Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1964-08-25 (57 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington, USA

44 Movies · 38 TV shows

Biography

Blair Erwin Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American actor. He made his debut in the 1985 musical film Krush Groove and from 1987 to 1994 starred as attorney Jonathan Rollins in the NBC legal drama series L.A. Law.Underwood has appeared in a number of films during his career, including Just Cause (1995), Set It Off (1996), Deep Impact (1998), Rules of Engagement (2000), Something New (2006), Madea's Family Reunion (2006), and Juanita (2019). On television, he played a leading role in the 2000 medical drama City of Angels, and the following years had regular roles in LAX (2004–05), Dirty Sexy Money (2007–09), In Treatment (2008), The Event (2010–11), Ironside (2013) and Quantico (2016–18). Underwood has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, five NAACP Image Awards, one Daytime Emmy Award and one Grammy Award.

Personal Life

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. In addition, he is involved with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Blair Underwood Clinic in Washington, DC.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 supported President Barack Obama's candidacy and spoke at campaign rallies for Obama. Underwood got to know Obama while researching his L.A. Law role at Harvard Law School, while Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review.Underwood's DNA test showed that he is a descendant of the Babungo people of Cameroon. Additional DNA testing and genealogical research revealed that his African ancestry comes from the Bamum, Brong and lgbo ethnic groups of Western Africa. The DNA test also connected Blair to a distant cousin in Babungo, Cameroon.On September 17, 1994, he married Desiree DaCosta, with whom he has three children, Paris, Brielle and Blake.

Early Life

Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Marilyn Ann Scales, an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr., a United States Army colonel. Underwood lived on bases and Army Posts in the United States and Stuttgart, Germany throughout his childhood due to his father's military career. 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 the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies
A Soldier's Play

A Soldier's Play

2021
As the play examines the murder, the truth of it becomes more shocking and hate-filled than the murder itself.
Bad Hair

Bad Hair

2021
An ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the world of music television. Her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she learns that her new hair may be her own.

2020.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

6
2020
This limited series chronicles the incredible true story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire.
Penguins: Life on the Edge

Penguins: Life on the Edge

2020
A witty and tenacious team of filmmakers brave the Antarctic to film Disneynature's "Penguins."
Really Love

Really Love

2020
Set in a gentrifying Washington DC, a rising Black painter tries to break into a competitive art world while balancing a romance he never expected.
The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU

The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU

2020
Behind-the-scenes footage, memorable scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors, creators and crew members are included.
TV
Your Honor

Your Honor

2020
When his son is involved in a hit and run that implicates an organized crime family, New Orleans judge Michael Desiato is forced to confront his own deepest convictions.

2019.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
When They See Us

When They See Us

7.4
2019
Five teens from Harlem are trapped in a nightmare after being accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
TV
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2019
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist.
Juanita

Juanita

2019
Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence, Juanita takes a Greyhound bus to Paper Moon, Montana - where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo.

2018.

2 Movies
Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL!

2018
On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, bringing giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national telev...
The After Party

The After Party

2018
He thinks his career is over when he goes viral for the wrong reasons. He has one more chance to make it right.

2016.

1 Movie
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

2016
The 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin were won by 18 African American athletes who were dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler. The world remembers Jesse Owens. The modern Civil Rights movement can ...

2015.

1 TV show
TV
Quantico

Quantico

5.89
2015
A group of people are at the FBI base. It doesn't make sense that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.

2014.

1 Movie
The Trip to Bountiful

The Trip to Bountiful

2014
Carrie Watts lives with her family. She would like to be able to leave the house.

2013.

3 TV shows
TV
Ironside

Ironside

6
2013
Ironside is an upcoming American drama television series that is scheduled to premiere in the 2013–14 television season on NBC. It will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central, after Law &...
TV
Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and Lightning

2013
When you have a super dad and a super sister, it's even harder to be a superhero.
TV
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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

6.36
2013
Phil Coulson is an agent for the S.H.I.E.L.D. To protect the ordinary from the extraordinary, a team of agents is put together to investigate the new, strange and unknown around the globe.

2012.

1 Movie
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day

2012
The Ames' seem to have built the perfect life until their six year old daughter is kidnapped; over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage...

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
First Generation

First Generation

2011
An award-winning feature-length documentary narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, FIRST GENERATION tells the story of four high school students - an inner city athlete, a small town waitre...
TV
Vietnam in HD

Vietnam in HD

2011
The History Channel aired Vietnam in HD from November 8 to November 11, 2011. The program focuses on the experiences of thirteen Americans during the Vietnam War. The thirteen Americans retell their s...
The Art of Getting By

The Art of Getting By

6.33
2011
Sally, a popular but complicated girl, befriends George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work.

