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Robert Townsend

Highest Rated:   89% A Soldier's Story (1984)
Lowest Rated:   13% B.A.P.S. (1997)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Playin' for Love
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Coach Banks
  • Director
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 11.04.08: The Day Of Change
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Phantom Punch
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Of Boys and Men
  • Producer
  • Executive 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
  • Director
  • Champ
1999
No Score Yet Joseph's Gift
  • James Saunders
1999
13% B.A.P.S.
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Thick and Thin
  • Charlie Love
1997
29% The Meteor Man
  • Jefferson Reed
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1993
38% The Five Heartbeats
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Duck
1991
No Score Yet Uptown Comedy Express
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet That's Adequate
  • Comedian
1989
88% The Mighty Quinn
  • Maubee
1989
80% 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
89% A Soldier's Story
  • Cpl. Ellis
1984
64% 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
82% Cooley High
  • Uncredited
1975

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