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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 25, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, USA Profession: actor, producer

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With his successful run playing a brash attorney on the popular Stephen Bochco legal drama "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), actor Blair Underwood carved out a niche for himself portraying highly educated authority figures on scores of television series and in feature films. Underwood did all this by managing to avoid negative typecasting of African-American men often seen in Hollywood; earning NAACP Image awards for offering audiences multi-faceted lawyers, doctors and executives in films like "Set it Off" (1996) and "Deep Impact" (1998), and on series ranging from "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) to "LAX" (NBC, 2004-05). The Golden Globe nominee also enjoyed opportunities to bring important African-American cultural touchstones to life in acclaimed TV movies like "Murder in Mississippi" (NBC, 1990), the Negro League baseball chronicle "Soul of the Game" (HBO, 1996) and Alex Haley's "Mama Flora's Family" (CBS, 1998). Twice voted one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men," Underwood's versatility and take-charge appeal proved a consistent crowd pleaser with audiences and critics alike.

With his successful run playing a brash attorney on the popular Stephen Bochco legal drama "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), actor Blair Underwood carved out a niche for himself portraying highly educated authority figures on scores of television series and in feature films. Underwood did all this by managing to avoid negative typecasting of African-American men often seen in Hollywood; earning NAACP Image awards for offering audiences multi-faceted lawyers, doctors and executives in films like "Set it Off" (1996) and "Deep Impact" (1998), and on series ranging from "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) to "LAX" (NBC, 2004-05). The Golden Globe nominee also enjoyed opportunities to bring important African-American cultural touchstones to life in acclaimed TV movies like "Murder in Mississippi" (NBC, 1990), the Negro League baseball chronicle "Soul of the Game" (HBO, 1996) and Alex Haley's "Mama Flora's Family" (CBS, 1998). Twice voted one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men," Underwood's versatility and take-charge appeal proved a consistent crowd pleaser with audiences and critics alike.

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 I Will Follow (2010)
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 Hit, The (2007)
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 Madea's Family Reunion (2006) Cast
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 Something New (2006)
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 Fronterz (2004)
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1985:
Made feature film debut in "Krush Groove"
1985:
First speaking role on TV in episode of "The Cosby Show" (NBC)
1986:
Had a short-lived role the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live"
1987:
Cast as lawyer Jonathan Rollins on the NBC series "L.A. Law"; received a Golden Globe nomination in 1990
1989:
Made TV-movie debut in "The Cover Girl and the Cop"
1995:
Played villain in "Just Cause"
1996:
Played Jackie Robinson in "Soul of the Game" (HBO)
1996:
Joined the cast of ABC police drama "High Incident"
1997:
Had small role as a geneticist in "Gattaca"
1999:
Starred in (also executive produced) the romantic thriller, "Assunder"
2000:
Had featured role in "Rules of Engagement"
2000:
Returned to TV series work as co-star of the CBS medical drama "City of Angels"
2002:
Starred opposite Julia Roberts in "Full Frontal"
2003:
Cast in the comedy feature "Malibu's Most Wanted"
2003:
Had a recurring role as Miranda's boyfriend in the HBO hit series "Sex and the City"
2004:
Starred in the short-lived drama "LAX" (NBC)
2005:
Cast as a hip-hop mogul in "G" (filmed in 2001); loosely based on "The Great Gatsby"
2006:
Co-starred in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion"
2007:
Co-authored the fiction novel <i>Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel</i> with husband-and-wife team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due
2008:
Played the recurring role of billionaire Simon Elder on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money"
2008:
Cast as the recurring character Alex in the HBO series "In Treatment"; earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2009 for Supporting Actor
2010:
Cast as the President of the United States in NBC's "The Event"
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Education

Petersburg High School: Petersburg , Virginia -
Carnegie Mellon: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Named the 1994 spokesman for the PATS (Parents, Teachers and Students) Foundation, an organization that raises funds for academic support at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

"He is beyond charismatic, and quite the gentleman."---Heather Locklear, Blair's co-star on "LAX" quoted to People, November 29, 2004.

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wife:
Desiree Da Costa. Born c. 1965; married on September 17, 1994.

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father:
Frank Underwood. Army colonel.
mother:
Marilyn Underwood. Interior decorator.
brother:
Frank Underwood. Producer.
son:
Paris Underwood. Born c. February 1997.
daughter:
Brielle Nicole Underwood. Born on November 12, 1998.
son:
Blake Ellis Underwood. Born on June 10, 2001.
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