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Vernee Christell Watson-Johnson is an American actress and voice actress best known for her role as Viola "Vy" Smith in the hit comedic sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Biography[]

Watson-Johnson was born on September 28, 1949, in New York City, New York. The name of Watson-Johnson's parents are not known, as is why she wanted to be an actress. What is known is that Watson-Johnson graduated from both Cathedral High School and New York University. Watson-Johnson got her first on-screen role in 1970, when she was cast as a woman in the action comedy film Cotton Comes to Harlem. Watson-Johnson got her first major role in 1975, when she was cast as Vernajean Williams, the girlfriend of Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington, for 15 episodes of the comedic sitcom series Welcome Back, Kotter. Watson-Johnson has also appeared in TV shows and movies such as Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, G.I. Joe: The Movie, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Animaniacs, and Criminal Minds.

On Criminal Minds[]

Watson-Johnson portrayed Maxine Hightower, the mother of vigilante William Hightower and murder victim Lee Hightower, in the Season Four episodes "To Hell and Back, Part 1" and "To Hell and Back, Part 2".

Filmography[]

  • Bob Hearts Abishola (2019-2020) - Gloria Tyler (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • General Hospital - 80 episodes (2013-2020) - Stella Henry
  • The Mandela Effect (2019) - Nadine
  • Team Kaylie (2019) - Judge Lapidus (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • Clemency (2019) - Mrs. Collins
  • Young Sheldon - 2 episodes (2017-2019) - Nurse Robinson
  • Rel (2019) - Doctor Roberts
  • Superstore (2018) - Lillian
  • Home by Spring (2018) - Mrs. Wilson
  • The Resident (2018) - Mary Phillips (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • Grace and Frankie (2017) - Doreen
  • The Big Bang Theory - 6 episodes (2006-2016) - Althea
  • NCIS (2016) - Helen Frimkes
  • School of Rock - 2 episodes (2016) - Mrs. Calpakis
  • Archer (2016) - Cop (voice, credited as Vernée Watson)
  • The Odd Couple (2016) - Frannie
  • Mike & Molly (2016) - Blanche
  • The Middle (2016) - Cashier
  • Rush Hour (2016) - Grandma
  • A Man Called Jon (2015) - Helen Black
  • How Not to Propose (2015) - Patty
  • Fresh Off the Boat (2015) - Mrs. Parker
  • Two and a Half Men - 4 episodes (2004-2015) - Karen/Nurse
  • The Exes (2014) - Wendy
  • Selfie (2014) - Denise
  • Key and Peele (2014) - Johnson Family Member
  • Jessie (2014) - Mrs. Harris
  • Love That Girl! (2014) - Ms. Spencer
  • Teen Wolf (2014) - Eichen House Attendant
  • Ironside (2013) - Lillian Wade
  • Beyond the Heavens (2013) - Chief Ruth Hauck
  • Mr. Box Office (2013) - Mrs. Owens
  • Suit Up - 6 episodes (2013) - Coach Jan Bigsby
  • Highland Park (2013) - May (credited as Vernee Johnson)
  • Suburgatory (2013) - Fatima
  • A.N.T. Farm (2013) - Grammy
  • Animal Practice (2012) - Evelyn
  • Ben and Kate (2012) - Gladys
  • Nocturnal Agony (2011) - Lois
  • Reed Between the Lines (2011) - Valencia
  • Castle (2011) - Mercedes King (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • The Mentalist (2011) - Psychiatrist
  • Good Luck Charlie (2011) - Principal Hibbert
  • Life of Lemon (2011) - Kathy
  • House - 2 episodes (2010) - Nurse Smits (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • Melissa & Joey (2010) - Ms. Lunt (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • Raising the Bar (2009) - Judge Edith Washington
  • Applause for Miss E (2009) - Charlene
  • Genius in Heels (2009) - Bernadette
  • Criminal Minds - "To Hell... And Back" (2009) TV episode - Maxine Hightower
  • Southland - 2 episodes (2009) - Mrs. Johnson
  • The Nation (2009) - Ella
  • Good Behavior (2008) - Judge Wales
  • Cold Case (2008) - Belinda Hutchins
  • Shark (2008) - Judge Miriam Keller
