Underwood at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
|Born||Blair Erwin Underwood
August 25, 1964
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Desiree DaCosta (1994–present; three children)|
Blair Erwin Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played 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. In recent years, he has appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment and was in NBC's The Event.
Early life 
Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Marilyn Ann Scales, an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr., a United States Army colonel. Because of his father's military career, Underwood lived on bases and Army Posts in the United States and Stuttgart, Germany, during his childhood. Blair attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. He went on to attend the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
After his film debut, Krush Groove, Underwood's 1985 appearance on The Cosby Show landed him a short stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Bobby Blue, which eventually led to his performance on the TV series L.A. Law, where he appeared from 1987 to 1994. In 1996 he was featured in the July issue of Playgirl.
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 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 latest role is as the recurring character Alex in the HBO series In Treatment.
Underwood portrayed the role of Saint Mark in The Truth & Life Dramatized audio New Testament Bible, a 22-hour, celebrity-voiced, fully dramatized audio New Testament, based on the RSV-CE translation.
He is currently playing the lead role of Stanley in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.
For the 2013-2014 television season on NBC, Underwood will star in the remake of the successful 1960's television series, Ironside. He will be playing Robert Ironside, the role made famous by the late Raymond Burr.
Personal life 
In 1989, Underwood co-founded Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to democracy and equality in South Africa.
Underwood is a part of several charitable organizations. He won the 1993 Humanitarian Award for his work with the Los Angeles chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2003, along with Ashley Judd, he served as the spokesperson for YouthAIDS. In addition, he is involved with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Blair Underwood Clinic in Washington, DC.
Underwood also appeared in a 2004 public service announcement for The Fulfillment Fund. He is a Trustee for the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles, a non-profit theatre group founded by Danny Glover, focusing on plays about the Black experience.
He supported President Barack Obama's candidacy and spoke at campaign rallies for Obama. Underwood got to know Obama while researching his L.A. Law role at Harvard Law School, while Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review.
Underwood's DNA test showed that he is a descendant of the Babungo people of Cameroon. Additional DNA testing and genealogical research revealed that his African ancestry comes from the Bamum, Brong and lgbo ethnic groups of Western Africa. The DNA test also connected Blair to a distant cousin in Babungo, Cameroon. The test also revealed that he is of 26% European and 74% Sub-Saharan African ancestry. These and other facts were made known about Blair Underwood's family history when the story of his family's lineage was featured on the third season of NBC's Who do You Think You Are?, on February 24, 2012.
On September 17, 1994, he married Desiree DaCosta, with whom he has three children, Paris, Brielle, and Blake.
|1985||Krush Groove||Russell Walker|
|1992||The Second Coming||Jesus||Also director|
|1995||Just Cause||Bobby Earl|
|1996||Mistrial||Lieutenant C. Hodges|
|1996||Set It Off||Keith Weston|
|1998||Deep Impact||Mark Simon|
|1999||The Wishing Tree||Magic Man|
|2000||Rules of Engagement||Capt. Lee|
|2002||Truth Be Told||Det. Harris|
|2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||Tom Gibbons|
|2004||Do Geese See God?||Man|
|2005||Straight Out of Compton 2||Hen||Also producer|
|2005||The Golden Blaze||Gregory Fletcher/The Golden Blaze||Animated|
|2006||Something New||Mark Harper|
|2006||Madea's Family Reunion||Carlos|
|2007||Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience||Voice role|
|2009||The Bridge to Nowhere||Director|
|2011||The Art of Getting By||Principal Bill Martinson|
|2011||I Will Follow||Unknown|
|2012||Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day||David Ames|
