Chi McBride

Actor, Musician, Songwriter
A former musician who turned to acting, Chi McBride earned a reputation for adding depth and humanity to the stock no-nonsense authority figure in a wide variety of film and television projects. Following a few guest ... Read more »
Born: 09/23/1961 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Sweet Hell 2015 (Movie)

Chief Malcom Brown (Actor)

In Living Color 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Draft Day 2014 (Movie)

Walt Gordon (Actor)

Driving Lessons 2014 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Murder Police 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Ultimate Spider-Man 2011 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Golden Boy 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Pawn Shop Chronicles 2013 (Movie)

Johnson (Actor)

HawthoRNe 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suits 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Family Tree 2011 (Movie)

Simon Krebs (Actor)

God, the Devil and Bob 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Human Target 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Do You Love 2010 (Movie)

Willie Dixon (Actor)

Pushing Daisies 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

First Sunday 2008 (Movie)

Pastor Arthur Mitchell (Actor)

Still Waiting 2008 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

American Son 2007 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Brothers Solomon 2007 (Movie)

James (Actor)

The Nine 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Annapolis 2006 (Movie)

McNally (Actor)

Killer Instinct 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Go To Prison 2006 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Roll Bounce 2005 (Movie)

Curtis Smith (Actor)

Waiting... 2005 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

Boston Public 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Robot 2004 (Movie)

Lt John Bergin (Actor)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

Mulroy (Actor)

Narc 2002 (Movie)

Captain Cheevers (Actor)

Paid in Full 2002 (Movie)

Pip (Actor)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

The Chief (Actor)

Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Max Steel 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

Donny Astricky (Actor)

Odd Man Out 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parkers 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

Tommy B Jordan (Actor)

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

Illinois Gordon (Actor)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

Cyrus (Actor)

What's Love Got to Do With It 1993 (Movie)

Fross (Actor)

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Homer (Actor)

Cosmic Slop (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former musician who turned to acting, Chi McBride earned a reputation for adding depth and humanity to the stock no-nonsense authority figure in a wide variety of film and television projects. Following a few guest appearances on TV, McBride had his first significant role as Heavy Gene, the surly bus station janitor on "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC, 1993-96). Almost out of the gate, he showed an unfortunate knack of landing quality roles on series that ultimately proved short-lived. From there, McBride landed supporting turns in features like "Hoodlum" (1997) and "Mercury Rising" (1998), and courted controversy as the fictional black butler to Abraham Lincoln on "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer" (UPN, 1998). He went on to land one of his most beloved roles, playing beleaguered high school principal Steven Harper on "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04) while securing higher-profile films like "The Terminal" (2004) and "I, Robot" (2004). McBride had memorable leading roles on "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) and "Human Target" (Fox, 2010-11), but again was the victim of cancellation. Regardless of his lack of a ratings hit, McBride was a durable character actor who added grace and gravitas to every performance.

EDUCATION

Chicago SDA Academy

Chicago , Illinois
Graduated high school at 16

Milestones

2010

Cast in "Human Target" (FOX) as Winston, a former police officer and current business partner of the lead character

2007

Co-starred with Will Forte and Will Arnett in the comedy, "Brothers Solomon"

2007

Cast as Emerson Cod, Ned's business partner, in the ABC series "Pushing Daisies"

2006

Starred opposite James Franco in the Disney drama "Annapolis"

2004

Cast in the sci-fi thriller "I, Robot" with Will Smith

2004

Appeared as a Baggage Carousel Worker in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal"

2002

Co-starred in the feature "Narc"

2000

Played the high school principal in the FOX drama "Boston Public"

2000

Again teamed with Bruce Willis for "Disney's The Kid"

2000

Portrayed Drew 'Bundini' Brown in the ABC biopic "Muhammad Ali: King of the World"

1998

Appeared opposite Bruce Willis in "Mercury Rising"

1998

First leading role in a series, playing the title character in "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer" (UPN)

1997

Co-starred in the underrated "Hoodlum"

1996

Acted in "The Frighteners"

1993

Cast as Heavy Gene, the janitor, on the NBC sitcom "The John Larroquette Show"

1992

Made TV-movie debut in "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation"

1992

Feature film debut, "The Distinguished Gentleman"

1992

Landed guest spots on FOX's "In Living Color" and NBC's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (billed as Chi)

1986

Moved to Atlanta to work for MCI as a telephone operator

Raised in the Chicago area

Wrote the hit song "He's the Champ," which led to his signing with Esquire Records

Moved to Los Angeles

Joined the rhythm and blues group Covert

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