac" in 1988.
Since the early 1990s, Alexander has concentrated on film and TV, playing the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio a role she played for 4 seasons before departing but, returned for a guest appearance in the final season's premiere episode. She also played the recurring character Jackie Robbins on ER. She is well known for her starring role as Fran, a mother addicted to drugs in The Corner. She portrayed the character Alexx Woods, a medical examiner in the forensics-related drama CSI: Miami for 6 seasons as a series regular.
She has made guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, Cosby, Better off Ted and La Femme Nikita.
Khandi starred in the movie CB4 with Chris Rock and Charlie Murphy. Other film credits include Dark Blue, Sugar Hill, Menace II Society, House Party 3, There's Something About Mary, Rain, Poetic Justice, and the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With It, where she portrayed an Ikette.
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