Obba Babatunde

Obba Babatunde

Highest Rated: 93% That Thing You Do! (1996)

Lowest Rated: 4% Material Girls (2006)

Birthday: Dec 1, 1951

Birthplace: Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA

An accomplished singer and dancer, Obba Babatunde first garnered praise for his theater work in NYC before branching into films and TV. Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, the handsome, lithe performer was bitten by the showbiz bug early. From the age of 6, he staged shows for his family. Babatunde made his professional debut as a member of the Metropolitan Brass Ensemble on a tour of the West Indies. After graduating from Brooklyn College, he and his brother worked as teachers and administrators at Harriet Tubman School, a private educational institution geared to talented children of color. The dual demands of his growing acting career and working at the school finally came to a head around 1978 and Babatunde made the commitment to pursue his dreams. He racked up credits as a voice-over artist for TV commercials and appeared in various productions Off-Off- and Off-Broadway. One of his first breaks came in 1976 with a touring company of "Guys and Dolls" starring Leslie Uggams and Richard Roundtree. The following year, he made his film debut in a small role in the prison drama "Short Eyes." Babatunde earned notice for his supporting role in the Broadway musical "Timbuktu" (1977-78), a role that required him to perform on stilts. When the show closed, he became one of the featured performers in Liza Minnelli's concert tour (which included playing Carnegie Hall); Babatunde was given a solo, "Mr. Cellophane."

Highest rated movies

That Thing You Do!
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
The Manchurian Candidate
The Visit
Soul of the Game
Undercover Blues
How High




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Men in My Life Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Millennial Mr. Burke (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me for Christmas Mr. Porter (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 40% Jingle Belle Charles Williams (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 37% Kinky Mr. Bernard (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 18% Raven's Watch Stark (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet If I Tell You I Have to Kill You Jonathan Black (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death's Door Mesmer (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 25% American Bad Boy Pastor Lovely (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clarissa's Gift Director,
- 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dolls of Voodoo Iklif (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 53% Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mayor Denny (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trap Door Mesmer (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapped: Haitian Nights Ikliff (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 67% Why Am I Doing This? Cliff (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 82% I Do... I Did! Mr. Johnson (Character) - 2009
22% 43% The Eye Dr. Haskins (Character) $31.4M 2008
No Score Yet 12% April Fools Unknown (Character) - 2007
4% 54% The Celestine Prophecy Miguel (Character) $1.0M 2006
4% 44% Material Girls Craig (Character) $11.4M 2006
No Score Yet 61% Joy Road Dr. Howard Perkins (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 38% Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! Chief Ankamuti (Voice) - 2004
80% 63% The Manchurian Candidate Senator Wells (Character) $65.9M 2004
18% 52% After the Sunset Zacharias (Character) $28.3M 2004
No Score Yet 50% Redeemer Charles Henderson (Character) - 2002
80% 51% The Wild Thornberrys Movie Boko (Voice) $39.9M 2002
23% 78% John Q Sgt. Moody (Character) $71.0M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Special Moment Unknown (Character) - 2001
26% 79% How High Dean Carl Cain (Character) $31.2M 2001
72% 45% The Visit Tony (Character) $186.4K 2000
83% 80% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Harold Nicholas (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 0% The Apartment Complex Chett (Character) - 1999
50% 77% Life Willie Long (Character) $64.0M 1999
No Score Yet 71% Miss Evers' Boys Willie Johnson (Character) - 1997
93% 78% That Thing You Do! Lamarr (Character) $25.9M 1996
67% 64% Soul of the Game Cum Posey (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tomorrow Man Brian Parish (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 64% A Reason to Believe Prof. Thurman (Character) $3.5K 1995
No Score Yet 40% Necronomicon Paul (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 0% Fatal Pursuit Trinidad (Character) - 1994
37% 67% Undercover Blues Lt. Theodore 'Ted' Sawyer (Character) $12.0M 1993
No Score Yet 50% The Importance of Being Earnest Lane (Character) - 1991


No Score Yet 69% S.W.A.T. Daniel Harrelson Sr (Guest Star) 2018-2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold And The Beautiful, The Beginning Julius Avant (Character),
Obba Babatunde (Guest Star)
2015-2018 2020
69% 90% For the People Philip Kaws (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary President Silvanus Fabre (Guest Star) 2017
36% 46% Cult Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 80% Private Practice Dr. Larry Cannon (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 82% NCIS Joe Banks (Guest Star) 2009
76% 83% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
86% 91% Boston Legal Dr. Stanley Rivers (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
95% No Score Yet Karen Sisco Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
83% 83% NYPD Blue Kevin Dupree (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
30% No Score Yet The Beast Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 81% Dawson's Creek Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
44% No Score Yet Spy Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sparks Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
43% No Score Yet The Burning Zone Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
79% 94% Friends The Director (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 64% Sliders Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
86% No Score Yet Under One Roof Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1988