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Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television and film actor. He is perhaps best known as headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins from the NBC legal drama L.A. Law, a role he portrayed for seven years. He has gained critical acclaim throughout his career, receiving numerous Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and 1 Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment and currently stars in NBC's The Event. Underwood's feature film debut was the 1985 movie Krush Groove. His 1985 appearance on The Cosby Show landed him a short stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, which eventually led to his performance on the TV series L.A. Law, where he appeared from 1987 to 1994. In 1996 Underwood was featured in the July issue of Playgirl. Underwood broke into film with roles in Just Cause (1995), Set It Off (1996) and Deep Impact (1998). He also had a supporting role as a geneticist in Gattaca. In 2000, he played the lead role in the short-lived television series City of Angels. In 2003, he guest starred in four episodes on the HBO series Sex and the City playing Cynthia Nixon's love interest. In 2004, he played the role of Roger De Souza opposite Heather Locklear in NBC's LAX. He gained acclaim as the sexy grade school teacher in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus for two years. In 2007, he guest starred in an episode of the NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His also had a role as recurring character Alex in the HBO series In Treatment. Also in In 2007, Underwood co-authored the novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel with husband-and-wife team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. Next, Underwood can seen as the President of the United States in the NBC drama series The Event. Underwood has received three NAACP Image Awards, for his film work in Rules of Engagement, and his television work in L.A. Law, City of Angels, Murder in Mississippi and Mama Flora's Family. He was voted one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000, and one of TV Guide's "Most Influential Faces of the 90s". In 1989, Underwood co-founded Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to democracy and equality in South Africa. Underwood is a part of several charitable organizations. He won the 1993 Humanitarian Award for his work with the Los Angeles chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2003, along with Ashley Judd, he served as the spokesperson for YouthAIDS. Underwood also appeared in a 2004 public service announcement for The Fulfillment Fund. He is a Trustee for the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, a non-profit theatre group founded by Danny Glover, focusing on plays about the Black experience. On September 17, 1994, he married Desiree DaCosta, with whom he has three children.

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Aug 25, 1964 In Tacoma, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Company Town
Latest Project:
Movie A Soldier's Play 2021-02-25
Known For
Poster of Ironside
Poster of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Poster of Downtown
Poster of Company Town
Series Company Town 2023
Movie A Soldier's Play Captain Richard Davenport 2021-02-25
Movie Really Love Jerome Richmond 2020-10-16
Series When They See Us Bobby Burns 2019-05-31
Movie Juanita Blair Underwood 2019-03-08
Movie The After Party Sgt. Ellison 2018-08-24
Movie Olympic Pride, American Prejudice Narrator 2016-08-05
Series Quantico Owen Hall 2015-09-27
Movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Makuu (voice) 2015-11-22
Movie The Trip to Bountiful Ludie Watts 2014-03-08
Series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Dr. Andrew Garner 2013-09-24
Series Ironside Robert Ironside 2013-10-02
Movie Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day David Ames 2012-04-13
Movie First Generation Narrator 2011-01-01
Movie The Art of Getting By Principal 2011-06-17
Series Vietnam in HD Charles Brown 2011-11-08
Series The Event Elias Martinez 2010-09-20
Movie Weather Girl Fitz 2009-07-10
Series In Treatment Alex Prince 2008-01-28
Series Dirty Sexy Money Simon Elder 2007-09-26
Movie The Hit Henry Alabaster 2007-09-26
Movie Covert One: The Hades Factor Palmer Addison 2006-01-01
Movie Something New Mark Harper 2006-01-29
Series Covert One: The Hades Factor Palmer Addison 2006-04-09
Movie Madea's Family Reunion Carlos 2006-02-24
Series The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown 2006-03-13
Series The Tyra Banks Show Unknown 2005-09-12
Series Fatherhood 2004-06-20
Series The Tony Danza Show 2004-09-13
Movie Do Geese See God? Man 2004-11-23
Series LAX 2004-09-13
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Malibu's Most Wanted Tom Gibbsons 2003-04-10
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Truth Be Told Det. Harris 2002-01-01
Movie Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion - The Play Carlos 2002-01-25
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Movie Full Frontal Nicholas 2002-08-02
Movie G Chip Hightower 2002-05-10
Series City of Angels Ben Turner 2000-01-16
Movie Rules of Engagement Capt. Lee 2000-04-07
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Deep Impact Mark Simon 1998-05-08
Movie Asunder Chance Williams 1998-11-06
Series Mama Flora's Family Willie 1998-11-08
Movie Gattaca Geneticist 1997-09-07
Series High Incident 1996-03-04
Movie Mistrial Lieutenant C. Hodges 1996-11-02
Movie Soul of the Game Jackie Robinson 1996-04-20
Movie Set It Off Keith Weston 1996-11-06
Movie Just Cause Bobby Earl Ferguson 1995-02-17
Movie Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Jared Williams 1993-04-19
Movie Posse Carver 1993-05-14
Movie Murder in Mississippi James Chaney 1990-02-05
Movie Heat Wave Bob Richardson 1990-08-13
Movie The Cover Girl and the Cop Horace Bouchet 1989-01-16
Movie Mickey's 60th Birthday Jonathan Rollins 1988-11-13
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05
Series 21 Jump Street Unknown 1987-04-12
Series A Different World Unknown 1987-09-24
Series Downtown 1986-09-27
Series L.A. Law Jonathan Rollins 1986-09-15
Movie Krush Groove Russell Walker 1985-10-25
Series Aspel & Company Unknown 1984-06-09
Series The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Series Knight Rider Unknown 1982-09-26