Debra Renee Wilson Skelton (born April 26, 1962) is an American comedienne and actress. Wilson is notable for being one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv and for once being the longest-serving cast member on the show. (That record was tied by fellow cast member Aries Spears in 2005 and broken by Michael McDonald in 2006). She has also done voice work for the animated series The Oblongs, American Dad, Family Guy, Gary and Mike, The Proud Family and Clone High.
She frequently appeared as Oprah Winfrey, often paired up with Michael McDonald as supposed lover Dr. Phil McGraw, or with Aries Spears as long-time companion Stedman Graham. The character would be reprised in Scary Movie 4, which spoofed the Tom Cruise couch-jumping incident in 2005, on E! Entertainment and on Comic Relief 2006 on HBO and TBS.
Her most well known impersonation was of R&B diva Whitney Houston. Wilson would parody Houston's reported frequent fights with her husband Bobby Brown, and her reported drug use (in the Christmas 2002 episode, Wilson portrayed Houston with frequent seriousness and smiles as to mimic her interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC.
Other impressions included Beyoncé Knowles, Brandy, Chris Tucker, Condoleezza Rice, Jada Pinkett Smith, Downtown Julie Brown, Lil' Kim, Macy Gray, Mariah Carey, Rosie Perez, Jennifer Lopez, Whoopi Goldberg, and Tisha Campbell.
When Nicole Sullivan left MADtv in 2001, Wilson became the last original cast member on the show. After eight seasons as a cast member, Wilson left in 2003. She and Sullivan were the only cast members to be given special recognition during their last appearance. At the time of her departure, Wilson held the record for the longest serving MADtv cast member. Wilson, along with fellow former cast members Sullivan and Will Sasso, would reappear in the 2004-2005 season, both reprising some of their famous characters.
After three years away from MADtv, Wilson returned for the 300th episode on November 17, 2007 (where she was credited as "Debra Wilson-Skelton" during the opening credits) doing her famous impression of Whitney Houston.
Wilson has made numerous independent films, including Jane White Is Sick and Twisted, Skin Deep (in which she performed in her first frontal nude scene) and Soulmates. She was also in an episode of Without a Trace as a nurse. She and Sullivan have done commercials for Pepsi's Sierra Mist. She appeared as herself on the February 15, 1999, episode of WCW Monday Nitro accompanying MADtv castmate Will Sasso in his professional wrestling match against Bret Hart.
She was the co-host of TV Guide Channel's TV Watercooler with John Fugelsang, until she was replaced by Teresa Strasser in October 2006. She also participated in VH1's Celebrity Paranormal Project, where she was the first celebrity to make direct emotional contact with a spirit.
|2007||Super Sweet 16: The Movie||Edan Day|
|2006||If I Had Known I Was a Genius||Teresa||(post-production)|
|Knight to F4||Security Guard||(post-production)|
|Over the Hedge||Debbie|
|Scary Movie 4||Oprah Winfrey|
|Danny Roane: First Time Director||Rehab Nurse|
|2005||Bringing Up BayBay||Pam/BayBay Girl|
|2002||Jane White Is Sick & Twisted||Chi-Chi|
|1998||Star Trek the Experience: The Klingon Encounter||Security Officer|
|Gridlock'd||Medicaid Woman #2|
|1996||Girl 6||Salesgirl #3|
|1995||Blue in the Face||Statistician|
|New Jersey Drive Not of This Earth|
|2006||Celebrity Paranormal Project||Herself||Filmed in 2005|
|In Justice||Detective Powell|
|2005||Amazing Animal Inventions||Host|
|Second Time Around||Deonne|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Divine|
|That's So Raven||Maisha|
|I'm with Her||Brenda|
|Without a Trace||Doctor|
|2000||Gary & Mike|
|1998||The Mr. Potato Head Show||Queenie|
|1995||New York Undercover||Shanna|
|1995 - 2003||MADtv||Various Characters||Sketch Comedy|
|1992 - 1993||Uptown Comedy Club||Various Characters|
|Year||Title||Role||Notes||2008||Family Guy||I Dream of Jesus||Animated Comedy TV Series|
|2008||Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots||Crying Wolf||Video Game|
|2007||Halo 3||UNSC Marine||Video Game|
|2006||X-Men: The Official Game||Storm||Video Game|
|The Adventures of Brer Rabbit||Sister Buzzard|
|2005||American Dad!||Whitney Houston||Animated Comedy TV Series|
|The Chosen One||Akia May||TV Series|
|2002, 2003||The Proud Family||Oprah Winfrey, Basil/Tobasco||TV Series|
|Clone High||Various Characters|
|2003||Everybody's Golf 4||Various Characters||Video Game|
|2002||Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa||Great Grandma||TV Series|
|2001||The Oblongs...||Various Character|
|2000, 2001||Family Guy||Janet/Mrs. Kanner/Nurse/Sandy Belford||Animated Comedy TV Series|
|1998||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Capt. Lisa Cusak||TV Series|
Real Life: Life in the Bomb Squad - Facing the Terror Threat Every Day; Debra Wilson Is a Senior Bomb Squad Officer. for the 48-Year-Old Mum from Orange County, California, Detonating Bombs, Opening Suspicious Packages and Dealing with Terrorist Threats Are All Part of the Job
Feb 09, 2002; Byline: Text by Elaine Lipworth. `Today I've just been out investigating a suspicious envelope which arrived at the court house....