Carl Lumbly

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Carl Lumbly
A black and white photo of a boy in a suit, tie, and thick-rimmed glasses, at bust length, staring to the left of the camera
Lumbly in his senior year of high school
Carl Winston Lumbly

(1951-08-14) August 14, 1951 (age 70)
EducationMacalester College
Years active1979–present
(m. 1987; died 2010)

Deborah Santana
(m. 2015; div. 2019)

Carl Winston Lumbly (born August 14, 1951)[2] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Dick Hallorann in Doctor Sleep, NYPD detective Marcus Petrie on the CBS police drama Cagney & Lacey, CIA agent Marcus Dixon on the ABC espionage drama series Alias, and as the voice of J'onn J'onnz / Martian Manhunter in the animated series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, as well as the direct-to-DVD animated film Justice League: Doom and the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us.[3] Lumbly is also known for his roles on The CW's Arrowverse as J'onn J'onnz's father, M'yrnn, on Supergirl from 2017 until 2019, and on the Marvel Cinematic Universe's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Isaiah Bradley in 2021.

Early life and background[edit]

Lumbly was born to Jamaican immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from South High School there and Macalester College in nearby St. Paul.

Lumbly's first career was as a journalist in Minnesota. While on assignment for a story about a workshop theatre, he was cast as an actor. He stayed with the improvisational company for two years and later moved to San Francisco where he discovered a newspaper ad seeking “two black actors for South African political plays.” He went to the audition and landed one of the parts (along with then-unknown Danny Glover). Lumbly toured with Glover in productions of Athol Fugard's Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island.[4]


His first major role was Detective Marcus Petrie on the television series Cagney & Lacey (1982–1988), where his character was paired with Detective Victor Isbecki (Martin Kove). In 1985, he appeared as Theseus in The Gospel At Colonus, an African-American musical iteration of the Oedipus legend on PBS' Great Performances series.

In 1987, he garnered positive reviews for his portrayal of Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale in the HBO television film Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8. From 1989 to 1990, he portrayed ongoing character Earl Williams (named for the prisoner in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's story The Front Page), a teacher falsely accused of the rape/murder of a female student, in the hit TV series L.A. Law.

In 1990, he co-starred in Charles Burnett's critically acclaimed film To Sleep with Anger. From 1994 to 1995, Lumbly starred as the main character in the short-lived science fiction series M.A.N.T.I.S.. One of his most visible roles was as Marcus Dixon in the American television series Alias (2001–2006).

Other prominent roles include providing the voice for the Martian Manhunter in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, which is why he was cast as the father of the same character in 2017 for the TV show Supergirl. In Superman: The Animated Series, Lumbly voiced the mayor of Metropolis in the episode "Speed Demons" in 1997, and an alien military general in the episode "Absolute Power" in 1999. He voiced the villain Stalker on Batman Beyond.

In 2000, Lumbly portrayed activist and Congressman Ron Dellums in the Disney Channel original film The Color of Friendship. Although the film was focused on Dellums' daughter's friendship with a white South African girl, the film also discussed Dellums' role in ending apartheid in South Africa.

Also in 2000, Lumbly guest starred in the season one The West Wing episode "Six Meetings Before Lunch" as Jeff Breckenridge, a nominee for U.S. Assistant Attorney General who supports reparations for slavery. Lumbly appeared as Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek in the 2004 television series Battlestar Galactica. He also plays a role in the Kane's Wrath expansion pack for the video game Command and Conquer 3. More recently, he played police captain Joe Rucker on TNT's Southland.

In 2017, Lumbly had some guest spots on Supergirl as the Martian Manhunter's father M'yrnn J'onzz.

