- Moved frequently throughout his childhood---including stints in Michigan, Colorado, Virginia and Germany---due to his colonel father's job with the U.S. Army.
- Wanted to be a cowboy before he wanted to be an actor; in addition to horseback riding, he took part in rodeos.
- Voted one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000.
- Created and starred in IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop, a one-man show in which he played eight characters.
- Coauthored the Tennyson Hardwick series of novels about an actor-turned-detective.
- Has won multiple NAACP Image Awards.
- Is a champion for civil rights and has been involved in numerous charitable organizations. Notably, he received the 1993 Humanitarian Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, was a spokesperson for YouthAIDS in 2003 and cofounded Artists for a New South Africa.
- 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 2008, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
- 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series: Nominee
- 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- Brielle Nicole Underwood — Daughter
- Desiree Da Costa — Wife
- Blake Ellis Underwood — Son
- Frank Underwood Jr. — Brother
- Paris Underwood — Son
- Marilyn Underwood — Mother
- Frank Underwood — Father
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (BFA, 1988)
- Birth Name: Blair E. Underwood
- Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, United States
- Profession: Actor, Author, Producer, Director
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