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Tisha Campbell-Martin
Born Tisha Michelle Campbell
October 13, 1968 (1968-10-13) (age 41)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Other name(s) Tisha Campbell
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Duane Martin (1996–present)

Tisha Campbell-Martin (born Tisha Michelle Campbell; October 13, 1968) is an American TV and film actress and singer, known for her starring role in such programs as the House Party franchise, Rags to Riches, Martin, My Wife and Kids, and Everybody Hates Chris. Apart from her achievements in television, she also has notable accomplishments in film, theater, and music.



Early life

She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey. There she attended Newark Arts High School.[1] Her mother, Mona (née Raye), was a nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach, and her father, Clifton Campbell, was a factory worker and singer.[2] Her parents encouraged her love for music.


Campbell’s first TV appearance was at the age of 6, in a 1974 episode of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble.[3] As a child, she competed in, and won, many talent shows, going on to appear in such children’s programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales, and Captain Kangaroo. At age 18, she traveled to London to star as Chiffon, one of the Supremes-like “Greek Chorus,” in the film version of Little Shop of Horrors along with future Martin co-star Tichina Arnold. After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short-lived series, Rags to Riches.

In 1993, Campbell released her debut album, Tisha. This album was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: “Push” and “Love Me Down”. [4] She also contributed vocals for the soundtrack her 1997 film Sprung, singing on the remake of “Don’t Ask My Neighbor” with good friend, fellow actress and former co-star Tichina Arnold. Campbell also appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two music videos starring Will Smith (“Will 2k” and “Wild Wild West”) and in Toni Braxton’s hit single “You’re Makin' Me High.”

In 1996, Campbell filed a lawsuit against her Martin co-star Martin Lawrence and the show’s producers for sexual harassment and verbal and physical assaults. HBO Studios eventually settled the case with Campbell so that the show’s last season could be completed. Campbell did return to the Martin set to film the last three episodes of the show’s last season under the condition that she would not appear in any scenes with Lawrence.[5]

Campbell later became a member of the American Film Institute and the Writer’s Boot Camp. She then produced the film short, A Luv Tale, about two women who fall in love with each other. The film would go on to win many awards, including the Audience Choice Award at the Black Hollywood Film Festival.

Campbell has made recent guest appearances on Everybody Hates Chris. Campbell was also on a show called My Wife and Kids as one of the main characters Jay. [6] After My Wife and Kids Tisha became part of the sitcom Rita Rocks.

Personal life

Tisha and her husband, fellow actor Duane Martin, married on August 17, 1996. Together they have two sons: Xen, born August 8, 2001 and Ezekiel, born September 8, 2009[7]. The couple reside in Los Angeles.[8] They were rumored to be separated, but are still together.[9] She is currently writing a cookbook and a novel.

Music discography


  • Tisha
  • Release Date: January 4, 1993
  • Label: Capitol
  • U.S Sales: 40,000
  • RIAA Certification: N/A


  • "Be Alone Tonight" (from the School Daze Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (as The Rays [w/Jasmine Guy and Paula Brown]) (1988)
  • "Ownlee You" (From Kwame's Album "A Day in the Life: A Pokadelick Adventure") (1990)
  • "Push" (Nov. 1992)
  • "Love Me Down" (Mar. 1993)
  • "Don't Ask My Neighbor" (w/ T. Arnold) (Apr. 1997)


Year Film Role Other notes
1977 The Magnificent Major Daisy Bunsen short subject
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Chiffon
1988 School Daze Jane Toussaint
1990 House Party Sidney
1990 Another 48 Hrs Amy Kirkland
1991 House Party 2 Sidney
1992 Boomerang Yvonne
1994 House Party 3 Sydney
1996 Homeward Bound II:Lost in San Francisco Sledge voice
1997 Sprung Brandi
2001 Down to Earth Woman In Audience uncredited
2002 The Last Place on Earth Ann Field
2007 Angels Can't Help But Laugh - documentary
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Delaney's Wife
2009 Pastor Brown Amanda Carlton

Television work


  • BET Comedy Awards


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