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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 18, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, director, busboy, telemarketer (sold pesticide), teacher, cabbie

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After establishing himself as an excellent stage performer, actor Delroy Lindo was noted for his remarkable ability to balance both anger and charm while portraying a variety of onscreen villains in films like "Clockers" (1995) and "Get Shorty" (1995). Audiences first discovered Lindo in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" (1992), at a time when the actor was trying to gain a foothold in Hollywood. It was Lee who gave Lindo several opportunities to showcase his range - playing a caring, but misguided father in "Crooklyn" (1994) and a charming drug dealer in "Clockers." With the doors opened wide after "Get Shorty," Lindo struggled with another Hollywood trap - being typecast. But instead of portraying strictly amiable bad guys, he broke away with riveting portrayals of historical figures like Satchel Paige in "Soul of the Game" (HBO, 1996), explorer Mattew Henson in "Glory & Honor" (TNT, 1997), and Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in "Strange Justice" (Showtime, 1998). By the time he gave a memorable supporting turn in the multi-award winning "Lackawanna Blues" (HBO, 2005), Lindo was established as a versatile performer who excelled in a wide range of film, television and stage roles. ...

After establishing himself as an excellent stage performer, actor Delroy Lindo was noted for his remarkable ability to balance both anger and charm while portraying a variety of onscreen villains in films like "Clockers" (1995) and "Get Shorty" (1995). Audiences first discovered Lindo in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" (1992), at a time when the actor was trying to gain a foothold in Hollywood. It was Lee who gave Lindo several opportunities to showcase his range - playing a caring, but misguided father in "Crooklyn" (1994) and a charming drug dealer in "Clockers." With the doors opened wide after "Get Shorty," Lindo struggled with another Hollywood trap - being typecast. But instead of portraying strictly amiable bad guys, he broke away with riveting portrayals of historical figures like Satchel Paige in "Soul of the Game" (HBO, 1996), explorer Mattew Henson in "Glory & Honor" (TNT, 1997), and Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in "Strange Justice" (Showtime, 1998). By the time he gave a memorable supporting turn in the multi-award winning "Lackawanna Blues" (HBO, 2005), Lindo was established as a versatile performer who excelled in a wide range of film, television and stage roles.

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 Cymbeline (2014)
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 Poker Night (2013)
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 Big Bang, The (2011)
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 Up (2009)
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 Salute (2008)
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 Bury Me Standing (2008)
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 This Christmas (2007)
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 Domino (2005) Claremont Williams Iii
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 Lackawanna Blues (2005) Cast
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1957:
Acted in a Nativity play at the age of five
1979:
Film acting debut, "More American Graffiti"
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Taught the mentally disabled while taking acting classesin NYC
1981:
Was a company member at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
1983:
First played the role of Walter Lee in a New Haven, Connecticut production of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"
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Toured for seven months as Willie in Athol Fugard's "Master Harold ... and the boys"
1984:
Broadway debut as Sam in "Master Harold ... and the boys," directed by Fugard; replaced Danny Glover
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Was a company member at Actors Theatre of Louisville [Kentucky]
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Recreated the role of Walter Lee for the Kennedy Center production of "A Raisin in the Sun," directed by Lloyd Richards
1987:
TV acting debut, a recurring role (two appearances) on the cultish CBS-TV romantic fantasy "Beauty and the Beast"
1988:
Breakthrough Broadway role in August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"; earned a Tony nomination
1992:
First major supporting role in film, played West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"
1993:
Acted the part of ragtime composer Scott Joplin in Off-Broadway production of "The Heliotrope Bouquet"
1994:
Reteamed with Spike Lee for "Crooklyn," portraying a Brooklyn jazz musician, based on Lee's own father
1994:
Contributed voice to Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary "Baseball"
1995:
Third film with Lee, portraying a fatherly drug lord in "Clockers"
1995:
Co-starred with John Travolta as a thug-turned-movie mogul in "Get Shorty"
1996:
Put the squeeze on Keanu Reeves as a gangland boss in "Feeling Minesota"; first film with Cameron Diaz
1996:
Portrayed FBI agent Lonnie Hawkins in "Ransom," co-starring Mel Gibson
1996:
Played Satchel Paige in the HBO movie "Soul of the Game"
1997:
With Holly Hunter, played angels who facilitate Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz's romance in Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary"
1997:
Appeared as tyrannical Sergeant Calhoun in HBO's "First-Time Felon," co-starring Omar Epps and directed by Charles S Dutton
1998:
Cast as polar explorer Matthew Henson in the TNT movie "Glory & Honor"
1999:
Executive produced, created and served as interviewer for Independent Film Channel's "Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee"
1999:
Delivered a multi-layered portrayal of an migrant apple picker harboring a dark secret in the film version of John Irving's "The Cider House Rules"
2000:
Created, executive produced, directed and appeared in "Conversations With Charles Burnett" (Showtime)
2000:
Essayed underworld boss Isaak O'Day in "Romeo Must Die"
2000:
Played police detective to Nicolas Cage's master car thief in "Gone in 60 Seconds"
2002:
Co-starred with Jet Li in the feature "The One"
2003:
Cast in the sci-fi thriller "The Core"
2005:
Cast in the HBO original movie "Lackawanna Blues" based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson autobiographical one man show
2005:
Starred in the Tony Scott directed "Domino" starring Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey, a model turned bounty hunter and daughter of actor Lawrence Harvey
2006:
Played an FBI agent in the NBC drama, "Kidnapped"
2007:
Co-starred in the family drama, "This Christmas"
2008:
Directed August Wilson's play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2009:
Voiced Muntz's (voiced by Christopher Plummer) talking Rottweiler in the Pixar film, "Up"
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Education

Actors Studio: New York , New York -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California - 1977

Notes

"I don't want to get typed as a gangster. I hope people who see these films see more than a nasty guy. My bad guys are three-dimensional. They have feelings . . . Did you know that in Spanish the name Lindo means pretty or beautiful. And Delroy in French is 'of the king'. You are speaking to a pretty, beautiful king, so act accordingly." --Delroy Lindo quoted in People, November 13, 1995

On frequent collaborator Spike Lee: "I have immense respect for Spike, not only for the opportunities he provided me, but for the opportunities I've seen him provide hundreds of other people of color in this industry. I respect his attempt to establish his vision, the courage he exhibits in stepping up and saying, 'Here's what I believe--this is me right here, right now.'" --Lindo to Daily News, December 7, 1999

"I'm very proud of my roles. I enjoy the ability to touch millions of people and in some way, connect with them in ways that I cannot connect with them in my normal, everyday life."-- Delroy Lindo, Ebony Magazine 08/2002

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wife:
Neshormeh Lindo. Educator, program director. Works as the educational programs manager at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC's Harlem.

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son:
Damiri. Born 2001.

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