Harry was born to the late Flossie Harry in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (and raised in Harlem, New York). She has a sister, Brenda, and three brothers.
She graduated from the High School of Music and Art and earned a degree at Long Island University. Harry taught at history at Brooklyn Technical High School for two years.
Harry had been married four times once to an unnamed musician till 1984 after four years and to Elgin Charles Williams for seven years till 2003. Harry and Wiliams adopted a son, Frank (born in 1993), in 1997.
Harry made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical, playing a chorine. Throughout the 1980s she starred in numerous productions both on and off Broadway, and in national touring productions. In 1994, Harry made her return to the theater by starring as Billie Holiday in the play Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill. Following that stage production, she fulfilled the role of "madam who runs a bordello" in the Broadway musical The Boys from Syracuse, a play based on William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.
In the mid-2000s, she appeared in stage productions of The Sunshine Boys, Damn Yankees, and A Christmas Carol. She also toured nationally in JD Lawrence's The Clean Up Woman.
In 1983, she made her acting debut in Another World as Lily Mason, a role she continued until 1986. In 2003, she was a surprise guest on the Another World Reunion that SOAPnet coordinated and aired.
In 1985, Harry began a co-starring role opposite Marla Gibbs as the apartment building vamp, "Sandra Clark", on the NBC sitcom 227. Her mother, Flossie, celebrated her getting the part but died before the show aired. During the series run, Jackée and Gibbs began feuding privately over who was the series lead. They have since reconciled and collaborated on a number of projects together.
Harry became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Her performance on 227 inspired NBC producers to create a television pilot for her entitled Jackée. Although the pilot episode was a success with audiences, the series did not last and the episode is now shown as an episode of 227.
After leaving 227 in 1989, Harry starred opposite Oprah Winfrey in the adaptation of Gloria Naylor's novel, The Women of Brewster Place. In 1991, she joined the cast of The Royal Family (acting alongside Naya Rivera) after the star, Redd Foxx, unexpectedly died. She starred opposite 2-time 227 guest-star Della Reese.
In 1992, she starred as the assistant coach in Ladybugs. Harry served as a guest panelist on the 2000 revival of To Tell the Truth and appeared on the second season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 2 in 2005.
From 1994 until 1999, Harry played Tia Mowry's character's adoptive mother, Lisa Landry, on the sitcom, Sister, Sister. She won an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000. First on ABC, the series moved to the WB network until it ended. She had a recurring role as Vanessa on The CW series Everybody Hates Chris and currently has a recurring role on the BET Series Let's Stay Together. She is starring in Byron Allen's Syndicated Sitcom The First Family which also features Marla Gibbs in a recurring role. On April 12, 2013 it was announced that she was cast in the pilot for Girl Meets World.
She reunited with Sister, Sister co-star Tia Mowry in an episode of Instant Mom, Meredith Baxter also guest starred. The episode aired in 2014. Harry guest starred on the American cooking show, Chopped, in the appropriately titled "Sitcom Moms" in 2015. Tichina Arnold (Every Hates Chris), Besty Randle (Boy Meets World) and JoMarie Payton (Family Matters) also guest starred.
