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Roger Guenveur Smith

Roger Guenveur Smith

Highest Rated: 100% Rodney King (2017)

Lowest Rated: 0% Cover (2007)

Birthday: Jul 27, 1959

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA

Actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith was the well-respected and award-winning creator of such acclaimed one-man shows as "A Huey P. Newton Story" (1989), as well as a character actor in films ranging from "Do the Right Thing" (1989) to "American Gangster" (2007). Born July 27, 1955 in Berkeley, California, Smith initially intended to pursue a graduate degree in history, but changed majors after developing an interest in the theater. He successfully auditioned for Yale's Drama School and attended the Keskidee Arts Centre in London, England, before earning his breakout project with "A Huey P. Newton Story," a one-man drama based on the life of the Black Panther Party co-founder. After debuting the show in Los Angeles, Smith brought "Story" to theaters across the country, picking up significant theater awards on its route to New York and an Obie Award in the early 1990s. Along the way, Smith developed a connection with filmmaker Spike Lee, who cast him in small but pivotal roles in several of his films, including the mentally disabled savant, Smiley, in "Do the Right Thing" (1989), as well as "Malcolm X" (1992) and "Get on the Bus" (1996). The exposure afforded by "Story" and these film appearances led to other roles in features, including "Deep Cover" (1992), John Singleton's "Poetic Justice" (1993) and recurring roles on "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003) and "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011). In 2001, Smith and Lee brought "A Huey P. Newton Story" to the screen with a Peabody Award-winning film version of the one-man show. Theater remained Smith's main focus through one-man shows like "Juan and John" (2009) and "Rodney King" (2011), though he continued to appear in features and on television, most notably Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" (2007), the indie comedy-drama "Dope" (2015) and Nate Parker's Nat Turner biopic, "The Birth of a Nation" (2016).

Highest rated movies

100% Rodney King
100% A Huey P. Newton Story
96% Till 92% Do the Right Thing
89% Get on the Bus
88% Dope
87% Deep Cover
85% The Take

Photos

Roger Guenveur Smith GET ON THE BUS, Roger Guenveur Smith (second from left), director Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Richard Belzer, 1996, (c)Columbia Pictures RODNEY KING, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, 2017. ©NETFLIX RODNEY KING, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, 2017. ©NETFLIX RODNEY KING, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, 2017. ©NETFLIX RODNEY KING, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, 2017. ©NETFLIX RODNEY KING, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, 2017. ©NETFLIX RODNEY KING, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, 2017. ©NETFLIX MARSHALL, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH, 2017. PH: BARRY WETCHER. ©OPEN ROAD FILMS GET ON THE BUS, (back l-r): Gabriel Casseus, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Ossie Davis, Isaiah Washington, Roger Guenveur Smith, Harry Lennix, Bernie Mac, (front l-r): Andre Braugher, Hill Harper, Hosea Brown III, DeAundre Bonds, Charles Dutton, Steve White, 1996 GET ON THE BUS, Harry Lennix, Jadi McCurdy, Bernia Mac, Ossie Davis, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Steve White, Isaiah Washington,Roger Guenveur Smith, Guy Margo, Andre Braugher, Gabriel Casseus, Charles Dutton, DeAundre Bonds, Hill Harper, Hosea Brown III, 1996. DEEP COVER, Roger Guenveur Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Gregory Sierra, Sydney Lassick, 1992, (c) New Line THE BIRTH OF A NATION, from left: Armie Hammer, Roger Guenveur Smith, Mark Boone, 2016. TM and copyright ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved. DIRTY, from Left: Paul Elia, Roger Guenveur Smith, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, Roger Guenveur Smith, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, from left: Roger Guenveur Smith, Paul Elia, Chaz Bono, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, from left: Paul Elia, Roger Guenveur Smith, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, from left: Roger Guenveur Smith, Paul Elia, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, from left: Paul Elia, Roger Guenveur Smith, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures DIRTY, from left: Roger Guenveur Smith, Paul Elia, 2016. © Gravitas Ventures

Filmography

Movies

Credit
96% 97% Till Dr. T.R.M. Howard (Character) $9.0M 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Talk Oliver James / King Of Diamonds (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Business of Christmas Oscar Franklin (Character),
Producer
- 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Influence Bradley Hudson (Character) - 2020
83% No Score Yet The Five Rules of Success Santos (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Available Wife Walter (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll See You Around Michael Gomez (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 23% Hollow Point Detective Chuck Bryant (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Father Belize Uncle Nacio (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burning Shadow Mr. Jones (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other Side Martin (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Movement Raymond Parks (Character) - 2018
67% 30% Bitch Unknown (Character) - 2017
80% 84% Marshall Walter White (Character) $10.0M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Queen of Hollywood Blvd. Duke (Character) - 2017
100% 57% Rodney King Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 0% Supermodel Max (Character) - 2016
72% 71% The Birth of a Nation Isaiah (Character) $15.8M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Detective Berg (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet But Not For Me Raymond Little (Character) - 2015
88% 83% Dope Austin Jacoby (Character) $17.5M 2015
No Score Yet 78% In the Hive Paris (Character) - 2011
16% 22% The Son of No One Hanky (Character) $28.9K 2011
5% 42% Abduction Mr. Miles (Character) $28.1M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Corner Store Earl (Character) - 2011
80% 78% Mooz-lum Hassan (Character) - 2010
39% 36% Fighting Jack Dancing (Character) $23.0M 2009
No Score Yet 67% Applause for Miss E Buddy (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 28% Fist of the Warrior Det. Craig Barnes (Character) - 2007
85% 48% The Take Dr. Phineas (Character) - 2007
0% 79% Cover Unknown (Character) $62.2K 2007
81% 90% American Gangster Nate (Character) $130.1M 2007
No Score Yet 52% Confessions of a Call Girl Father Jeffrey (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 27% Mercenary for Justice Anthony Chapel (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 20% Fatwa Samir Al-Faied (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 20% God's Waiting List Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 60% Justice Carter (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 62% Joy Road Charles Blocker (Character) - 2004
67% 58% Shade Marlo (Character) $24.7K 2003
31% 77% All About the Benjamins Ramose (Character) $25.5M 2002
100% 85% A Huey P. Newton Story Huey P. Newton (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Warden Napoliano (Character) - 2001
70% No Score Yet Hamlet Laertes (Character) - 2000
36% 68% Final Destination Agent Schreck (Character) $53.3M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Facade Henson (Character) - 1999
50% 60% Summer of Sam Detective Curt Atwater (Character) $19.3M 1999
No Score Yet 0% The Color of Courage Mac McGhee (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Incognito Unknown (Character) - 1999
89% 71% Get on the Bus Gary (Character) $5.7M 1996
58% 69% Tales From the Hood Rhodie (Character) $10.7M 1995
25% 75% Panther Pruitt (Character) $6.3M 1995
34% 83% Poetic Justice Heywood (Character) $27.5M 1993
87% 78% Deep Cover Eddie (Character) $16.6M 1992
92% 89% Do the Right Thing Smiley (Character) $26.0M 1989

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 64% Queen Sugar Quincy (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2016
No Score Yet 100% Kings Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
54% No Score Yet K Street Francisco Dupré (Character) 2003
No Score Yet 83% The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angels Johnny Truelove (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1990