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Debbie Allen

Deborah Kaye Allen was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Debbie, her older brother, Andrew (called Tex), and her older sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, lived in Mexico to escape US racism. Their mother decided to live there to give the Allen children a brief experience of not having to endure the chronic racism and segregation that was typical of Texas during the 1950s. Deb

Movies

Television

Other Movies

Movie Year Type
Amistad 1997 Producer
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story 2012 Director
Out-of-Sync 1995 Director
Polly 1989 Director
Polly: Comin' Home! 1990 Director
Sinbad: Afros and Bellbottoms 1993 Director

Other Television

Series Episodes Date Type
Grey's Anatomy Leave a Light On March 5, 2020 Director
Grey's Anatomy My Shot November 14, 2019 Director
Grey's Anatomy Nothing Left to Cling To September 26, 2019 Director
Grey's Anatomy Jump into the Fog May 16, 2019 Director
S.W.A.T. (2017) Trigger Creep May 9, 2019 Guest Star
S.W.A.T. (2017) Day of Dread May 2, 2019 Guest Star
S.W.A.T. (2017) Rocket Fuel April 25, 2019 Guest Star
S.W.A.T. (2017) Invisible April 18, 2019 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Silent All These Years March 28, 2019 Director
S.W.A.T. (2017) Jack March 7, 2019 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Girlfriend in a Coma February 7, 2019 Director
S.W.A.T. (2017) Los Huesos January 10, 2019 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Anybody Have a Map? November 8, 2018 Guest Star
S.W.A.T. (2017) Never Again November 1, 2018 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy With a Wonder and a Wild Desire September 27, 2018 Director, Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy All of Me May 17, 2018 Director, Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Beautiful Dreamer April 12, 2018 Guest Star
Step Up: High Water Solo January 31, 2018 Director
Grey's Anatomy Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story November 9, 2017 Director
Grey's Anatomy Break Down the House September 28, 2017 Director
Grey's Anatomy Ring of Fire May 18, 2017 Director
Grey's Anatomy Back Where You Belong February 23, 2017 Guest Star
Insecure Guilty as Fuck November 13, 2016 Director
Grey's Anatomy The Room Where It Happens November 10, 2016 Director
Grey's Anatomy Why Try to Change Me Now November 3, 2016 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Roar October 27, 2016 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Undo September 22, 2016 Director, Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Family Affair May 19, 2016 Director
Grey's Anatomy At Last May 12, 2016 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side April 28, 2016 Director
Grey's Anatomy It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) April 14, 2016 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy I Wear the Face April 7, 2016 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy When It Hurts So Bad March 31, 2016 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Unbreak My Heart February 25, 2016 Guest Star
The Talk Debbie Allen December 15, 2015 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner October 22, 2015 Director
Grey's Anatomy Walking Tall October 1, 2015 Director
Jane the Virgin Chapter Twenty April 27, 2015 Director
Scandal (2012) I'm Just a Bill April 16, 2015 Director
Empire (2015) Who I Am March 18, 2015 Director
Scandal (2012) Where's the Black Lady? February 5, 2015 Director
Grey's Anatomy Where Do We Go from Here? January 29, 2015 Director
How to Get Away with Murder He Has a Wife November 13, 2014 Director
Jane the Virgin Chapter Four November 3, 2014 Director
Witches of East End Boogie Knight August 10, 2014 Director
Scandal (2012) Flesh and Blood April 10, 2014 Director
Grey's Anatomy Somebody That I Used to Know November 21, 2013 Director
Grey's Anatomy Seal Our Fate September 26, 2013 Guest Star
The Client List Heaven's Just a Sin Away April 28, 2013 Director
Grey's Anatomy This Is Why We Fight February 21, 2013 Guest Star
Grey's Anatomy Love the One You're With October 18, 2012 Director
Grey's Anatomy Put Me In, Coach October 27, 2011 Director
Grey's Anatomy Love, Loss, and Legacy October 13, 2011 Guest Star
Hellcats Land of 1,000 Dances May 10, 2011 Director
Grey's Anatomy Not Responsible February 24, 2011 Director
Grey's Anatomy Disarm January 6, 2011 Director
Hellcats Pledging My Love November 17, 2010 Director
Grey's Anatomy Sympathy for the Parents April 1, 2010 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Tasha April 24, 2009 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Lasagna March 13, 2009 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Fake IDs January 23, 2009 Director
The Game Oh, What a Night November 28, 2008 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Ex-Cons April 13, 2008 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates the BFD April 6, 2008 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates the First Kiss March 16, 2008 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Bad Boys March 9, 2008 Director
