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Roger Guenveur Smith

Highest Rated:   100% A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% Cover (2007)
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An esteemed African-American playwright and actor whose roles almost invariably contend with the politics and dynamics of race (frequent collaborator Spike Lee once famously described him as a "racial cheerleader"), thespian Roger Guenveur Smith grew up in Berkeley and debuted onscreen in the late '80s. Over the ensuing years, Smith cultivated and sustained a reputation for tackling demanding, challenging, and thought-provoking assignments with immense aplomb. He achieved much of his success thanks to repeated collaborations with Lee, who cast him as Yoda in the musical School Daze (1988) and Smiley, the hipster street philosopher in Do the Right Thing (1989); in fact, Lee later noted that Smith was the one who devised the idea for the juxtaposed photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in one of Thing's pivotal scenes. Meanwhile, Smith remained extremely active in regional theater, both by authoring his own efforts (such as a musical about Christopher Columbus that painted commonly accepted versions of the man's life story as historical revisionism) and by teaching drama to juvenile delinquents. As the years passed, Smith's onscreen activity crescendoed; he signed for plum roles in such contemporary classics as King of New York (1990), Deep Cover (1992), and Eve's Bayou (1997), and, significantly, extended his professional relationship with Lee to many additional projects. The celebrated director cast Smith in such features as Malcolm X (1992), Get on the Bus (1996), He Got Game (1998), and Summer of Sam (1999), all of which received considerable acclaim. Their actor-director working relationship culminated in the little-seen (but arguably brilliant) A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) -- a Lee-directed film of Smith's one-man stage show on the life of controversial Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton. The film preserves the original Smith-authored play, and stars the thespian as Newton; Lee augments the film with visual pyrotechnics and interpolates archival footage to give the feature depth and dimension. Unfortunately, the project failed to receive even a limited theatrical release, and premiered instead on the Black Starz cable network. Thereafter, Smith continued his theatrical work (albeit very infrequently) with such plays as the 2003 Iceland, a psychological drama about four unrelated characters that debuted in Philadelphia. He also continued his frequent film roles, with assignments including Shade (2003), God's Waiting List (2006), Confessions of a Call Girl (2006), and Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
71% The Birth of a Nation
  • Isaiah
2016
No Score Yet Dirty
  • Detective Berg
2016
89% Dope
  • Austin Jacoby
2015
No Score Yet Supermodel
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Better Mus Come
  • Prime Minister
2013
No Score Yet In The Hive
  • Paris
2012
16% The Son of No One
  • Hanky
2011
No Score Yet Joy Road
  • Charles Blocker
2011
4% Abduction
  • Mr. Miles
2011
78% Mooz-lum
  • Hassan
2011
No Score Yet Salvation Road
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Applause for Miss E
  • Buddy Felton
2009
39% Fighting
  • Jack Dancing
2009
80% American Gangster
  • Nate
2007
0% Cover
  • Kevin
2007
85% The Take
  • Dr. Reese
2007
No Score Yet Mercenary for Justice
  • Chapel
2006
No Score Yet God's Waiting List
  • Solomon Corbin
2006
No Score Yet Fatwa
  • Samir Al-Faied
2006
No Score Yet I Believe in America
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Lesser of Three Evils (Fist of the Warrior) (Blood Money)
  • Det. Craig Barnes
2006
67% Justice
  • Carter
2004
67% Shade
  • Marlo
2003
No Score Yet K Street
  • Actor
2003
30% All About the Benjamins
  • Julian
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
100% A Huey P. Newton Story
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2001
71% Hamlet
  • Laertes
2000
34% Final Destination
  • Agent Schreck
2000
51% Summer of Sam
  • Detective Atwater
1999
No Score Yet Death Valley
  • Henson
1999
No Score Yet Incognito
  • Quinn Mathis
1999
80% He Got Game
  • Big Time Willie
1998
No Score Yet The Color of Courage
  • Mac McGhee
1998
88% Get on the Bus
  • Gary
1996
80% Eve's Bayou
  • Lenny Mereaux
1996
38% Tales From the Hood
  • Rhodie
1995
27% Panther
  • Pruitt
1995
No Score Yet The O.J. Simpson Story
  • Professor Ford
1995
31% Poetic Justice
  • Heywood
1993
91% Malcolm X
  • Rudy
1992
85% Deep Cover
  • Eddie
1992
71% King of New York
  • Tanner
1990
93% Do the Right Thing
  • Smiley
1989
60% School Daze
  • Yoda
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest

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