Tawny Cypress

Active - 2000 - 2013  |   Born - Aug 8, 1976 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Crime, Fantasy, Romance

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Biography by Nathan Southern

The frequently glamorous African-American actress Tawny Cypress built her career from the very late '90s onward. Her first major role was the minor character Melissa in the Richard Gere/Winona Ryder sudser Autumn in New York (2000). She went on to appear in a variety television programs in both guest parts (NYPD Blue, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and recurring roles (Third Watch, All My Children), but it wasn't until 2006 that she truly gained mainstream attention. That fall, she took on the role of Simone Deveaux on the prime-time fantasy drama Heroes, a series that soon became a massive hit. She remained with the show for one season, and then could be seen on the New Orleans-set police drama K-Ville in the fall of 2007, playing Ginger "Love Tap" LeBeau, the only main character who was a female officer.

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  • Her brother, Toby Cypress, is a comic-book artist.
  • Originally auditioned for the role of Niki on the TV series Heroes.
  • Trained with the New Orleans Police Department and a SWAT team for her role on the TV series K-Ville, and learned how to hold a gun and make arrests.
  • Having watched the attack on the World Trade Center from her nearby apartment, Cypress was greatly affected by it; upon learning that Oliver Stone planned a film about the event, she contacted him and got a small role in his feature film World Trade Center (2006).