In 2021, Lumbly guest starred in several episodes of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Isaiah Bradley, which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Personal life[edit]

Lumbly has been married twice and has one son. He was married to actress Vonetta McGee from 1987 until her death in 2010. Together they had one son, born in 1988. Lumbly married author Deborah Santana in 2015 and the couple divorced in 2019.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Escape from Alcatraz Inmate
1981 Caveman Bork
1981 Lifepod Keshah
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension John Parker
1987 The Bedroom Window Detective Quirke
1988 Coming to America Stadium Janitor
1988 Judgement in Berlin Edwin Palmer
1988 Everybody's All-American Narvel Blue
1990 To Sleep with Anger Junior
1990 Pacific Heights Lou Baker
1992 South Central Ali
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Additional Voices Direct-to-video[5]
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Judge Spencer Boyle
1999 Nightjohn Nightjohn
2000 Men of Honor Mac Brashear
2000 9mm of Love Cue Short film
2002 Just a Dream J.M. Hoagland
2003 Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property Nat Turner - Gray Documentary
2007 Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation Sam Nujoma
2008 The Alphabet Killer Ellis Parks
2008 Immigrants Splits Jackson (voice) English Dub[5]
2010 Nominated Ray Cowan [6]
2012 Justice League: Doom Martian Manhunter / J'onn J'onzz / Ma'alefa'ak (voice) Direct-to-video[5]
2012 99% Carl Westen Short film
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Silas Stone (voice) Direct-to-video[5]
2015 Quitters Dr. Weiss
2016 Gilpin's Nightmare Charles Gilpin Short film
2016 Love Twice Rodrigo
2016 A Cure for Wellness Wilson
2019 Doctor Sleep Dick Hallorann [7]
2021 I'm Charlie Walker Willie


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Emergency! Beutel Episode: What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing...?"
1979 Undercover with the KKK Reverend Lowell Television film
1980 Lou Grant Beutel Episode: "Hazard"
1980 Taxi Customer #2 Episode: "Fantasy Borough: Part 1"
1981 The Jeffersons Jimmy Episode: "And the Doorknobs Shined Like Diamonds"
1981 B. J. and the Bear Telephone Representative Episode: "Intercepted Pass"
1981–1988 Cagney & Lacey Marcus Petrie Main role
1985 Great Performances Theseus Episode: "The Gospel at Colonus"
1987 Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 Bobby Seale Television film
1989–1990 L.A. Law Earl Williams 6 episodes
1991 Eyes of a Witness Mambulu Television film
1991 Brother Future Denmark Vesey Television film
1991 American Experience Narrator Episode: "Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind"
1992 Back to the Streets of San Francisco Charlie Walker Television film
1992–1993 Going to Extremes Dr. Norris Main role
1993 Tribeca Ernest Episode: "The Box"
1994 Out of Darkness Addison Television film
1994–1995 M.A.N.T.I.S. Miles Hawkins Main role; also television film
1994 SeaQuest 2032 Lamm Episode: "The Last Lap of Luxury"
1994 On Promised Land Floyd Ween Television film
1994 Cagney & Lacey: The Return Marcus Petrie Television film
1996 America's Dream Cal Television film; segment: "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black"
1996 Chicago Hope Michael Johnson Episode: "Life Lines"
1996 Nightjohn John Television film
1996 Touched by an Angel Willis Thompson Episode: "Sins of the Father"
1996 The X-Files Marcus Duff Episode: "Teliko"
1996–1997 EZ Streets Christian Davidson 9 episodes
1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest William Marcus (voice) Episode: "Other Space"
1997 The Ditchdigger's Daughters Donald Thornton Television film
1997 Buffalo Soldiers John Horse Television film
1998 The Wedding Lute McNeil Television film
1999 Any Day Now Nathan 2 episodes
1997–1998 Superman: The Animated Series Alterus / Mayor (voice) 2 episodes[5]
1999 Border Line Detective Mollo Television film
1999 ER Graham Baker 2 episodes
1999 Strange World Kevin Manus Episode: "Eliza"
1999–2000 Batman Beyond Stalker / Officer Williams (voice) 2 episodes[5]
1999–2000 The Wild Thornberrys Red Colobus Monkey / Tumbulu (voice) 2 episodes[5]
2000 The Color of Friendship Ron Dellums Television film
2000 Little Richard Bud Penniman Television film
2000 The West Wing Jeff Breckenridge Episode: "Six Meetings Before Lunch"
2000 The Magnificent Seven Obediah Jackson Episode: "The Trial"
2000 Family Law Tom Calloway Episode: "Affairs of the State"
2001 American Experience Frederick Douglass Episode: "The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry""
2001 Kate Brasher Jackson Turner Episode: "Jackson Turner"
2001 Night Visions Dan Episode: "A View Through the Window"
2001–2004 Justice League Martian Manhunter / J'onn J'onzz (voice) 46 episodes[5]
2001–2006 Alias Marcus Dixon Main role
2002 Toonami Swayzak Episode: "Trapped in Hyperspace"
2003 The Wonderful World of Disney The Father Episode: "Sounder"
2003 Static Shock Anansi The Spider / Martian Manhunter / J'onn J'onzz (voice) 4 episodes[5]
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Martian Manhunter / J'onn J'onzz (voice) 18 episodes[5]
2005 Slavery and the Making of America Salomon Northup Episode: "Seeds of Destruction"
2006 Battlestar Galactica Danny 'Bulldog' Novacek Episode: "Hero"
2008 Cold Case Cordell Baker '08 Episode: "Wednesday's Women"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Kurt Walling Episode: "There's No 'I' in Team"
2008 Chuck Ty Bennett Episode: "Chuck Versus the Sensei"
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Tornado Champion / Tornado Tyrant (voice) Episode: "Hail the Tornado Tyrant"[5]
2010 Black Panther Uncle S'Yan (voice) / Other Voices 6 episodes[5]
2010 Trauma Special Agent Reynolds Episode: "Tunnel Vision"
2010 Criminal Minds James 'Jay-Mo' Morris Episode: "Devil's Night"
2011 NCIS Beau Hindley Episode: "Tell-All"
2012 Southland Joel Rucker 3 episodes
2014 Family Guy Loan officer (voice) Episode: "Baking Bad"
2014 Hope: The Last Paladin Robert Danforth Pilot
2015 The Returned Leon Wright 5 episodes
2015 Zoo Delavenne 6 episodes
2016 UnREAL Henry Carter Episode: "Infiltration"
2017 Six Robert Chase Sr. Episode: "Confession"
2017 Doubt Walter Don Burkes Episode: "#2.5"
2017–2018 NCIS: Los Angeles Charles Langston 4 episodes
2017–2019 Supergirl M'yrnn J'onzz Recurring role; 15 episodes
2019 This Is Us Abe Clarke Episode: "Our Little Island Girl"[8]
2020 God Friended Me Alphonse Jeffries Episode: "BFF"
2020 Altered Carbon Lukas Imani 2 episodes
2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Isaiah Bradley 3 episodes
2021 Young Justice M'aatt M'orzz 3 episodes


