Blair Underwood On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets

Blair Underwood

Blair Erwin Underwood was born on August 25, 1964 in Tacoma, Washington. He is a two-time Golden Globe nominee, who is perhaps best known for his television roles on series such as “Dear White People,” “Quantico,” Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Event,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “In Treatment,” “LAX,” “City of Angels,” “High Incident,” and “L.A. Law,” among others.

Underwood attended Petersburg High School in Virginia and went on to study at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began his professional career as an actor in 1985 with guest roles on “Knight Rider” and “The Cosby Show,” his feature film debut in “Krush Groove” and a short stint on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” as Bobby Blue. Following his role as Terry Corsaro on CBS’ “Downtown,” he landed his big break after being cast as Jonathan Rollins on NBC’s hit legal drama “L.A. Law,” starring in 149 episodes from 1987 through 1994 and earning his first Golden Globe nomination in 1991.

After “L.A. Law,” Underwood appeared in several Hollywood films throughout the 1990s, including “Just Cause” (1995), “Set It Off” (1996), “Gattaca” (1997), and “Deep Impact” (1998), and in the ABC police drama series “High Incident” as Officer Michael Rhoades (1996-97). In 2000, he starred as Dr. Ben Turner in the CBS medical drama “City of Angels” and as Captain Lee in “Rules of Engagement.”

Underwood’s most notable screen credits during the Noughties include a stint on HBO’s smash hit “Sex and the City” (2003-4), principal roles on Nickelodeon’s “Fatherhood” and NBC drama “LAX” (2004-5), “Madea’s Family Reunion” (2006), CBS sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006-10), ABC drama “Dirty Sexy Money” (2007-9), and the role of Alex Prince on the HBO drama “In Treatment,” which led to his second Golden Globe nomination in 2009. He also won a Grammy Award in 2009 for “An Inconvenient Truth” in the category of ‘Best Spoken Word Album’.

In recent years, he starred as President Elias Martinez in “The Event” on NBC (2010-11), as Robert Ironside in the NBC remake of “Ironside” (2013), as Andrew Garner in Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC (2015-16), as Owen Hall in ABC thriller “Quantico” (2016-18), and as Moses Brown on Netflix comedy “Dear White People” (2019). He has also voiced the role of Makuu on Disney’s “The Lion Guard” since 2016.

On stage, Underwood starred as Claudio in the 1993 “Shakespeare in the Park” production of Measure for Measure at the Delacorte Theater and he would make his Broadway debut as Stanley Kowalski in the 2012 revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst Theatre. He returned to the Great White Way to star as Captain Richard Davenport in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway premiere of A Soldier’s Play at the American Airlines Theatre from December 27, 2019 through March 15, 2020. The production was forced to close on March 11, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


Blair Underwood in A Soldier's Play
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

 

Previous shows Featuring Blair Underwood

Show Role Theatre Link
A Soldier's Play Captain Richard Davenport American Airlines Theatre - Roundabout Theatre Company