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Obba Babatundé

Obba Babatundé (born December 1, 1951) is an American actor of stage and screen, known for his Emmy-nominated performance in the television movie Miss Evers' Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the TV movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and a Tony Award-nominated role for his performance as C.C. White in the original cast of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Babatundé was a protege of Sammy Davis, Jr., who said of him, "This is the only cat who can do everything I can do." Babatundé does dance, sing, play instruments, execute impersonations, including his portrayal of Davis, aided by their similarity in energy, size and talent, tap dancing and performing on multiple instruments. In fall 2009, Babatundé played Davis in the title role of "Sammy: Once in a Lifetime," a world premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Early in 2000, Babatundé partnered with writer/producer Ruth Adkins Robinson for a series of TV projects including "TV in Black: The First 50 Years," "Oscar's Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Hallie" and "Dorthy Dandridge: An American Beauty". The pair have projects that will take them through 2011. His TV roles have often portrayed authority figures, such as a recurring guest-starring role as a high school principal on Dawson's Creek, an appearance as a judge in a two-part episode of Any Day Now, and as the father of the main characters on Half & Half. He also played Harvard college Dean Cain in the movie How High, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie Life, and co-starred as an attorney in Philadelphia and as a senator in the 2004 reprise of The Manchurian Candidate. He also played the director in season 3 of Friends in an episode titled "The One with All the Jealousy". Other TV shows he has had recurring roles on include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Chicago Hope, Rocket Power, Static Shock, and Karen Sisco. He played a small but pivotal role as a doorman/bellhop in the film That Thing You Do! and also appeared in The Wild Thornberrys Movie as the voice of Boko. He played a famous producer known as Gordy Berry on two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy. Babatundé is adept at American sign language and had used this talent in many roles including on one NYPD Blue. His recorded work includes a performance with the New York pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs on the 2007 album Sack Full of Dreams. The actor/producer is also an avid horseman and is a highly regarded rider and trainer in the Rodeo Circuit, including the annual Bill Pickett Rodeol. Description above from the Wikipedia article Obba Babatundé, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Dec 1, 1951 In Queens, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie The Millennial 2022-01-27
Latest Project:
In the movie Children of the Dead (Concept Trailer)
Known For
Poster of Kinky
Poster of Lap Dance
Poster of Cover
Poster of Necronomicon
Movie Children of the Dead (Concept Trailer)
Movie The Millennial Mr. Burke
Movie Trigger Chief Keaton
Movie Revival! Nicodemus
Series For The People Philip Kaws
Movie Jingle Belle Charles Williams
Movie City of Lies Chief of Police
Movie Kinky Mr. Bernard
Series S.W.A.T. Daniel Harrelson, Sr. 1st
Movie 'Til Death Do Us Part John Harris
Movie Pup Star: Better 2Gether Big Ears (voice)
Series Dear White People Dean Fairbanks
Series The Good Fight Danny Quinn
Movie The Watcher Stark
Movie Pup Star Big Ears (voice)
Movie If I Tell You I Have to Kill You Jonathan Black
Movie Death's Door Mesmer
Series Ballers J.D. Pritchard
Movie American Bad Boy Pastor Lovely
Movie Lap Dance Roscoe
Series Kingdom Detective Gaines
Movie Dolls of Voodoo Iklif
Movie Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Vampire Actor #4 (voice)
Movie The Last Fall
Movie Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Mayor Denny
Movie The Trap Door Mesmer
Movie All Star Superman Judge / Bibliobot
Movie Trapped: Haitian Nights Ikliff
Movie Joy Road Dr. Howard Perkins
Movie Black Dynamite Osiris (as Obba Babatunde)
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History Himself
Movie The Eye Dr. Haskins
Movie Cover Attorney Miller
Movie King: Man of Peace in a Time of War Narrator
Movie April Fools Detective Combs
Movie Material Girls Craig
Series Psych David Gaffney
Movie The Celestine Prophecy Miguel
Series Grey's Anatomy Unknown
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
Movie The Notebook Band Leader
Movie After the Sunset Zacharias
Movie Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.! Chief Ankamuti (voice)
Movie The Manchurian Candidate Senator Wells
Movie Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty Host
Movie John Q Sgt. Moody
Movie Redeemer Charles Henderson
Movie How High Dean Carl Cain
Movie The Visit Tony
Movie The Apartment Complex Chett
Series Family Law Unknown
Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Harold Nicholas
Movie Life Willie Long
Series The Temptations Berry Gordy
Series Dawson's Creek Principal Howard Green
Movie Miss Evers' Boys Willie Johnson
Movie Multiplicity Paul
Movie Soul of the Game Cum Posey
Movie Carpool Jeffery
Movie The Cherokee Kid Isom Dart
Movie That Thing You Do! Lamarr
Movie The Tomorrow Man Brian Parish
Series Sliders Cezanne Brown
Movie Born to Be Wild Interpreter
Movie Fatal Pursuit Trinidad
Series Friends Director
Series Chicago Hope Unknown
Movie Philadelphia Jerome Green
Movie Necronomicon Paul
Movie Undercover Blues Lt. Theodore 'Ted' Sawyer
Movie The Importance of Being Earnest Lane
Movie The Silence of the Lambs TV Anchor Man
Movie Dead Again Syd - Restaurant Owner
Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Gordy Berry
Movie Miami Blues Blink Willie, Informant
Movie Married to the Mob The Face of Justice
Movie God Bless the Child Raymond Watkins
Movie Leonard Part 6 Bongo Drummer
Movie Baryshnikov on Broadway
Movie An Evening with Liza Minnelli Himself