Delroy Lindo

Actor, Producer, Director
After establishing himself as an excellent stage performer, actor Delroy Lindo was noted for his remarkable ability to balance both anger and charm while portraying a variety of onscreen villains in films like ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1952 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (59)

Cymbeline 2015 (Movie)

Belarius (Actor)

Do You Believe? 2015 (Movie)

Malachi (Actor)

Point Break 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Believe 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Big Bang 2011 (Movie)

Officer Skeres (Actor)

The Chicago Code 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Up 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Beta (Actor)

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story 2008 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Salute 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kidnapped 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

Joseph Black (Actor)

Wondrous Oblivion 2006 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Claremont Williams III (Actor)

Sahara 2005 (Movie)

Agent Carl (Actor)

The Core 2003 (Movie)

Dr Edward Brazzelton (Actor)

Aaliyah: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Heist 2001 (Movie)

Bobby Blane (Actor)

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Pros & Cons 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Castle 2001 (Movie)

General Wheeler (Actor)

The One 2001 (Movie)

Roedecker (Actor)

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

Detective Roland Castlebeck (Actor)

Romeo Must Die 2000 (Movie)

Isaak O'Day (Actor)

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book of Stars 1999 (Movie)

The Professor (Actor)

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

Mr Rose (Actor)

Glory & Honor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

Broken Arrow 1996 (Movie)

Colonel Wilkins (Actor)

Feeling Minnesota 1996 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

Agent Lonnie Hawkins (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Clockers 1995 (Movie)

Rodney Little (Actor)

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

Bo Catlett (Actor)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

Woody Carmichael (Actor)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

Bonafide (Actor)

Going to Extremes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

West Indian Archie (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Harley (Actor)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Captain Brix (Actor)

Mountains of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

Mabruki (Actor)

The Blood of Heroes 1990 (Movie)

Mbulu (Actor)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

Army Sergeant (Actor)

First Time Felon (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Maiden Voyage Ocean Hijack (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Profoundly Normal (TV Show)

Actor

Soul of the Game (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Justice (TV Show)

Actor

The Exonerated (TV Show)

Actor

The Winner (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

After establishing himself as an excellent stage performer, actor Delroy Lindo was noted for his remarkable ability to balance both anger and charm while portraying a variety of onscreen villains in films like "Clockers" (1995) and "Get Shorty" (1995). Audiences first discovered Lindo in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" (1992), at a time when the actor was trying to gain a foothold in Hollywood. It was Lee who gave Lindo several opportunities to showcase his range - playing a caring, but misguided father in "Crooklyn" (1994) and a charming drug dealer in "Clockers." With the doors opened wide after "Get Shorty," Lindo struggled with another Hollywood trap - being typecast. But instead of portraying strictly amiable bad guys, he broke away with riveting portrayals of historical figures like Satchel Paige in "Soul of the Game" (HBO, 1996), explorer Mattew Henson in "Glory & Honor" (TNT, 1997), and Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in "Strange Justice" (Showtime, 1998). By the time he gave a memorable supporting turn in the multi-award winning "Lackawanna Blues" (HBO, 2005), Lindo was established as a versatile performer who excelled in a wide range of film, television and stage roles.

Relationships

Damiri

Son
Born 2001

Neshormeh Lindo

Wife
Works as the educational programs manager at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC's Harlem

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California 1977

Milestones

2009

Voiced Muntz's (voiced by Christopher Plummer) talking Rottweiler in the Pixar film, "Up"

2008

Directed August Wilson's play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

2007

Co-starred in the family drama, "This Christmas"

2006

Played an FBI agent in the NBC drama, "Kidnapped"

2005

Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson autobiographical one man show

2005

Starred in the Tony Scott directed "Domino" starring Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey, a model turned bounty hunter and daughter of actor Lawrence Harvey

2003

Cast in the sci-fi thriller "The Core"

2002

Co-starred with Jet Li in the feature "The One"

2000

Created, executive produced, directed and appeared in "Conversations With Charles Burnett" (Showtime)

2000

Essayed underworld boss Isaak O'Day in "Romeo Must Die"

2000

Played police detective to Nicolas Cage's master car thief in "Gone in 60 Seconds"

1999

Executive produced, created and served as interviewer for Independent Film Channel's "Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee"

1999

Delivered a multi-layered portrayal of an migrant apple picker harboring a dark secret in the film version of John Irving's "The Cider House Rules"

1998

Cast as polar explorer Matthew Henson in the TNT movie "Glory & Honor"

1997

With Holly Hunter, played angels who facilitate Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz's romance in Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary"

1997

Appeared as tyrannical Sergeant Calhoun in HBO's "First-Time Felon," co-starring Omar Epps and directed by Charles S Dutton

1996

Put the squeeze on Keanu Reeves as a gangland boss in "Feeling Minesota"; first film with Cameron Diaz

1996

Portrayed FBI agent Lonnie Hawkins in "Ransom," co-starring Mel Gibson

1996

Played Satchel Paige in the HBO movie "Soul of the Game"

1995

Co-starred with John Travolta as a thug-turned-movie mogul in "Get Shorty"

1995

Third film with Lee, portraying a fatherly drug lord in "Clockers"

1994

Reteamed with Spike Lee for "Crooklyn," portraying a Brooklyn jazz musician, based on Lee's own father

1994

Contributed voice to Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary "Baseball"

1993

Acted the part of ragtime composer Scott Joplin in Off-Broadway production of "The Heliotrope Bouquet"

1992

First major supporting role in film, played West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"

1988

Breakthrough Broadway role in August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"; earned a Tony nomination

1987

TV acting debut, a recurring role (two appearances) on the cultish CBS-TV romantic fantasy "Beauty and the Beast"

1984

Broadway debut as Sam in "Master Harold ... and the boys," directed by Fugard; replaced Danny Glover

1983

First played the role of Walter Lee in a New Haven, Connecticut production of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"

1981

Was a company member at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

1979

Film acting debut, "More American Graffiti"

1957

Acted in a Nativity play at the age of five

Taught the mentally disabled while taking acting classesin NYC

Toured for seven months as Willie in Athol Fugard's "Master Harold ... and the boys"

Was a company member at Actors Theatre of Louisville [Kentucky]

Recreated the role of Walter Lee for the Kennedy Center production of "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by Lloyd Richards

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't want to get typed as a gangster. I hope people who see these films see more than a nasty guy. My bad guys are three-dimensional. They have feelings. Did you know that in Spanish the name Lindo means pretty or beautiful. And Delroy in French is 'of the king'. You are speaking to a pretty, beautiful king, so act accordingly." - Delroy Lindo quoted in People magazine, Nov. 13, 1995

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On frequent collaborator Spike Lee: "I have immense respect for Spike, not only for the opportunities he provided me, but for the opportunities I've seen him provide hundreds of other people of color in this industry. I respect his attempt to establish his vision, the courage he exhibits in stepping up and saying, 'Here's what I believe, this is me right here, right now.'" - Lindo to the Daily News, Dec. 7, 1999

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"I'm very proud of my roles. I enjoy the ability to touch millions of people and in some way, connect with them in ways that I cannot connect with them in my normal, everyday life." - Delroy Lindo, Ebony magazine, Aug. 8, 2002

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"Even during periods of my life when I was experiencing a kind of hopelessness, I always had the dream of being an actor." - Lindo to Venice magazine, July 2005

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