Tonye Patano

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Tonye T. Patano
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Born (1961-10-16) October 16, 1961 (age 59)

Tonye T. Patano (born October 16, 1961)[ citation needed ] is an American actress. She may be best known as "Heylia James" on the television series Weeds .


She has appeared in television shows such as Law & Order , Sex and the City , Monk and Third Watch . Patano was in the original cast of the Broadway play, 45 Seconds from Broadway by Neil Simon.

Personal life

At age 35, she was diagnosed with diabetes, and she suffered a stroke in 2005. [1]



1984 The Jesse Owens Story Laverne Owens
1992 Highway Heartbreaker Carolyn
1994 Fresh Girl #2
1998 A Price Above Rubies Earring woman
1999 The Hurricane Woman at prison
2004MessengersLinda Mabry
2004 Imaginary Heroes Big Mean TeacherVoice role
2005 Room Homeless woman
2005 The Great New Wonderful Shirley
2005 The Thing About My Folks Nurse
2005 Little Manhattan Birdie
2007 The Savages
2007 Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot Mrs. Shelby
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Regina
2009 Loving Leah EmilyTV Movie
2009 Bunker Hill Nurse EvansTV Movie
2009Come What MayThema
2010 The Company Men Joyce Robertson
2014 The David Dance Mrs. P.
2014 Every Secret Thing Clarice
2014 Time Out of Mind Ms. Jackson
2015 Jack of the Red Hearts Miz
2017 Roxanne Roxanne Ms. Denise
2018 A Vigilante Beverly


1996 New York Undercover Mrs. SamuelsEpisode 3.01: "A Time of Faith (Part 1)"
2000 Now and Again Jimmy's MomEpisode 1.17: "Boy Wonder"
2000, 2003, 2009–12 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ann, Sally, Judge Maskin9 Episodes
2001 Deadline Nurse AliceEpisode 1.08: "The Undesirables"
2003 Sex and the City RubyEpisode 6.11: "The Domino Effect"
2003 Hope & Faith ReceptionistEpisode 1.07: "Car Commercial"
2004 Law & Order FeldmanEpisode 14.11: "Darwinian"
2004 Monk Woman on the TrainEpisode 3.01: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan"
2005 Third Watch DanielleEpisode 6.18: "Too Little Too Late"
2005–2008, 2011 Weeds Heylia James38 Episodes
2006–2009 Handy Manny Mrs. ThompsonVoice role
2008 Eli Stone Judge Flora Simms2 Episodes
2009–12 One Life to Live Phylicia Evans Recurring; Beginning from September 10, 2009
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Board Member #2Episode 8.10: "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox"
2013 The Americans ViolaEpisodes 1.02: "The Clock" and 1.12: "The Oath"
2016 The Blacklist Judy SicklerEpisode 3.14: "Lady Ambrosia"
2016 Elementary Dolores MurphyEpisode 5.03: "Render, and Then Seize Her"
2017 Sneaky Pete Libby MetzgerEpisodes 1.02: "Safe" and 1.03: "Ms. Success"
2018 Younger AkilahEpisode 5.07: "A Christmas Miracle"
2019 SMILF Aunt ValerieEpisode 2.07: "Smile More if Lying Fails"
2019 Madam Secretary Verline GrantEpisode 5.17: "The Common Defense"

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