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Blair Underwood

Biography

Professional known for performing main parts on the tv screen series L.A. Rules, In Treatment, and Dirty Sexy Cash. He attended exactly the same senior high school as vocalist Trey Songz and continued to wait Carnegie Mellon College of Dilemma. While their studies at Harvard for his L.A. Rules function, he became close friends with Barack Obama. He wedded Desiree DaCosta in 1994, as well as the couple’s first kid was called Paris. An appearance in the Cosby Present starring Costs Cosby in 1985 released his acting profession.

Quick Facts


Full Name Blair Underwood
Date Of Birth August 25, 1964
Place Of Birth Tacoma, WA
Height 1.8 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Petersburg High School, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University
Nationality American
Spouse Desiree DaCosta
Children Paris Underwood, Brielle Underwood, Blake Underwood
Parents Frank E. Underwood, Sr., Marilyn Ann Scales Underwood
Awards Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Movies Madea's Family Reunion, Set It Off, Just Cause, Gattaca, Malibu's Most Wanted, Something New, The Art of Getting By, Rules of Engagement, Asunder, Full Frontal, Krush Groove, Deep Impact, Murder in Mississippi, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day, Soul of the Game, The Trip to Bountiful, I Will Follow, Posse, Mistrial, The Golden Blaze, Mama Flora's Family, Father & Son: Dangerous Relations, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, Fronterz, Heat Wave, The Bridge to Nowhere, G, City of Angels, The Wishing Tree, The Hit, Truth Be Told, Weather Girl, The Cover Girl and the Cop, First Generation, How Did It Feel?, Juanita, Macbett (The Caribbean Macbeth), Colored My Mind, Company Town, Final Breakdown
TV Shows Quantico, L.A. Law, Sex and the City, Dirty Sexy Money, In Treatment, The Event, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Covert One: The Hades Factor, High Incident, Ironside, Fatherhood, City of Angels, Downtown, LAX, Vietnam in HD, Secret Millionaire, Mama Flora's Family, Give
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1 Almost starred as Steven Freeman in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), but dropped out at the last minute due to personal reasons. John D. LeMay ultimately played the role.
2 On the show Who do you think you are? he found out that his great-great grandfather thought he was the second coming of Jesus and was shot 4 times. Another great-great-great grandfather he found out was born a free African American in the early 1800's and actually owned two slaves (that the historian helping him thought were the parents of the free black man.) Blair also did a DNA test to see where his ancestors were from and found out that he is 74% African and 26% European (mostly French) The person doing the DNA found a 10th cousin of Blair's who lives in Cameroon so Blair and his father went to Cameroon to meet him and his family.
3 Has an older brother and two younger sisters.
4 His mother was in interior design.
5 Began career as a performer at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
6 Attended same high school, Petersburg High School (Petg, VA) in the early 80s, as R&B crooner Trey Songz (early 2000s).
7 His support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association won him the 1993 Humanitarian Award, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA. He is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), founded in 1989, which supports a democratic South Africa with equal rights and opportunities for all citizens.
8 Voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000 and one of TV Guide's most influential faces of the 90s.
