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Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson Skelton hosting "O’FLuFF’s Lucky Charms Green Carpet Event" - Culver City, CA on March 13, 2010
Born Debra Renee Wilson
April 26, 1962 (1962-04-26) (age 47)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other name(s) Debra Wilson Skelton (no hyphen)
Debra Skelton
Occupation Actress
TV presenter
Voice actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Cliff Skelton (2006-present)

Debra Skelton (born April 26, 1962), also known as Debra Wilson, Debra Wilson Skelton, or Debra Renee Wilson Skelton, is an American comedienne and actress. Wilson is notable for being the second longest-serving original cast member (after Michael McDonald) on the sketch comedy series MADtv, having appeared for the show's first eight seasons. She has also done voice work for the animated series The Oblongs, American Dad!, Family Guy, Gary and Mike, The Proud Family, and Clone High.



Wilson was born and raised in New York City, in the neighborhood of Ozone Park, Queens. Wilson attended the New York City High School of the Performing Arts. After graduation, she continued her studies at Syracuse University, working in television and radio broadcasting. Her acting debut was on the television pilot The Apollo Comedy Hour. Following this success she became a series regular on The Uptown Comedy Club and co-hosted Can We Shop? with Joan Rivers. She was hosting various programming on the TV Guide Channel until October 2006.



Wilson was one of the original eight cast members of MADtv when the series aired in 1995. Wilson came to the show with a background in sketch comedy, improv and television. MADtv was her third TV series, although she had done stand up in New York for one year. Wilson was credited for creating some of the most popular recurring characters on the show. Among her characters were Cloret, Latina bimbo Melina (Lida and Melina), Reality Check's Tovah McQueen, Stick Chick Autumn, Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority sister Hayden Brooks, Alexis Dubane (Prehistoric Glamazon Huntresses), blaxploitation actress Cocoa Latite (Son of Dolemite), Lowered Expectations Host and Ms. Not Nice (Jenny Jones). Perhaps her best known character was the fast talking "Black American Princess" Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson. Her most recognized impressions on the show were of Oprah Winfrey and Whitney Houston. Her Oprah impersonation is so well recognized in fact that she has played Oprah or Oprah-like characters in other media, for example Scary Movie 4 and on That's So Raven.

Television projects

Since her debut on MADtv, Wilson has done voice acting on episodes on numerous television shows, landing some recurring roles on such shows as Clone High, Family Guy, and The Mr. Potato Head Show. She voiced Captain Lisa Cusak in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Sound of Her Voice".

Wilson has made numerous independent films, including Jane White Is Sick and Twisted, Skin Deep and Soulmates. She was also in an episode of Without a Trace as a nurse. She and Sullivan have done commercials for Pepsi's Sierra Mist. She appeared as herself on the February 15, 1999, episode of WCW Monday Nitro accompanying MADtv castmate Will Sasso in his professional wrestling match against Bret Hart.

She was the co-host of TV Guide Channel's TV Watercooler with John Fugelsang, until she was replaced by Teresa Strasser in October 2006. She is now a co-host on GSN Live from 3:00PM to 6:00PM ET as of May 26, 2009 (and on occasion filling in for Alfonso Ribeiro from the noon-3:00PM ET segment when Ribeiro has the day off). Debra moved to the mornings at 12:00PM to 3:00PM ET on GSN Live.

Theater projects

Wilson performed off-Broadway with the improvisational comedy troupe Noo Yawk Tawk directed by Richmond Shepard at The Village Gate (1988-1991).

Personal life

Debra Wilson married writer/director Cliff Skelton in April 2006. Wilson has two cats and an Emperor scorpion. Her step son is Quinn Skelton. She often volunteers as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program. Wilson plays the Aboriginal didgeridoo and collects slide puzzles. Her favorite subjects are forensics and the paranormal.

Before beginning work as an actress, Debra Wilson was a pre-school teacher in Sunnyside, New York.


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Avatar Na'vi Troupe Member
2007 Super Sweet 16: The Movie Edan Day
2006 If I Had Known I Was a Genius Teresa
Whitepaddy Aunt Tiny
Knight to F4 Security Guard
Over the Hedge Debbie
Scary Movie 4 Oprah Winfrey
Danny Roane: First Time Director Rehab Nurse
2005 Bringing Up BayBay Pam/BayBay Girl
2004 Target Nolan
2003 Skin Deep Alex
2002 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Chi-Chi
2000 Rubbernecking Julia
1998 Star Trek the Experience: The Klingon Encounter Security Officer
1997 Asylum Belinda Davis
Soulmates Jennifer Williams
B*A*P*S Flight Attendant
Gridlock'd Medicaid Woman #2
Sleeping Together Wendy
1996 Girl 6 Salesgirl #3
1995 Blue in the Face Statistician
New Jersey Drive Not of This Earth
1994 Cracking Up


Year Title Role Notes
2009 GSN Live co-host
2009 90210 Teacher as Debra Skelton
2008 Reno 911 Dominatrix
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Supervisor as Debra Skelton
2006 Celebrity Paranormal Project Herself Filmed in 2005
In Justice Detective Powell
2005 Amazing Animal Inventions Host
Studio House Vicky
Second Time Around Deonne
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Divine
Nine Lives Lisa
I'm with Her Brenda
Without a Trace Doctor
That's So Raven Myesha
2003 The Parkers Zorah
2000 Gary & Mike
1998 The Mr. Potato Head Show Queenie
1995 New York Undercover Shanna
1995 - 2003 MADtv Various Characters Sketch Comedy
1992 - 1993 Uptown Comedy Club Various Characters

Voice acting and video game appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Family Guy I Dream of Jesus Animated Comedy TV Series
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Crying Wolf Video Game
2007 Halo 3 UNSC Marine Video Game
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Storm Video Game
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Sister Buzzard
2005 American Dad! Whitney Houston Animated Comedy TV Series
The Chosen One Akia May TV Series
2002, 2003 The Proud Family Oprah Winfrey, Basil/Tobasco TV Series
Clone High Various Characters
2003 Everybody's Golf 4 Various Characters Video Game
2002 Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa Great Grandma TV Series
2001 The Oblongs Various Character
2000, 2001 Family Guy Janet/Mrs. Kanner/Nurse/Sandy Belford Animated Comedy TV Series
1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Capt. Lisa Cusak TV Series

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