Girlfriends Stand and Deliver February 11, 2008 Director
Girlfriends Adapt to Adopt February 4, 2008 Director
Girlfriends Deck the Halls With Bags and Folly December 10, 2007 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Minimum Wage November 19, 2007 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Bed-Stuy November 5, 2007 Director
Girlfriends Where Did Lynn-digo? October 15, 2007 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Driving October 15, 2007 Director
Girlfriends Baghdad, My Bad October 8, 2007 Director
Girlfriends Range of Emotions October 1, 2007 Director
All of Us The Wedding Singers May 14, 2007 Director
All of Us She Blinded Me With Science May 7, 2007 Director
All of Us Sins of the Father April 30, 2007 Director
All of Us It Was Fun While It Lasted March 19, 2007 Director
All of Us Everybody Loves Rain Man December 11, 2006 Director
All of Us Crime and Maybe Some Punishment November 27, 2006 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Superstition November 27, 2006 Director
All of Us Pretty Woman October 30, 2006 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Malvo October 30, 2006 Director
All of Us Police...Open Up October 16, 2006 Director
Everybody Hates Chris Everybody Hates Elections October 16, 2006 Guest Star
That's So Raven Be Prepared May 12, 2006 Director
That's So Raven The Four Aces January 16, 2006 Director
All of Us Hollywood Swinging May 3, 2005 Director
All of Us Baby Got (Flash) Back April 26, 2005 Director
All of Us Passing The Test April 19, 2005 Director
All of Us Movin' On Up March 29, 2005 Director
That's So Raven Boyz 'N Commotion March 11, 2005 Director
All of Us So I Creep March 1, 2005 Director
All of Us Handle Your Business February 22, 2005 Director
All of Us Not So Wonderful News February 15, 2005 Director
All of Us Liar, Liar January 4, 2005 Director
All of Us The Return of Mars Blackmon November 30, 2004 Director
All of Us Parents Just Don't Understand November 23, 2004 Director
All of Us Basket Cases November 9, 2004 Director
All of Us The Kiss Off October 5, 2004 Director
All of Us Return of the Mack September 28, 2004 Director
All of Us Reunited and It Doesn't Feel That Good September 21, 2004 Director
That's So Raven The Road to Audition July 30, 2004 Director
That's So Raven A Goat's Tale July 2, 2004 Director
All of Us It Takes Three to Tango May 18, 2004 Director
All of Us Playdate May 11, 2004 Director
All of Us Wedding Dance March 30, 2004 Director
All of Us A Family Affair March 2, 2004 Director
All of Us O Brother, Where Art Thou? February 24, 2004 Director
All of Us Jonny Come Lately (1) February 17, 2004 Director
All of Us Boxing February 10, 2004 Director
The Parkers The Good, the Bad and the Funny May 5, 2003 Director
The Twilight Zone (2002) The Monsters Are On Maple Street February 19, 2003 Director
The Division Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered January 19, 2003 Guest Star
E! True Hollywood Story Bob Fosse January 3, 1999 Guest Star
The Jamie Foxx Show Soul Mate to Cellmate January 11, 1998 Director
Cosby Dating Games November 3, 1997 Guest Star
The Jamie Foxx Show Misery Loves Company October 26, 1997 Director
Between Brothers The List October 23, 1997 Director
Between Brothers The Big Three-Oh September 18, 1997 Director
Touched by an Angel Sins of the Father September 29, 1996 Guest Star
The Sinbad Show The Telethon March 3, 1994 Guest Star
The Sinbad Show David Goes Skiing January 27, 1994 Director
The Sinbad Show The Dog Episode January 13, 1994 Director
The Sinbad Show Keep The Faith January 6, 1994 Director
The Sinbad Show It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To December 9, 1993 Director
The Sinbad Show I Coulda Been the Man November 11, 1993 Director
The Sinbad Show David's Van November 4, 1993 Director
The Sinbad Show My Daughter's Keeper October 14, 1993 Director
A Different World College Kid July 1, 1993 Director
A Different World When One Door Closes... (2) May 8, 1993 Director
Quantum Leap Revenge of the Evil Leaper February 23, 1993 Director
A Different World Mind Your Own Business January 21, 1993 Director
A Different World Happy Birthday to Moi January 14, 1993 Director
A Different World To Whit, With Love January 7, 1993 Director
A Different World White Christmas December 17, 1992 Director
A Different World Original Teacher November 19, 1992 Director
A Different World Faith, Hope and Charity (1) November 12, 1992 Director
A Different World Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Axed October 29, 1992 Director
A Different World Interior Desecration (a.k.a. Sofa, So Good) October 8, 1992 Director
A Different World Honeymoon in L.A. (2) October 1, 1992 Director
A Different World Honeymoon in L.A. (1) September 24, 1992 Director, Guest Star
A Different World Save the Best for Last (1) May 14, 1992 Director
A Different World Kiss You Back (1) February 20, 1992 Director
A Different World Twelve Steps of Christmas December 19, 1991 Guest Star
A Different World Do You Take This Woman? (2) November 21, 1991 Director
A Different World To Tell the Truth (1) November 14, 1991 Director
A Different World Liza Who-Little November 7, 1991 Director
A Different World Baby, I'm a Star October 31, 1991 Director
