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Blair Erwin Underwood[1] (born August 25, 1964) is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC
NBC
legal drama L.A. Law
L.A. Law
for seven years. He has received two Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and one Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared as Andrew Garner on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money
Dirty Sexy Money
and In Treatment and was in NBC's The Event.[2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Video games

5 Bibliography 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Marilyn Ann Scales, an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr., a United States Army
United States Army
colonel.[3][4][5] Because of his father's military career, Underwood lived on bases and Army Posts in the United States and Stuttgart, Germany, during his childhood.[6] Blair attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. He went on to attend the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma
fraternity. Career[edit]

Underwood at the 41st Emmy Awards, September 1989

After his film debut, Krush Groove, Underwood's 1985 appearance on The Cosby Show landed him a short stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Bobby Blue, which eventually led to his performance on the TV series L.A. Law, where he appeared from 1987 to 1994. In 1996 he was featured in the July issue of Playgirl. Blair also appeared in the 1987's TV series 21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street
aside a young Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
on episode "Gotta Finish the Riff." Underwood's film career began 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[6] on the HBO
HBO
series Sex and the City
Sex and the City
playing Cynthia Nixon's love interest. In 2004, he played the role of Roger De Souza opposite Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear
in NBC's LAX.[7] He gained acclaim as the sexy grade school teacher in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
for two years. In 2007, he guest starred in an episode of the NBC
NBC
series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[8] He played the character Alex in the first season of the HBO
HBO
series In Treatment, for which he was nominated for best supporting actor at the 2009 Golden Globes.[9]

Underwood at the premiere for Earth in April 2009

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
Murder in Mississippi
and Mama Flora's Family. Underwood was voted one of People 's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000, and one of TV Guide
TV Guide
's "Most Influential Faces of the 90s".[10] In 2007, Underwood co-authored the novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel with husband-and-wife team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. In 2010–2011, Underwood portrayed United States President Elias Martinez in the NBC
NBC
drama series The Event, which premiered in Fall 2010.[11][12] Underwood portrayed the role of Saint Mark
Saint Mark
in The Truth & Life Dramatized audio New Testament
New Testament
Bible, a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatized audio New Testament, based on the RSV-CE
RSV-CE
translation. In 2012, he played the lead role of Stanley in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.[13] In 2013, Underwood played the role of Robert Ironside in the remake of the successful 1960's television series, Ironside, made famous by the late Raymond Burr.[14] The show was cancelled after three episodes.[15][16] In 2016, Underwood was cast in the ABC thriller series Quantico for the series regular role of CIA
CIA
Deputy Director, Owen Hall.[17] Personal life[edit] 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. In addition, he is involved with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
Clinic in Washington, DC.[18] Underwood also appeared in a 2004 public service announcement for The Fulfillment Fund.[19] 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. He supported President Barack Obama's candidacy and spoke at campaign rallies for Obama. Underwood got to know Obama while researching his L.A. Law
L.A. Law
role at Harvard Law School, while Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review.[20] Underwood's DNA test
DNA test
showed that he is a descendant of the Babungo people of Cameroon.[21] Additional DNA testing and genealogical research revealed that his African ancestry comes from the Bamum, Brong and lgbo ethnic groups of Western Africa.[22] The DNA test
DNA test
also connected Blair to a distant cousin in Babungo, Cameroon.[22] On September 17, 1994, he married Desiree DaCosta, with whom he has four children, Paris, Brielle, Blake and Lexi Underwood.[10] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1985 Krush Groove Russell Walker

1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Jonathan Rollins Television film

1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop Horace Bouchet Television film

1990 Murder in Mississippi James Chaney Television film

1990 Heat Wave Robert Richardson Television film

1992 The Second Coming Jesus Short film

1993 Posse Carver

1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Jared Williams Television film

1995 Just Cause Bobby Earl

1996 Soul of the Game Jackie Robinson Television film

1996 Mistrial Lieutenant C. Hodges Television film

1996 Set It Off Keith Weston Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

1997 Gattaca Geneticist

1998 Asunder Chance Williams

1998 Deep Impact Mark Simon

1998 Mama Flora's Family Willie Television film

1999 The Wishing Tree Magic Man

2000 Rules of Engagement Capt. Lee NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

2002 Truth Be Told Det. Harris

2002 G Chip Hightower

2002 Full Frontal Nicholas/Calvin

2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Tom Gibbons

2004 Fronterz (unknown role)

2004 Do Geese See God? Man

2005 Straight Out of Compton 2 Hen Also producer

2005 Golden Blaze, TheThe Golden Blaze Gregory Fletcher/The Golden Blaze Animated

2006 Something New Mark Harper

2006 Madea's Family Reunion Carlos

2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Palmer Addison Television film

2007 Operation Homecoming Voice role

2007 The Hit Hen

2009 The Bridge to Nowhere Director

2011 Art of Getting By, TheThe Art of Getting By Principal Bill Martinson

2011 I Will Follow Evan

2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day David Ames

2012 The True Friendship or Not?.. Principal Bramble

2014 The Trip to Bountiful Ludie Watts Television film NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

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Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1985 Knight Rider Potts Episode: "Knight of the Juggernaut: Part 1"

1985 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Robert (Denise's Friend) Episode: "Jitterbug Break"

