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Blair Underwood ACTOR




BLAIR UNDERWOOD BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Blair Underwood was born on August 25th, 1964 in Tacoma, Washington.  His father, Frank E. Underwood, was employed with the army so he spent most of his childhood being raised in various places.  His mother, Marilyn Ann was an interior decorator and he has one older brother and two younger sisters.  He graduated from Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia and then went on to study at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. 
 
Underwood then relocated to New York City to find work in the entertainment industry and after only living in New York two days he got very lucky and was cast on, "The Cosby Show" (1985), followed soon by television roles on, "One Life to Live" (1985-1986), "21 Jump Street" (1987) and his most well known role portraying attorney Jonathan Rollins on, "LA Law" (1986).
 
He had also already broken in to the film industry getting his first feature film role in 1985 on, "Krush Groove".  As his career progressed, Underwood was also seen on television drama's such as, "Murder in Mississippi" (1990), "Heat Wave" (1990), "Soul of the Game" (1996) and "Mama Flora's Family" (1998).
 
Added to his film credits are, "Just Cause" (1995), "Set It Off" (1996), "Gattaca" (1997), "Deep Impact" (1998), "The Wishing Tree" (1999), "Full Frontal" (2002) and "Asunder" (1999).
 
In addition to his television and film roles, Underwood frequents the theater being seen in such productions as, "Measure for Measure", "El Negro en Peru", "The Game of Love and Chance" and "Love Letters".  He was also involved in producing the short film, "Sister, I'm Sorry" (1994) and has directed a total of five music videos. 
 
Some of his more recent roles have been on the television series, "The Treatment" (2008) and such films as, "From Cape Town with Love" (2010), "I Will Follow" (2011), "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day" (2011) and soon to release in 2012, "Macbett".    
 
Along with his acting career he is involved in a number of charitable organizations such as supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as being a co founder and supporting the Artists for a New South Africa which helps promote South Africans to have equal rights and equal opportunities for all.  He is also involved with a non-profit theater group that focuses on plays that deal with Black experiences. 
 
Blair has also received a number of other honors throughout his career such as being voted by People's magazine as one of the, "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000 as well as a number of Golden Globe nominations, one Grammy Award and three NAACP Image Awards.  Underwood has married only once to Desiree DaCosta whom he wed in 1994 and together they have three children and remain married today.


Filmography

2012 Macbett 
2011 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
2010-2011 The Event
2011 I Will Follow
2011 The Art of Getting By 
2010 From Cape Town with Love 
2006-2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine 
2007-2009 Dirty Sexy Money 
2009 Weather Girl
2008 The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
2008 In Treatment
2007 The Hit 
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor
2006 Madea's Family Reunion
2006 Something New 
2006 Company Town 
2005 The Golden Blaze 
2004-2005 LAX 
2004-2005 Fatherhood 
2004 Do Geese See God? 
2004 How Did It Feel? 
2004 Fronterz 
2003-2004 Sex and the City 
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted
2002 Full Frontal 
2002 G
2002 Turnaround 
2001 Great Performances: Dance in America
2000 City of Angels
2000 Rules of Engagement
1999 Asunder
1999 The Wishing Tree 
1998 Mama Flora's Family
1998 Deep Impact 
1997 Gattaca 
1996-1997 High Incident
1996 Set It Off 
1996 Mistrial 
1996 Soul of the Game 
1995 Just Cause 
1987-1994 L.A. Law 
1993 Posse
1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations
1992 The Second Coming 
1991 The American Experience
1991 A Different World 
1990 Heat Wave 
1990 Murder in Mississippi
1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop 
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday 
1986-1987 Downtown
1987 21 Jump Street 
1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King
1985-1986 One Life to Live 
1985 Krush Groove 
1985 The Cosby Show







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