Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

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    • August 25th, 1964
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.

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Acting (30 Credits)

2020Bad Hair as Amos Bludso
2020Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker as Charles James Walker
2019Juanita as Blair Underwood
2018The After Party as Sgt. Ellison
2015Quantico as Owen Hall
2014The Trip to Bountiful as Ludie Watts
2013Ironside (2013) as Robert Ironside
2012Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day as David Ames
2011The Art of Getting by as Principal
2011Vietnam in HD as Charles Brown
2010The Event as Elias Martinez
2009Weather Girl as FitzWatch Free
2007Dirty Sexy Money as Simon Elder
2006Madea's Family Reunion as Carlos
2006Something New as Mark Harper
2006Covert One: The Hades Factor as Palmer Addison
2003Malibu's Most Wanted as Tom Gibbsons
2002G as Chip Hightower
2002Full Frontal as Nicholas
2000Rules of Engagement as Capt. Lee
1998Deep Impact as Mark Simon
1998Mama Flora's Family as WillieWatch Free
1997Gattaca as Geneticist
1996Soul of the Game as Jackie Robinson
1996Mistrial as Lieutenant C. Hodges
1996Set It Off as Keith Weston
1995Just Cause as Bobby Earl Ferguson
1993Posse as Carver
1986L.A. Law as Jonathan Rollins
1985Krush Groove as Russell Walker

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