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Blair Underwood

Actor, Activist & Philanthropist
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Biography

In a career spanning 30 years, Blair Underwood has made an art of giving it his all — and giving back. In speaking engagements centering on health awareness and physical fitness, the actor, activist and philanthropist shares his experiences as caregiver and advocate, making a case for healthy living and wellness in all aspects of life.

The star of television, stage, screen, co-author of five books, and two-time Golden Globe nominee and GRAMMY winner shot to stardom as Jonathan Rollins on the hit NBC TV series L.A. Law, resulting in film and stage roles including Rules of Engagement, the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which he played Stanley Kowalski, and Soul of the Game, in which he played Jackie Robinson. He currently appears in a recurring role on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.

After watching his mother battle multiple sclerosis, diabetes and depression, he became a champion of healthy living. He is also strongly involved with activism and philanthropic causes including organizations such as ANSA (Artists for a New South Africa), AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, weaving together personal betterment and giving back into his inspirational presentations.

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Defining Your Dream

Blair Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer who continues to showcase his many talents in the world of film, television, theatre and literature. His success has been driven by the underlying belief that, in order to achieve longevity in the acting business, you must diversify yourself and become as flexible as possible. Sharing insights on how his own education influenced his life as well as noteworthy career, Underwood illustrates his experiences, many life challenges and journey to success to inspire audiences to pursue their dreams as they move forward to their career and life. He encourages people to seize the moment and recognize their accomplishments as a way to shape their futures — reminding them to always stay motivated to pursue their personal and professional goals, while constantly looking for even greater success.

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