2010.

1 TV show
TV
The Event

The Event

7.67
2010
Sean Walker, an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancée, begins to expose the biggest cover-up in the US in The Event. History.

2009.

2 Movies
The Bridge to Nowhere

The Bridge to Nowhere

2009
A group of 20-something blue-collar workers in Pittsburgh cook up a scheme to make extra money that involves prostitution. The business gets out of hand after it starts.
Weather Girl

Weather Girl

2009
A Seattle morning show weather girl is fired after learning her boyfriend cheated on her. Forced to move in with her little brother and deal with his best friend, she has to learn to cope with being 3...

2008.

1 TV show
TV
In Treatment

In Treatment

5.36
2008
Set within the highly charged confines of individual psychotherapy sessions. Paul Weston, a therapist who exhibits an insightful, reserved demeanor while treating his patients, but displays a cripplin...

2007.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Hit

The Hit

2007
Blair Underwood reprises her role as Hen, an up-and-coming record executive whose goal is to bring all rival rap record labels together and form one black-owned label that gives back to the community ...
TV
Dirty Sexy Money

Dirty Sexy Money

6
2007
The Darling family's obscene wealth and enormous power makes them easy targets for their rivals, enemies, and the tabloids. Patriarch Tripp uses his money and influence to shield his five adult chil...

2006.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Covert One: The Hades Factor

Covert One: The Hades Factor

2006
The first episode of "Covert One: The Hades Factor" was broadcast in Toronto. The series is based on a novel written in 2000 that was part of the Covert-One series.
Madea's Family Reunion

Madea's Family Reunion

2006
Madea's Family Reunion continues the adventures of Southern matriarch Madea. She has to organize her family reunion after she was ordered to be in charge of a runaway, her nieces are in a relationship...
TV
The New Adventures of Old Christine

The New Adventures of Old Christine

1
2006
Christine Campbell found out that her ex is dating a younger woman with the same first name. Old Christine is the unfortunate nickname of the new girlfriend, dubbed New Christine, to avoid confusion.
Covert One: The Hades Factor

Covert One: The Hades Factor

2006
Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Anjelica Huston and Stephen Dorff star in this nail-biting tale of action and intrigue about members of an elite undercover tea...
Something New

Something New

6
2006
She finds love on a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscaper.

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Golden Blaze

The Golden Blaze

2005
Two African American boys schoolyard rivalry spirals out of control when their fathers develop superpowers.
TV
The Tyra Banks Show

The Tyra Banks Show

5.5
2005
The Tyra Banks Show is an American talk show hosted by Tyra Banks. On Friday, May 28, the last new episode aired. There were many special guest stars on the show, including Mike Epps, Cheryl Tiegs, an...

2004.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Fatherhood

Fatherhood

2004
Fatherhood is an American animated television series that was inspired by the book of the same name by Bill Cosby. Nick at Nite's first original animated series was this one. It was aired on Nick at N...
TV
The Tony Danza Show

The Tony Danza Show

2004
The Tony Danza Show was a daytime variety talk show that aired on September 13, 2004.
TV
LAX

LAX

2004
On May 17, 2004, NBC announced that they had picked up the pilot to series for LAX, a television drama set at the Los Angeles International Airport. The show was not renewed for a second season.
Do Geese See God?

Do Geese See God?

2004
A modern man is obsessed with finding inner salvation.

2003.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.
Malibu's Most Wanted

Malibu's Most Wanted

7
2003
A senator arranges for his son, a rich white kid who fancies himself black, to be kidnapped by a couple of black actors pretending to be murderers to try and shock him out of his plans to become a rap...

2002.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
G

G

2002
Summer G is a young Hip Hop star. After rejecting him for a fellow social climber, Summer G spent ten years building a Hip Hop empire.
Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

2002
Rayne Johnson is a shrewd investment company assistant who turns a mob slaying into a golden opportunity for a new improved lifestyle, managing to outsmart the crooked cops who are very eager to see h...
TV
Half & Half

Half & Half

2002
Half & Half is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from September 23, 2002, to May 15, 2006. The show focuses on the lives of two paternal half-sisters in their twenties who were estranged throughout...
Full Frontal

Full Frontal

2002
A contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles, Full Frontal traces the complicated relationship among seven friends as they deal with the fragile connections that bind them together. A day in the life of m...

2000.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
City of Angels

City of Angels

2000
City of Angels is an American medical drama television series which ran for two seasons on CBS during the 2000 calendar year. It was network television's first medical drama with a predominantly Afric...
Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

5.75
2000
Part war movie, part courtroom thriller, this gripping drama finds a war hero put on trial for a rescue mission gone terribly wrong with only his doubtful friend and fellow marine to represent him.

