Aug. 25th, 1964
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Blair Underwood's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Weather Girl
2007 - Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
2006 - Madea's Family Reunion
2003 - Malibu's Most Wanted
2002 - Full Frontal
2002 - G
2000 - Rules of Engagement
1998 - Deep Impact
1997 - Gattaca
1996 - Set It Off
1995 - Just Cause
1993 - Posse
1985 - Krush Groove
Guest TV Roles
Officer Michael Rhoades
Smart, confident, eloquent, exceptionally handsome African-American actor Blair Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1964, the son of an Army man, and, with the family, lived all over the world. Trained in musical theater at Carnegie-Mellon, he moved to New York and got his first break on his second day there by winning a part on the "The Cosby Show." He made his film debut at age 21 in Krush Groove (1985) and appeared in a regular daytime role that same year on "One Life to Live" (1968) before scoring two years later in the charismatic role of attorney Jonathan Rollins in the hit dramatic series "L.A. Law" (1986). He copped a Golden Globe nomination during its lengthy seven-year run. A TV commodity, he appeared ready to fill the bill as a rising small-screen Sidney Poitier. Blair went on to appear in a number of prestigious TV dramas such as Murder in Mississippi (1990) (TV), Heat Wave (1990) (TV) and Mama Flora's Family (1998) (TV), which was based on Alex Haley's final book. He received NAACP Image Awards for both performances. He also top-lined as baseball legend Jackie Robinson (I) in HBO's Soul of the Game (1996) (TV).
Blair's theater credits include "Measure for Measure" with Kevin Kline (I) at the 1993 New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as "El Negro en Peru," "The Game of Love and Chance," and "Love Letters," which he performed with Alfre Woodard in 2002. On film he has yet to break out into top stardom but has shown panache and great flair playing men of integrity in a number of support roles including Gattaca (1997), Deep Impact (1998),The Wishing Tree (1999) and Full Frontal (2002). His flashy, atypical performances as a vicious murderer in Just Cause (1995) and a psychotic stalker in Asunder (1998), however, have also earned him excellent notices.
He drummed up a bit of controversy as director, executive producer, co-writer and star of the 30-minute dramatic film The Second Coming (1992) in which he portrayed Jesus Christ coming back to earth as a man of color. In addition, he produced and starred in the short film _"Sister, I'm Sorry"_ (1994)_. Blair also has five music videos to his directing credit. Married since 1994 and the father of three, he is involved in numerous charitable organizations.
- (9 June 2001) Son (with wife Désirée) Blake Ellis born weighing 7lbs 2oz.
- His father was a U.S. Army Colonel
- Began career as a performer at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
- Voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000 and one of TV Guide's most influential faces of the 90s.
- Is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
- He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
- Attended Carnegie Mellon University.
- His 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, which supports a democratic South Africa with equal rights and opportunities for all citizens.