Blair Underwood

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  • Birth Name: Blair E. Underwood
  • Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Author, Producer, Director
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Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee

Relationships

  • Frank Underwood — Father
  • Frank Underwood Jr. — Brother
  • Marilyn Underwood — Mother
  • Brielle Nicole Underwood — Daughter
  • Paris Underwood — Son
  • Desiree Da Costa — Wife
  • Blake Ellis Underwood — Son

College

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (BFA, 1988)

Details

  • Birth Name: Blair E. Underwood
  • Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Author, Producer, Director

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