|1983||Another World||Lily Mason||1983 - 1986|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Dancer|
|Moscow on the Hudson||Woman||uncredited|
|1985||227||Sandra Clark||1985 - 1989 (99 episodes)|
|1986||Alvin Goes Back to School||Gina Lipman||TV movie|
|1987||Alf Loves a Mystery||Countess||TV movie; credited as Jackee Harry|
|The Incredible Ida Early||Ida Early||TV movie|
|1988||Crash Course||Edna Savage||TV movie; credited as Jackée|
|The Cheech Show||Sheila||TV movie|
|Amen||Roxanne Farley/Florence Hawkins||1988 ("A Slight Case of Murder (1) and (2)")|
1989 ("Don't Rain on My Shower"); credited as Jackee
|1989||Double Your Pleasure||LindaCavanaugh/Sharlene Cavanaugh||TV movie|
|Jackée||Sandra Clark||TV movie; credited as Jackée|
|The Women of Brewster Place||Etta Mae Johnson||TV movie|
|1990||We'll Take Manhattan||Yvonne||TV movie|
|1991||The Royal Family||Ruth 'CoCo' Royal||1991 - 1992 (8 episodes)|
|1992||Designing Women||Vanessa Chamberlain||("Shades of Vanessa")|
|1993||Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun||Charmayne||video; credited as Jackee|
|1994||Dave's World||Estelle||("Saved by Estelle")|
|Sister, Sister||Lisa Landry||1994 - 1999 (120 episodes)|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Giant's Wife||voice ("Jack and the Beanstalk")|
|1996||Unhappily Ever After||Ms. Blake, guidance counselor||("Girls Who Wear Glasses")|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Darcy Green/Louise Lutrelle||("Used Hearts")|
|2003||The Nick at Nite Holiday Special||Jackée, The Baker|
|7th Heaven||Ms. Beane||("It's Not Always About You")|
|2004||You Got Served||Mama|
|2005||One on One||Sherri St. Croix||("Waiting for Huffman")|
|That's So Raven||Dava||("Goin' Hollywood")|
|2006||All You've Got||Butt Short Salesman|
|Everybody Hates Chris||Vanessa||2006 - 2009 (25 episodes)|
|2007||The Last Day of Summer||Lola The Lobster||TV movie; credited as Jackee Harry|
|2008||The Mighty B!||Nurse||voice; ("Bee Patients")|
|Man of Her Dreams||Louise Smith|
|2010||The Clean Up Woman||Jasmine|
|Christmas Cupid||Vivian||TV movie|
|Friends & Lovers||Omar's Mother||("Episode #1.3", "Episode #1.4")|
|Inside the Business of Acting||herself||("Jackee Harry: Part 1/2/3/4"); credited as Jackee Harry|
|Knight to D7||Nurse Hamilton||short|
|2011||She's Still Not Our Sister||Connie|
|Nurse Jackée||Nurse Jackée||short|
|The Ideal Husband||Vivian||TV movie; credited as Jackee Harry|
|Let's Stay Together||Delores Whitmore||2011 - 2013 (4 episodes)|
|2012||The First Family||Pauletta||2012 - 2015 (35 episodes)|
|For Richer or Poorer||Mrs. Henderson||("The Switch", "Ex Files"); credited as Jackee Harry|
|Are We There Yet?||Jackée||("The Ghost Dog Episode")|
|JD Lawrence's the Clean Up Woman||Jasmine||TV movie|
|The Coalition||Grandmother Hathaway|
|Switchin' the Script||Mrs. Shepard|
|The Love Letter||Josephine||TV movie|
|Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious||Mrs. Jordan|
|How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)||Jessoka||("How to Help the Needy"); credited as Jackee|
|The Sins of Deacon Whyles||Mom|
|American Dad!||("For Black Eyes Only")|
|2014||Girl Meets World||Evelyn Rand||2014 ("Girl Meets World" and "Girl Meets Crazy Hat")|
2015 ("Girl Meets Demolition")
|Knock 'em Dead||Savannah|
|Instant Mom||("Not Your Mother's Day")|
|Glee||Herself||("City of Angels")|
|One Love||Nurse Beverly||("Tea-Ball")|
|2015||Young & Hungry||JoJo||("Young & Christmas")|
|The Man in 3B||Miss Bertha|
|In the Cut||Nadine Weaver||TV movie|
|Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Zizza||voice ("The Buzz on Windblade")|
|Baby Daddy||Judge Johnson||("Lowering the Bar")|
|Ladies Book Club||Mrs. Roxanne Charles||TV movie; post-production|
- Jackée guest starred in an episode of Instant Mom with Glee guest star, Meredith Baxter.
- ↑ Striking a Chord as One of TV's Pluckiest Man Lovers, Jackée Harry Gives 227 Its Bawdy, Sassy Keynote
- ↑ "Sitcom Moms." Chopped. September 29, 2015.
- ↑ I'm aiming to give my son, @Frank_swag4, a 21st birthday party that is beyond EPIC! And, don't worry Jacks & Jills, it will be televised.
- ↑ Jackée Harry Talks About Her Son Frank, Motherhood And Prioritizing Her Career