Wilson was accused of stealing $50,000 from Lewis, who plays Ruby on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. Ruby Johnson 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. But this isn't Wilson's first time conning victims out of money through false pretenses. She has performed in four Broadway shows, including Hairspray, in the role of Motormouth Mable. She portrays Ruby Johnson on Black-ish. In the movie Castaway, Lewis portrayed Tom Hanks' boss. January 25, 1957 (1957-01-25) (age 63)Kinloch, Missouri 1.03 If You're Reading This, It's Too Late, 2.21 Dreams and Nightmares (season finale), https://blackish.fandom.com/wiki/Jenifer_Lewis?oldid=8748. Jenifer Jeanette Lewis (born January 25, 1979) is an American actress, singer and activist. ActressSingerActivist The writers are the stars, they pull it all together.". In her latest Disney role, Lewis is the voice of Professor Granville in the Big Hero 6 television series. In the movie Castaway, Jenifer portrayed Tom Hanks's boss. Lewis' most recent movies include The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too and Baggage Claim. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. "I love playing Ruby. Jenifer added: 'I was working out at LA Fitness and one of the managers approached me to train me and work me out. “To create a false impression of legitimacy and prestige, Wilson falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL, an Oxford University graduate, and an Oxford professor teaching biblical antiquities at UCLA," said the U.S. attorney's office statement. ', The actress believed the health chain should have realized he was a con man and not hired him, and claimed in her suit that when she told managers at her gym what happened they sided with her ex, tellin her to 'Stop making accusations.'. Check out our picks for family friendly movies movies that transcend all ages. Wilson falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL, an Oxford University graduate, and an Oxford professor teaching biblical antiquities at UCLA,' the DOJ said. "I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. 'To create a false impression of legitimacy and prestige. Lewis later sued the gym and settled for $13,000. With each woman, the Santa Monica man wooed them into romantic relationships before convincing them to invest in his businesses by making misleading and inaccurate statements. The Black-ish two-episode, one-hour special, airs on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. on ABC, with the seventh season premiering Oct. 21, at 9:30 p.m. By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Antonio Mariot Wilson, 57, agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud after he convinced the women to invest tens of thousands of dollars in a sham sound design business, Ultimate FX, and a fake software company, 2nd Life. This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors. With a career spanning 40 years, Lewis couldn't be more honored and grateful for all her continued success. Jenifer, who plays Ruby Johnson in the hit ABC comedy series, said: 'When we found out LA Fitness did nothing we called them and they did nothing. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Actress Jenifer Lewis (pictured) was one of four women who was conned out of money by 57-ear-old Antonio Mariot Wilson. ). He was expected to plead guilty at a later hearing. The show will follow Ruby and Earl as they give love a second chance. For six seasons, Jenifer portrayed Lana Hawkins on Lifetime's hit series Strong Medicine. Old-ish is in the air," she marveled. Wilson, whose aliases included Dr. Tony Mariot and Brice Carrington, met three of the victims on Bumble and other online dating apps between May 2015 and October 2018, according to the Department of Justice. Dubbed a "national treasure" by TV Guide.com, Jenifer currently stars on the Emmy-nominated black-ish on ABC, where her hilarious portrayal of Ruby Johnson earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics Choice Award. The second shows Dre’s co-worker running for Congress, which prompts Dre to campaign against him. Lewis … Although best known for her Hollywood success, Jenifer has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career in music and theater. Made me kind of think they were in on it because I couldn't believe it. Lewis, meanwhile, along with Laurence Fishburne, are set to get her own spinoff, Old-ish. People want to go home. All about the Millennials voting and what we have to do, and Junior growing up to where he can vote. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. They called me and said they were giving me my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Black-ish was coming back. Lewis' TV roles have ranged from regular appearances as Aunt Helen on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to guest star roles on Friends, Boston Legal and Girlfriends. Additionally, he fabricated the extent of his status and reputation to appear more legitimate. He previously served a four-year sentence in federal prison in 2009 for wire fraud and tax evasion after attempting to defraud UltimateFX investors. "Right now it's just in development. 'After accepting his victims’ funds, Wilson used the money to pay off his credit card debt, pay his rent and buy luxury items.'. A man accused of romancing “black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis and three other women to con them out of money will plead guilty to a federal charge of … Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced. 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But I do know that we're going to be addressing some of the same issues as we have on Black-ish…We're going to be talking about gentrification, the differences between the generations, how the internet has changed everything, how Boomers are so clumsy with technical issues, and just a lot of bad interacting, aging. Wilson was accused of stealing $50,000 from Lewis, who plays Ruby on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. They did! "The show is going to be amazing, we're coming from that Boomer generation that will give some of that tradition and hard love to everybody watching now," she teased. You got to lock it down, no playing around, not a lot of playing around. For even more, visit our Family Entertainment Guide. Jenifer Lewis is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television. ® & © 2020 CBS Studios Inc. © 2020 CBS Television Distribution and CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Ahead of their season 7 premiere, ABC will air a one-hour special which includes an animated episode titled "Election Special Pt. It's like we're there. Dubbed a "national treasure" by TV Guide.com, Jenifer currently stars on the Emmy-nominated black-ish on ABC, where her hilarious portrayal of Ruby Johnson earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics Choice Award. Jenifer has performed in four Broadway shows, including Hairspray, in the role of Motormouth Mable. So I was very excited about that," Lewis, who had been a bit concerned about returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, shared. Kenya [Barris] is writing the pilot as we speak, so when I get the pilot I will know more. 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The Black-ish family is getting the animated treatment. 1979-present Antonio Wilson, 57, of Santa Monica, acknowledged conning the women in the plea agreement filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement. 'The relationship of course became personal and he convinced me to invest into a fake sound invention. 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Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced. I have so much to balance…But let me assure you though, show business is one thing. Lewis' accomplishments as an entertainer and community activist have been recognized with an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Webster University, in St. Louis, and by the American Black Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award.