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Blair Underwood

Smart, confident, eloquent, exceptionally handsome African-American actor Blair Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1964, the son of Marilyn Ann, an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr., an army colonel. With his family, he lived all over the world. Trained in musical theater at Carnegie-Mellon, he moved to New York and got his first break on his second day there, by winning a part on the The Cosby Show (1984). He made his film debut at age 21 in Krush Groove (1985) and appeared in a regular daytime role that same year on One Life to Live (1968), before scoring two years later in the charismatic role of attorney "Jonathan Rollins" in the hit dramatic series, L.A. Law (1986). He copped a Golden Globe nomination during its lengthy seven-year run. A TV commodity, he appeared ready to fill the bill as a rising small-screen Sidney Poitier. Blair went on to appear in a number of prestigious TV dramas, such as Murder in Mississippi (1990), Heat Wave (1990) and Mama Flora's Family (1998), which was based on Alex Haley's final book. He received NAACP Image Awards for both performances. He also top-lined as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in HBO's Soul of the Game (1996).Blair's theater credits include "Measure for Measure" with Kevin Kline at the 1993 New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as "El Negro en Peru", "The Game of Love and Chance" and "Love Letters", which he performed with Alfre Woodard in 2002. On film, he has yet to break out into top stardom but has shown panache and great flair playing men of integrity in a number of support roles, including Gattaca (1997), Deep Impact (1998),The Wishing Tree (1999) and Full Frontal (2002). His flashy, atypical performances as a vicious murderer in Just Cause (1995) and a psychotic stalker in Asunder (1999), however, have also earned him excellent notices.He drummed up a bit of controversy as director, executive producer, co-writer and star of the 30-minute dramatic film, The Second Coming (1992), in which he portrayed "Jesus Christ" coming back to earth as a man of color. In addition, he produced and starred in the short film, _"Sister, I'm Sorry"_ (1994)_ . Blair also has five music videos to his directing credit. Married since 1994 and the father of three, he is involved in numerous charitable organizations.

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Aug 25, 1964 In Tacoma, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013-09-24

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations.

Known For
Poster of L.A. Law
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown 2013-09-24
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
Vietnam in HD Charles Brown 6 episodes, 2011 2011-11-06
The Event President Elias Martinez 22 episodes, 2010-2011 2010-09-20
Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown 2010-03-05
In Treatment Unknown 2008-01-28
Secret Millionaire Narrator 12 episodes, 2012-2013 2008-12-03
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Dirty Sexy Money Simon Elder 20 episodes, 2007-2009 2007-09-26
The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown 2006-03-13
LAX Roger De Souza 13 episodes, 2004-2005 2004-09-13
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Unknown 2002-01-13
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Sex and the City Unknown 1998-06-06
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Unknown 1994-01-01
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Legend of Prince Valiant Unknown 1991-09-03
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
21 Jump Street Unknown 1987-04-12
A Different World Unknown 1987-09-24
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
L.A. Law Jonathan Rollins 149 episodes, 1987-1994 1986-09-15
The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Knight Rider Unknown 1982-09-26
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21