Tisha Michelle Campbell-Martin, commonly known as Tisha Campbell-Martin, is an American actress and singer who was born in Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, USA. She was raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School. Tisha is best known for her starring roles in the FOX television series Martin as Gina Waters-Payne from 1992–97; and as Janet “Jay” Marie Johnson-Kyle on the ABC television sitcom My Wife and Kids from 2001-05.
Tisha Campbell-Martin’s first TV appearance was at the age of 8, on episode #006 of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble. From 1992-1997 she starred alongside Martin Lawrence in the FOX series Martin. However, in the final season, she filed a lawsuit against Martin Lawrence on the counts of sexual harassment both on and off set. She won the lawsuit and as a result would never again be on the same set with Martin Lawrence. This eventually led to low ratings of the show and hence its demise after an entertaining 5 season.
Her mother, Mona Washington, was a Irish-American nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Michael, was an African-American factory worker and singer, and as a chess master, works with underprivileged children on both the east and west coast.Her parents encouraged her love for music. In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, Tisha, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Her mother is now her manager.
Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers, and a younger sister one of whom is Jermaine Campbell, best known for his work in Intimate Portrait.
Duane Martin, actor-now-real estate developer, is married to Tisha for 20 years now. The couple has two sons, Ezekiel Czar Martin and Xen Martin. Xen, her eldest son, has autism.
In 2016, Tisha and her husband filed for bankruptcy in US Bankruptcy Court in California when they were drowning in over $15 million debt. Their joint monthly income is $7,655 but monthly expenses are $16,953.
Family of Tisha Campbell-Martin
Spouse: Duane Martin (m. 1996)
Children: Ezekiel Martin, Xen Martin
Parents: Clifton Campbell, Mona Campbell