Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete
Actress, Author & Humanitarian
From her first appearance on the award-winning children’s show Sesame Street at the
age of four to her most recent gig on the hit comedy series Mike & Molly, Holly Robinson Peete—
an actress, author, talk show host, activist, and philanthropist—has consistently used her celebrity
status as a platform to advocate for issues dear to her heart.
Following her father’s battle with Parkinson’s disease, she and husband Rodney Peete—a
former NFL quarterback—formed the HollyRod Foundation in 1997 to help improve the quality of
life of people with Parkinson’s. In 2005, they extended the Foundation’s mission to provide
support and resources to those affected by autism when their eldest son was diagnosed with the
A celebrated author, Robinson Peete co-authored with her 12-year-old daughter the
NAACP Image Award-winning My Brother Charlie, a children’s book about autism from the
sibling’s perspective. Her first book, Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game: A
Women’s Guide to Loving Pro Football, won her the 2006 Quill Literacy Award. A third book,
another Scholastic children’s title, is due out in 2013.
Robinson Peete’s longevity and visibility in the entertainment community has led to a
successful career as a spokesperson for some of the country’s biggest brands, including Target,
Toys“R”Us, Colgate, Skechers, Epipen, and Carnation. She is also set to launch a new lifestyle
brand of products offering everything from women's clothing and beauty products to home
decor and pet products, which will be available at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and
Whether discussing her son’s autism or how she maintains a successful work-life balance,
Holly Robinson Peete delivers inspiring keynotes that offer audiences vital tips and roadmaps for
managing their own lives and careers.
Robinson Peete had her first experience in front of the camera when she appeared on
television opposite her father Matthew Robinson who served as a producer and portrayed the
beloved character of “Gordon” on the award-winning children’s program Sesame Street. While
she knew her calling was to be an actress, Robinson Peete opted to lead a typical childhood
rather than working to be the next child star.
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However, upon finishing her college education, Robinson Peete felt her heart pull her
back to entertainment. In 1986, she landed a starring role on the FOX television drama 21 Jump
Street opposite then-unknown cast member Johnny Depp. She went on to star in many other
successful television series, including Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, For Your Love, and One on One.
Robinson Peete’s successful television career places her as one of only a handful of actresses to
star in four shows in syndication. In addition, she also starred in the original Lifetime movie Matters
of Life & Dating for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Robinson Peete joined the cast of the hit comedy series Mike & Molly shortly after
successfully launching the CBS daily talk show The Talk as one of the original co-hosts. The Talk
came on the heels of the enormous success Robinson Peete had on the third season of NBC’s
Celebrity Apprentice. Making it all the way to the finals, Robinson Peete set a fundraising record
for her charity, HollyRod Foundation, casting a national spotlight on autism and Parkinson's
Robinson Peete’s singing talents have been displayed on theme songs for both 21 Jump
Street and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. She also did her own singing as Diana Ross in the miniseries
The Jacksons: An American Dream. Robinson Peete fondly says that singing is her “first love and
In late 2008, Robinson Peete wrapped a successful run as an on-air personality alongside
her husband Rodney on their daily radio program “Meet the Peetes.” Airing on the Oprah &
Friends network on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, “Meet the Peetes” captured the reality of two
working parents raising their four children, balancing their careers, and being activists and
advocates. The Peetes were able to effectively balance issues, fun, and family in a way only two
people who have been married for 17 years can.
In addition to her philanthropic work through The HollyRod Foundation, Robinson Peete
currently serves as a member of the board of Autism Speaks, The Greater Los Angeles Zoo
Association, and the Keck School of Medicine.
Robinson Peete’s philanthropic efforts have earned her numerous awards and honors,
including Ford’s Freedom Sisters; the American Mentor Award; the Southern California
Broadcasters’ Association Community Service Award; Gerald R. Ford People Helping People
Award; the March of Dimes Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Award; USC Woman of Distinction
Award; Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award; the Genii Award; the Girls Inc.
Mentor Award; A Place Called Home Humanitarian Award; and McDonald’s 365 Black Award.
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Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles, Robinson Peete was voted “most
talented” in high school alongside fellow classmate and future actor Rob Lowe. She did her
undergraduate studies at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College where she majored in
psychology and French. She spent her junior year studying abroad at the Sorbonne University in
Paris and became fluent in the language.
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