Jo Marie Payton Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 17 Mar, 2021
Facts of Jo Marie Payton
Date of Birth: 1950 , August-3
Age: 71 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Jo Marie Payton
Birth Name Jo Marie Payton
Father Driscoll Payton
Mother Frankie Bell Payton
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Albany, Georgia, USA
Profession Actress, Singer
Net Worth $4 Million
Married Yes
Married to Leonard Downs (December 16, 2007 - present)
Children 1
Divorce Landrus Clark (1998 - 2004), Rodney Noble (April 17, 1993 - 1998), Marc France (1980 - 1987)
Education North Dade Jr./ Sr. High School, Miami Carol City Senior High School, Albany State University
Movies The Hollywood Knights, Deal of the Century, Crossroads, Disorderlies, Colors, Troop Beverly Hills, Gas, The Little Mermaid, The Beach Bum
TV Show The New Odd Couple, Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, The $100,000 Pyramid, Moesha, Will & Grace, The Proud Family, Girlfriends, Mann and Wife
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Jo Marie Payton is an American actress and singer most known for her roles in TV shows like The New Odd Couple, Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, The $100,000 Pyramid, Moesha, Will & Grace, The Proud Family, Girlfriends, and Mann and Wife

How Old Is Jo Marie Payton? Where Was She Educated?

Jo Marie Payton was born on August 3, 1950, in Albany, Georgia, to construction worker Driscoll Payton and maid Frankie Bell Payton. She is 70 years old at the time of this writing.

Payton's family relocated to Opa-Locka, Florida, during her teens and attended North Dade Jr./ Sr. High School in nearby Bunche Park. She went on to attend Miami Carol City Senior High School, graduating in 1968. She graduated from Albany State University.         

Who is Jo Marie Payton's Husband? Does She Have Children?

Jo Marie is currently married to her fourth husband, Leonard Downs, ever since tying the knot on December 16, 2007. 

Jo Marie Payton with her daughter and granddaughter SOURCE: Facebook

She was previously married to Marc France (from 1980 to 1987), Rodney Noble (from April 17, 1993, to 1998), and Landrus Clark (from 1998 to 2004). She has a daughter, Chantale France (born in 1984), from her first marriage. She became a grandmother when her daughter gave birth to a daughter.     

What Movies & TV Shows Is Jo Marie Payton Known For?

Jo Marie Payton made her on-screen debut in 1978 and her feature film debut in the 1980 comedy The Hollywood Knights

Payton made her breakthrough as Harriette Winslow in the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers. The role helped land Payton her own sitcom. The sitcom would come to be known as Family Matters and would run for nine years across nine seasons and 215 episodes with Payton reprising her role as Harriette Winslow.

Jo Marie Payton as Harriette Winslow SOURCE: Pinterest

She has since gone on to have prominent appearances as Mrs. Campbell / Valerie Shaw in the UPN sitcom Moesha, Mrs. Freeman in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, and Lorraine Mann in the sitcom Mann and Wife.   

She has also smaller but no-less notable roles in such shows as 7th Heaven, City of Angels, Judging Amy, Girlfriends, Desperate Housewives, Meet the Browns, and The Glades.     

What is Jo Marie Payton's Net Worth in 2021?

According to, Jo Marie Payton has a net worth of $4 million as of March 2021.