9 Is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
10 Attended Carnegie Mellon University.
11 Son (with wife 'Désirée DaCosta') Blake Ellis was born, weighing 7 lbs 2 oz. [June 2001]
12 His father was a U.S. Army Colonel
13 Son, Paris, born 1997 and daughter, Brielle, born 1999.
14 He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fatherhood 2004-2005 TV Series Dr. Arthur Bindlebeep
Do Geese See God? 2004 Short Man
How Did It Feel? 2004
Fronterz 2004
Sex and the City 2003-2004 TV Series Dr. Robert Leeds
Malibu's Most Wanted 2003 Tom Gibbsons
Full Frontal 2002 Calvin / Nicholas
G 2002 Chip Hightower
Turnaround 2002 Det. Harris
Great Performances: Dance in America 2001 TV Series Narrator
City of Angels 2000 TV Series Dr. Ben Turner
Rules of Engagement 2000 Capt. Lee
The Wishing Tree 1999 Magic Man / Thomas
Asunder 1999 Chance Williams
Deep Impact 1998 Mark Simon
Mama Flora's Family 1998 TV Mini-Series Willie
Gattaca 1997 Geneticist
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 TV Series King Midas
High Incident 1996-1997 TV Series Officer Michael Rhoades
Set It Off 1996 Keith Weston
Mistrial 1996 TV Movie Lieutenant C. Hodges
Soul of the Game 1996 TV Movie Jackie Robinson
Just Cause 1995 Bobby Earl
L.A. Law 1987-1994 TV Series Jonathan Rollins
Posse 1993 Carver
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations 1993 TV Movie Jared Williams
The Legend of Prince Valiant 1993 TV Series Harbormaster
The Second Coming 1992 Short Jesus
American Experience 1991 TV Series documentary Lewis Douglass
A Different World 1991 TV Series Zelmer Collier
Heat Wave 1990 TV Movie Bob Richardson
Murder in Mississippi 1990 TV Movie James Chaney
The Cover Girl and the Cop 1989 TV Movie Horace Bouchet
Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl 1989 Video short Blair Underwood
Mickey's 60th Birthday 1988 TV Movie Jonathan Rollins
Downtown 1986-1987 TV Series Terry Corsaro
21 Jump Street 1987 TV Series Reginald Brooks
Scarecrow and Mrs. King 1987 TV Series Stillman
Krush Groove 1985 Russell Walker
The Cosby Show 1985 TV Series Mark / Denise's Friend
Knight Rider 1985 TV Series Potts
One Life to Live 1968 TV Series Bobby Blue (1985-1986)
Broken 2016 TV Series pre-production
Quantico 2016 TV Series Owen Hall
Sofia the First 2016 TV Series Sir Jackson
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2015-2016 TV Series Andrew Garner
The Lion Guard 2016 TV Series Makuu
The Good Wife 2016 TV Series Harry Dargis
Jake and the Never Land Pirates 2015 TV Series Captain Wraith
The Trip to Bountiful 2014 TV Movie Ludie Watts
Secret Millionaire 2012-2013 TV Series Narrator
Thunder and Lightning 2013 TV Series Black Lightning
Ironside 2013 TV Series Robert Ironside
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 David Ames
Superman of Tokyo 2012 TV Series Narrator / Superman
The Event 2010-2011 TV Series President Elias Martinez
The Art of Getting By 2011 Principal Martinson
I Will Follow 2010
From Cape Town with Love 2010 Video short Tennyson Hardwick
The New Adventures of Old Christine 2006-2010 TV Series Daniel Harris
Dirty Sexy Money 2007-2009 TV Series Simon Elder
Weather Girl 2009 Fitz (uncredited)
Black Hiker with Blair Underwood 2009 Video short
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon 2008 Video Game Hunter (voice)
In Treatment 2008 TV Series Alex Prince
The Hit 2007/I Henry Alabaster
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 TV Series Miles Sennet
Company Town 2006 TV Movie Tom Wilson
Covert One: The Hades Factor 2006 TV Mini-Series Palmer Addison
Madea's Family Reunion 2006 Carlos Armstrong
Something New 2006/I Mark Harper
The Golden Blaze 2005 Video Gregory Fletcher The Golden Blaze (voice)
LAX 2004-2005 TV Series Roger De Souza

