Erika Alexander
Erika Alexander plays the part of Pam Tucker, Claire's second cousin, on "The Cosby Show".
Vital Information
Gender: Female
Born: (1969-11-19) November 19, 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth: Winslow, Arizona, U.S.
Family/Career Information
Actress/Voice over artist
Spouse(s): Tony Pureyear, 1997-present
Character/series information
Appeared on
/involved with:
The Cosby Show
Character played Pam Tucker

Erika Alexander  (born November 19, 1969) played the part of Pam Tucker on The Cosby Show. In addition to her role as Pam, Erika is also well known to TV sitcom viewers for her role as Maxine Shaw on the FOX network sitcom series Living Single. On the FOX network medical/drama series House, M.D., she portrayed school principal Ms. Fields in the Season 7 episode of that series titled "Two Stories".

Alexander has had featured roles in My Little Girl, The Long Walk Home, Going to Extremes, 54, Judging Amy, The Zeta Project, Street Time, Heist, Deja Vu, In Plain Sight and Last Man Standing.  

Career[edit | edit source]

Erika got her big break as Pam Tucker on The Cosby Show. She later starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 civil rights epic film| The Long Walk Home. Perhaps her most memorable role was as acid-tongued attorney Maxine 'Max' Shaw on the FOX sitcom Living Single, a role she played for five years. She is the co-creator and co-writer of 'Concrete Park,' a science-fiction graphic novel.[1]

In 1992, she appeared in the short-lived sitcom Going to Extremes, which centered on a group of American students at a medical school on a fictitious Caribbean island named Jantique.

In 2002, she played probation officer Dee Mulhern in the Showtime series [2] Street Time, which ran for two seasons.

In international cinema, Alexander played the role of Hidimbi in Peter Brook's adaptation of The Mahabharats. She also played a young Flora in the TV miniseries Mama Flora's Family. Erika also appeared in singer Toni Braxton's music video for "You're Makin' Me High."

In 2009, she appeared in Criminal Minds in the Season 4 episode, "The Big serial killer in Buffalo, New York. She also appeared in the 2009 film La Mission opposite Benjamin Bratt.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Erika is married to artist/screenwriter Tony Puryear. She is one of six children born to Rev. Robert Alexander and school teacher and children's book author, Sammie Alexander. She actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton and toured college campuses with Chelsea Clinton, during the 2008 Democratic primary.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brown, Stacia. Clutch Magazine. "Erika Alexander Co-Writes Graphic with Black Heroine"
  2. [1] Showtime TV series Street Time page at]

External links[edit | edit source]

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