Year Title
1980 Eden
1997 Macbeth
2013 The Motherfucker with the Hat
2013 Storefront Church
2015 Let There Be Love
2015 Between Riverside and Crazy
2016 Red Velvet

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Alias Agent Marcus Dixon
2008 Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Brother Marcion
2010 BioShock 2: Minerva's Den Charles Milton Porter
2012 Diablo III Witch Doctor - Male [5]
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Martian Manhunter/ J'onn J'onzz Uncredited
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Witch Doctor - Male [5]
2015 Heroes of the Storm Nazeebo
2017 Tacoma Odin [5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1980: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Lead Performance - Eden[9]


  1. ^ a b "Carl Lumbly". January 1, 2016. Archived from the original on April 5, 2019.
  2. ^ According to the State of Minnesota. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. At
  3. ^ Hillard, Kyle (July 14, 2013). "Martian Manhunter Coming To Injustice: Gods Among Us". Game Informer.
  4. ^ "Carl Lumbly - About this Artist". LA Phil. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Carl Lumbly (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors.
  6. ^ "Nominated (2010)". IMDb.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 1, 2018). "'Doctor Sleep' Gets Carl Lumbly For Dick Halloran, Alex Essoe For Wendy Torrance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 7, 2019). "'This Is Us' Casts Young & Teen Beth; Carl Lumbly To Play Her Father". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ "1980-1989 Awards". Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. United States. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2009.

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