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Blair Underwood

Actor / Writer / Film Producer | * 08/25/1964 (55) | Tacoma, Washington, USA
Blair Erwin Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law for seven years. He has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and one Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared in The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment, The Event, Quantico, When They See Us and as Andrew Garner i... ()
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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 frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Movies with Blair Underwood as Actor(32)

as Narrator2019 First Generation
as Blair Underwood2019 Juanita
as Sgt. Ellison2018 The After Party
as Ludie Watts2014 The Trip to Bountiful
as Principal2011 The Art of Getting By
as Fitz2009 Weather Girl
as Henry Alabaster2007 The Hit
as Mark Harper2006 Something New
as Tom Gibbsons2003 Malibu's Most Wanted
as Chip Hightower2002 G
as Nicholas2002 Full Frontal
as Det. Harris2002 Truth Be Told
as Capt. Lee2000 Rules of Engagement
as Thomas1999 The Wishing Tree
as Mark Simon1998 Deep Impact
as Chance Williams1998 Asunder
as Geneticist1997 Gattaca
as Keith Weston1996 Set It Off
as Lieutenant C. Hodges1996 Mistrial
as Jackie Robinson1996 Soul of the Game
as Bobby Earl1995 Just Cause
as Jared Williams1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations
as Bob Richardson1990 Heat Wave
as James Chaney1990 Murder in Mississippi
as Horace Bouchet1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop
as Jonathan Rollins1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday
as Russell Walker1985 Krush Groove

TV Shows/Series with Blair Underwood as Actor(28)

as Bobby Burns2019 When They See Us
as Owen Hall2015 Quantico
as Dr. Andrew Garner / Lash2013 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
as Robert Ironside2013 Ironside
as President Elias Martinez2010 The Event
as Alex Prince2008 In Treatment
as Simon Elder2007 Dirty Sexy Money
as Palmer Addison2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor
2004 LAX
as Dr. Ben Turner2000 City of Angels
as Willie1988 Mama Flora's Family
as Reginald Brooks1987 21 Jump Street
as Jonathan Rollins1986 L.A. Law
as Potts1982 Knight Rider

Movies with Blair Underwood as Crew(4)

Production/Executive Producer2016 Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
Directing/Director2009 The Bridge to Nowhere
Writing/Writer2009 The Bridge to Nowhere

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Blair Underwood
Born: Tuesday, 08/25 1964 (August) in Tacoma (current age: 55 years + 1 days)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Educated at: Carnegie Mellon University, Petersburg High School
Net worth estimate: 6,000,000 USD
Blair Underwood frequently works together with these people:
Brad Chase (18x, Actor)
Vic Belaro (15x, Cast)
Maggie Friedman (10x, Crew)
Tammy Cheung (10x, Crew)
Warren Leight (8x, Crew)
Adam May-Bower (8x, Crew)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (7x, Actress)
Marcia Cross (7x, Actress)
Paulo Caldas (7x, Crew)
Whoopi Goldberg (6x, Actress)
Jeffrey Tambor (6x, Actor)
Adrian Pasdar (6x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:5985, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/02/2019