A true multi-hyphenate, Blair Underwood is enjoying success in film, television and theatre, as an actor, director and producer.
Underwood recently directed, produced & starred in the independent psychological thriller Viral, which just wrapped principal photography. Viral centers on Andrew (Underwood), who falls into paranoia after his wife goes missing. The only way out of the self-destructive cycle seems to be through his new girlfriend Emilia, (Sarah Silverman) but she has her own psychological trauma to deal with. The drama will explore if they are strong enough to get past their own nightmares & mental illnesses to find true happiness together. He will also appear in HBO Max’s romantic comedy anthology Love Life, and is also attached to star in & executive produce a new incarnation of the hit series LA Law for ABC.
Underwood recently secured his first Tony Award nomination as Best Lead Actor in a Play, having starred in the 2020 revival of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama A Soldier’s Play for director Kenny Leon and the Roundabout Theatre Company. The show received seven Tony nominations. Underwood has taken his love for Broadway behind-the-scenes this season, serving as a producer on two new shows, Pass Over and Thoughts of a Colored Man — both set to open Fall 2021.
Last year he co-starred in Justin Simien’s Bad Hair (Hulu) & starred opposite Octavia Spencer & Tiffany Haddish in Netflix’s Emmy-nominated limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker. He won also won an NAACP Image Award for the latter role. Underwood has recently appeared in three additional Netflix projects: the Emmy-Award winning limited series When They See Us, a recurring role on Dear White People, and Clark Johnson’s Juanita, opposite Alfre Woodard. He spent two years as a series regular on the ABC drama series Quantico, while also recurring on another hit ABC drama Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. He also had a co-starring role in The After Party, which Netflix released late in 2018.
Past television credits include series regular roles on Dirty Sexy Money, The New Adventures of Old Christine, In Treatment, The Event and LA Law. Film credits include Deep Impact, Set It Off, Rules of Engagement, Just Cause, Madea’s Family Reunion and Steven Soderbergh’s Full Frontal. Underwood co-starred opposite Cicely Tyson in the Lifetime telefilm & theatre production of A Trip to Bountiful, based on the Tony Award-winning play. In 2012 he made his acclaimed Broadway debut in the iconic role of Stanley in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he earned a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination. He also starred in Paradise Blue at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Othello at the Old Globe Theatre.
He has also executive produced and narrated two critically-acclaimed documentary features, Mr. SOUL! and Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. In 2010, he made his feature film directing debut with The Bridge to Nowhere. He has also directed the 360-degree virtual reality Megadeath concert video (for which he won a Clio Award), the short film The Second Coming, as well as several music videos and commercials.
Underwood is an Emmy Award winner (as producer of the philanthropy-centered Saturday morning series Give, which began re-airing on the OWN Network on November 14 – with new episodes coming in 2022), a two-time Golden Globe Award nominee, and has been nominated for 17 NAACP Image Awards (seven wins). He won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word as co-narrator of Al Gore’s audiobook, An Inconvenient Truth. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he is also active in several philanthropic endeavors.