It was not all movies and on-screen activities for talented actor Blair Underwood. He used to dwell within the four walls of military cantonments or bases and had no idea that he would one day become a first-class entertainer. Blair is an actor and also a director whose works speak volumes in the world of movies.
Blair Underwood Bio, Age
Blair Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington on August 25, 1964, to his parents Frank Eugene Underwood, his father, and Marilyn Ann Scales, his mother.
It may not have been all rosy but Underwood, had a comfortable childhood, growing up with a military father. His father, together with his mother who was an interior decorator raised him in the United States and Stuttgart, Germany, where his father, a US Colonel was based. By the time he was old enough for high school, he was in Virginia where he attended Petersburg High School. His interest in acting was nurtured when he attended Carnegie Mellon School of Drama located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
From stage plays in school and minor roles, Blair Underwood made his debut in the 1985 movie Krush Groove. The following year, he made an appearance in crime drama Downtown. He went on to appear on The Cosby Show before making appearances in TV series like Life to Live, L.A Law, 21 Jump Street in the late 80s, and then featuring in 1995 movie Just Cause. As a result of his coarse character in legal drama L.A Law which portrayed a fictional ruthless Underwood, the actor was mistaken in reality for an arrogant personality at the time. But those close to him dispelled the misconceptions about him.
The following years would see him land roles in major movies like Set it Off and Deep Impact. 2003 was a good year for the talented actor who starred in four episodes of unforgettable HBO TV series Sex and the City.
Apart from his movie diaries, Blair Underwood also made a name for himself in the theatres. He is notable for his character in Measure for Measure which was displayed at the 1993 New York Shakespeare Festival. He also featured in The Game of Love and Chance as well as Love Letters which he performed in 2002.
Net Worth, Achievements
Blair Underwood has quite enough to show for his uniqueness and outstanding roles. The talented actor has his net worth estimated at $8 million, which is soothing for the significant quota he has contributed to the movie industry.
Underwood who received as much as $120,000 dollars as his salary for some shows he featured in, has been regarded by some sources as one of the most influential black actors in Hollywood. He does not only make a living from movies, Underwood also has several onstage performances to thank for his huge income. Its always going to be on the increase for the actor who is on a sure way to the top.
Underwood has won a lot of accolades including three NAACP Image Awards, which was given him for his 7-year role in the series L.A Law, as well as Rules of Engagement, Murder in Mississippi, Mama Flora’s Family, and City of Angels. He had earned a spot on TV Guide ‘s Most Influential Faces of the 90s.
Family – Wife, Kids, Brother
Blair Underwood has a brother Frank Underwood, also inclined to arts. Frank is a writer who released his first novel titled BORN OF PHYRE in 2012. Underwood and his look-alike brother are pretty close and unwaveringly support each other’s endeavors.
But there’s no taking the place of Underwood’s wife in the person of Desiree Dacosta. Underwood and his beautiful wife tied the knot in 1994 and have been together since then. His marriage of over 20 years is indeed an inspiration and a good reference point for newlyweds. The actor has proved that being in the spotlight can never get in the way of a successful marriage. Who would believe that Underwood, who often played raunchy roles is a loving husband and father?.
The couple has three beautiful kids together; two sons, Paris, and Blake and a daughter, Brielle Underwood.
Blair Underwood’s Height, Weight, Body Measurements
While his love life is intact, he is not also found wanting when it comes to physical appearance. Blair Underwood stands at a height of 5ft 11in, which is above average and also proportional to his weight of 78 kg. The dark brown eyed black American wears a size 12 (US) for his shoes.