Blair Underwood is an actor, best known for his roles in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015), The Event (2011) and L.A. Law (1987).


Underwood was born on August 25, 1964 in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Marilyn Ann Scales, an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr., a United States Army colonel. Because of his father's military career, Underwood lived on bases and Army Posts in the United States and Stuttgart, Germany, during his childhood. Underwood attended Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. He went on to attend the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

After his film debut, Krush Groove, Underwood's 1985 appearance on The Cosby Show landed him a short stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Bobby Blue, which eventually led to his performance on the TV series L.A. Law, where he appeared from 1987 to 1994. Underwood also appeared in the 1987's TV series 21 Jump Street aside a young Johnny Depp on episode Gotta Finish the Riff.

Underwood's film career began with roles in Just Cause (1995), Set It Off (1996) and Deep Impact (1998). He also had a supporting role as a geneticist in Gattaca (1997). In 2000, he played the lead role in the short-lived television series City of Angels. In 2004, he played the role of Roger De Souza opposite Heather Locklear in NBC's LAX. In 2006, he gained acclaim as the sexy grade school teacher in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus for two years. In 2008, he played the character Alex in the first season of the HBO series In Treatment, for which he was nominated for best supporting actor at the 66th Golden Globe Awards in 2009.

In 2010 to 2011, Underwood portrayed United States President Elias Martinez in the NBC drama series The Event. In 2012, he played the lead role of Stanley in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. In 2013, Underwood played the role of Robert Ironside in the remake of the successful 1960's television series, Ironside, made famous by the late Raymond Burr.

In 2016, Underwood was cast in the series regular role of Owen Hall on the ABC thriller series Quantico.