Michael Michele

Michael Michele (born August 30, 1966) is an American film and television actress. She played Dr. Cleo Finch on the medical drama ER and Det. Rene Sheppard on the police procedural Homicide: Life on the Street. Her films include the Academy Award-nominated film Ali.

Early Life

Michele was born Michael Michele Williams in Evansville, Indiana, the elder of two daughters. Her father is a furniture-rental entrepreneur and her mother was employed by Bristol-Myers.[1] She was named for her mother’s best friend, Michael Ann. Michele attended Howard Roosa Elementary School and Benjamin Bosse High School, where she was active on the basketball team. She has a son J. Brandon (born December 21, 2004) with former boyfriend and Puerto Rican restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez.


Michele has appeared in music videos by R&B singers Freddie Jackson and Eric Gable. Michele is known for her role as Dr. Cleo Finch on the television series ER from 1999–2002 and her role as Det. Rene Sheppard on the final season of Homicide: Life on the Street. She also had a starring role in the short-lived television series Kevin Hill and a recurring role in New York Undercover. Michele played the role of Veronica Porsche Ali in the 2001 film Ali. She appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit that aired in early 2007. She also appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of House as a doctor who had previously worked with the CIA. In 2009 Michele appeared in the Hallmark Channel original movie Relative Stranger with fellow ER cast member Eriq La Salle.

Most recently, Michele did a guest spot on the CW series Gossip Girl.

In 1989 she sued actor Eddie Murphy in a high-profile Hollywood lawsuit alleging she was fired from the movie Harlem Nights for rejecting his romantic advances.


In 2005, TV Guide ranked Michele # 36 on its “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time” list.

In 2012, she was named one of the “50 Hottest Biracial Women” by Complex Magazine.


New Jack City (1991): Selina
Private Times (1991)
Dangerous Curves (TV Series 1992-1993): Holly Williams
New York Undercover (TV Series 1994-95): Sandra
The Sixth Man (1997): R.C. St. John
The Substitute 2: School’s Out (1998): Kara Lavelle
Homicide: Life on the Street (1998): Detective Rene Sheppard
ER (TV series 1999-2002): Dr. Cleo Finch
Ali (2001): Veronica Porche
Dark Blue (2002): Beth Williamson
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003): Judy Spears
Kevin Hill (2004-05): Jessie Gray
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Valerie Sennet (1 episode)
House M.D (2007): Dr. Samira Terzi (2 episodes: Whatever It Takes and Ugly)
Relative Stranger (2009): Charlotte
Gossip Girl (2011): Jane (3 episodes)

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