Robinson Peete can currently be seen weekly on Access Hollywood Live’s “Plugged In” panel. Recently, Holly made an appearance on Youtube’s WIGS’ web series Blue alongside Julie Stiles and also had a recurring role on hit comedy series “Mike & Molly”shortly after successfully launching the CBS daily talk show “The Talk” as one of the original co-hosts. “The Talk” came on the heels of the enormous success Robinson Peete had on the third season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice”. Making it all the way to the finals, Robinson Peete set a fundraising record for her charity, HollyRod Foundation shedding a national spotlight on two causes very personal to the Peete Family: autism and Parkinson's disease.
In 1997, Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, formed the HollyRod Foundation, inspired by her father’s courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, with the mission to help improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. Then in 2005, inspired by their eldest son’s autism diagnosis, HollyRod Foundation’s mission expanded to provide support and resources to those affected by an autism diagnosis. Through the HollyRod Foundation and her family’s personal experiences, Robinson Peete has become an advocate for consistent and reliable education, outreach and support for both Parkinson’s and autism.
Her longevity and visibility in the entertainment community has led Robinson Peete to a successful career as a spokesperson for some of the country’s biggest brands. Robinson Peete’s consumer friendly personal brand has partnered with Target, Toys”R”Us, Colgate , Skechers, Epipen and Carnation among others.
Robinson Peete had her first experience in front of the camera at the age of four when she appeared on television opposite her father, Matthew Robinson who served as a producer and portrayed the original beloved character of “Gordon” on the award-winning children’s program “Sesame Street”. While she knew even at that young age her calling was to be an actress, Robinson Peete opted to lead a typical childhood rather than searching to be the next child star.
However, upon finishing her college education, Robinson Peete’s heart led her back to entertainment. In 1986, she landed a starring role on the FOX television drama 21 Jump Street opposite unknown cast members including Johnny Depp. She went on to star in many other successful television series including “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, For Your Love”, and “One on One”. Robinson Peete’s successful television career places her as one of only a handful of actresses to star in four shows in syndication. In addition, she also starred in the original Lifetime movie “Matters of Life & Dating” for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Robinson Peete’s singing talents have been displayed on theme songs for both “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”, and she also did her own signing as Diana Ross in the miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream”. Robinson Peete says fondly that singing is her “first love and passion”.
In addition to her philanthropic work through the HollyRod Foundation, Robinson Peete has become involved in other organizations as well. She currently serves as a member of the board of Autism Speaks, The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (LA Zoo) and the Keck School of Medicine.
Robinson Peete’s philanthropic efforts have earned her numerous awards and honors including: Ford’s Freedom Sisters, American Mentor Award, The Southern California Broadcasters’ Assoc Community Service Award, Gerald R. Ford People Helping People Award, The March of Dimes Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures Award, USC Woman of Distinction Award, Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community Service Award, The Genii Award, The Girls Inc. Mentor Award, A Place Called Home Humanitarian Award, McDonald’s 365 Black Award, Los Angeles Emmy for Best Informational/Public Affairs Series (Your Turn to Care), Los Angeles Magazine’s Most Inspirational Women Award, and many more.
- Matters of Life: Supporting the Struggles of a Loved One Battling Cancer
- The Importance of Civic Engagement: Never Stand on the Sidelines
- From Jumpin' to Hangin': Balancing Life
- Sharing the Wealth of Health
- Not My Boy! A Personal Journey with Autism
In this presentation, Peete shares with audiences a heartrending, candid look inside the personal journey of their son’s autism and offers a first-of-its-kind, inspirational road map that will help families facing similar challenges move forward.
- Luck Favors the Prepared: One Crazy Momma's Balancing Act Tips
In this talk, Holly Robinson Peete offers her "crazy working momma" tips for maintaining a successful work-life balance. Audiences will walk away and inspired and refreshed, knowing that if Holly can do it - so can they!