Blair Underwood stars as Robert Ironside, a brilliant, tough-as-nails detective who lives and plays by his own rules and remains undeterred from his goal of getting justice at all costs in NBC's gritty police drama "Ironside."
Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer who continues to showcase his multitude of talents in the world of film, television, theater and literature.
In 2012, Underwood made his Broadway debut in the iconic role of Stanley in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," a role that earned him a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination.
Underwood has appeared in many prominent television series over his career, including HBO's psychiatrist drama "In Treatment," where he portrayed a Navy pilot who was deeply conflicted about his mission. For his performance, Underwood was nominated for both a Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award.
In addition to "In Treatment," Underwood has co-starred in several high-profile series, including NBC's "The Event" as the president of the United States, CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money."
Many will also remember Underwood's role in the HBO comedy "Sex and the City," in which he played a pro basketball team doctor who has a romance with Miranda.
Underwood won the NAACP Image Award for NBC's "Murder in Mississippi" and starred as Jackie Robinson in HBO's "Soul of the Game," for which he received another NAACP Image Award nomination. Underwood again won the NAACP Image Award for his starring role in Steven Bochco's "City of Angels."
Additionally, he 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 - co-workers at a social services office who went from modest lifestyles to multimillionaire status.
Underwood was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the NAACP Image Award for his role in NBC's iconic series "L.A. Law." He appeared in "L.A. Law" for seven years as attorney Jonathan Rollins.
On the film side, Underwood has an extensive series of credits, including "The Art of Getting By," "Something New," "Deep Impact," "Just Cause," "Gattaca," and "Set It Off." He also co-starred in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion," Steven Soderbergh's "Full Frontal," and as a Marine captain in William Friedkin's "Rules of Engagement," for which he won an additional NAACP Award.
In 2007, Underwood made his feature directorial debut with the drama "Bridge to Nowhere." The film, which starred Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips and Ving Rhames, is the story of four blue-collar twenty-something men from Pittsburgh who team up with a destitute prostitute to create a high-priced escort service.
Underwood's theater credits include the 2004 workshop/tour of his one-man show, "IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop." The play, which he created and conceived and was written by his brother Frank Underwood, is the story of a rap mogul who gets gunned down. During his heavenly journey, the mogul meets the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Underwood played eight characters in all.
In 2009, Underwood won a Grammy Award for best spoken-word for former Vice President Al Gore's album "An Inconvenient Truth."
In fall 2005, Underwood published his first book, "Before I Got Here." The bestseller is a collection of stories and anecdotes from parents that speak to the existence of a child's soul prior to birth.
In 2007, he returned to the literary world by co-authoring his first detective novel, "Casanegra," with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes. Their subsequent novels, "In the Night of the Heat" and "From Cape Town with Love" were released in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The fourth installment, "South by Southeast," came out in 2012.
In 2000, People magazine named him one of its "50 Most Beautiful People" and in 2004 and 2008 named him one of the "Sexiest Men Alive."
Underwood is involved in numerous charitable organizations. His dedicated support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association won him the 1993 Humanitarian Award, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA.
He is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). Founded in 1989 by members of the arts and entertainment community, ANSA is a nonprofit organization working in the U.S. and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, assist children orphaned by the disease, advance human and civil rights, educate and empower youth and build bonds between our nations through arts, culture and our shared pursuit of social justice.
In 2009, AIDS Healthcare Foundation - the United States' largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider - announced the grand opening of their first AIDS treatment center in Washington, D.C., and the facility was 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.
In addition to serving as an Artist in Residence at Harvard University in 2009, Underwood holds an honorary doctorate from Emerson College.