Smart, confident, eloquent, exceptionally handsome African-American actor Blair Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1964, the son of an Army man, and, with the family, lived all over the world. Trained in musical theater at Carnegie-Mellon, he moved to New York and got his first break on his second day there by winning a part on the "The Cosby Show." He made his film debut at age 21 in Krush Groove (1985) and appeared in a regular daytime role that same year on "One Life to Live" (1968) before scoring two years later in the charismatic role of attorney Jonathan Rollins in the hit dramatic series "L.A. Law" (1986). He copped a Golden Globe nomination during its lengthy seven-year run. A TV commodity, he appeared ready to fill the bill as a rising small-screen Sidney Poitier. Blair went on to appear in a number of prestigious TV dramas such as Murder in Mississippi (1990) (TV), Heat Wave (1990) (TV) and Mama Flora's Family (1998) (TV), which was based on Alex Haley's final book. He received NAACP Image Awards for both performances. He also top-lined as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in HBO's Soul of the Game (1996) (TV).
Blair's theater credits include "Measure for Measure" with Kevin Kline at the 1993 New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as "El Negro en Peru," "The Game of Love and Chance," and "Love Letters," which he performed with Alfre Woodard in 2002. On film he has yet to break out into top stardom but has shown panache and great flair playing men of integrity in a number of support roles including Gattaca (1997), Deep Impact (1998),The Wishing Tree (1999) and Full Frontal (2002). His flashy, atypical performances as a vicious murderer in Just Cause (1995) and a psychotic stalker in Asunder (1999), however, have also earned him excellent notices.
He drummed up a bit of controversy as director, executive producer, co-writer and star of the 30-minute dramatic film The Second Coming (1992) in which he portrayed Jesus Christ coming back to earth as a man of color. In addition, he produced and starred in the short film _"Sister, I'm Sorry"_ (1994)_. Blair also has five music videos to his directing credit. Married since 1994 and the father of three, he is involved in numerous charitable organizations.
|Desiree DaCosta||(17 September 1994 - present) 3 children|
He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
Son, Paris, born 1997 and daughter, Brielle, born 1999.
His father was a U.S. Army Colonel
Son (with wife Désirée) Blake Ellis born weighing 7lbs 2oz. [9 June 2001]
Attended Carnegie Mellon University.
Is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000 and one of TV Guide's most influential faces of the 90s.
His support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association won him the 1993 Humanitarian Award, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA. He is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), founded in 1989, which supports a democratic South Africa with equal rights and opportunities for all citizens.
Attended same high school, Petersburg High School (Petg, VA) in the early 80s, as R&B Crooner Trey Songz (early 00s)
Began career as a performer at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
His mother was in interior design.
Has an older brother and two younger sisters.
On the show Who do you think you are? he found out that his great-great grandfather thought he was the second coming of Jesus and was shot 4 times. Another great-great-great grandfather he found out was born a free African American in the early 1800's and actually owned two slaves (that the historian helping him thought were the parents of the free black man.) Blair also did a DNA test to see where his ancestors were from and found out that he is 74% African and 26% European (mostly French) The person doing the DNA found a 10th cousin of Blair's who lives in Cameroon so Blaire and his father went to Cameroon to meet him and his family.
It's so easy to sell your soul or sell out or cop out, and what it really comes down to is choices. If you have some kind of game plan, or at least a faith in your ability, it doesn't matter if this town validates you or not because you're already validated by your gifts. I just try to stay focused on what I have to offer.
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