Cassi Davis is best known as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and its spin-off series "The Paynes." She has been a part of the main cast of the show since its release in 2007.
Davis is so funny that she has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2010 and 2013. She has also become a fan favorite.
In 2017, Cassi Davis tied the knot but not to her on-screen husband and co-star LaVan Davis, as many people believe.
Cassi Davis at the premiere of Lionsgate's' 'Boo! A Madea Halloween' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome | Source: Getty Images
CASSI DAVIS' CAREER
Davis started acting in 1988 with a supporting role in the Spike Lee comedy film "School Daze." Then she moved on to TV shows and had her first TV show appearance in "Living Single," where she played the role of Francine in the episode "In The Black It's Beautiful."
She has since been cast in other TV shows and movies. However, she established her acting career by appearing in Tyler Perry productions such as "Madea's Family Reunion," "Madea's Big Happy Family," "Boo! A Madea Halloween," and more.
The famous director and writer Perry made Cassi Davis more popular when he made her part of his "House of Payne" series. In the show, Davis gave life to Ella, the religious, patient, and loving wife of Curtis Payne, played by fellow actor LaVan Davis.
The chemistry and work ethic between those two was so amazing that Perry decided to pair them up in some of his other productions like "Madea Goes to Jail" and "Daddy's Little Girls."
They share the same last name, which made people wonder if they were married in real life. They didn't address the rumors immediately, letting speculation be their ally as it created more interest in their careers.
In March 2020, Davis was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy. This is a temporary paralysis of facial muscles that affects one and rarely both sides of the face. In an interview with YouTube Podcast, The Culture, Davis said:
"It's almost like a glitch, but I figure the Lord still loves me, and my husband has not skipped a beat and missed a beat."
One thing is for sure: she's refusing to let it bog her down, and she's exhibiting a fiercely positive attitude. Now, fans can be at rest as they know she did not suffer a stroke.
DAVIS' LOVE LIFE
In 2011, Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis were invited to the TV show "You and Me This Morning," and the hosts took the chance to ask them about the state of their relationship. While Cassi denied it almost instantly, LaVan decided to keep the mystery by answering, "Maybe."
However, at some point, Davis had to set the record straight about the state of her love life. The 57-year-old actress married her high school sweetheart, a man named Kerry Patton, in January 2017.
In an interview, Davis gushed about her husband, saying:
"Oh yes, and listen, let me tell you this, but it's Cassi Davis Patton. I jumped that broom on January 11. To my high school sweetheart."
Fans of the Cassi-LaVan couple may have been disappointed to find out about the development in Cassi's life, but she seems to be happy with her marriage.
Cassi Davis and La-Van Davis reprised their roles in "The Paynes," which last aired on OWN on November 30, 2018. On September 2, 2020, the night season of the "House of Payne" premiered on BET.
On May 3, 2021, they announced the premiere of the tenth season, and on the same day, they renewed it for an eleventh season ahead of the tenth season premiere.