Whether it’s starring in the latest film on the big screen or a recurring role on a popular sitcom on the small screen, actor BLAIR UNDERWOOD has been making strides in the acting industry for almost 30-years.
From movies that highlighted the humble beginnings of hip-hop music to an angry and abusive husband, throw him in front of a camera and UNDERWOOD proves time and time again that he can be anyone a script tells him to be.
Born in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Army parents, UNDERWOOD traveled the world, living on several military bases. Trained in musical theater, UNDERWOOD landed his first gig on the hit series, The Cosby Show, two days after moving to New York City to pursue acting.
In 1985, UNDERWOOD starred in his first leading feature film role as, “Russell Walker,” in the hit film, Krush Groove. A year later, UNDERWOOD landed a recurring role on the hit soap opera, One Life To Live.
UNDERWOOD’s success as a television actor began to blossom as he landed a role on the 1986 hit series, LA Law and went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination throughout his eight-year stint on the show.
Never straying too far from his musical theater training, UNDERWOOD went back to theater and starred in the 1993 play Measure For Measure and can most recently be seen in the hit Broadway play, A Streetcar Named Desire.
For the most of his career UNDERWOOD steered clear from trouble, but in 1992, he came under fire for his decision to direct, produce and costar in the 1992 film, The Second Coming, which chronicled Jesus Christ coming back to earth as a Black man.
Not only is UNDERWOOD a phenomenal actor on the big and small screens, he also a well known philanthropist. In the early stages of his career, UNDERWOOD, developed the Artists For a New South Africa, foundation that focused on promoting democracy and equality in South Africa. Over the years, UNDERWOOD has continued to serve the community with his philanthropic efforts, also signing on as a spokesperson for the non-profit organization, Youth Aids.
Almost 30-years after his film debut, BLAIR UNDERWOOD is slated to star in the new NBC crime series Ironside. Starring as ‘Raymond Burr,’ UNDERWOOD’s role follows him as an officer of the law who does whatever it takes to solve the most heinous crimes committed in New York City, regardless he has to break the law to do it. Ironside airs Wednesday, October 2nd on NBC.