  • Without a Trace (2008) - Eye Witness
  • The Boondocks (2007) - Lorna Ray Freeman (voice)
  • Days of Our Lives - 9 episodes (2007) - Doctor Ella Kraft
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - 2 episodes (2006-2007) - Zelda
  • Eyes (2007) - Anna Santiago (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Ghost Whisperer (2006) - Traci Cotter (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Dexter (2006) - James Doakes' Mother (credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • Desperate Housewives (2006) - ER Doctor (credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • The Ant Bully (2006) - Head Nurse (voice, credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) - Tourist #2 (credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • The TV Set (2006) - Barbara
  • The Celestine Prophecy (2006) - Principal (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Close to Home (2005) - Judge Tibbs
  • Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005) - Mrs. Wader (voice)
  • Eve (2005) - Laverna
  • The Bernie Mac Show (2005) - Aunt Sis (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005) - Manager (credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • Christmas with the Kranks (2004) - Dox (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) - Pedestrian (voice, as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Admissions (2004) - Stanford Interviewer
  • Jack & Bobby (2004) - Vera Vaughn
  • Soul Food (2004) - Cassandra DeLeon
  • JAG - 2 episodes (1999-2004) - Mrs. Drabowski/Annette Dunwoody
  • True Crime: Streets of LA (2003) - Dispatcher (voice)
  • The Lyon's Den (2003) - Judge Julie Willard
  • The West Wing (2003) - Nurse
  • Malcolm in the Middle (2003) - Gloria
  • Static Shock - 2 episodes (2001-2003) - Mrs. Watkins (voice)
  • Judging Amy (2003) - Lorraine Edwards
  • Hidden Hills (2003) - Zack's Mom
  • Baby of the Family (2002) - Sarah's Mother
  • MDs (2002) - ER Admit Clerk #1 (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Presidio Med (2002) - Mrs. Redmond
  • Antwone Fisher (2002) - Aunt Annette (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • Home Room (2002) - Duty Nurse
  • The X-Files (2002) - Nurse Whitney Edwards (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • The Guardian (2002) - Ella Kurtz (as Verneé Watson-Johnson)
  • Jason and the Heroes of Mount Olympus (2001) - Additional Voices (voice)
  • NYPD Blue (2001) - Loretta Murray
  • ER - 2 episodes (2001) - April Wilson (credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • That's Life (2001) - Judge (credited as Verneé Watson-Johnson)
  • The District (2001) - Lenora Simms
  • No Turning Back (2001) - Detective Bryan (credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • Any Day Now - 2 episodes (2001) - Janet West
  • Dharma & Greg (2001) - Ms. Valko
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) - Ms. Carr (voice)
  • The Kid (2000) - Newsstand Cashier (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul (2000) - Mrs. Nelson
  • Profiler - 2 episodes (1996-2000) - Internal Affairs Agent/Linda Anderson
  • Batman Beyond - 2 episodes (1999-2000) - Lorraine Tate (voice)
  • The Young and the Restless - 16 episodes (1999) - Birdie
  • Martial Law (1998) - Lynn Meadows (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • The Steve Harvey Show (1998) - Dr. Glenda Burke
  • Superman: The Animated Series - 2 episodes (1996-1997) - Female Neighbor/Female Worker/Councilwoman (voice)
  • Suddenly Susan (1997) - Karen (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • Sister, Sister - 5 episodes (1996-1997) - Patrice
  • Animaniacs - 2 episodes (1994-1996) - Mrs. Jenny/Oprah Winfrey/Robin (voice)
  • Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (1996) - Female Worker/Councilwoman (voice)
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - 15 episodes (1990-1995) - Viola 'Vy' Smith
