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Carl Lumbly

Highest Rated:   100% South Central (1992)
Lowest Rated:   14% The Alphabet Killer (2008)
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Widely recognized by television viewers for his role as Agent Marcus Dixon on the popular sci-fi action television series Alias, actor Carl Lumbly has been appearing on both the big and small screens since the late '70s. With early appearances on Cagney and Lacey and L.A. Law, as well as roles in such high-profile releases as Pacific Heights (1990) and How Stella Got her Groove Back (1998), chances are you'd recognize Lumbly's face even if his name doesn't immediately ring a bell. A native of Jamaica who attended Minnesota's Macalester College, his career in journalism eventually led to acting when he was assigned to write a story about a local workshop theater. Subsequently immersing himself in the improvisational company for the next two years, it wasn't long before Lumbly made his film debut in Escape From Alcatraz (1979). Gaining an impressive list of small-screen credits with appearances in such popular sitcoms as The Jeffersons and Taxi, the 1980s proved both busy and fruitful as offers continued to roll in. Cast in the lead of the series M.A.N.T.I.S. in 1994, Lumbly essayed the role of a paralyzed scientist who dons a specially designed exoskeleton in the name of fighting crime. Though the show had a small devoted fan base, it was soon taken off the air, and Lumbly rounded out the decade with roles in such made-for-television films as Nightjohn (1996), Buffalo Soldiers (1997), and Border Line (1999). After returning to series work in Alias, Lumbly provided voice work for the animated television series the Justice League, and took the lead in longtime friend Danny Glover's family-friendly drama Just a Dream. The following year found the popular Lumbly remaining family-friendly with a featured role in the made-for-television remake Sounder.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
42% A Cure For Wellness
  • Mr. Wilson
$8.2M 2017
44% Quitters
  • Dr. Weiss
2016
No Score Yet America Is Still the Place
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Justice League: Doom
  • Martian Manhunter
2012
No Score Yet Immigrants
  • Actor
2008
14% The Alphabet Killer
  • Dr. Ellis Parks
2008
No Score Yet Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Sounder
  • The Father
2003
No Score Yet Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property
  • Nat Turner
2003
No Score Yet Just a Dream
  • J.M.
2002
No Score Yet Justice League: Starcrossed the Movie
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
  • Actor
2001
41% Men of Honor
  • Mac
2000
No Score Yet Little Richard
  • Bud Penniman
2000
No Score Yet The Color of Friendship
  • Sen. Ron Dellums
2000
48% How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Judge Boyle
1998
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents 'The Wedding'
  • Lute McNeil
1998
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldiers
  • Horse
1997
No Score Yet The Ditchdigger's Daughters
  • Donald Thornton
1997
No Score Yet Ez Streets
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet America's Dream
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Nightjohn
  • Nightjohn
1996
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The Return
  • Marcus Petrie
1994
No Score Yet Out of Darkness
  • Actor
1994
100% South Central
  • Ali
1992
No Score Yet Brother Future
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Eyes of a Witness
  • Thomas Mambulu
1991
43% Pacific Heights
  • Lou
1990
84% To Sleep With Anger
  • Junior
1990
46% Everybody's All-American
  • Narvel Blue
1988
No Score Yet Judgment in Berlin
  • Edwin Palmer
1988
No Score Yet Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8
  • Bobby Seale
1987
86% The Bedroom Window
  • Detective Quirk
1987
No Score Yet The Gospel at Colonus
  • Actor
1985
71% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  • John Parker
1984
24% Caveman
  • Bork
1981
95% Escape From Alcatraz
  • Inmate
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
53% Doubt
2017
  • Tyson Cobb
  • 2017
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Ret. Capt. Charles Langston Captain Charles Langston
  • 2017
48% Chicago Med
2015
  • Actor
  • 2015
74% Zoo
2015
  • Delavenne
  • 2015
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
  • Voice
  • 2014
86% Southland
2009-2013
  • Capt. Rucker Joel Rucker
  • 2012
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
  • Vincent Lawrence
  • 2011
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Rear Adm. Beau Hindley
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Jay-Mo
  • 2010
22% Trauma
2009-2010
  • Actor
  • 2010
87% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Ty Bennett
  • 2008
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Cordell Baker
  • 2008
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Kurt
  • 2008
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
  • Lt. Daniel `Bulldog' Novacek
  • 2006
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Marcus Dixon Dixon
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Nat Turner
  • 2004
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Jeff Breckenridge
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Baker Dr. Graham Baker
  • 1999
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Marcus Duff
  • 1996

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