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October 26, 2021

Tommy Davidson Once Faced Criticism for Marrying White Woman & Was Compared to Ice T & Coco

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Tommy Davidson has been happily married to his wife Amanda for six years now. However, their relationship has not escaped the judgmental eyes of the public.

Tommy Davidson started his career as a stand-up comedian in Washington D.C., growing his supporters after working in various comedy clubs. Thanks to his talent, he was spotted by major concert promoters.

He was the opening act for several stars, including Patti LaBelle, Kenny G, and Luther Vandross. He then went to Hollywood to perform stand-up comedy at several clubs, including the Comedy Act Theater, where he met Robert Townsend. 

Amanda Moore and Tommy Davidson pose at the Haute Living OMEGA Dark Side of the Moon Watch event hosted by Larsa and Scottie Pippen on December 4, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. | Photo: Getty Images

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HIS HOLLYWOOD START

Thanks to Townsend, Davidson ended up with his first TV appearance in "Partners in Crime" in 2005. There, he met Keenen Ivory Wayans, a pivotal character in Davidson's career.

Thanks to Wayans, Davidson was allowed to audition and join "In Living Color," where he, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans made TV history. He then made his film debut with "Strictly Business," where he starred with Halle Berry. 

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A RUN-IN WITH WILL SMITH

He would star in several high-profile films, starring alongside Jada Pinkett Smith in "Woo." Davidson planned to plant an impromptu kiss towards his co-star at the end of the movie to spice things up on the movie set. 

However, the kiss did not sit well with Will Smith, who at the time was Pinkett-Smith's fiancé. Enraged, he burst into Davidson's trailer before Pinkett-Smith calmed both of them down.

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HIS PAINFUL CHILDHOOD

Davidson's birth mother abandoned him in a pile of trash when he was only two years old. Fortunately, a woman found and officially adopted him, allowing him to grow up in a loving home.

However, this didn't stop him from getting attacked as a child over his race. He and his family moved to Washington D.C. from Colorado when he was five years old, just two days after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. 

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LEARNING ABOUT RACE

Racial tensions were at an all-time high, and when they decided to visit a local pool, people attacked him and his siblings. At the time, he had his heartbroken over the incident. He shared:

"I didn't know colors. I didn't know people were colors. I thought people were like animals, like a cat was born gray or white."

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HIS PERSONAL LIFE

The actor was raised by a white woman named Barbara Jean Davidson, meaning his siblings had lighter skin than he did. Because of this, he and his siblings were the subjects of criticism when racial tensions were high. 

Davidson would experience this criticism until recent years after people discovered that his wife was a white woman. Strangers took to Twitter to share their thoughts about his marriage. A lot of them were shocked that she chose to marry interracially.

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HIS WHITE WIFE

It all started when Davidson and his family joined "Family Feud." He appeared alongside his wife, daughter, and other family members. 

One fan admitted that the way Amanda looked was not how he expected Davidson's wife to look. Another shared a GIF of a dog shaking its head, alluding to it as an accurate description of his reaction after finding out the actor had a white wife. 

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A PRIVATE FAMILY

Before his 2015 marriage to Amanda, he was married to another woman. He has a total of six children and is a doting grandfather. Amanda chooses to live a private life away from the spotlight and is only ever seen whenever Davidson shares about them on social media. 

In more recent times, the "In Living Color" star has not shared any recent photos of his wife. In 2016, they took a romantic vacation to a Dubai desert, where they enjoyed touring dunes and riding a camel.

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A LOVELY COUPLE

The lovely couple looked extra sweet as they embraced one another while riding the animal and posing alongside each other in another picture of them amidst vast dunes. 

Despite being a private couple, he and Amanda remain strong, which is evident in how she speaks about her in interviews. Through the years, he has opened up about his marriage on national TV.

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GUSHING ON NATIONAL TV

A notable interview was on "The Wendy Williams Show." Williams mentioned how fans would often compare Davidson and his wife to Ice T and Coco, something the actor laughed about. 

While on the show, Davidson shared his reactions to his wife being compared to Coco, admitting that it was a good comparison. He noted that some people had gone up to him to say that his wife looked like Coco when she was in high school. 

Comedy actor Tommy Davidson attends the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Carole King in Los Angeles. | Photo: Getty Images

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A PRACTICAL MAN

In the same interview, Williams showed Davidson and Amanda's wedding gift requests when they married in 2015. It included practical items like a garden hose, a foldable chair, a rice cooker, and other home items.

Whenever he's not working, the actor wants to be surrounded by his family. When his wife once asked what he wanted for Father's Day, his answer was to be around his wife and kids. 

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PUTTING FAMILY FIRST

He shared that fathers sometimes do not have enough time to spend with their loved ones every day as providers. That is why, when given a chance, being around family is something he wants to experience as much as he can. 

Due to his past, Davidson makes it a point to make the most out of his time with family. He did not know his birth mother until his adoptive mother tracked her down. She ultimately felt it was something she had to do for him to have closure about his past. 

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A POSSIBLE REUNION

As he continues to balance family life and work, he appeared on "The View" in 2020, hinting at the possibility of an "In Living Color" reboot. When Whoopi Goldberg asked him if people can expect a reboot, he answered optimistically, saying:

"It's possible because we're out here. We're all loving our career. All of us have been here 30 years or more doing our thing."

In his statement, Davidson referred to his star-studded cast members, including Jim Carrey, Keenan and Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Lopez. He concluded by saying that they would love to work with one another again. 

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