Biography

Obba Babatundé (born December 1, 1951) is an American actor of stage and screen, known for his Emmy-nominated performance in the television movie Miss Evers' Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the TV movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and a Tony Award-nominated role for his performance as C.C. White in the original cast of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

Babatundé was a protege of Sammy Davis, Jr., who said of him, "This is the only cat who can do everything I can do." Babatundé does dance, sing, play instruments, execute impersonations, including his portrayal of Davis, aided by their similarity in energy, size and talent, tap dancing and performing on multiple instruments. In fall 2009, Babatundé played Davis in the title role of "Sammy: Once in a Lifetime," a world premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Early in 2000, Babatundé partnered with writer/producer Ruth Adkins Robinson for a series of TV projects including "TV in Black: The First 50 Years," "Oscar's Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Hallie" and "Dorthy Dandridge: An American Beauty". The pair have projects that will take them through 2011.

His TV roles have often portrayed authority figures, such as a recurring guest-starring role as a high school principal on Dawson's Creek, an appearance as a judge in a two-part episode of Any Day Now, and as the father of the main characters on Half & Half. He also played Harvard college Dean Cain in the movie How High, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie Life, and co-starred as an attorney in Philadelphia and as a senator in the 2004 reprise of The Manchurian Candidate. He also played the director in season 3 of Friends in an episode titled "The One with All the Jealousy". Other TV shows he has had recurring roles on include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Chicago Hope, Rocket Power, Static Shock, and Karen Sisco. He played a small but pivotal role as a doorman/bellhop in the film That Thing You Do! and also appeared in The Wild Thornberrys Movie as the voice of Boko. He played a famous producer known as Gordy Berry on two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy.

Babatundé is adept at American sign language and had used this talent in many roles including on one NYPD Blue.

His recorded work includes a performance with the New York pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs on the 2007 album Sack Full of Dreams. The actor/producer is also an avid horseman and is a highly regarded rider and trainer in the Rodeo Circuit, including the annual Bill Pickett Rodeol.

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Obba Babatundé (born December 1, 1951) is an American actor of stage and screen, known for his Emmy-nominated performance in the television movie Miss Evers' Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the TV movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and a Tony Award-nominated role for his performance as C.C. White in the original cast of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

Babatundé was a protege of Sammy Davis, Jr., who said of him, "This is the only cat who can do everything I can do." Babatundé does dance, sing, play instruments, execute impersonations, including his portrayal of Davis, aided by their similarity in energy, size and talent, tap dancing and performing on multiple instruments. In fall 2009, Babatundé played Davis in the title role of "Sammy: Once in a Lifetime," a world premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Early in 2000, Babatundé partnered with writer/producer Ruth Adkins Robinson for a series of TV projects including "TV in Black: The First 50 Years," "Oscar's Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Hallie" and "Dorthy Dandridge: An American Beauty". The pair have projects that will take them through 2011.

His TV roles have often portrayed authority figures, such as a recurring guest-starring role as a high school principal on Dawson's Creek, an appearance as a judge in a two-part episode of Any Day Now, and as the father of the main characters on Half & Half. He also played Harvard college Dean Cain in the movie How High, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie Life, and co-starred as an attorney in Philadelphia and as a senator in the 2004 reprise of The Manchurian Candidate. He also played the director in season 3 of Friends in an episode titled "The One with All the Jealousy". Other TV shows he has had recurring roles on include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Chicago Hope, Rocket Power, Static Shock, and Karen Sisco. He played a small but pivotal role as a doorman/bellhop in the film That Thing You Do! and also appeared in The Wild Thornberrys Movie as the voice of Boko. He played a famous producer known as Gordy Berry on two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy.

Babatundé is adept at American sign language and had used this talent in many roles including on one NYPD Blue.

His recorded work includes a performance with the New York pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs on the 2007 album Sack Full of Dreams. The actor/producer is also an avid horseman and is a highly regarded rider and trainer in the Rodeo Circuit, including the annual Bill Pickett Rodeol.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Obba Babatundé, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 67

Birthday 1951-12-01

Place of Birth Queens, New York, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Obba Babatundè
  • Obba Babatunde

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Children of the Dead
King: Man of Peace in a Time of War as Narrator
2019 Revival! as Nicodemus
2018 Jingle Belle as Charles Williams
2018 Kinky as Mr. Bernard
2018 For The People (1 episode) as Philip Kaws
2017 S.W.A.T. (1 episode) as Daniel Harrelson, Sr. 1st (1 episode) as Daniel Harrelson, Sr.
2017 Dear White People (4 episodes) as Dean Fairbanks
2017 The Good Fight (1 episode) as Danny Quinn
2016 The Watcher as Stark
2015 If I Tell You I Have to Kill You as Jonathan Black
2015 Death's Door as Mesmer
2015 Ballers (1 episode) as J.D. Pritchard
2015 American Bad Boy as Pastor Lovely
2014 Lap Dance as Roscoe
2014 Kingdom (3 episodes) as Detective Gaines
2013 Dolls of Voodoo as Iklif
2012 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups as Mayor Denny
2012 Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire as Vampire Actor #4 (voice)
2012 The Last Fall
2011 Joy Road as Dr. Howard Perkins
2011 The Trap Door as Mesmer
2011 Trapped: Haitian Nights as Ikliff
2009 Black Dynamite as Osiris (as Obba Babatunde)
2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History as Himself
2008 The Eye as Dr. Haskins
2007 Cover as Attorney Miller
2006 Material Girls as Craig
2006 Psych (1 episode) as David Gaffney
2005 Grey's Anatomy (1 episode)
2004 Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.! as Chief Ankamuti (voice)
2004 After the Sunset as Zacharias
2004 The Manchurian Candidate as Senator Wells
2004 The Notebook as Band Leader
2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
2003 Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty as Host
2002 Redeemer as Charles Henderson
2001 How High as Dean Carl Cain
2001 The Visit as Tony
1999 Family Law (1 episode)
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge as Harold Nicholas
1999 Life as Willie Long
1998 The Temptations (2 episodes) as Berry Gordy
1998 Dawson's Creek (8 episodes) as Principal Howard Green
1997 Miss Evers' Boys as Willie Johnson
1996 The Cherokee Kid as Isom Dart
1996 That Thing You Do! as Lamarr
1996 Multiplicity as Paul
1996 Soul of the Game as Cum Posey
1996 The Tomorrow Man as Brian Parish
1995 Born to Be Wild as Interpreter
1995 Sliders (1 episode) as Cezanne Brown
1995 Fatal Pursuit as Trinidad
1994 Friends (2 episodes) as The Director
1994 Chicago Hope (2 episodes)
1993 Philadelphia as Jerome Green
1993 Necronomicon as Paul
1993 Undercover Blues as Lt. Theodore 'Ted' Sawyer
1992 The Importance of Being Earnest as Lane
1991 The Silence of the Lambs as TV Anchor Man
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (2 episodes) as Gordy Berry
1990 Miami Blues as Blink Willie, Informant
1988 Married to the Mob as The Face of Justice
1988 God Bless the Child as Raymond Watkins
1980 Baryshnikov on Broadway

Directing

2015 American Bad Boy Director
2003 Oscar's Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Halle Director

Production

2015 If I Tell You I Have to Kill You Executive Producer

Crew

2013 Angels Around Me Additional Writing

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