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      Obba Babatundé

      Obba Babatundé

      Highest Rated: 94% That Thing You Do! (1996)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Material Girls (2006)

      Birthday: Dec 1, 1951

      Birthplace: Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA

      An accomplished singer and dancer, Obba Babatunde first garnered praise for his theater work in NYC before branching into films and TV. Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, the handsome, lithe performer was bitten by the showbiz bug early. From the age of 6, he staged shows for his family. Babatunde made his professional debut as a member of the Metropolitan Brass Ensemble on a tour of the West Indies. After graduating from Brooklyn College, he and his brother worked as teachers and administrators at Harriet Tubman School, a private educational institution geared to talented children of color. The dual demands of his growing acting career and working at the school finally came to a head around 1978 and Babatunde made the commitment to pursue his dreams. He racked up credits as a voice-over artist for TV commercials and appeared in various productions Off-Off- and Off-Broadway. One of his first breaks came in 1976 with a touring company of "Guys and Dolls" starring Leslie Uggams and Richard Roundtree. The following year, he made his film debut in a small role in the prison drama "Short Eyes." Babatunde earned notice for his supporting role in the Broadway musical "Timbuktu" (1977-78), a role that required him to perform on stilts. When the show closed, he became one of the featured performers in Liza Minnelli's concert tour (which included playing Carnegie Hall); Babatunde was given a solo, "Mr. Cellophane."

      Highest rated movies

      That Thing You Do!
      Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
      The Manchurian Candidate
      The Visit
      Soul of the Game
      Life
      Undercover Blues
      John Q

      Photos

      Obba Babatunde HOW HIGH, Obba Babatunde, Redman, Method Man, Trieu Tran, Justin Urich, 2001 UNDERCOVER BLUES, Obba Babatunde, Dennis Quaid, Kathleen Turner, 1993, (c) United International UNDERCOVER BLUES, Obba Babatunde, Larry Miller, Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, 1993, (c)United International Pictures BLACK DYNAMITE, CEDRIC YARBROUGH (RED), BOKEEM WOODBINE (PURPLE HAT), MIGUEL A. NUNEZ JR. (BACK LEFT), ARSENIO HALL (GOLD SHIRT), MICHAEL JAI WHITE (STANDING), OBBA BABATUNDE (RIGHT), 2009. PH: PRASHANT GUPTA/© APPARITION HOW HIGH, T.J. Thyne, Obba Babatunde, 2001 PHILADELPHIA, Mary Steenburgen, Obba Babatunde, 1993, (c)TriStar Pictures UNDERCOVER BLUES, Dennis Quaid, Obba Babatunde, 1993 PHILADELPHIA, Obba Babatunde, Ron Vawter, Jason Robards, Charles Glenn, Robert Ridgely, 1993, (c)TriStar Pictures HOW HIGH, Obba Babatunde, Redman, Method Man, Trieu Tran, Justin Urich, 2001. ©Universal The Bold and the Beautiful, Obba Babatundé, 03/23/1987, ©CBS Psych, Dulé Hill (L), James Roday (C), Obba Babatunde (R), 'There's Something About Mira', Season 2, Ep. #11, 01/11/2008, ©USA Obba Babatunde in the press room for 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - Press Room, Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA May 1, 2016. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 45 Seconds Lt. Reginald Morrow (Character),
      Producer
      - 2023
      No Score Yet 96% Noble Intentions Pastor Stevens (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Polished Soul Solomon (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Men in My Life Unknown (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Millennial Mr. Burke (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me for Christmas Mr. Porter (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 40% Jingle Belle Charles Williams (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 37% Kinky Mr. Bernard (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 18% Raven's Watch Stark (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet If I Tell You I Have to Kill You Jonathan Black (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Death's Door Mesmer (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 25% American Bad Boy Pastor Lovely (Character),
      Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clarissa's Gift Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dolls of Voodoo Iklif (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 54% Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mayor Denny (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trap Door Mesmer (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapped: Haitian Nights Ikliff (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 67% Why Am I Doing This? Cliff (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 82% I Do... I Did! Mr. Johnson (Character) - 2009
      22% 43% The Eye Dr. Haskins (Character) $31.4M 2008
      No Score Yet 12% April Fools Unknown (Character) - 2007
      4% 54% The Celestine Prophecy Miguel (Character) $1.0M 2006
      4% 44% Material Girls Craig (Character) $11.4M 2006
      No Score Yet 40% Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! Chief Ankamuti (Voice) - 2004
      No Score Yet 62% Joy Road Dr. Howard Perkins (Character) - 2004
      80% 63% The Manchurian Candidate Senator Wells (Character) $65.9M 2004
      18% 52% After the Sunset Zacharias (Character) $28.3M 2004
      No Score Yet 50% Redeemer Charles Henderson (Character) - 2002
      80% 51% The Wild Thornberrys Movie Boko (Voice) $39.9M 2002
      26% 78% John Q Sgt. Moody (Character) $71.0M 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Special Moment Unknown (Character) - 2001
      25% 79% How High Dean Carl Cain (Character) $31.2M 2001
      72% 45% The Visit Tony (Character) $186.4K 2000
      83% 81% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Harold Nicholas (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 0% The Apartment Complex Chett (Character) - 1999
      52% 77% Life Willie Long (Character) $64.0M 1999
      No Score Yet 71% Miss Evers' Boys Willie Johnson (Character) - 1997
      94% 78% That Thing You Do! Lamarr (Character) $25.9M 1996
      67% 64% Soul of the Game Cum Posey (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tomorrow Man Brian Parish (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 64% A Reason to Believe Prof. Thurman (Character) $3.5K 1995
      No Score Yet 40% Necronomicon Paul (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 0% Fatal Pursuit Trinidad (Character) - 1994
      37% 67% Undercover Blues Lt. Theodore 'Ted' Sawyer (Character) $12.0M 1993
      No Score Yet 50% The Importance of Being Earnest Lane (Character) - 1991

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 68% S.W.A.T. Daniel Harrelson Sr (Guest Star) 2018-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold And The Beautiful, The Beginning Julius Avant (Character),
      Obba Babatunde (Guest Star)
      2015-2018 2020
      69% 90% For the People Philip Kaws (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary President Silvanus Fabre (Guest Star) 2017
      36% 40% Cult Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Dr. Larry Cannon (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Joe Banks (Guest Star) 2009
      76% 67% Saving Grace Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      86% 94% Boston Legal Dr. Stanley Rivers (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2002-2006
      95% No Score Yet Karen Sisco Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Kevin Dupree (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
      30% 75% The Beast Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Dr. Joseph Lennox (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 78% Dawson's Creek Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
      44% No Score Yet Spy Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      9% No Score Yet Sparks Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      43% No Score Yet The Burning Zone Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      78% 93% Friends The Director (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 67% Sliders Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      86% No Score Yet Under One Roof Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1988