Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. At the age of 8, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended middle school and high school. She was a cheerleader in middle school. In high school, Union was an all-star point guard and a year-round athlete participating in soccer, basketball, and track.

After high school, Gabrielle attended college at University of Nebraska, where she played on the soccer team; and then later transferred to Cuesta College. Eventually, she ended up at UCLA. On her way to law school, just planning on being a working stiff, things started to happen during her senior year. Gabrielle had a college internship at a L.A. modeling agency, she thought it would be an easy way to pick up some extra credits. Little did she know that clients were eying the help. Upon the completion of the internship, she was asked to become a client with the agency. Gabby thought of it as a great way to pay off a stack of college loans, and modeled until her agent found that she could actually act. Her first audition/job was landed without any headshots, on Saved by the Bell.

Although she plays parts that are opinionated and strong, Gabrielle believes that, "Hollywood needs to recognize all shades of African-American beauty". Gabrielle is a graduate of UCLA with honors, in sociology. She is fluent in Spanish.

Known For


Cast Credits

L.A.'s Finest (2019)
Starring as Sydney Burnett (13 episodes)
The Lion Guard (2016)
Starring as Nala
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union (3 episodes)
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (2015)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union (3 episodes)
Being Mary Jane (2013)
Starring as Mary Jane Paul (20 episodes)
The Talk (2011)
Guest starring as Gust Co-Host Gabrielle Union
The Chew (2011)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union
NTSF:SD:SUV (2011)
Guest starring as Sandy Canyons
Conan (2010)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union (2 episodes)
FlashForward (2009)
Guest starring as Zoey Andata (9 episodes)
Life (2007)
Guest starring as Jane Seever (5 episodes)
  • Episode 2x21: One (Apr 8, 2009)
  • Episode 2x20: Initiative 38 (Apr 1, 2009)
  • Episode 2x19: 5 Quarts (Mar 25, 2009)
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America's Got Talent (2006)
Starring as Judge (17 episodes)
Night Stalker (2005)
Starring as Perri Reed
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union
Family Guy (1999)
Guest starring as Shauna Parks
The View (1997)
Guest starring as Gabrielle Union
7th Heaven (1996)
Guest starring as Keesha Hamilton (4 episodes)
Friends (1994)
Guest starring as Kristen Lang
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
Guest starring as N'Garen

Crew Credits

L.A.'s Finest (2019)
Show crew as Executive Producer (3 episodes)
  • Episode 1x03: Con Air (May 13, 2019)
  • Episode 1x02: Defiance (May 13, 2019)
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (May 13, 2019)