Sep. 23rd, 1961
Chicago, Illinois, USA.
6' 4 1/2
Chi McBride's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - Draft Day
2008 - American Son
2008 - First Sunday
2007 - The Brothers Solomon
2006 - Let's Go to Prison
2006 - Annapolis
2005 - Waiting...
2005 - Roll Bounce
2004 - The Terminal
2004 - I, Robot
2003 - Cradle 2 the Grave
2002 - Narc
2002 - Undercover Brother
2002 - Paid In Full
2000 - The Kid
2000 - Gone in Sixty Seconds
1998 - Mercury Rising
1997 - Hoodlum
1996 - The Frighteners
1993 - What's Love Got to Do with It
1992 - The Distinguished Gentleman
Guest TV Roles
Captain Lou Grover
Himself - Guest
Mayor Ray Nicholson
Kenneth McBride was born in Chicago, Illinois, from which his nickname, Chi, derives. He was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church and attended Shiloh Academy, now known as Chicago SDA Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school. He graduated from high school at the age of 16. McBride originally planned to pursue a career in music. After studying several instruments and singing with gospel choirs in his native Chicago, he relocated to Atlanta in 1986 to work for AT&T as a billing clerk.
His first success in show business came with the hit song "He's the Champ", which parodied the marriage of boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens. Based on the tune's success, McBride was signed by Esquire Records and he joined the rhythm and blues band Covert. Convinced he should try his hand in front of the camera, the singer moved to Los Angeles and, billed as "Chi", landed guest spots on Fox's In Living Color and NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as a featured role in the TV movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation.
In 1998, he was a co-star of Mercury Rising, alongside Bruce Willis. He was later given the role of Principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public. Much of McBride's work sees him playing right-hand man to the hero, as in the films Mercury Rising and The Terminal. McBride is unusual among actors in that he did not begin his acting career until the age of 30. He is notable for his television roles on Boston Public, The John Larroquette Show, House, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, Killer Instinct and Pushing Daisies.
McBride's film credits include The Distinguished Gentleman, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Frighteners, Narc, The Terminal, I, Robot, Roll Bounce, Annapolis, Hoodlum, Undercover Brother, Let's Go to Prison and The Brothers Solomon. McBride portrayed eight different characters in the play Nagataki Sake, directed by Robert Downey, Sr.
He starred in Human Target as Winston, business partner of Christopher Chance (the protagonist). The show premiered on January 17, 2010, on the Fox Broadcasting Company.
Chi has also appeared on an episode of "Celebrity Ghost Stories", depicting an incident during 1988 before his acting career in which he was subconsciously led to the Lorraine Motel while stopped over in Memphis, and experienced psychic visions of Martin Luther King's assassination on the 20th anniversary of the event.
- His name "Chi" comes from his hometown of Chicago
- Did not start acting until he was 30
- Was considered for the role of A.D.A. Ron Carver on _"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001)_ (qv).
- His first name is pronounced "shy".