|2012||The True Friendship Or Not?..||Principal Bramble||Soon Releasing|
|1985||The Cosby Show||Robert (Denise's Friend)||Uncredited|
|1985||The Cosby Show||Mark|
|1985–86||One Life to Live||Bobby Blue|
|1987||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Stillman|
|1987||21 Jump Street||Reginald Brooks|
|1987–94||L.A. Law||Jonathan Rollins|
|1988||Mickey's 60th Birthday||Jonathan Rollins||Television special|
|1989||The Cover Girl and the Cop||Horace Bouchet||Television film|
|1990||Murder in Mississippi||James Chaney||Television film|
|1990||Heat Wave||Robert Richardson||Television film|
|1991||A Different World||Zelmer Collier|
|1993||Story of a People||Host||Miniseries|
|1993||Father & Son: Dangerous Relations||Jared Williams||Television film; also associate producer|
|1996||Soul of the Game||Jackie Robinson||Television film|
|1996–97||High Incident||Michael Rhoades|
|1998||Mama Flora's Family||Willie||Miniseries|
|2000||City of Angels||Dr. Ben Turner|
|2003–04||Sex and the City||Dr. Robert Leeds|
|2004–05||Fatherhood||Dr. Arthur Bindlebeep||Animated|
|2004–05||LAX||Roger De Souza|
|2006||Covert One: The Hades Factor||Palmer Addison||Miniseries|
|2006–08||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Mr. Harris|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Miles Sennett|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||Simon Elder|
|2008||In Treatment||Alex||HBO series|
|2010–11||The Event||President Elias Martinez||Main cast|
|2013||Ironside||Robert Ironside||Main cast|
Video games 
- Before I Got Here: The Wondrous Things We Hear When We Listen to the Souls of Our Children (2005; editor, with Donyell Kennedy-McCullough (photographer))
- The Tennyson Hardwick Novels:
- Golden Globes
- 2009, Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series or Mini-Series or Television Special: In Treatment (Nominated)
- 1991, Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series or Mini-Series or Television Special: L.A. Law (Nominated)
- Grammy Awards
- 2009, Best Spoken Word Album: An Inconvenient Truth (Winner)
- Image Awards
- 2011, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: The Event (Nominated)
- 2009, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: In Treatment (Nominated)
- 2009, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Dirty, Sexy, Money (Nominated)
- 2009, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: The New Adventures of Old Christine (Nominated)
- 2008, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Dirty, Sexy, Money (Nominated)
- 2008, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: The New Adventures of Old Christine (Nominated)
- 2005, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Sex & the City (Nominated)
- 2004, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Sex & the City (Nominated)
- 2001, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: City of Angels (Winner)
- 2001, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Rules of Engagement (Winner)
- 1999, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Mamma's Flora's Family (Winner)
- 1997, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Soul of the Game (Nominated)
- 1997, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Set It Off (Nominated)
- "Blair Underwood for President! NBC The Event Series Trailer and Jet Magazine Cover!". UrbLife.com. August 30, 2010.
- Blair Underwood Biography (1964–)
- Brennan, Patricia (August 6, 1989). "Blair Underwood; 'Common Sense' Career Moves".
- Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, February 24, 2012
- "NPR". A Conversation with Blair Underwood. Retrieved January 7, 2007.
- "Yahoo Movies". Blair Underwood Biography. Retrieved January 7, 2007.
- "MovieWeb". NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit January Guest Star Appearances. Retrieved January 7, 2007.
- "imdb.com". Biography for Blair Underwood. Retrieved January 7, 2007.
- "NBC Picks Up Three New Series for 2010–11 Season with 'The Event', 'Outsourced' and 'Love Bites'". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "AIDS Healthcare Foundation". aidshealth.org.
- "blairunderwood.com". Difference. Retrieved January 7, 2007.
- Kantor, Jodi (January 28, 2007). "In Law School, Obama Found Political Voice". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2008.
- Underwood, Blair. "Testimonials". Africanancestry.com. Retrieved 2008-11-23. Text ""A welcome surprise that my people are from Nigeria & Ibo people"" ignored (help)
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- Blair Underwood at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Website
- ANSA: Artists For A New South Africa