Fans of the sketch comedy series MADtv will definitely remember Debra Wilson, the longest-serving original cast member of the series whose outrageous impressions of Whitney Houston and Oprah Winfrey never failed to make the audience laugh. Debra is a popular black-American actress, writer, and comedian. She was part of the foremost cast of MADtv when the series took-off in 1995 but left immediately after season eight in 2003.
Debra Wilson made the record as the first African-American female to perform on MADtv. Since then, she has made several contributions as a voice to productions like; Avatar, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Boondocks, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, American Dad!, The Proud Family, and Family Guy.
Apart from her voice roles, the actress has handled quite a number of supporting roles in movies and television series. She starred in 2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Batman: The Enemy Within (2017), and Over the Hedge (2006). Debra’s continuous success as a kooky character in several projects earned her a role as a co-host of TV Watercooler (2006) which is a TV Guide Channel’s sassy entertainment series.
She was also featured as a hilarious commentator on several E! specials. As a theater performer, Debra was part of the improvisational comedy troupe NooYawkTawk (by Richmond Shepard) which did a series of performances Off-Broadway at the Village Gate between 1988 and 1991.
Debra Wilson Bio
The actress was born in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, on the 26th of April, 1962, and grew up in NYC, a neighboring town to her place of birth. There is currently no information about her family background or the identity of her parents, but records have it that her birth name is Debra Renee Wilson.
Debra Wilson had her early education at New York City High School of the Performing Arts where she graduated from. She proceeded to Syracuse University for further studies while working in radio and TV broadcasting. During the 1980s, Debra worked in her capacity as a pre-school teacher for All Saints Church located in Sunnyside, Queens.
The actress then made her acting debut on the set of The Apollo Comedy Hour. She became a regular on The Uptown Comedy Club following her success with her debut role. She collaborated with Joan Rivers to host ‘Can We Swap,’ she was on Burger King and on ‘New York Undercover’ as a spokesperson. Before joining the cast of MADtv, Debra was part of the cast of ‘Let it be Me’ which was her debut feature film.
The comic actress is an animal lover; she had shared her home with some weird animals in the past. At a time, she had a couple of constrictor snakes living with her, she also had two cats and two scorpions all of which have long passed away. Presently, she has a Columbian Tegu lizard which she has named Lizard for a companion.
The funny actor considers herself a spiritual person, she underscores the fact by going into spiritual counseling as well as life coaching. She is also a massage therapist and a motivational speaker. For the past 16 years, Debra Wilson has been a volunteer worker with a few charitable organizations and non-profit establishments.
Debra’s relationship with the opposite sex is summarized in one marriage. She tied the knot with her ex-spouse Cliff Skelton in April 2006. Cliff works as a director and writer in the entertainment industry.
The couple’s marriage seemed to be going smoothly until 2010 when they suddenly got separated citing the reason for their separation as irreconcilable differences. Debra is currently divorced and single and there is no record of any other dalliance with the opposite sex neither did she have any child from her past marriage.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
One striking fact about Debra Wilson is her tattoos; she has quite a lot, the inscription starts from her wrist running through her arms down to her neck. Debra was sporting dreadlocks before April 2012 after which she decided to go bald-headed. As for her eyes, they are brown in color. The funny actress stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches with an athletic body build but the details of her other body statistics are not currently accessible.