Obba Babatundé

Actor, Singer, Choreographer
An accomplished singer and dancer, Obba Babatunde first garnered praise for his theater work in NYC before branching into films and TV. Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, the handsome, lithe performer was bitten by the ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1951 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

American Badboy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Enlisted 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kingdom 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cult 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

MVP 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Howard Perkins (Actor)

Private Practice 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Fall 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Criminal Minds 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Why am I doing this? 2010 (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

Osiris (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saving Grace 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Eye 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Haskins (Actor)

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Half & Half 2002 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Material Girls 2006 (Movie)

Craig (Actor)

The Celestine Prophecy 2006 (Movie)

Miguel (Actor)

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Zacharias (Actor)

Flip the Script 2004 (Movie)

Mr Jones (Actor)

Soul Decisions 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Senator Wells (Actor)

The Notebook 2004 (Movie)

Band Leader (Actor)

Karen Sisco 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocket Power: Reggie's Big (Beach) Break 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Voice

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Sergeant Moody (Actor)

NYPD Blue 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Boko (Actor)

A Different World 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Any Day Now 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dawson's Creek 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Getting By 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

How High 2001 (Movie)

Dean Cain (Actor)

Sisters 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Beast 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Visit 2000 (Movie)

Tony Waters (Actor)

Life 1999 (Movie)

Willie Long (Actor)

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Game 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burning Zone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Carpool 1996 (Movie)

Jeffery (Actor)

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Multiplicity 1996 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Sparks 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Lamarr (Actor)

The Ark of the Spirit With Avery Brooks 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Reason to Believe 1995 (Movie)

Professor Thurman (Actor)

Sliders 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fatal Pursuit 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon 1994 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Mantis 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Conversations 1993 (Movie)

Barfly (Actor)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Jerome Green (Actor)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Sawyer (Actor)

The Importance of Being Earnest 1992 (Movie)

Lane (Actor)

Dead Again 1991 (Movie)

Syd (Actor)

The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

TV Anchor Man (Actor)

Miami Blues 1990 (Movie)

Blink Willie (Actor)

Heart and Soul 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fort Figueroa 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

The Face of Justice (Actor)

Treemonisha 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

April Fools (Movie)

Detective Combs (Actor)

God Bless the Child (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Evers' Boys (TV Show)

Actor

One Special Moment (TV Show)

Actor

Redeemer (TV Show)

Actor

Soul of the Game (TV Show)

Actor

The Apartment Complex (TV Show)

Actor

The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Temptations (TV Show)

Actor

Under One Roof (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("Pork Chops O'Chunky") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

(Song)
Director (1)

American Badboy 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An accomplished singer and dancer, Obba Babatunde first garnered praise for his theater work in NYC before branching into films and TV. Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, the handsome, lithe performer was bitten by the showbiz bug early. From the age of 6, he staged shows for his family. Babatunde made his professional debut as a member of the Metropolitan Brass Ensemble on a tour of the West Indies. After graduating from Brooklyn College, he and his brother worked as teachers and administrators at Harriet Tubman School, a private educational institution geared to talented children of color. The dual demands of his growing acting career and working at the school finally came to a head around 1978 and Babatunde made the commitment to pursue his dreams. He racked up credits as a voice-over artist for TV commercials and appeared in various productions Off-Off- and Off-Broadway. One of his first breaks came in 1976 with a touring company of "Guys and Dolls" starring Leslie Uggams and Richard Roundtree. The following year, he made his film debut in a small role in the prison drama "Short Eyes". Babatunde earned notice for his supporting role in the Broadway musical "Timbuktu" (1977-78), a role that required him to perform on stilts. When the show closed, he became one of the featured performers in Liza Minnelli's concert tour (which included playing Carnegie Hall); Babatunde was given a solo, "Mr. Cellophane".

Relationships

Antar Babatunde

Son
born December 11, c. 1973

EDUCATION

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn , New York

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn , New York

graduated from high school in Jamaica, New York

Milestones

2006

Cast opposite Hilary and Haylie Duff in the comedy "Material Girls"

2004

Cast as the Police Chief in "After the Sunset" with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek

2004

Starred in the thriller "The Manchurian Candidate" directed by Jonathan Demme

2002

Appeared in "John Q" with Denzel Washington; directed by Nick Cassavetes

2000

Co-starred in "The Visit", playing the older brother of an inmate

2000

Played Benjamin Chadway in the Showtime series "Soul Food"

1999

Joined cast of "Dawson's Creek" (The WB), playing the school principal

1997

Won praise for his performance as dancer Willie Johnson, one of the men involved in the Tuskegee Syphillis Experiment, in the HBO original movie "Miss Evers' Boys"; earned Emmy nomination

1996

Had featured roles in "That Thing You Do!" and "Multiplicity"

1996

Co-starred in the HBO TV-movie "Soul of the Game"

1995

Earned praise for his turn as an AIDS patient in two episodes of the CBS drama series "Chicago Hope"

1992

Played the servant Lane in an all-black film version of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

1991

Originated the role of Jelly Roll Morton in the world premiere of "Jelly's Last Jam" in California

1988

TV-movie debut "God Bless the Child" (ABC)

1986

Was featured in the PBS staging of Scott Joplin's "Treemonisha"

1985

Understudied Ben Vereen in "Grind"; played the role for the last two weeks of the show's brief run

1984

Starred in the Off-Broadway revival of the musical "Golden Boy"

1982

Won a Tony nomination for his supporting role in the hit musical "Dreamgirls"

1980

Was featured dancer in the TV special "Baryshnikov on Broadway"

1978

Toured with Liza Minnelli; became known as 'Mr Cellophane Man' after his solo number

1977

Feature film debut, "Short Eyes"

1976

Appeared in a touring production of "Guys and Dolls", starring Richard Roundtree and Leslie Uggams

1974

With his brother, ran The Harriet Tubman School, a private school (dates approximate)

By age 14, could play 10 brass instruments

Headlined own nightclub act in NYC; played Upstairs at Greenstreet and The Latin Quarter, among other venues

Professional debut as a musician, toured West Indies with the Metropolitan Brass Ensemble

Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Timbuktu"

At age six, began to stage shows for his family

Had regular role on the ABC soap "All My Children"

Performed with the Negro Ensemble Theatre

Played Billy Flynn in the national tour of the musical "Chicago"

Bonus Trivia

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His stage name is Nigerian from the Yoruba tribe; Obba means "King" and Babatunde means "the spirit of the grandfather has returned in the child"

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Babatunde has participated in the All Black Rodeo.

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