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Blair Underwood stars as President Elias Martinez, the recently elected President of the United States who is stunned to learn that his own government is keeping secrets from him in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller "The Event." As he tries to do right by the public, he soon finds himself in the midst of a huge coverup and the target of a spectacular assassination attempt.

Blair Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer who continues to showcase his
Blair Underwood in "The Event"
Blair Underwood The Event
multitude of talents in the world of film, television, theater and literature.

In 2008, Underwood was seen in three high-profile television projects: he was a Golden Globe nominee for his performance as a Navy fighter pilot opposite Gabriel Byrne in HBO's critically acclaimed "In Treatment"; he starred in the hit drama "Dirty Sexy Money"; and he reprised his recurring role of Mr. Harris opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Underwood was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for his roles on "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Old Christine."

In five episodes of the last season of HBO's hit series "Sex and the City," Underwood played Robert Leeds, the NY Knicks team doctor who romanced his neighbor, Miranda. His portrayal earned him two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor. His past television credits include TV series and movies such as "LAX," "City of Angels," "Mama Flora's Family," "Murder in Mississippi," "Soul of the Game," "The Wishing Tree" and "Heat Wave" and "LA Law."

In the independent film world, Underwood starred in and produced the independent drama "How Did It Feel?" He also starred in the independent films "G" and "Truth Be Told." Additionally, he is in pre-production on "My Soul to Keep," a supernatural thriller based on the novel by Tananarive Due (Fox Searchlight), that he will star in and produce. He also starred in amazon.com's short film, "Do Geese See God."

Underwood's film credits include "Madea's Family Reunion," "Something New," "Malibu's Most Wanted," "Full Frontal," "Rules of Engagement," "Set It Off," "Deep Impact," "Just Cause," "Gattaca," "Posse" and "Set it Off." 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 independent thriller "Asunder" and in the short film "Sister, I'm Sorry." He also has five music videos to his directing credit. In 2007, Underwood made his feature directorial debut in the independent drama "Bridge to Nowhere," starring Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips and Ving Rhames. He was also in the independent drama "Homework," opposite Emma Roberts and Freddy Highmore.

Underwood's theater credits include the recent New York revival of the award-winning musical "Purlie," "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 Woodard.

Underwood produced the TLC series "Million Dollar Christmas" with his producing partner, Tommy Morgan Jr., for their Intrepid Inc. production company. The first order of the series followed a group of lottery winners in St. Louis, Missouri—coworkers at a social services office—who went from modest lifestyles to multi-millionaire status. Underwood also co-executive-produced the reality competition "Stage Black" for TV One. Intrepid Inc. has several projects in development, including a documentary on the history of African-Americans in entertainment for Associated Television International.

Underwood is also an established author penning several works including the non-fiction book "Before I Got Here," the Tennyson Hardwick detective series "Casanegra," "In the Night of the Heat" and most recently "From Cape Town with Love" with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes (all published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc.). He also starred in and directed a series of video vignettes from the pages of "From Cape Town with Love" for Vook.com (as a visual book).

In 2009, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the United States' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider, held the grand opening of its first AIDS treatment center in Washington, D.C.—named after Underwood in recognition of his longtime advocacy. The AHF Blair Underwood Clinic includes a state-of-the-art, full-service HIV/AIDS treatment clinic as well as an on-site AHF Pharmacy. He is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA).


How tall is Blair Underwood? How old is Blair Underwood? Find out here.

Age: 52 years old
Birthday: August 25, 1964
Height: 5' 11"
Full Name / Real Name: Blair E. Underwood
Birthplace: Tacoma, WA
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Wife: Desiree DaCosta (9/17/1994, 3 children)

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helen says:
Was that Blair Underwood in the Closer (wk of 3/29. Charged w/killing a man with a "lost bullet". If it was him he looked mighty thin. Please clarify. Thanks.
acklen says:
Did Blair Underwood play as xo on a tv submarine series?
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