, Actor and Humanitarian
Award-winning actor, producer, director and humanitarian
A true multi-hyphenate, Blair Underwood is enjoying success in film, television and theatre, as an actor, director and producer. Onscreen, he was most recently seen as a series regular on ABC series, Quantico. Prior to his role on “Quantico,” Blair 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.” His film credits include “Rules of Engagement,” “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “Full Frontal.” 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.
He will next be seen in two feature films, both debuting on Netflix later in 2018: “The After Party,” for writer/director Ian Edelman, and “Juanita,” for director Clark Johnson, in which he stars opposite Alfre Woodard. 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 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” and is a newly minted member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 1993, Underwood received the Humanitarian Award for his work with the Los Angeles chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He co-founded Artists for a New South Africa and also served as a spokesperson for YouthAIDS. Underwood is on the Board of Governors of Love Our Children USA, and appeared in a public service announcement for the Fulfillment Fund.
Underwood’s involvement in numerous charitable organizations and his passion to help good take over will resonate with the bbcon audience, and we are thrilled to welcome him to bbcon 2018!