Roxie Roker is a former American actress who is still remembered for her role of Helen Willis in the CBS drama The Jeffersons from 1975 to 1985.
As of 2023, Roxie Roker's net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
|Net Worth||$10 million|
|Given Name||Roxie Albertha Roker|
|Famous Name||Roxie Roker|
|Source(s) of Fame||Actress, Television Personality, News Anchor|
|Date of Birth||August 28, 1929|
|Place of Birth||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Age At Death||66|
|Date of Death||December 2, 1995|
|Cause of Death||Breast Cancer|
Roker was born Roxie Albertha Roker on April 18, 1928, in Miami, Florida. Her father was a native of Andros, The Bahamas. His name was Albert Roker and he worked as a porter. Bessie Roker was her mother’s name and she belonged to Georgia. Roker grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and nothing else is known about her childhood or parents.
Roker graduated from Howard University in Washington DC in 1952 with a degree in Fine Arts. She used to take part in activities and productions during her college and university life. After graduation, to pursue a career in acting, Roker moved to New York.
When Roker moved to New York after her graduation, she got a job at NBC’s New York office. But to support her dreams, she used to play at several Broadway plays.
She became a stage actor as a start for her professional acting career and worked with Negro Ensemble Company. Before getting her first Broadway play, Roker appeared in Jean Genet’s Play The Blacks and several Off-Broadway plays such as ‘Rosalee Pritchard’, ‘Ododo’, 1971 play ‘Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellans’ and 1972 play ‘Jamimma’. People appreciated her performance and she continued to work hard.
She played the role of Matie Willams in a play called ‘The Niger River’ in 1972. This mind-blowing performance earned her huge applause from the audience and several awards.
Another aspect of her career was working with WNEW-TV in New York as a reporter. She would deal with events taking place in and around Brooklyn and report them in a show titled ‘Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant’.
Then came the decade 1975-1985 which brought with it the most memorable role that Roker played. In the ABC drama ‘The Jefferson’, Roker played the role of ‘Helen Willis’.
Two distinct things about this show are that it is the first show that features an interracial couple on prime-time TV and stands at number two in the list of the longest-running show having a mixed African and American cast.
Roker played the small role of Mrs. Winston in the 1974 film ‘Claudine’. She also appeared in the 1977 miniseries ‘Roots’.
She appeared in several television shows from 1970 to 1990. The list includes NBC show ‘Stone in the River’, ‘Hanging with Mr. Cooper’, ‘Punky Brewster’, ‘The Love Boat’, ‘Beat the Clock’, ‘A Different World’, ‘227’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, etc.
She became popular for her roles in TV shows and she appeared in the film ‘Amazon Women on the Moon’ in 1987.
Roker also worked as a. Advocate for child safety and protection and was included in the ‘Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect’.
In 1974, Roker got the Tony Award nomination as the Best Supporting Actress by Broadway for her role as Matie Willams in the film ‘The River Niger’. In 1974, she won an Obie Award for the same film.
In 1962, Roker married Sy Kravitz, who was a TV producer at that time. She had a son with Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz born on 26 May 1964. Lenny is now a rockstar, singer, songwriter, and Grammy winner.
Unfortunately, the marriage did not last and the two parted ways in 1985.
On December 2, 1995, Roker died in Los Angeles, California. She died of breast cancer at the age of 66.
Since Roker died many years ago, she doesn’t have any social media presence.
Roxie Roker was an American actress. Her role of Helen Willis in the drama The Jeffersons made her the most famous and popular. She died in 1995 and is still remembered for her remarkable roles. The net worth of Roker is estimated to be $10 million.
Roxie Roker has sometimes been associated with other Actors such as Uriel del Toro, Adamari Lopez, Margaret Trudeau, Betty Lynn, Johnny Lee, Robert Wolders, Dave (Gruber) Allen, Erin Blunt, and Moira Foot.