Theresa E. Randle (born December 27, 1964) is an American stage, film and television actress.
Randle was born in Los Angeles, California. She began her performing career by studying dance (traditional, modern, jazz) and comedy. She entered Beverly Hills College with a special program for the exceptionally gifted. At the end of college, she earned her first role at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center and was seen in commercials. Theresa was also involved in acting on the stage. Theatrical roles include In Command of the Children, Sonata, 6 Parts of Musical Broadway, and Fight the Good Fight.
In 1987, she got her first big-screen break with Maid To Order. For the next three years, she appeared (in small roles) in movies such as Easy Wheels (1989) and Heart Condition (1990), with Denzel Washington. She continued in small roles by directors like Abel Ferrara (King of New York (1990)) and Spike Lee (Jungle Fever (1991) and Malcolm X (1992)). She co-starred in CB4 (1993) with Chris Rock, Bad Boys (1995) with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and its sequel Bad Boys II. In 1996, Theresa earned her first starring role in Spike Lee's film Girl 6, playing a young out-of-work actress who gets caught up in the seductive yet dark world of phone sex.
In 1991, she played a minor role in the episode "The Apartment" of the hit television sitcom "Seinfeld." The Apartment (Seinfeld)
Randle also starred with Wesley Snipes in the film Sugar Hill (1994) and also appeared with Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop III the same year. She later appeared in Space Jam (1996) with Michael Jordan and the film adaptation of the comic book Spawn (1997).
In 2006, Randle signed on to play Patricia Kent on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, replacing Courtney B. Vance as the assistant district attorney assigned to the Major Case Squad, but only appeared in two episodes.
In 2007, Randle was a regular cast member of the Lifetime show State of Mind as Dr. Cordelia Banks.
Her film, Shit Year, was released in 2010.