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Chi McBride



Pronounced "shy," like the colloquial term for his hometown of Chicago, Chi McBride didn't get into acting until he was 30 years old. He is probably most recognized for his role as principal Steven Harper on Fox's Boston Public. Before his first movie, he worked for a phone company, trained as a gospel singer, and joined the hip-hop band Covert. With McBride as a producer and vocalist, the band released their first and only album For Your Bootay Only in 1991. Not soon after, he started appearing as a guest star on Fox sitcoms, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His feature-length debut happened a year later in Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation. Billed as simply Chi, he then gained small roles for the Eddie Murphy movie The Distinguished Gentleman and the Tina Turner story What's Love Got to Do With It?



In 1993, McBride found a spot for himself on NBC for The John Larroquette Show, playing the janitor Heavy Gene. Teaming up next with the Hudlin brothers, he then appeared in the HBO Twilight Zone-style trilogy Cosmic Slop, hosted by George Clinton. His next few diverse projects were supporting roles in Peter Jackson's horror comedy The Frighteners, Bill Duke's period crime flick Hoodlum, and the action thriller Mercury Rising.



McBride's first leading role came in the form of the short-lived and controversial UPN sitcom The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, playing the stuffy English title character who was mistakenly enslaved to Abraham Lincoln. After appearances in Gone in 60 Seconds and Disney's The Kid, he found his well-known spot on Boston Public. While gaining high marks for his role on the David E. Kelley drama, McBride parlayed his increased notoriety into a number of higher-profile big-screen roles.



2002 found McBride as a police captain in the intense cop-thriller Narc, and the over-the-top Chief in the comedy Undercover Brother. And while the following year saw Boston Public cancelled, the free-time afforded to McBride by the show's end only allowed him to sign on to roles in two of 2004's most anticipated films, the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks dramedy The Terminal and I, Robot, an action sci-fi flick starring Will Smith. Over the course of the next decade the reliable McBride became increasingly active on the small screen, essaying recurring roles on such hit shows as House and Pushing Daisies. Later, in 2012, he voiced the role of Nick Fury in the animated superhero series Ultimate Spider-Man.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
5% Home Sweet Hell
  • Police Officer
2015
60% Draft Day
  • Walt Gordon
2014
13% Hustlers
  • Johnson
2013
10% The Family Tree
  • Simon Krebbs
2011
No Score Yet Happy Together
  • Actor
2009
13% First Sunday
  • Patsor Arthur Mitchell
2008
No Score Yet Still Waiting...
  • Bishop
2008
100% American Son
  • Eddie
2008
15% The Brothers Solomon
  • James
2007
12% Let's Go to Prison
  • Barry
2006
No Score Yet Ultimate Avengers II
  • Chief Elder
2006
10% Annapolis
  • McNally
2006
31% Waiting
  • Bishop
2005
64% Roll Bounce
  • Curtis
2005
No Score Yet Narco
  • Actor
2004
58% I, Robot
  • Lt. John Bergin
2004
61% The Terminal
  • Mulroy
2004
83% Narc
  • Capt. Cheevers
2002
51% Paid in Full
  • Pip
2002
77% Undercover Brother
  • The Chief
2002
49% The Kid
  • Kenny
2000
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Donny Astricky
2000
No Score Yet Muhammad Ali: King of the World
  • Bundini Brown
2000
No Score Yet Magicians
  • Tom
2000
17% Mercury Rising
  • Tommy B. Jordan
1998
43% Hoodlum
  • Illinois Gordon
1997
64% The Frighteners
  • Cyrus
1996
96% What's Love Got To Do With It?
  • Fross
1993
13% The Distinguished Gentleman
  • Homer
1992
No Score Yet Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation
  • Malcolm Pennington III
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Rod
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
Monk
2002-2009
  • Mayor Ray Nicholson
86% Suits
2011
  • D.A. Wolf District Attorney Wolf
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
79% Human Target
2010-2011
  • Winston
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Emerson Cod Emerson
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Lou Grover
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Edward Vogler
No Score Yet Hawthorne
2009-2011
  • Actor
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Steven Harper
No Score Yet Murder Police
  • Voice
58% Golden Boy
2013
  • Det. Don Owen

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