Who is that Actor: Lorraine Toussaint
The other night while suffering through the Bruce Willis cinematic turkey Hudson Hawk, I noticed Lorraine Toussaint as one of the members of James Colburn’s “Candy Bar Gang”. I forgotten she was even in that dog, given that 98% of the time her appearance in a project denotes a certain degree of prestige, quality and nuance. Character actor Lorraine Toussaint did not play “Chief” on the PBS series Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. though Toussaint is occasionally mistaken for the late actor Lynne Thigpen. Toussaint did however co-star opposite Annie Potts on the Lifetime Original drama Any Day Now as Rene Jackson. In addition, the versatile actor appeared on Crossing Jordon as Dr. Elaine Duchamps, more memorably as Law & Order as the frequently crispy Legal Aid attorney Shambala Green and most recently as Bird Merriweather on the beloved series Friday Night Lights. Besides her delicious turn on Law & Order, where she often gave Jack McCoy the business, I enjoyed Toussaint’s work as Capt. Kate Perry on Saving Grace
Toussaint and Potts from Any Day Now:
What I’ve recently enjoyed about Toussaint’s work is the wonderful Madge Sinclair-ish quality she brings to many of her performances, particularly on Saving Grace and to a lesser degree on Friday Night Lights. In the decade and a half since the death of Ms. Sinclair, it’s a quality the screen has severely lacked.