Obba Babatundé - Rotten Tomatoes

Obba Babatundé

Highest Rated:   95% The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Lowest Rated:   4% Material Girls (2006)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Watcher
  • Stark
2016
No Score Yet American Bad Boy
  • Pastor Lovely
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
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 My Girlfriend's Back
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Trapped: Haitian Nights
  • Ikliff
2010
84% Black Dynamite
  • Osiris
2009
No Score Yet I Do... I Did!
  • Mr. Johnson
2009
22% The Eye
  • Dr. Haskins
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
2006
4% The Celestine Prophecy
  • Miguel
2006
No Score Yet Before, During and 'After the Sunset'
  • Actor
2005
18% After the Sunset
  • Police Chief
2004
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Senator Wells
2004
52% The Notebook
  • Band Leader
2004
80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie
  • Boko
2002
23% John Q
  • Sgt. Moody
2002
No Score Yet Redeemer
  • Charles Henderson
2002
27% How High
  • Dean Cain
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
44% 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
78% Philadelphia
  • Jerome Green
1993
35% Undercover Blues
  • Lt. Theodore Sawyer
1993
83% Dead Again
  • Syd
1991
95% The Silence of the Lambs
  • TV Anchor Man
1991
81% Miami Blues
  • Blink Willie
1990
91% Married to the Mob
  • The Face of Justice
1988
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
38% Cult
2013
  • Quentin
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Gates
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Joe Banks
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • President Silvanus Fabre
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Larry Cannon
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Dr. Octavius Leroy
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
  • Principal Green Principal Gree
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Jason
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Sheriff Frank Sanders
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Doc Reed
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Dr. Stanley Rivers Dr. Victor Rivers
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Gordy Berry

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