A true multi-hyphenate, Blair Underwood is enjoying success in film, television and theatre, as an actor, director and producer. Onscreen, Underwood can be seen most recently as a series regular on the ABC series, Quantico. Prior to his role on Quantico, Underwood recurred on another hit ABC drama, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. His past television credits feature several series, including Dirty Sexy Money, New Adventures of Old Christine, In Treatment, L.A. Law and The Event. He co-starred opposite Cicely Tyson in the Lifetime telefilm, 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. Underwood is currently in production on Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five.
His film credits include the upcoming Netflix films, The After Party — for writer/director Ian Edelman, and Juanita — for director Clark Johnson, in which he stars opposite Alfre Woodard; and Rules of Engagement, Madea’s Family Reunion and Full Frontal. Underwood also has several projects in the development pipeline as a director, including Patch, an elevated genre feature based on a Gregg McBride script. In 2010, Underwood made his feature film directing debut with The Bridge to Nowhere, which starred Ving Rhames, Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips and Alex Breckenridge. Underwood recently wrapped shooting roles in the films Really Love opposite Uzo Aduba, and the Justin Simien directed, Bad Hair.
Underwood is an Emmy Award winner (as producer of the philanthropy-centered NBC Saturday morning series Give), a two-time Golden Globe Award nominee, and has been nominated for 17 NAACP Image Awards (three wins). He won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word as co-narrator of An Inconvenient Truth. A newly minted member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he is also active in several philanthropic endeavors.