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1995) - Judge (voice)
  • Party of Five (1995) - Officer Windlan
  • CBS Schoolbreak Special (1995) - Mrs. Black
  • Last Days of Russell (1994) - Darlene
  • Love & War (1994) - Receptionist
  • Me and the Boys (1994) - Mrs. Kitchim
  • Angie (1994) - ICU Desk Nurse
  • Grace Under Fire - 2 episodes (1993-1994) - Vicki Hudson
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) - Additional Voices (voice)
  • Roc (1993) - Angela Burke
  • Batman: The Animated Series - 2 episodes (1993) - Dana Blessing/Doctor (voice)
  • Baby Talk - 20 episodes (1991-1992) - Danielle Craig
  • Diagnosis Murder: The House on Sycamore Street (1992) - Esther Wiggins (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • Empty Nest (1992) - Jill (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis of Murder (1992) - Esther Wiggins (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) - Coroner Nonnie Russell
  • Caged Fear (1991) - Y-Vonne (credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Hell Hath No Fury (1991) - Tyleen
  • Close Encounters (1990) - Unknown Character
  • Over My Dead Body - 2 episodes (1990) - Doris
  • L.A. Law (1990) - Wilma Russ
  • Just Life (1990) - Unknown Character
  • Married... with Children (1989) - Renee (credited as Vernée Watson Johnson)
  • The Robert Guillaume Show (1989) - Angela
  • The Munsters Today (1989) - Miss Foster
  • Murphy Brown (1989) - Secretary #17
  • TV 101 (1989) - Mrs. Hiekkila
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988) - Selma (voice)
  • A Different World (1988) - Carla Meyers
  • Mr. Belvedere (1988) - Carnival Worker
  • G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987) - Scientist (voice, credited as Vernee Watson Johnson)
  • Foley Square - 14 episodes (1985-1986) - Denise Willums
  • Hill Street Blues (1985) - Ruby Brown (credited as Vernée Watson-Johnson)
  • Benson - 2 episodes (1984) - Elaine Dubois
  • Punky Brewster (1984) - Receptionist
  • The Love Boat - 4 episodes (1978-1984) - Lydia Somers/Alita Daniels/Ellen Garner/Stephanie Hayden
  • London and Davis in New York (1984) - Frances Meyers
  • The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (1983) - Unknown Character (voice)
  • Chicago Story (1982) - Denise
  • American Playhouse (1982) - Secretary (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • Fantasy Island - 3 episodes (1979-1981) - Carrie Wilson/Rochelle McKenzie/Andrea
  • The Jeffersons (1981) - Carol
  • The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981) - Kip Leslie
  • All Night Long (1981) - Emily (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • Eight Is Enough (1980) - Jackie Calhoun
  • Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels - 40 episodes (1977-1980) - Dee Dee Skyes (voice)
  • Vega$ - 2 episodes (1979-1980) - Annabel Nelson/Dorothy (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • The World's Greatest SuperFriends - 2 episodes (1979) - University Scientist/Additional Voices (voice)
  • Carter Country - 44 episodes (1977-1979) - Lucille Banks
  • Love's Savage Fury (1979) - Jewel
  • Death Drug (1978) - Carolyn (credited as Verne Watson)
  • Scooby's Laff-A Lympics (1977) - Dee Dee Sykes (voice)
  • What's Happening!! (1977) - Judy Crane
  • Good Times (1977) - Valerie
  • Green Eyes (1977) - Rosalie Dubeck
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - 13 episodes (1975-1976) - Vernajean Williams
  • The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) - Gwen
  • Norman... Is That You? (1976) - Melody (credited as Vernée Watson)
  • That's My Mama (1975) - Thelma
  • Trick Baby (1972) - Cleo Howard
  • The Corner Bar (1972) - Angel
  • Room 222 (1970) - Unknown Character
  • Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) - Woman

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For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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