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Blair Underwood

1964-08-25 Tacoma, Washington, USA

Image of 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. His 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. 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 the film 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 2007, Underwood co-authored the novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel with husband-and-wife team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. He's also had recurring roles on Dirty Sexy Money, NBC's The Event, Ironside, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Quantico. He 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".


Longlegs Agent Carter 2024-07-10
Tigers on the Rise Narrator 2024-04-22
Origin Amari Selvan 2023-12-08
Bear Witness Narrator (voice) 2022-04-22
Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers Narrator 2022-05-31
A Soldier's Play Captain Richard Davenport 2021-02-25
Bad Hair Amos Bludso 2021-05-05
The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU Self 2020-01-02
Penguins: Life on the Edge Narrator (voice) 2020-04-03
Really Love Jerome Richmond 2020-10-16
Juanita Blair Underwood 2019-03-08
Mr. SOUL! Voice of Ellis Haizlip 2018-04-27
The After Party Sgt. Martin Ellison 2018-08-24
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice Narrator 2016-08-05
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Makuu (voice) 2015-11-22
The Trip to Bountiful Ludie Watts 2014-03-08
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day David Ames 2012-04-13
The Art of Getting By Principal 2011-06-17
First Generation Narrator 2011-01-01
Weather Girl Fitz 2009-07-10
The Hit Henry Alabaster 2007-09-26
Something New Mark Harper 2006-01-29
Madea's Family Reunion Carlos 2006-02-24
Covert One: The Hades Factor Palmer Addison 2006-01-01
The Golden Blaze Gregory Fletcher (voice) 2005-05-10
Do Geese See God Man 2004-11-23
The Gristle Self (uncredited) 2004-05-13
Malibu's Most Wanted Tom Gibbsons 2003-04-10
Truth Be Told Det. Harris 2002-01-01
Full Frontal Calvin / Nicholas 2002-08-02
G Chip Hightower 2002-05-10
Rules of Engagement Capt. Lee 2000-04-07
The Wishing Tree Thomas 1999-01-01
Deep Impact Mark Simon 1998-05-08
Asunder Chance Williams 1998-11-06
Gattaca Geneticist 1997-09-07
Soul of the Game Jackie Robinson 1996-04-20
Set It Off Keith 1996-11-06
Mistrial Lieutenant C. Hodges 1996-11-02
Just Cause Bobby Earl Ferguson 1995-02-17
Posse Carver 1993-05-14
Father & Son: Dangerous Relations Jared Williams 1993-04-19
The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry Self 1991-01-01
Voices That Care Self - Choir Member 1991-02-28
Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers Reader 1991-01-01
Heat Wave Bob Richardson 1990-08-13
Murder in Mississippi James Chaney 1990-02-05
The Cover Girl and the Cop Horace Bouchet 1989-01-16
Mickey's 60th Birthday Jonathan Rollins 1988-11-13
Krush Groove Russell Walker 1985-10-25
One Spoon of Chocolate