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
GIVE 2016 TV Series executive producer - 2016
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice 2016 Documentary executive producer
Ironside 2013 TV Series producer - 2 episodes
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 producer
From Cape Town with Love 2010 Video short co-executive producer
Million Dollar Christmas 2007 TV Series executive producer
The Hit 2007/I producer
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations 1993 TV Movie associate producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Silent Voice pre-production
From Cape Town with Love 2010 Video short
The Bridge to Nowhere 2009
The Second Coming 1992 Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special performer: "I Wanna Be an Oscar Winner"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wendy Williams Show 2010-2016 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2007-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 2016 TV Series Himself
Unsung Hollywood 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2016 Tony Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
The 70th Annual Tony Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Against the Odds 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Himself - The Trip to Bountiful
The View 2014 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Talk 2011-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Katie 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Extra 2013 TV Series Himself
Good Afternoon America 2012 TV Series Himself
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The 78th Annual Drama League Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Show People with Paul Wontorek 2012 TV Series Himself
20th Annual Trumpet Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
It's a Hard Act to Follow 2012 Video documentary Himself
Who Do You Think You Are? 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Unsung 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
Vietnam in HD 2011 TV Series documentary Charles Brown
First Generation 2011 Documentary Narrator
19th Annual Trumpet Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2006-2011 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2004-2011 TV Series Himself
The Doctors 2011 TV Series Himself
42nd NAACP Image Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood 411 2010 TV Series Himself
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Lopez Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Today 2010 TV Series Himself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Richie 2010 TV Movie Himself
2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2009 TV Special Himself
Dirty Sexy Crafty 2009 Video short Himself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Setting It Straight: Making 'Set It Off' 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2008 TV Series Himself
The BET Honors 2008 TV Movie Himself
39th NAACP Image Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 TV Movie Himself
2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience 2007 Documentary Voice 'To the Fallen' (voice)
2006 Trumpet Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
The Tyra Banks Show 2006 TV Series Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The Black Movie Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
The WIN Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Half & Half 2005 TV Series Himself
Sex and the City: A Farewell 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself / Dr. Robert Leeds
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004 TV Series Himself
TV Land's Top Ten 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2004 TV Series Himself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2004 TV Series Himself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter: Truer Than Fiction Award
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004 TV Series Himself
TV Talk 2004 TV Series Himself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Himself
The Nick at Nite Holiday Special 2003 TV Movie Himself
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment 2003 TV Series
Dinner for Five 2003 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad 2002 TV Movie documentary William Still
The Gristle 2001 Himself (uncredited)
Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Behind the Rules of Engagement 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2000 TV Series Himself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
Linc's 2000 TV Series Himself
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
2000 Essence Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Host
The Daily Show 1998 TV Series Himself
28th NAACP Image Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II 1997 Video documentary Himself (segment "Liberian Girl")
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1996 TV Series Himself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
The 1995 ESPY Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
ABC Afterschool Specials 1994 TV Series Himself
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Story of a People 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Host
Aspel & Company 1993 TV Series Himself
The Word 1993 TV Series Himself
25th NAACP Image Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988-1992 TV Series Himself
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1992 TV Special Himself
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 TV Special Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself
Sesame Street 1991 TV Series Himself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1991 TV Movie Himself
Voices that Care 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself - Choir Member
L.A. Law 100th Episode Celebration 1991 TV Movie Himself / Jonathan Rollins
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Dramatic Series
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Draamtic Series
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1990 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1990 TV Series Himself
101st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade 1990 TV Movie Himself - Co-Host
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1988-1989 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Drama Program
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Performer (Break-Out Super Stars of Tomorrow Musical Number)
21st NAACP Image Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Battle of the Network Stars XIX 1988 TV Special Himself - NBC Team
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 TV Special documentary Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Drama Program
Soul Train 1986 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
Inside the White House 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Cosby Show 1987 TV Series Denise's Boyfriend

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series The Trip to Bountiful (2014)
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special The Trip to Bountiful (2014)
2009 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album · Beau Bridges
· Cynthia Nixon
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Rules of Engagement (2000)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series City of Angels (2000)
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Mama Flora's Family (1998)
1995 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series L.A. Law (1986)
1992 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie Murder in Mississippi (1990)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries The Trip to Bountiful (2014)
2011 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series The Event (2010)
2009 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television In Treatment (2008)
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006)
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series In Treatment (2008)
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Dirty Sexy Money (2007)
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Supporting Actor In Treatment (2008)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Dirty Sexy Money (2007)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006)
2005 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Sex and the City (1998)
2004 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Sex and the City (1998)
2004 Vision Award NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance - Comedy Sex and the City (1998)
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Set It Off (1996)
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Soul of the Game (1996)
1991 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television L.A. Law (1986)


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#Quote
1 It's so easy to sell your soul or sell out or cop out, and what it really comes down to is choices. If you have some kind of game plan, or at least a faith in your ability, it doesn't matter if this town validates you or not because you're already validated by your gifts. I just try to stay focused on what I have to offer.


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