Blair Underwood

Actor, Producer
With his successful run playing a brash attorney on the popular Stephen Bochco legal drama "L. A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), actor Blair Underwood carved out a niche for himself portraying highly educated authority figures ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1964 in Tacoma, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

How Did It Feel? 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Trip to Bountiful 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Ironside 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2003, 2007 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2003, 2007 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment 1999 - 2003, 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2003, 2007 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Secret Millionaire 1999 - 2001, 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Event 1999 - 2003, 2007 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Do You Think You Are? 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 (Movie)

David Ames (Actor)

I Will Follow 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Art of Getting By 2011 (Movie)

Principal Martinson (Actor)

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The New Adventures of Old Christine 2006 - 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1999 - 2001, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirty Sexy Money 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Exalted! 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

In Treatment 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 American Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Operation Homecoming 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Something New 2006 (Movie)

Mark Harper (Actor)

G 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

G 2005 (Movie)

Chip Hightower (Actor)

Half & Half 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

LAX 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Breakdown 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Fronterz 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

JKX: The Brad Gluckman Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Malibu's Most Wanted 2003 (Movie)

Tom Gibbons (Actor)

Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

Calvin/Nicholas (Actor)

Free to Dance 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rules of Engagement 2000 (Movie)

Captain Lee (Actor)

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Asunder 1998 (Movie)

Chance Williams (Actor)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Mark Simon (Actor)

Dying in Vein: Rock n' Roll on Heroin 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Geneticist (Actor)

The 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

Keith (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

Bobby Earl Ferguson (Actor)

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Secret Of... 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Good News People 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Father & Son: Dangerous Relations 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

I Hate the Way I Look 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Posse 1993 (Movie)

Sheriff Carver (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The "L.A. Law" 100th Episode Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

101st Tournament of Roses Parade (NBC/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIX 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1988 Miss America Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Downtown 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

Russell Walker (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heat Wave (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Flora's Family (TV Show)

Actor

Mistrial (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor

Second Coming (Movie)

Jesus Christ (Actor)

Soul of the Game (TV Show)

Actor

The Cover Girl and the Cop (TV Show)

Actor

The Wishing Tree (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam in HD (TV Show)

Voice
Producer (5)

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Easy Money 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Million Dollar Christmas 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Asunder 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Second Coming (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

The Bridge to Nowhere 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Second Coming (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Second Coming (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

With his successful run playing a brash attorney on the popular Stephen Bochco legal drama "L. A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), actor Blair Underwood carved out a niche for himself portraying highly educated authority figures on scores of television series and in feature films. Underwood did all this by managing to avoid negative typecasting of African-American men often seen in Hollywood; earning NAACP Image awards for offering audiences multi-faceted lawyers, doctors and executives in films like "Set it Off" (1996) and "Deep Impact" (1998), and on series ranging from "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) to "LAX" (NBC, 2004-05). The Golden Globe nominee also enjoyed opportunities to bring important African-American cultural touchstones to life in acclaimed TV movies like "Murder in Mississippi" (NBC, 1990), the Negro League baseball chronicle "Soul of the Game" (HBO, 1996) and Alex Haley's "Mama Flora's Family" (CBS, 1998). Twice voted one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men," Underwood's versatility and take-charge appeal proved a consistent crowd pleaser with audiences and critics alike.

Relationships

Desiree DaCosta Assistant

Wife
Formerly worked for Eddie Murphy married Sept. 17, 1994

Frank Underwood

Father

Marilyn Underwood

Mother
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis c. 1997

Brielle Underwood

Daughter
Born Nobermber 12, 1998 mother, Desiree DaCosta

Blake Underwood

Son
Born June 10, 2001 mother, Desiree DaCosta

Paris Underwood

Son
Born c. 1997 mother, Desiree DaCosta

Frank Underwood

Brother

EDUCATION

Petersburg High School

Petersburg , Virginia

Carnegie Mellon

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Attended the School of Drama; honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Milestones

2010

Cast as the President of the United States in NBC's "The Event"

2008

Played the recurring role of billionaire Simon Elder on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money"

2008

Cast as the recurring character Alex in the HBO series "In Treatment"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for Supporting Actor

2007

Co-authored the fiction novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel with husband-and-wife team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due

2006

Co-starred in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion"

2005

Cast as a hip-hop mogul in "G" (filmed in 2001); loosely based on "The Great Gatsby"

2004

Starred in the short-lived drama "LAX" (NBC)

2003

Cast in the comedy feature "Malibu's Most Wanted"

2003

Had a recurring role as Miranda's boyfriend in the HBO hit series "Sex and the City"

2002

Starred opposite Julia Roberts in "Full Frontal"

2000

Had featured role in "Rules of Engagement"

2000

Returned to TV series work as co-star of the CBS medical drama "City of Angels"

1999

Starred in (also executive produced) the romantic thriller, "Assunder"

1997

Had small role as a geneticist in "Gattaca"

1996

Joined the cast of ABC police drama "High Incident"

1996

Played Jackie Robinson in "Soul of the Game" (HBO)

1995

Played villain in "Just Cause"

1989

Made TV-movie debut in "The Cover Girl and the Cop"

1987

Cast as lawyer Jonathan Rollins on the NBC series "L.A. Law"; received a Golden Globe nomination in 1990

1986

Had a short-lived role the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live"

1985

First speaking role on TV in episode of "The Cosby Show" (NBC)

1985

Made feature film debut in "Krush Groove"

Bonus Trivia

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Named the 1994 spokesman for the PATS (Parents, Teachers and Students) Foundation, an organization that raises funds for academic support at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

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"He is beyond charismatic and quite the gentleman." - Heather Locklear, Blair's co-star on "LAX" to People magazine, Nov. 29, 2004

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Voted one of

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Underwood won the 1993 Humanitarian Award for his work with the Los Angeles chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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