Person Details

Birthday: 1964-08-25 09:36:26

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Tacoma, Washington, USA

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Movie Involvements: 34

TV Involvements: 14


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Average
7

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

(2013) Andrew Garner
Knight Rider
Average
7

Knight Rider

(1982) Potts
Quantico
Average
6

Quantico

(2015) Owen Hall
L.A. Law
Average
8

L.A. Law

(1986) Jonathan Rollins
21 Jump Street
Average
7

21 Jump Street

(1987) Reginald Brooks
Deep Impact
Average
6

Deep Impact

(1998) Mark Simon
The Event
Average
6

The Event

(2010) Elias Martinez
When They See Us
Average
8

When They See Us

(2019) Bobby Burns

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2020 Narrator (voice)
Charles James Walker
Amos Bludso
2019 Makuu (voice)
Bobby Burns
Blair Underwood
2018 Sgt. Ellison
Voice of Ellis Haizlip
2016 Narrator
2015 Owen Hall
2014 Ludie Watts
2013 Robert Ironside
Andrew Garner
Black Lightning
2012 David Ames
2011 Principal
2010 Elias Martinez
2009 Fitz
2008 Alex Prince
2007 Henry Alabaster
Simon Elder
2006 Palmer Addison
N/A
Carlos
Mark Harper
Palmer Addison
2005 N/A
2004 Man
N/A
N/A
N/A
2003 N/A
Tom Gibbsons
N/A
2002 N/A
Nicholas
Chip Hightower
Det. Harris
2000 Capt. Lee
Ben Turner
1999 N/A
Thomas
1998 Chance Williams
Mark Simon
1997 Geneticist
Himself
1996 Keith Weston
Lieutenant C. Hodges
N/A
Jackie Robinson
N/A
1995 Bobby Earl Ferguson
1993 Carver
Jared Williams
Jared Williams
1991 N/A
1990 Bob Richardson
James Chaney
1989 Horace Bouchet
1988 Jonathan Rollins
Willie
1987 N/A
Reginald Brooks
1986 N/A
Jonathan Rollins
1985 Russell Walker
1984 N/A
N/A
1983 N/A
N/A
1982 Potts
- Narrator
N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

Production

Year Role Movie/Tv
2018 Executive Producer
2016 Executive Producer
2012 Producer
Year Role Movie/Tv

Directing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2009 Director
Year Role Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2009 Writer
Year Role Movie/Tv

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