Taraji P. Henson
Character(s) Joss Carter
Date of Birth September 11, 1970
Origin Washington, D.C., U.S.
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Taraji Penda Henson portrays Joss Carter.


Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.  In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself as April, an alcoholic singer. Until recently she was a  co-starring in the CBS series Person of Interest.

Her first and middle names in Swahili mean "expect" and "love" respectively.  She has an 18 year old son named Marcel who she fiercely protects from the public limelight. His father died suddenly in 1997.  She and her son currently reside in Glandale, CA.

Selected Filmography

  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)
  • Satan's School For Girls (2000)
  • Baby Boy (2001)
  • Hair Show (2004)
  • Hustle & Flow (2005)
  • Four Brothers (2005)
  • Animal (2005)
  • Something New (2006)
  • Smokin' Aces (2007)
  • Talk To Me (2007)
  • The Family That Prays (2008)
  • Not Easily Broken (2009)
  • Hurricane Season (2009)
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)
  • Date Night (2010)
  • The Karate Kid (2010)
  • Peep World (2010)
  • Once Fallen (2010)
  • The Good Doctor (2010)
  • Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
  • Larry Crowne (2011)
  • Laugh At My Pain (2011)
  • From The Rough (2011)
  • Think Like A Man (2012)
  • Madly Madagascar (2013)
  • No Good Deed (2014)
  • Think Like A Man Too (2014)
  • Get On Up (2014)


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  • Season 3

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    • No!!! Not ms. Carter. Why did they have to kill her??? They should have let the crazy one out and let her go after the dirty cop so they ...
    • Was so invested in the show from day one, now they kill Carter , its just not right, there is no justice.  That means HR did win Am so pissed!!!!!