Obba Babatundé

Lowest Rated: 4% Material Girls (2006)
Birthday: Dec 1, 1951
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York
Obba Babatundé is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, juggling careers in film, television and stage.Babatundé recently appeared in Paramount Pictures' The Manchurian Candidate (2004), as well as the critically acclaimed film The Notebook (2004), while continuing to star as the father on the UPN sitcom "Half & Half" (2002), which began its fifth season this fall. Other recent projects include a scene-stealing role in the New Line feature film After the Sunset (2004), which opened November 12, 2004, opposite Pierce Brosnan. He next stars in the highly anticipated feature film The Celestine Prophecy (2006), based on the top-selling book, which is scheduled for release in 2006.He recently wrapped production on a co-starring role in the 'Martha Coolidge'-directed feature film comedy, Material Girls (2006), opposite Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff, which is also slated for a 2006 release. In March 2006, he filmed a recurring role in the pilot for the new HBO Studios' Untitled Kevin Brennan series for NBC.Babatundé's acting portfolio includes the blockbuster motion pictures, John Q (2002), Universal Pictures' How High (2001), a memorable role as Lamar in That Thing You Do! (1996), Philadelphia (1993), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), the role of Berry Gordy in The Temptations (1998) (TV), and The Visit (2000/I) among others. The talented artist earned Emmy and Cable ACE Award nominations for his role as Willie Johnson in HBO's Miss Evers' Boys (1997) (TV), and a NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal of Harold Nicholas in HBO's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV). His additional television credits include the title role in the USA Network's film Redeemer (2002) (TV) and a role in the award-winning Showtime drama series "Soul Food" (2000), portraying Kenny's father.Babatundé's ability to live a part so flawlessly contributes to his memorable character portrayals. In the comedy How High (2001), Babatundé gives a hilarious delivery as the Dean of Freshman at Harvard University. In John Q (2002), he portrays the cool, unflappable SWAT team captain out to get his man. As the narrator and fellow convict to Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence's characters in the motion picture Life (1999/I), Babatundé exhibited great diversity as his character aged forty years over the course of the picture.While his film and television credits loom exemplary, Babatundé is no stranger to the stage. With multiple Broadway credits, he is probably best known for his Tony-nominated role as C.C. White in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls. Other unforgettable stage performances include Harold Prince's Grind and he originated the role of the legendary jazz artist 'Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton' in the world premiere of Jelly's Last Jam. In the summer of 2005, Obba toured Japan, starring as Billy Flynn in Chicago, reprising the role he performed in the original tour of the classic musical. The show ran four weeks in Tokyo and one week in Osaka. In early January 2006, he was asked to return for a week of special engagements and also performed select dates on the U.S. National Tour in February. He is currently scheduled to return to Broadway on April 17, 2006, for a four-month starring run as "Billy Flynn" at the legendary Ambassador Theatre.In addition to his mentorship program, Babatundé enjoys doing his seminar "show-BUSINESS' at universities throughout the country.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jingle Belle Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Watcher Stark 2016
No Score Yet American Bad Boy Director Pastor Lovely Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet Death's Door Actor 2015
No Score Yet Haitian Nights (Dolls of Voodoo) Ikliff 2013
No Score Yet The Last Fall Larry Armstrong 2012
No Score Yet Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mayor Denny 2012
No Score Yet Joy Road Dr. Howard Perkins 2011
No Score Yet Trapped: Haitian Nights Ikliff 2010
No Score Yet My Girlfriend's Back Actor 2010
No Score Yet Why Am I Doing This? Actor 2009
83% Black Dynamite Osiris $0.2M 2009
No Score Yet I Do... I Did! Mr. Johnson 2009
22% The Eye Dr. Haskins $31.5M 2008
No Score Yet April Fools Detective Combs 2007
No Score Yet King: Man of Peace in a Time of War Actor 2007
4% Material Girls Craig $11.4M 2006
4% The Celestine Prophecy Miguel $1.1M 2006
No Score Yet Flip the Script Actor 2005
No Score Yet Before, During and 'After the Sunset' Actor 2005
18% After the Sunset Police Chief $28.4M 2004
80% The Manchurian Candidate Senator Wells $65.8M 2004
53% The Notebook Band Leader $81.1M 2004
80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie Boko $39.8M 2002
23% John Q Sgt. Moody $71.1M 2002
No Score Yet Redeemer Charles Henderson 2002
26% How High Dean Cain $31.2M 2001
No Score Yet One Special Moment Ed 2001
72% The Visit Tony Waters 2000
50% Life Willie Long 1999
No Score Yet The Apartment Complex Chett 1999
83% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Harold Nicholas 1999
No Score Yet The Temptations Berry Gordy 1998
No Score Yet Fatal Pursuit Trinidad 1998
No Score Yet Miss Evers' Boys Willie Johnson 1997
No Score Yet The Cherokee Kid Actor 1996
93% That Thing You Do! Lamarr 1996
13% Carpool Jeffery 1996
43% Multiplicity Paul 1996
67% Soul of the Game Cumberland Posey 1996
No Score Yet A Reason to Believe Professor Thurman 1995
No Score Yet Born to Be Wild Interpreter 1995
No Score Yet Necronomicon: Book of the Dead Paul 1994
79% Philadelphia Jerome Green 1993
33% Undercover Blues Lt. Theodore Sawyer 1993
83% Dead Again Syd 1991
96% The Silence of the Lambs TV Anchor Man 1991
81% Miami Blues Blink Willie 1990
89% Married to the Mob The Face of Justice 1988
No Score Yet God Bless the Child Raymond 1988
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure Actor

TV

CREDIT
48% S.W.A.T.
2017
Daniel Harrelson Sr.
  • 2018
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
President Silvanus Fabre
  • 2017
38% Cult
2013
Quentin
  • 2013
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Larry Cannon
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Sheriff Frank Sanders
  • 2010
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Gates
  • 2009
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Joe Banks
  • 2009
73% Saving Grace
2007-2010
Doc Reed
  • 2008
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Dr. Stanley Rivers Dr. Victor Rivers
  • 2007
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Dr. Octavius Leroy
  • 2007
92% Everwood
2002-2006
Jason
  • 2005
No Score Yet Karen Sisco
2003
Daniel Burden
  • 2003
No Score Yet Static Shock
2000-2004
Voice
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Dupree
  • 2002
No Score Yet Rocket Power
1999-2004
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
Principal Green Principal Gree
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Charles Ellis
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Gordy Berry
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Benning
  • 1990

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