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Delroy Lindo

Highest Rated:   100% Salute (2012)
Lowest Rated:   9% Point Break (2015)
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Birthplace:   Eltham, London, England, UK
Whether on stage or the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is virtually impossible to ignore. Though it was not his first film role, his portrayal of manic depressive numbers boss West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) is what first attracted attention to Lindo's considerable talents. Since then, his star has slowly been on the rise and the actor has had steady opportunity to display his talent in a number of diverse films.The son of Jamaican parents, Lindo was born in London, England, on November 18, 1952. He was raised in Lewisham, England, until his teens, when he and his mother moved across the Atlantic to Toronto. Following a move to the U.S. a short time later, he became involved in acting, eventually graduating from San Francisco's renowned American Conservatory Theater. After graduation, he landed his first film role, that of an Army sergeant in More American Graffiti (1979). He would not appear in another film for a decade, spending the intervening years on the stage. In 1982, Lindo debuted on Broadway in Master Harold and the Boys, directed by the play's author, Athol Fugard. Six years later, he earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Harold Loomis in Joe Turner's Come and Gone.Although possessing obvious talent and the potential for a distinguished career, Lindo found himself in something of a rut during the late '80s. Wanting someone more aggressive and appreciative of his talents, he changed agents (he'd had the same one through most of his early career). It was a smart move, but it was director Spike Lee who provided the boost that the actor's career needed. The director was impressed enough with Lindo to first cast him in Malcolm X and then as patriarch Woody Carmichael in his semi-autobiographical comedy Crooklyn (1994), a role for which Lindo earned some long overdue praise. 1995 proved to be another big year for the actor, as he landed substantial supporting roles in two major films, playing a mercurial drug dealer in Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty and another drug dealer in Lee's Clockers. The following year, he could be seen in yet another villainous role in Feeling Minnesota. However, he also proved that he could portray the other side of the law, in the Mel Gibson thriller Ransom, in which he played an FBI agent, and John Woo's Broken Arrow, which cast him as a colonel. He made good as baseball player Satchel Paige in the upbeat Baseball in Black and White that same year, winning himself an NAACP Image nomination in the process.Following a turn as a jaded angel opposite Holly Hunter in Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary (1997), Lindo returned to a more earthly realm, further proving his talent for playing shadesters in The Cider House Rules (1999), in which he portrayed a cider house foreman who impregnates his daughter, and Romeo Must Die (2000), a loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that cast him as a vengeful mob boss. Following roles in Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), Heist (2001), and The Last Castle (also 2001), Lindo re-teamed with Romeo star Jet Li for another high-kicking action opus, The One, in late 2001. Supporting roles in such high profile Hollywood films as The Core, Sahara, and Domino kept Lindo in the public eye over the course of the following decade, and in 2009 the actor lent his voice to the character of Beta in the runaway Pixar hit Up.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
9% Point Break
  • FBI Instructor
2015
17% Do You Believe?
  • Malachi
$9.2M 2015
31% Cymbeline
  • Belarius
2015
No Score Yet Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band
  • Actor
2015
100% Salute
  • Delroy Lindo
2012
19% The Big Bang
  • Skeres
2011
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Dug's Special Mission
  • Actor
2009
98% Up
  • Beta
$293M 2009
67% One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story
  • Narrator
2008
56% This Christmas
  • Joseph 'Joe' Black
  • Executive Producer
$49.2M 2007
65% Wondrous Oblivion
  • Dennis Samuels
2006
19% Domino
  • Claremont Williams III
$10.2M 2005
No Score Yet Maiden Voyage: Ocean Hijack
  • Actor
2005
39% Sahara
  • Carl
$68.7M 2005
No Score Yet The Exonerated
  • Delbert Tibbs
2005
71% Lackawanna Blues
  • Mr. Luscious
2005
41% The Core
  • Brazzelton
$31.1M 2003
No Score Yet Profoundly Normal
  • Ricardo Thornton
2003
14% The One
  • Roedecker/Attendant
2001
52% The Last Castle
  • Gen. Wheeler
$18M 2001
No Score Yet Pros and Cons
  • Kyle
2001
No Score Yet The Book of Stars
  • Professor
2001
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Det. Roland Castlebeck
$101M 2000
33% Romeo Must Die
  • Isaak O'Day
2000
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Rose
1999
No Score Yet Strange Justice
  • Clarence Thomas
1999
39% A Life Less Ordinary
  • Jackson
1997
65% The Devil's Advocate
  • Voodoo Practitioner
1997
No Score Yet First Time Felon
  • Calhoun
1997
17% The Winner
  • Kingman
1997
75% Ransom
  • Agent Lonnie Hawkins
1996
16% Feeling Minnesota
  • Red
1996
67% Soul of the Game
  • Satchel Paige
1996
55% Broken Arrow
  • Col. Max Wilkins
1996
86% Get Shorty
  • Bo Catlett
1995
68% Clockers
  • Rodney Little
1995
76% Crooklyn
  • Woody
1994
No Score Yet L'exil du roi Behanzin
  • BĂ©hanzin
1994
46% Mr. Jones
  • Howard
1993
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)
  • Bonafide
1993
91% Malcolm X
  • Archie
1992
74% The Hard Way
  • Captain Brix
1991
80% Bright Angel
  • Harley
1991
13% The Blood of Heroes
  • Mbulu
1990
69% Mountains of the Moon
  • Mabruki
1990
No Score Yet Perfect Witness
  • Berger
1989
22% More American Graffiti
  • Army Sergeant
$8.2M 1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% The Good Fight
2017
  • Robert Boseman
  • 2017
63% Blood & Oil
2015
  • Tip Tip Harrison
  • 2015
36% Believe
2014
  • Winter
  • 2014
No Score Yet Le don
2014
  • Winter
  • 2014
100% The Chicago Code
2011
  • Alderman Ronin Gibbons
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Victor Moran
  • 2009
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Isaac Stubbs
  • 1987

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