LOS ANGELES – Holly Robinson Peete will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, honored for a career that has included being a cast member of “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and appearing in 15 Hallmark movies.
“Being immortalized on Hollywood Blvd is so exciting,” Robinson Peete told City News Service. “It’s a permanent tribute to a career spanning more than four decades in television. Legacy stuff!”
Robinson Peete’s career began in earnest when she appeared in the 1979 TV movie “Dummy,” which starred LeVar Burton, who will join her in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 6623 Hollywood Blvd., between Cherokee and Whitley avenues, with basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
The ceremony will be streamed on the Walk of Fame website, www.walkoffame.com. The star is the 2,725th since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.
Robinson Peete dedicates the star to his mother Dolores Robinson, his manager for 30 years.
“She dreamed big for herself when she brought her kids to West Philadelphia in 1974,” Robinson Peete said. “If it weren’t for her audacity and courage to create a better life for us, I wouldn’t get this star!”
Born September 18, 1964, in the northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Mount Airy, Robinson Peete said she decided to become an actress “as soon as I set foot” on the set of “Sesame Street” at the 5 years old. Robinson Peete’s late father, Matt Robinson, was the first actor to play high school science teacher Gordon Robinson on the long-running Public Broadcasting Service educational children’s television series.
“I did a scene with my dad and Big Bird where I blew up my only line,” Robinson Peete recalled. “The line was ‘Hi Gordon.’ But I kept saying, ‘Hi dad.’
When asked what his favorite project was, Robinson Peete initially differed, saying, “They’re like my kids, I can’t choose,” but then replied, “I guess ’21 Jump Street’ is probably my most emotional project. It catapulted my career. I absolutely loved the character of Officer Judy Hoffs. I cried so much when the show ended. I didn’t want to say goodbye to her.
A year after Fox police proceedings ended in 1991, Robinson Peete was cast in the ABC comedy “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” which ran for five seasons through 1997.
Robinson Peete also starred in the romantic comedy “For Your Love,” which ran for eight episodes on NBC in 1998, was canceled, then picked up by the WB, until 2002. His other TV credits include the 2003 WB comedy- 04 “Like Family”, the 2005-06 UPN comedy “Love, Inc.” and recurring roles on the CBS comedy “Mike & Molly” and the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.”
Robinson Peete was the host of the first season of CBS’ afternoon talk show, “The Talk.”
Robinson Peete began his association with Hallmark in 2015 by portraying editor Yvette Collins in “Angel of Christmas.” She starred as Seattle-based TV chef Billie Blessings in six episodes of “Morning Show Mysteries” on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Robinson Peete’s next Hallmark project is “The Road Ahead,” depicting a famous actress who teams up with a wilderness expert (Kaylee Bryant) to drive across the country and help each other deal with their past mistakes through support and unconditional love. It is set to premiere this summer on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Robinson Peete will receive her star three days after DesignCare 2022, the gala to benefit the HollyRod Foundation which she founded with her husband, Rodney Peete, the former USC and NFL quarterback, to raise awareness and provide resources for families who have a loved one who has been diagnosed with autism or Parkinson’s disease.