1985 Cosby Show, TheThe Cosby Show Mark Episode: "Theo and the Other Woman"

1985–1986 One Life to Live Bobby Blue Unknown episodes

1986–1987 Downtown Terry Corsaro 14 episodes

1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Stillman Episode: "All That Glitters"

1987 21 Jump Street Reginald Brooks Episode: "Gotta Finish the Riff"

1987–1994 L.A. Law Jonathan Rollins 149 episodes NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

1991 Different World, AA Different World Zelmer Collier Episode: "War and Peace"

1996–1997 High Incident Officer Michael Rhoades 22 episodes

2000 City of Angels Dr. Ben Turner 24 episodes NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

2003–2004 Sex and the City Dr. Robert Leeds 5 episodes Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2004–05)

2004–2005 Fatherhood Dr. Arthur Bindlebeep 24 episodes

2004–2005 LAX Roger De Souza 13 episodes

2006–2010 New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine Mr. Harris 9 episodes Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2008–09)

2007 Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit Miles Sennett Episode: "Burned"

2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Simon Elder 20 episodes Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2008–09)

2008 In Treatment Alex 9 episodes Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

2010–2011 The Event President Elias Martinez 22 episodes

2012 Superman of Tokyo Superman of Tokyo 2 episodes

2013 Thunder and Lightning Black Lightning 2 episodes

2013 Ironside Robert Ironside 9 episodes

2015–2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Andrew Garner 10 episodes

2016–present The Lion Guard Makuu (voice) 9 episodes

2016 The Good Wife Harry Dargis Episode: "Shoot"

2016–present Quantico Owen Hall 22 episodes

Video games[edit]

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon – Hunter

Bibliography[edit]

Before I Got Here: The Wondrous Things We Hear When We Listen to the Souls of Our Children (2005; editor, with Donyell Kennedy-McCullough (photographer)) The Tennyson Hardwick Novels:

Casanegra[23] (2007; with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes) In the Night of the Heat (2008; with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes) From Cape Town with Love (2010; with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes) South by Southeast (scheduled for September 2012; with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1991 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film L.A. Law Nominated

1992 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Murder in Mississippi Won

1995 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series L.A. Law Won

1997 Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Soul of the Game Nominated

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Set It Off Nominated

1999 Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Mama Flora's Family Won

2001 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series City of Angels Won

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Rules of Engagement Won

2004 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated

2005 Nominated

2008 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Dirty Sexy Money Nominated

2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film In Treatment Nominated

Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album An Inconvenient Truth Won

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series In Treatment Nominated

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The New Adventures of Old Christine Nominated

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Dirty Sexy Money Nominated

2011 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series The Event Nominated

2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries The Trip to Bountiful Nominated

2015 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Won

References[edit]

^ The second coming. Artist: Jerry LaCroix, sound recording by Phonogram, Inc, The grains of paradise. Faqs.org. Retrieved on August 25, 2013. ^ " Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
for President! NBC
NBC
The Event
The Event
Series Trailer and Jet Magazine Cover!". UrbLife.com. August 30, 2010.  ^ Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
Biography (1964–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on August 25, 2013. ^ Brennan, Patricia (August 6, 1989). "Blair Underwood; 'Common Sense' Career Moves".  ^ Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, February 24, 2012 ^ a b "NPR". A Conversation with Blair Underwood. Retrieved January 7, 2007.  ^ "Yahoo Movies". Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
Biography. Archived from the original on May 16, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2007.  ^ "MovieWeb". NBC's Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit January Guest Star Appearances. Archived from the original on January 9, 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2007.  ^ "TV's 'Treatment' up for 5 Golden Globes". Retrieved July 9, 2017.  ^ a b "imdb.com". Biography for Blair Underwood. Retrieved January 7, 2007.  ^ " NBC
NBC
Picks Up Three New Series for 2010–11 Season with 'The Event', 'Outsourced' and 'Love Bites'". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.  ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. The Live Feed. Archived from the original on May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.  ^ Hetrick, Adam. "A Streetcar Named Desire, With Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
and Nicole Ari Parker, Extends Broadway Run". Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.  ^ Harnick, Chris (May 13, 2013). "'Ironside': Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
Says Don't Call It A Remake". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 August 2013.  ^ http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/10/03/ironside-nbc-ratings/.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Levin, Gary (October 18, 2013). " NBC
NBC
yanks 'Ironside,' sets 'Community' return". USA Today.  ^ Ausiello, Michael; Ausiello, Michael (July 5, 2016). "Quantico: Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
Joins Season 2 Cast as Series Regular". Retrieved July 9, 2017.  ^ "AIDS Healthcare Foundation". aidshealth.org. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013.  ^ "blairunderwood.com". Difference. Archived from the original on March 19, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2007.  ^ Kantor, Jodi (January 28, 2007). "In Law School, Obama Found Political Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2008.  ^ Underwood, Blair. "Testimonials:A welcome surprise that my people are from Nigeria & Ibo people". Africanancestry.com. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2008.  ^ a b Preview Blair Underwood. nbc.com ^ ''Casanegra''. Bookvideos.tv. August 2007.

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for Best Spoken Word Album

1959−1980

Stan Freberg
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– The Best of the Stan Freberg
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Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
– BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
– Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare
Shakespeare
(1980)

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Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
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Raiders of the Lost Ark
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William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
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Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
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George Burns
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Ken Burns
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On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
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Henry Rollins
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Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
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Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(2000)

2001−present

Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
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Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
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Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
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Michael J. Fox
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Jon Stewart
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Jon Stewart
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Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
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Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
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The Princess Diarist
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