1999.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

1999
When her storyteller mother (Mary Alice) dies, attorney Clara Collier (Alfre Woodard) returns to her Georgia hometown and is soon captivated by a local legend of the "Magic Man" (Blair Underwood). Whi...
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.09
1999
Sexually-based offenses are considered heinous in the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...

1998.

2 Movies
Asunder

Asunder

1998
A man's life is torn apart when his wife and unborn child are killed. Lauren, wife to best friend Michael, is the only woman who can love and help him, and he's willing to do anything to make her his ...
Deep Impact

Deep Impact

6.63
1998
A seven-mile-wide space rock is threatening to destroy the planet. It's up to the president of the United States to save the world. He appoints a tough-as-nails veteran astronaut to lead a joint Ameri...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
Gattaca

Gattaca

6.92
1997
Humans are set on a life course based on their genes in a future society. A young man with a condition that would prevent him from space travel is determined to join the GATTACA space program.

1996.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Mistrial

Mistrial

1996
A detective's search for personal justice gets out of hand when a cop-killer is free. He takes the accused, the judge and the jury hostage, and begins a trial of his own.
TV
The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...
Soul of the Game

Soul of the Game

1996
Everyone expects that one of the greatest players in the Colored league will make the leap to the Major Leagues now that there is talk of integration. The one that gets tapped to be the first is the o...
TV
High Incident

High Incident

1996
The ABC network has a police drama series called High Incident. The show was created by Steven Spielberg. It ran a total of 32 episodes.
Set It Off

Set It Off

6
1996
Four black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, are planning to rob banks. The policeman who was involved in shooting one of the brothers is on the run....

1995.

1 Movie
Just Cause

Just Cause

2.5
1995
A Harvard professor is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man who was sentenced to death for the murder of a child.

1993.

2 Movies
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations

Father & Son: Dangerous Relations

1993
Lou Gosset Jr. Is it a boss-con? Blair Underwood is a new prisoner. When he is released from jail, the parole board requires Gosset to live with him. Gosset gets a job as a car mechanic. The criminals...
Posse

Posse

1993
A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. Their leader searches for the men who killed his father.

1991.

2 Movies
The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry

The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry

1991
The experience of being American.
Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers

Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers

1991
Oscar nominated documentary short from 1991

1990.

2 Movies
Murder in Mississippi

Murder in Mississippi

1990
Three Civil Rights workers who traveled to the South to register African-Americans to vote were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. In the last three weeks, the lives of the slain activists were examined.
Heat Wave

Heat Wave

1990
The Watts section of Los Angeles was investigated in the summer of 1965, by a black journalist.

1989.

1 Movie
The Cover Girl and the Cop

The Cover Girl and the Cop

1989
Julia Duffy is the cover girl and Dinah Manoff is the cop.

1988.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Mama Flora's Family

Mama Flora's Family

1988
A black matriarch in the early 20th century is determined to free her children from the bonds of prejudice.
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
Mickey's 60th Birthday

Mickey's 60th Birthday

5.88
1988
The film has live action, original animation and library animation. Mickey was put under a spell by the angry magi so that no one would recognize him until he found his own magic. Network news teams a...

1987.

2 TV shows
TV
21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

8
1987
21 Jump Street is about a group of young cops who use their youthful appearance to go undercover and solve crimes involving teenagers and young adults.
TV
A Different World

A Different World

6.11
1987
A Different World aired on NBC for six seasons. The life of students at a fictional mixed but historically black college in the state of Virginia was originally the focus of the series. After Bonet's ...

1986.

2 TV shows
TV
L.A. Law

L.A. Law

6
1986
L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986, to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many o...
TV
Downtown

1985.

1 Movie
Krush Groove

Krush Groove

1985
Run-DMC and The Fat Boys were managed by Russell Walker. Run-D.M.C is on. Russell borrowed a street hustler's hit record because he needed more money to press more copies, but soon regretted his decis...

1984.

2 TV shows
TV
The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show

6.2
1984
The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable famil...

1983.

1 TV show
TV
Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

1983
They were Scarecrow and Mrs. King aired on CBS from October 3, 1983, to May 28, 1987. The show stars Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as a divorced housewife and a top-level "Agency" agent who meet a...

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Knight Rider

Knight Rider

6.72
1982
Michael Long, an undercover police officer, was shot while investigating a case and left for dead by his attackers. He is saved by a wealthy, dying millionaire and inventor named Michael Knight, who a...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Viral

Viral

The story centers on a man named Andrew who falls into paranoia after his wife goes missing, and finds the only way out of a years-long spiral in his new girlfriend.
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