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Known Credits: 51

Birthday: 1964-08-25

Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington, USA

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Blair Underwood

Biography

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.

Acting
2015 Who Shot the Sherriff? as Attorney Collin Mattes
2014 The Trip to Bountiful as Ludie Watts
2013 Ironside - (9 episodes) as Robert Ironside
2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day as David Ames
2010 The Event - (23 episodes)
2009 Weather Girl as Fitz
2008 In Treatment - (43 episodes) as Alex Prince
2007 Dirty Sexy Money - (23 episodes) as Simon Elder
2007 The Hit as Henry Alabaster
2006 The New Adventures of Old Christine - (9 episodes)
2006 Madea's Family Reunion as Carlos
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor as Palmer Addison
2005 The Tyra Banks Show - (1 episode)
2004 Do Geese See God? as Man
2004 The Tony Danza Show - (2 episodes)
2004 LAX - (13 episodes)
2004 Fatherhood - (26 episodes)
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show - (1 episode)
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted as Tom Gibbsons
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live! - (1 episode)
2002 Half & Half - (1 episode)
2002 G as Chip Hightower
2002 Madea's Family Reunion as Carlos
2002 Full Frontal as Nicholas
2000 Rules of Engagement as Capt. Lee
2000 City of Angels - (25 episodes)
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - (1 episode)
1998 Mama Flora's Family as Willie
1998 Asunder as Chance Williams
1998 Deep Impact as Mark Simon
1996 Set It Off as Keith Weston
1996 Soul of the Game as Jackie Robinson
1996 High Incident - (32 episodes)
1995 Just Cause as Bobby Earl
1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations as Jared Williams
1990 Heat Wave as Bob Richardson
1990 Murder in Mississippi as James Chaney
1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop as Horace Bouchet
1987 A Different World - (1 episode)
1987 21 Jump Street - (1 episode)
1986 Downtown - (13 episodes)
1986 L.A. Law - (175 episodes) as Jonathan Rollins
1985 Krush Groove as Russell Walker
1984 The Cosby Show - (1 episode)
1984 Aspel & Company - (1 episode)
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King - (1 episode)
1983 Live! with Kelly and Michael - (2 episodes)
1982 Knight Rider - (2 episodes)
1900 Company Town - (1 episode)
1900 First Generation as Narrator
Production
2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day … Producer
Directing
2009 The Bridge to Nowhere … Director
Writing
2009 The Bridge to Nowhere … Writer