Fans of the CBS crime series CSI: Miami will be very familiar with the name and face of this woman. Appearing as medical examiner Dr. Alexx Woods, Khandi Alexander first appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before becoming a series regular on the show’s first spin-off CSI: Miami. Alexander is an American dancer, choreographer, and actress who has had major roles in TV series aired on NBC, CBS, and HBO. Starting her career as a dancer for Whitney Houston, she has gone on to become a multi-award-winning actress with a myriad of award nominations as a testament to her acting prowess.
What We Know About Khandi Alexander
Born in Florida’s largest city, Jacksonville, Khandi Alexander was born on September 4, 1957, and named Harriet Rene Alexander by her parents. Her family moved to Queens, New York, she was raised by her folks. For her education, Khandi attended Queensborough Community College. After she finished college, she made appearances on Broadway, appearing in the productions Chicago, Dreamgirls, and late American musical-theater choreographer Bob Fosse’s Dancin.
Khandi Alexander began her career as an actor in the 1980s, making her TV debut on FTV, a 1985 sketch-comedy program. Thanks to the show’s format, Alexander was able to act in different roles. While her acting career slowly took off, she got into choreography and dancing. She appeared as a dancer in late singer-songwriter Natalie Cole’s Pink Cadillac music video in 1988. One of her major moments was touring with the late Whitney Houston as part of the singer’s choreographic team during her 1988 – 1992 world tour. She played minor roles in the shows Rags to Riches, Duet, and A Different World. She also focused on acting in movies, appearing in the 1985 movies Streetwalkin’ and A Chorus Line and 1987’s Maid to Order.
As the 1990s rolled in, Khandi Alexander’s acting career began to pick up some steam. In 1993, she appeared in the movies CB4, Joshua Tree, Menace II Society, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Poetic Justice, and Shameful Secrets. The following year, she appeared in House Party 3, Sugar Hill, To My Daughter with Love, and Greedy. Her first major role in a TV series came in 1995 when she was cast as a series regular in the role of Catherine Duke for NBC’s NewsRadio. The series was on air for five seasons. Of the series 97 episodes, Khandi appeared in 58 of them. She left the series in the seventh episode of the fourth season, before returning for the last time in the fifth season’s first episode.
Khandi Alexander had a recurring role in the NBC medical drama ER as Jackie Robbins, the sister of the character Dr. Peter Benton played by Eriq La Salle. Alexander’s appearances on the show were from 1995 – 2001, and she appeared for a total of 29 episodes. She had several other minor roles in other TV shows including La Femme Nikita, Better off Ted, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, and Body of Proof.
The year 2000 saw Khandi Alexander receive high praise thanks to her acting performance as a drug addict and mother Francine Boyd in the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries The Corner. She also starred alongside Rob Lowe in the Lifetime movie Perfect Strangers. She appeared as medical examiner Alexx Woods in CBS’s police drama CSI: Miami from 2002 – 2008. After her last appeared in 2008, she reprised her role in guest appearances for three episodes in 2009. Khandi received an Emmy Award nomination for her recurring role as Marie Wallace in the political drama Scandal. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the HBO movie Bessie.
Here’s What We Know About Her Family
Khandi Alexander was born in Florida to parents Alverina Yavonna and Henry Roland Alexander. Her mother, Alverina, is an opera and jazz singer while her father, Henry, is the founder and CEO of his own construction company. Beyond this, the actress hasn’t divulged more information about her family, so we don’t know for certain if she has siblings or not. Khandi has also been able to keep a really tight lid on her private life. There is no information on if she is a married woman or if she has any children. So far, all fans can do is speculate about the details of this very private woman’s life. If she does have a family of her own, she has done a rather good job of keeping them or details about them away from the public eye.