Carl Lumbly

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Carl Lumbly
Born Carl Winston Lumbly
(1951-08-14) August 14, 1951 (age 66)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Nationality American
Education South High School
Macalester College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Vonetta McGee (m. 1987–2010)
(her death)
Children 1

Carl Winston Lumbly (born August 14, 1951)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as 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 the Martian Manhunter for 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.[2] He currently plays Martian Manhunter's father, M'yrnn, on Supergirl.

Early life[edit]

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

Lumbly began his professional career as a journalist in Minnesota. While on assignment for a story about a workshop theatre he was cast as an actor and stayed with the improvisational company for two years (along with then-unknown Danny Glover).


His first major role was Detective Marcus Petrie on the television series Cagney & Lacey (1982–1988). In 1985 he appeared as Theseus in "The Gospel At Colonus," an African-American musical iteration of the Oedipus legend, which starred Morgan Freeman and The Blind Boys Of Alabama, 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 movie Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8. In 1989-90, 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.

From 1994-1995, Lumbly starred as the main character in the short-lived science fiction series M.A.N.T.I.S. Perhaps his most visible role 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,. This was the reasoning to cast him as the father of the same charecter in 2017 for the TV show Supergirl. He also appeared in Superman: The Animated Series as the voice of the Mayor of Metropolis on the episode "Speed Demons" in 1997, and as an alien military general in the episode "Absolute Power" in 1999. He also appeared as the voice of the villain Stalker on Batman Beyond.

In 2000, Lumbly portrayed activist and Congressman Ron Dellums in the Disney Channel original movie, The Color of Friendship. Although the movie 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 a season one episode of The West Wing entitled "Six Meetings Before Lunch" as Jeff Breckenridge, a nominee for U.S. Assistant Attorney General who supports reparations for slavery.

Lumbly appeared as Lt. Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek in the 2004 television series Battlestar Galactica. He also plays a role in the video game Command and Conquer 3 's expansion pack Kane's Wrath. Most recently, Lumbly played police captain Joe Rucker on TNT's Southland.

Personal life[edit]

Lumbly was married to actress Vonetta McGee from 1987 until her death in 2010. Together they have one son named Brandon Lumbly born in 1988.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension John Parker
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Additional Voices Direct-to-video
2008 Immigrants Splits Jackson (voice) English Dub
2012 Justice League: Doom Martian Manhunter/ J'onn J'onzz / Ma'alefa'ak (voice) Direct-to-video
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Silas Stone (voice) Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The X-Files Marcus Duff Episode: "Teliko"
1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Colonel William Marcus (voice) Episode: "Other Space"
1997-1998 Superman: The Animated Series Alterus / Mayor (voice) 2 Episodes
1999-2000 Batman Beyond Stalker (voice) 2 Episodes
1999-2000 The Wild Thornberrys Red Colobus Monkey / Tumbulu (voice) 2 Episodes
2003 Static Shock Anansi the Spider / Martian Manhunter/ J'onn J'onzz (voice) 4 Episodes
2001-2004 Justice League Martian Manhunter/ J'onn J'onzz (voice) 46 Episodes
2004-2006 Justice League Unlimited Martian Manhunter/ J'onn J'onzz (voice) 18 Episodes
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Tornado Champion / Tornado Tyrant (voice) Episode: "Hail the Tornado Tyrant"
2010 Black Panther Uncle S'Yan (voice) 6 Episodes
2014 Family Guy Loan Officer (voice) Episode: "Baking Bad"
2017-2018 Supergirl M'yrnn J'onzz 10 Episodes


Video games[edit]

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

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ According to the State of Minnesota. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. At
  2. ^ Hillard, Kyle. "Martian Manhunter Coming To Injustice: Gods Among Us". Game Informer. 
  3. ^ "1980-1989 Awards". United States: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Archived from the original on 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 

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