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His success has been driven by his underlying belief that to achieve longevity in the acting business, you must look to diversify yourself and become as flexible as possible.
Underwood’s first big screen role was the portrayal of successful rap producer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons in the movie Krush Groove. From here, he burst into the national spotlight with his confident and passionate portrayal of lawyer Jonathan Rollins in the NBC hit series LA Law. He held the role of Rollins for seven years, during which time he earned a Golden Globe nomination, and TV Guide singled him out as one of “The Top Stars of the 90s.”
In the 1990s Underwood starred in a plethora of made for TV movies. In 1990 he won his first NAACP Image Award, Best Actor in a Television Movie, for his role in NBC’s Murder in Mississippi. Underwood received another NAACP nomination for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in HBO’s Soul of the Game. His second NAACP Image Award came in 1998, with the release of CBS’s dramatic miniseries Mama Flora’s Family.
The NAACP honored Underwood twice more in 2000. He received the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his starring role in City of Angels, and was also awarded for his big screen performance as a Marine Captain in the film Rules of Engagement. Underwood’s movie career has been largely successful. Most recently, he held the male lead opposite Julia Roberts in Steven Soderbergh’s Full Frontal. His work as of late also includes a costarring role in the comedy movie Malibu’s Most Wanted.
Underwood made his full length directorial debut with the part love story, part supernatural thriller My Soul to Keep. As director, executive producer, writer, and star of the dramatic short film The Second Coming, Underwood played Jesus Christ returning to earth. In addition, he produced and starred in the short film Sister, I’m Sorry, and has directed five music videos.
Underwood is involved in numerous charitable organizations. His dedicated support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association won him the 1993 Humanitarian Award, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA. He is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). Founded in 1989 with Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen and other friends in the arts and entertainment community, ANSA supports a democratic South Africa with equal rights and opportunities for all citizens.
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