Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

  • Highest Rated: 100% Salute (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 10% Point Break (2015)
  • Birthday: Nov 18, 1952
  • 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

No Score Yet Malicious Dr. Clark Producer 2018
No Score Yet Battlecreek Arthur 2017
10% Point Break FBI Instructor 2015
25% 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
55% This Christmas Executive Producer Joseph 'Joe' Black $49.2M 2007
66% Wondrous Oblivion Dennis Samuels 2006
18% Domino Claremont Williams III $10.2M 2005
No Score Yet Maiden Voyage: Ocean Hijack Actor 2005
38% Sahara Carl $68.7M 2005
No Score Yet The Exonerated Delbert Tibbs 2005
75% Lackawanna Blues Mr. Luscious 2005
40% The Core Brazzelton $31.1M 2003
No Score Yet Profoundly Normal Ricardo Thornton 2003
66% Heist Bobby Blane $23.3M 2001
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
25% 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
67% The Devil's Advocate Voodoo Practitioner 1997
No Score Yet First Time Felon Calhoun 1997
17% The Winner Kingman 1997
76% Ransom Agent Lonnie Hawkins 1996
14% Feeling Minnesota Red 1996
67% Soul of the Game Satchel Paige 1996
53% Broken Arrow Col. Max Wilkins 1996
87% Get Shorty Bo Catlett 1995
69% Clockers Rodney Little 1995
77% Crooklyn Woody 1994
No Score Yet L'exil du roi Behanzin Béhanzin 1994
46% Mr. Jones Howard 1993
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor) Bonafide 1993
88% Malcolm X Archie 1992
80% Bright Angel Harley 1991
74% The Hard Way Captain Brix 1991
13% The Blood of Heroes Mbulu 1990
69% Mountains of the Moon Mabruki 1990
No Score Yet Perfect Witness Berger 1989
20% More American Graffiti Army Sergeant $8.2M 1979

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

96% The Good Fight
2017
Robert Boseman
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Victor Moran Guest
  • 2019
  • 2009
63% Blood & Oil
2015
Tip Tip Harrison
  • 2015
39% Believe
2014
Winter
  • 2014
No Score Yet Le don
2014
Winter
  • 2014
100% The Chicago Code
2011
Alderman Ronin Gibbons
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2011
25% Mercy
2009-2010
  • 2009
65% Kidnapped
2006-2007
Latimer King
  • 2007
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Isaac Stubbs
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Delroy Lindo CHARACTERS

FBI Instructor
Ugly is our job, son.
Mr. Rose
I'm just tryin' to put things straight. Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight
Mr. Rose
That's right. That's the truth. I'm just tryin' to put things straight. Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight.
Beta
Scream all you want, Small Mailman.
Gamma
None of your mailman friends can hear you.