More Blair Underwood Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Full Frontal)Having already established himself as a charismatic and versatile actor, Blair Underwood hopes to begin work soon on his feature directorial debut, My Soul To Keep. He will also star in the supernatural thriller, which is based on the novel by Tananarive Due. In addition to Full Frontal, Underwood stars in two other films this year, the independent dramas Final Breakdown and G.
Last year he starred in the independent thriller Asunder, portraying a psychotic stalker. He was also co-executive producer of the film. Additionally, he starred as a Marine captain in William Friedkin's Rules of Engagement, for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Film. That same year he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his starring role in Steven Bochco's City of Angels. Also in 2000, People magazine named him one of its 50 Most Beautiful People.
Underwood's other film credits include his portrayals of a space shuttle flight navigator in the Paramount/DreamWorks hit Deep Impact, a death row inmate in Warner Bros.' Just Cause, a geneticist in Columbia's Gattaca, a sheriff in Posse, and a corporate banker in New Line's Set It Off. He received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a motion picture for the latter role.
As director, executive producer, writer and star of the dramatic short The Second Coming, Underwood played Jesus Christ returning to earth. In addition, he produced and starred in the short film Sister, I'm Sorry. He also has five music videos to his directing credit.
Underwood grew up an Army brat, living in cities all over the world, but he calls Virginia his home. He burst into the national spotlight with his confident and passionate portrayal of lawyer Jonathan Rollins in the NBC hit series L.A. Law. The role also earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, TV Guide singled him out as one of The Top Stars of the 90s.
Underwood starred in CBS's top-rated 1998 dramatic miniseries, Mama Flora's Family, which was based on Alex Haley's last book. The performance earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie/Miniseries. Underwood won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie for NBC's Murder in Mississippi and starred as Jackie Robinson in HBO's Soul of the Game, for which he received another NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie/Miniseries. Underwood also starred in Showtime's The Wishing Tree and TNT's award-winning Heat Wave.
Underwood's theater credits include Measure for Measure at the 1993 New York Shakespeare Festival, El Negro en Peru, The Game of Love and Chance, and Love Letters opposite Alfre Woodard.
Underwood is involved in numerous charitable organizations. His dedicated support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association won him the 1993 Humanitarian Award, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA. He is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). Founded in 1989 with Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen, CCH Pounder and other friends in the arts and entertainment community, ANSA supports a democratic South Africa with equal rights and opportunities for all citizens.
Bio courtesy Miramax for "Full Frontal" (18-Aug-2002)