Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 25-08-1964
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington, USA
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  • Popularity: 7.62
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Blair Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television and film actor. He is perhaps best known as headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins from the NBC legal drama L.A. Law, a role he portrayed for seven years. He has gained critical acclaim throughout his career, receiving numerous Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and 1 Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment and currently stars in NBC's The Event. Underwood's feature film debut was the 1985 movie Krush Groove. His 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 performance on the TV series L.A. Law, where he appeared from 1987 to 1994. In 1996 Underwood was featured in the July issue of Playgirl. Underwood broke into film with roles in Just Cause (1995), Set It Off (1996) and Deep Impact (1998). 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 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 gained acclaim as the sexy grade school teacher in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus for two years. In 2007, he guest starred in an episode of the NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His also had a role as recurring character Alex in the HBO series In Treatment. Also in In 2007, Underwood co-authored the novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel with husband-and-wife team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. Next, Underwood can seen as the President of the United States in the NBC drama series The Event. Underwood has received three NAACP Image Awards, for his film work in Rules of Engagement, and his television work in L.A. Law, City of Angels, Murder in Mississippi and Mama Flora's Family. He 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 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. On September 17, 1994, he married Desiree DaCosta, with whom he has three children.

Year Movie Character
1998 Asunder as Chance Williams
2007 The Hit as Henry Alabaster
1985 Krush Groove as Russell Walker
2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day as David Ames
2004 Do Geese See God? as Man
2011 First Generation as Narrator
2016 Olympic Pride, American Prejudice as Narrator
2020 Penguins: Life on the Edge as Narrator (voice)
2022 Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers as Narrator
2022 Bear Witness as Narrator (voice)
2002 G as Chip Hightower
2006 Madea's Family Reunion as Carlos
1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations as Jared Williams
1990 Heat Wave as Bob Richardson
2002 Truth Be Told as Det. Harris
2021 A Soldier's Play as Captain Richard Davenport
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor as Palmer Addison
1995 Just Cause as Bobby Earl Ferguson
1996 Soul of the Game as Jackie Robinson
2014 The Trip to Bountiful as Ludie Watts
1990 Murder in Mississippi as James Chaney
1996 Mistrial as Lieutenant C. Hodges
2006 Something New as Mark Harper
2018 Mr. SOUL! as Voice of Ellis Haizlip
1999 The Wishing Tree as Thomas
2018 The After Party as Sgt. Ellison
1970 Viral
1996 Set It Off as Keith Weston
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted as Tom Gibbsons
1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop as Horace Bouchet
2019 Juanita as Blair Underwood
1991 The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
2000 Rules of Engagement as Capt. Lee
2002 Full Frontal as Nicholas
1991 Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers as Reader
2021 Bad Hair as Amos Bludso
2020 Really Love as Jerome Richmond
2009 Weather Girl as Fitz
2011 The Art of Getting By as Principal
1997 Gattaca as Geneticist
1998 Deep Impact as Mark Simon
2020 The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU as Self
1989 Liberian Girl
2015 The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar as Makuu (voice)
1993 Posse as Carver
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday as Jonathan Rollins
1990 Voices That Care as Self - Choir Member
2009 The Bridge to Nowhere
1970 Viral
2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
2016 Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
2018 Mr. SOUL!
2009 The Bridge to Nowhere
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2004 The Tony Danza Show (2 episode)
1986 L.A. Law (171 episode) as Jonathan Rollins
1984 The Cosby Show (1 episode)
1988 LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (2 episode)
2004 Fatherhood (26 episode)
1982 Knight Rider (2 episode) as Potts
2004 LAX (13 episode)
2006 The New Adventures of Old Christine (9 episode)
1996 High Incident (32 episode)
1987 A Different World (1 episode) as Zelmer Collier
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (1 episode) as Self
2002 Half & Half (1 episode)
1987 21 Jump Street (1 episode) as Reginald Brooks
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (1 episode)
2005 The Tyra Banks Show (1 episode)
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1 episode) as Miles Sennet
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1 episode)
2007 Dirty Sexy Money (23 episode) as Simon Elder
1984 Aspel & Company (1 episode)
1970 Company Town (1 episode)
1986 Downtown (13 episode)
2013 Ironside (9 episode) as Robert Ironside
2013 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (10 episode) as Andrew Garner
2010 The Event (22 episode) as Elias Martinez
2000 City of Angels (25 episode) as Ben Turner
2015 Quantico (35 episode) as Owen Hall
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor (2 episode) as Palmer Addison
1998 Mama Flora's Family (2 episode) as Willie
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1 episode) as Self
1997 The View (1 episode) as Self
2020 Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (4 episode) as Charles James Walker
2019 When They See Us (2 episode) as Bobby Burns
2013 Thunder and Lightning (2 episode) as Black Lightning
2019 Tamron Hall (1 episode) as Self - Guest
2020 Your Honor (1 episode) as Roland Carter
2011 Vietnam in HD (6 episode) as Charles Brown
2016 American Crime Story (3 episode) as Vernon Jordan
2020 Love Life (1 episode) as Leon Hines
2008 In Treatment (9 episode) as Alex Prince
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1 episode) as King Midas (voice)
1988 LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (1 episode) as Self - Guest

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