Robert Townsend

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Multi-talented figure who graduated from stand-up comedy to eilm, making his screen acting debut in Paul Mazursky's "Willie and Phil" (1980) and contributing a fine dramatic performance in "A Soldier's Story" (1984).
Born: 02/06/1957 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (83)

Playin' For Love 2015 (Movie)

Coach Banks (Actor)

Joseph's Gift 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Of Boys and Men 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Tao of the Golden Mask 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black in the '80s 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual BET Walk of Fame 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

Mr. UB (Actor)

Making The Movie: MTV's Hip Hop Opera: Carmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Live 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to Black Music Legends 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Songs 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Parent 'Hood 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Taxman 1999 (Movie)

Peyton Cody (Actor)

Townsend Television 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star TV Censored Show Me the Bloopers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mercenary 2: Thick and Thin 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Great Drives 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home Animaniacs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Count on Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dialogue With Black Filmmakers 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Issue Is Race 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Jefferson Reed (Actor)

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Go Party! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Magic Johnson's All-Star Slam 'N Jam 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Celebrate the Soul of American Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Five Heartbeats 1991 (Movie)

Duck (Actor)

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Host

Cutting Edge With Maria Shriver 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Standup Comic (Actor)

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

Actor

The Mighty Quinn 1989 (Movie)

Maubee (Actor)

Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

Bobby Taylor (Actor)

Odd Jobs 1987 (Movie)

Dwight (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Ratboy 1986 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

American Flyers 1985 (Movie)

Jerome (Actor)

A Soldier's Story 1984 (Movie)

Corporal Ellis (Actor)

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Senior Trip! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

Thin Boy (Actor)

The Great American Dream Machine 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

I Was A Teenage Faust (TV Show)

Actor

In Love With an Older Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

The Bounty Man (TV Show)

Actor

Up, Up and Away (TV Show)

Actor

Uptown Comedy Express (TV Show)

Actor

Vaudeville (TV Show)

Actor

Women at West Point (TV Show)

Actor
Director (17)

Playin' For Love 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Bill Cosby: Far From Finished 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director

Far From Finished 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director

In The Hive 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Phantom Punch 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Hip Hopera: Carmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

B.A.P.S. 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Five Heartbeats 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

10,000 Black Men Named George (TV Show)

Director

Holiday Heart (TV Show)

Director

Little Richard (TV Show)

Director
Producer (4)

Playin' For Love 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Of Boys and Men 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Five Heartbeats 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

Playin' For Love 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Five Heartbeats 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Two Brothers 2004 (Movie)

Saxophone (Music)

Biography

Multi-talented figure who graduated from stand-up comedy to eilm, making his screen acting debut in Paul Mazursky's "Willie and Phil" (1980) and contributing a fine dramatic performance in "A Soldier's Story" (1984).

Relationships

Robert Townsend

Father

Shirley Townsend

Mother

Cheri Jones

Wife
married on September 15, 1990 she filed for divorce on August 7, 2001

Sierra Townsend

Daughter
born on September 2, 1991

Skylar Townsend

Daughter
born on September 1, 1993

EDUCATION

William Patterson College

Wayne , New Jersey

studied acting with Stella Adler

Hunter College

New York , New York

Second City Comedy Workshop

Chicago , Illinois

Illinois State University

Normal , Illinois

Negro Ensemble Company

New York , New York

Milestones

2013

Directed "Playin' for Love"

2009

Was the executive producer of "Diary of a Single Mom"

2008

Appeared in "Of Boys and Men"

2001

Was director of the MTV special "Carmen: A Hip Hopera"

2000

Directed the NBC biopic "The Little Richard Story"

2000

Helmed the TV biopic "The Natalie Cole Story" (NBC)

1998

Hosted the syndicated weekly series "Mowtown Live"

1995

Co-starred in and co-executive produced "The Parent 'Hood" (The WB)

1993

Executive produced, hosted, and wrote for "Townsend Television", a variety series on Fox

1990

Purchased Hollywood Professional School and renamed it Tinsel Townsend Studios to turn into a mini-studio (date approximate)

1987

First film as director-writer-producer "Hollywood Shuffle" (also star)

1980

Film acting debut in "Willie and Phil"

1979

Early TV movie appearance in the CBS docudrama, "Women at West Point"

1979

New York stage debut in "Take It from the Top" at the Henry Street Settlement

1974

Film debut (bit part) in "Cooley High"

Stand-up comic with Second City and at NY's Improvisation

Worked with Experimental Black Actors Guild in Chicago at age 16

Bonus Trivia

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A native Chicagoan, in the 1970s Townsend studied improvisational comedy at Chicago's famed Second City Theater.

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