Having already established himself as a charismatic and
versatile actor, BLAIR UNDERWOOD (Nicholas/Calvin) hopes to begin work soon on
his feature directorial debut, "My Soul To Keep." He will
also star in the supernatural thriller, which is based on the novel by Tananarive
Due. In addition to Full Frontal, Underwood stars in two other films
this year, the independent dramas "Final Breakdown" and
Last year he starred in the independent thriller
"Asunder," portraying a psychotic stalker. He was also co-executive producer of the
film. Additionally, he starred as a Marine captain in William Friedkin's "Rules
of Engagement," for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting
Actor in a Film. That same year he won the NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his starring role in Steven Bochco's
"City of Angels." Also in 2000, People magazine named him one of its "50 Most
Underwood's other film credits include his portrayals of a space
shuttle flight navigator in the Paramount/DreamWorks hit "Deep
Impact," a death row inmate in Warner Bros.' "Just Cause," a geneticist in
Columbia's "Gattaca," a sheriff in "Posse," and a corporate banker in New Line's
"Set It Off." He received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding
Supporting Actor in a motion picture for the latter role.
As director, executive producer, writer and star of the dramatic
short "The Second Coming," Underwood played Jesus Christ returning to
earth. In addition, he produced and starred in the short film
"Sister, I'm Sorry." He also has five music videos to his directing credit.
Underwood grew up an "Army brat," living in cities all
over the world, but he calls Virginia his home. He burst into the national
spotlight with his confident and passionate portrayal of lawyer Jonathan Rollins in
the NBC hit series "L.A. Law." The role also earned him a Golden
Globe nomination. Additionally, TV Guide singled him out as one of "The Top
Stars of the 90s."
Underwood starred in CBS's top-rated 1998 dramatic miniseries,
"Mama Flora's Family," which was based on Alex Haley's last
book. The performance earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor
in a Television Movie/Miniseries. Underwood won the NAACP Image Award
for Best Actor in a Television Movie for NBC's "Murder in
Mississippi" and starred as Jackie Robinson in HBO's "Soul of the Game," for
which he received another NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a
Television Movie/Miniseries. Underwood also starred in Showtime's "The
Wishing Tree" and TNT's award-winning "Heat Wave."
Underwood's theater credits include "Measure for
Measure" at the 1993 New York Shakespeare Festival, "El Negro en Peru,"
"The Game of Love and Chance," and "Love Letters" opposite Alfre
Underwood is involved in numerous charitable organizations. His dedicated 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 with Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen, CCH Pounder and
other friends in the arts and entertainment community, ANSA supports a
democratic South Africa with equal rights and opportunities for all
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