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.
1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
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
Frank Underwood — Father
Frank Underwood Jr. — Brother
Marilyn Underwood — Mother
Desiree Da Costa — Wife
Paris Underwood — Son
Brielle Nicole Underwood — Daughter
Blake Ellis Underwood — Son
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (BFA, 1988)