A Different World Rule Number One October 24, 1991 Director
A Different World In the Eye of the Storm October 17, 1991 Director
A Different World Almost Working Girl October 10, 1991 Director
A Different World Home Is Where the Fire Is October 3, 1991 Director
A Different World The Dwayne Mutiny September 26, 1991 Director
A Different World We've Only Just Begun September 19, 1991 Director
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Jay Leno (guest host), Michael Moriarty, Debbie Allen, Chuck Martin, Kenny Rankin, Dan Siegel July 5, 1991 Guest Star
A Different World If I Should Die Before I Wake April 11, 1991 Director
A Different World It's Showtime at Hillman March 21, 1991 Director
Quantum Leap Private Dancer March 20, 1991 Director, Guest Star
A Different World Ms. Understanding February 28, 1991 Director
A Different World A Word in Edgewise February 21, 1991 Director
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Jay Leno (guest host), Marilu Henner, Debbie Allen, Paul Provenza, Wilson Phillips February 5, 1991 Guest Star
A Different World Ex-Communication (a.k.a. Fiancée What?) January 31, 1991 Director, Guest Star
A Different World I'm Dreaming of a Wayne Christmas December 13, 1990 Director
A Different World Tales From the Exam Zone October 25, 1990 Director
A Different World The Goodwill Games October 18, 1990 Director
A Different World Whitley's Last Supper October 11, 1990 Director
A Different World Blues for Nobody's Child October 4, 1990 Director
A Different World How Bittersweet It Is September 27, 1990 Director
A Different World Everything Must Change September 20, 1990 Director
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Bang the Drum, Ashley September 17, 1990 Director
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air The Fresh Prince Project September 10, 1990 Director
Great Performances Spike & Co.: Do It Acapella May 10, 1990 Guest Star
A Different World Perhaps Love May 5, 1990 Director
A Different World Getaway (2) April 26, 1990 Director
A Different World Getaway (1) April 19, 1990 Director
A Different World 21 Candles March 15, 1990 Director
A Different World Hillman Isn't Through With You Yet March 8, 1990 Director
A Different World A Campfire Story March 1, 1990 Director
A Different World A World Alike February 15, 1990 Director
A Different World Success, Lies and Videotape February 8, 1990 Director
A Different World The Power of the Pen January 18, 1990 Director
A Different World Under One Roof January 4, 1990 Director
A Different World For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls December 21, 1989 Director
A Different World Answered Prayers December 7, 1989 Director
A Different World Great Expectations November 30, 1989 Director
A Different World Wedding Bells From Hell November 16, 1989 Director
A Different World Delusions of Daddyhood November 9, 1989 Director
A Different World Forever Hold Your Peace November 2, 1989 Director
A Different World To Have and Have Not October 26, 1989 Director
A Different World The Hat Makes the Man October 19, 1989 Director
A Different World The Heat Is On October 12, 1989 Director
A Different World There's No Place Like Home May 4, 1989 Director
A Different World Citizen Wayne April 27, 1989 Director
A Different World No Means No March 30, 1989 Director
A Different World Take This Job and Love It March 23, 1989 Director
A Different World The Thing About Women March 9, 1989 Director
A Different World It's Greek to Me March 2, 1989 Director
A Different World For She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage February 23, 1989 Director
A Different World Breaking Up Is Hard to Do February 9, 1989 Director
A Different World Risky Business February 2, 1989 Director
A Different World It Happened One Night January 12, 1989 Director
A Different World Radio Free Hillman January 5, 1989 Director
A Different World All's Fair December 15, 1988 Director
A Different World Life With Father December 8, 1988 Director
The Cosby Show If the Dress Fits, Wear It December 8, 1988 Guest Star
A Different World A Stepping Stone December 1, 1988 Director
A Different World If You Like Pilgrim Coladas November 17, 1988 Director
A Different World Three Girls Three November 10, 1988 Director
A Different World Dream Lover November 3, 1988 Director
A Different World Some Enchanted Late Afternoon October 27, 1988 Director
A Different World Two Gentlemen of Hillman October 13, 1988 Director
A Different World Dr. War is Hell October 6, 1988 Director
Family Ties The Play's the Thing January 10, 1988 Director
Fame Baby Remember My Name May 18, 1987 Director
The Bronx Zoo Lost and Found May 6, 1987 Director
Fame Of Cabbages and Kings May 4, 1987 Director
Fame The Crimson Blade February 2, 1987 Director
Family Ties Higher Love January 22, 1987 Director
Fame Lisa's Song February 18, 1984 Director
Battle of the Network Stars Battle of the Network Stars XIII October 1, 1982 Guest Star
Battle of the Network Stars Battle of the Network Stars XII May 5, 1982 Guest Star
The Dick Cavett Show Lee Theodore, Buzz Miller, Debbie Allen, Hector Mercado March 13, 1980 Guest Star
Good Times J.J.'s Fiancee (2) January 13, 1976 Guest Star
Good Times J.J.'s Fiancee (1) January 6, 1976 Guest Star