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Carl Lumbly Biography

Birth Place:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a freelance journalist and in public relations for the company 3M before turning to acting
  • While doing a story on the Brave New Workshop Theatre for the Associated Press, wound up auditioning for a part; he joined the company and remained with them for two years
  • Early theater work includes a 1976 San Francisco production of Athol Fugard's Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, which also starred Danny Glover
  • In 1979, made his TV-film debut in Undercover with the KKK, and his feature debut in the Clint Eastwood film Escape from Alcatraz
  • Met his future wife, Vonetta McGee, in 1984 when she was cast as the wife of his Cagney & Lacey character; they were married from 1986 until McGee's death in 2010