Robert Townsend

Highest Rated: 90% A Soldier's Story (1984)
Lowest Rated: 16% B.A.P.S. (1997)
Birthday: Feb 6, 1957
Birthplace: Not Available
After seriously pursuing a baseball career, African American actor/writer/director Robert Townsend decided upon a life in show business. An alumnus of Illinois State University and Hunter College, Townsend worked as a stand-up comic, and with such organizations as Second City, the Negro Ensemble Theater and the Experimental Black Actor's Guild. In films from 1975, Townsend satirically encapsulated his frustrating experiences as a black performer in a white-dominated Hollywood with his first directorial effort, Hollywood Shuffle (1987), a labor of love which was largely financed with credit cards and chutzpah. He went on to direct the popular concert film Eddie Murphy Raw (1987), then tripled as actor, director and writer on The Five Heartbeats (1991) and Meteor Man (1993). Attempting to transfer his style and personality to the small screen, Townsend came up with the 1993 Fox Network variety weekly Townsend Television, which despite laudatory reviews folded after three months. Robert Townsend had better luck as star and co-executive producer of the WB network's The Parent 'Hood, a distressingly conventional 1995 sitcom which somehow caught on with its target audience.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Making The Five Heartbeats Director Himself Screenwriter Producer 2018
No Score Yet Playin' for Love Producer Director Coach Banks Screenwriter 2015
No Score Yet Bill Cosby: Far From Finished Director 2013
No Score Yet In The Hive Director Producer 2012
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Director Producer 2009
No Score Yet Phantom Punch Executive Producer Director 2008
No Score Yet 11.04.08: The Day Of Change Actor 2008
No Score Yet Of Boys and Men Executive Producer Producer Holden Cole 2007
No Score Yet The Robin Harris Story: We Don't Die, We Multiply Actor 2006
No Score Yet Black Listed Alan Chambers Screenwriter Director 2003
No Score Yet I Was a Teenage Faust Mr. Five 2002
77% Undercover Brother Mr. UB $38.3M 2002
No Score Yet 10,000 Black Men Named George Director 2002
No Score Yet Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs Actor 2002
No Score Yet Carmen: A Hip Hopera Director 2001
No Score Yet Holiday Heart Director 2000
No Score Yet Little Richard Director 2000
No Score Yet Up, Up, and Away! Jim/Bronze Eagle Director 2000
No Score Yet Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story Director 2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Director 1999
No Score Yet The Taxman Peyton Cody 1999
No Score Yet Love Songs Champ Director 1999
No Score Yet Joseph's Gift James Saunders 1999
16% B.A.P.S. Director 1997
No Score Yet Thick and Thin Charlie Love 1997
29% The Meteor Man Jefferson Reed Director Screenwriter Producer 1993
35% The Five Heartbeats Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter Duck Director 1991
No Score Yet Uptown Comedy Express Actor 1989
No Score Yet That's Adequate Comedian 1989
88% The Mighty Quinn Maubee 1989
81% Eddie Murphy Raw Director Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Being Me Actor 1987
25% Ratboy Manny 1986
No Score Yet Odd Jobs Dwight 1986
65% American Flyers Jerome 1985
90% A Soldier's Story Cpl. Ellis 1984
67% Streets of Fire Lester 1984
88% Hollywood Shuffle Speed Director 1982
No Score Yet In Love with an Older Woman Actor 1982
No Score Yet Senior Trip Randy 1981
No Score Yet Willie & Phil Thin Boy 1980
83% Cooley High Uncredited 1975


94% Black Lightning
Napier Frank
  • 2018
No Score Yet South of Nowhere
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Parent 'Hood
Robert Peterson Director
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
  • 1982


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