Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television and film actor.

Biography

Early life

Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Marilyn, an interior decorator, and Frank Underwood, a United States Army colonel. As a result of his father's military career, Underwood lived on bases in the United States and Germany during his childhood. Blair attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. He went on to attend the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Career

Underwood's 1985 appearance on The Cosby Show landed him a short stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, which eventually led to his Golden Globe-nominated performance on the TV series L.A. Law. Underwood broke into film with roles in Set It Off, Krush Groove, Just Cause, and Deep Impact. He also had a supporting role as a geneticist in Gattaca. In 2000, he played the lead role in the short-lived television series City of Angels. In 2003, he guest starred in four episodes on the popular HBO series Sex and the City playing Cynthia Nixon's love interest. In 2004, he played the role of Roger De Souza opposite Heather Locklear in NBC's LAX. He also has appeared in a guest role as a grade-school teacher on the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. In 2007, he guest starred in an episode of the NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His latest role is as the recurring character Alex in the HBO series In Treatment.

Underwood has received four NAACP Image Awards for such roles as in the docudramas Murder in Mississippi and Heat Wave.

Underwood was voted one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000, and one of TV Guide's "Most Influential Faces of the 90s".

In 2007, Underwood co-authored the fiction novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel with husband-and-wife team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due.

Personal life

In 1989, Underwood co-founded Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to democracy and equality in South Africa.

Underwood is a part of several charitable organizations. He won the 1993 Humanitarian Award for his work with the Los Angeles chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2003, along with Ashley Judd, he served as the spokesperson for YouthAIDS. Underwood also appeared in a 2004 public service announcement for The Fulfillment Fund. He is a Trustee for the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, a non-profit theatre group founded by Danny Glover, focusing on plays about the Black experience.

He supports Senator Barack Obama's presidential candidacy and has recently spoken at campaign rallies for Obama.

Underwood had also taken a DNA test from African Ancestry.com and found out that he is a descendant of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria.

On September 17, 1994, he married Desiree DaCosta, with whom he has three children: sons Paris and Blake, and daughter Brielle.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Krush Groove Russell Walker
1992 The Second Coming Jesus Also director
1993 Posse Carver
1995 Just Cause Bobby Earl
1996 Mistrial Lieutenant C. Hodges
Set It Off Keith Weston
1997 Gattaca Geneticist
1998 Asunder Chance Williams
Deep Impact Mark Simon
1999 The Wishing Tree Magic Man
2000 Rules of Engagement Capt. Lee
2002 Truth Be Told Det. Harris
G Chip Hightower
Full Frontal Nicholas/Calvin
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Tom Gibbons
2004 Fronterz (unknown role)
Do Geese See God? Man
2005 Straight Out of Compton 2 Hen Also producer
The Golden Blaze Gregory Fletcher/The Golden Blaze Animated
2006 Something New Mark Harper
Madea's Family Reunion Carlos
2007 Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (voice)
2008 The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon Hunter of Avalar (Voice) Video Game

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Knight Rider Potts
The Cosby Show Denise's Friend Uncredited
The Cosby Show Mark
1985-1986 One Life to Live Bobby Blue
1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Stillman
21 Jump Street Reginald Brooks
1987-1994 L.A. Law Jonathan Rollins
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Jonathan Rollins Television special
1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop Horace Bouchet Television movie
1990 Murder in Mississippi James Chaney Television movie
Heat Wave Bob Richardson Television movie
1991 A Different World Zelmer Collier
1993 Story of a People Host Miniseries
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Jared Williams Television movie
Also associate producer
1996 Soul of the Game Jackie Robinson Television movie
1996-1997 High Incident Michael Rhoades
1998 Mama Flora's Family Willie Miniseries
2000 City of Angels Dr. Ben Turner
2003-2004 Sex and the City Dr. Robert Leeds
2004-2005 Fatherhood Dr. Arthur Bindlebeep Animated
LAX Roger De Souza
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Palmer Addison Miniseries
2006-2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine Mr. Harris
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Miles Sennett
Dirty Sexy Money Simon Elder
2008 In Treatment Alex HBO series

References

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External links

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