Erika Alexander (Erika Rose Alexander) is an American actress, writer, producer, entrepreneur, and activist best known for her role as Pam Tucker on the NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show” from 1990 to 1992 and Maxine Shaw on the Fox sitcom “Living Singles” from 1993 to 1998.
What is Erika Alexander’s net worth?
At the time this article is written, the American producer, writer, and actress Erika Alexander has a net worth of $3 million.
Erika Alexander played in more than sixty movies including “54” in 1998, “30 Years of Life” in 2001, “I See You” in 2019, “Get Out” in 2017 and “Love Liza” in 2002, and television series such as “Shining Girls” in 2022, “Going to Extremes” between 1992 and 1993, “Run The World” from 2001 until now, “Judging Amy” in 2001, “Swimming with Sharks” in 2022, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” from 2019 until now, “Street Time” between 2002 and 2003, “Black Lightning” between 2018 and 2019, “In Plain Sight” in 2010, “Insecure” in 2018, “Last Man Standing” between 2012 and 2015, “Beyond” between 2017 and 2018, “Low Winter Sun” in 2013 and “Bosch” between 2016 and 2017.
Also, in 2020 Erika produced the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble”. In 2022 she started to produce and host the true-crime podcast “Finding Tamika”.
Some other of Erika’s work includes the co-writing of the science-fiction novel “Concrete Park” in 2012 and the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” comic miniseries “Giles” from 2018.
Childhood and education
Erika Alexander was born in Winslow, Arizona on November 19, 1969 as Erika Rose Alexander. She was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona until the age of 11, when she and her family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is one of six children born to Shaun Alexander and Sammie Alexander, a school teacher, and children’s book author.
Erika went to Philadelphia High School for Girls. There she completed her high school studies and later joined the Philadelphia New New Freedom Theater to gain pragmatic knowledge of acting and to know the ins and outs of the film industry.
Erika Alexandra made her career debut in the 1986 American drama film “My Little Girl”, where she played the role of Joan alongside fellow newcomer Jennifer Lopes, James Earl Jones, and Mary Stuart Masterson. That year she appeared also in the “Teen Father” episode of the “ABC Afterschool Special” and in the TV movie “George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation”.
In 1989, Erika introduced her role in the miniseries “Mahabharata” as Madri/Hidimbaa. One year later, in 1990, Erika appeared in the TV movie “The Last Best Year” with Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek in the movie “The Long Walk Home”.
Also, Erika guest-starred on “Law & Order” in 1990, after she co-starred in the play “The Forbidden City” with Gloria Foster, a friend of Camille Cosby.
Erika Alexander is also popular for her television career, as she appeared in several TV shows in leading roles. One of Erika’s famous TV roles was in the American television series “The Cosby Show” as Pam Tucker, where she was featured in 22 episodes of the show.
Erika’s other notable TV credits include “Judging Amy” in 2001, “Street Time” between 2002 and 2003, “Insecure” in 2018, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2007, “Low Winter Sun” in 2013, “Let’s Stay Together” in 2014, and “American Refugee” in 2021. Erika Alexander has also been featured in several short films and television.
In 1992, Erika was featured in the American film “Fathers & Sons” as Venell. She played the role of Joy in an American comedy film “30 Years to Life”. Erika’s other notable film credits include “Secrets of the Magic City” in 2014, “La Mission” in 2009, “Love Liza” in 2002, and “Full Frontal” in 2002.
Later in 1993, Erika appeared in an American television series “Living Single”, where she played the character of Maxine Felice “Max” Shaw.
In 2017, Erika Alexander starred in the horror film “Get Out” alongside Bradley Whitford, Daniel Kaluuya, and Allison Williams. The film reached a huge success at the box office, grossing over $255 million against its $4.5 million budget.
Awards and nominations
She won numerous awards for her work on “Living Single” from 1996 to 1998, including two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
In 2003 Erika Alexander won a Black Reel Award for Theatrical – Best Independent Actress for the movie “30 Years to Life”.
Also, in 2019 she was nominated for Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series for starring in “Black Lightning” and in 2022 for Outstanding Guest Performance for her role in “Run the World”.
Erika Alexander married artist screenwriter Tony Puryear after several years of dating on September 17, 1997, in a private ceremony. The couple, however, divorced in 2017. For now, the actress is most likely single.
Erika is active in politics. In 2008 she actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton and visited college campuses with Chelsea Clinton, Hillary’s daughter.
She co-founded with Ben Arnon the company Color Farm Media, which has the mission “to build an ecosystem that fosters greater equity, inclusion, and diversity in media and that empowers and elevates voices who are underrepresented, overlooked, and undervalued”.