Carl Lumbly

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Carl Lumbly
BornCarl Winston Lumbly
(1951-08-14) August 14, 1951 (age 61)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1978 - present
Spouse(s)Vonetta McGee (1987–2010, her death)
 
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Carl Lumbly
BornCarl Winston Lumbly
(1951-08-14) August 14, 1951 (age 61)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1978 - present
Spouse(s)Vonetta McGee (1987–2010, her death)

Carl Winston Lumbly (born August 14, 1951)[1] is an American film, stage, and television actor. He is best known for his roles as NYPD Detective Marcus Petrie on the CBS police drama Cagney & Lacey, CIA Agent Marcus Dixon on the ABC espionage drama series Alias, and as the voice of the Martian Manhunter on the animated series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited (and in the direct-to-DVD animated film Justice League: Doom).

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Biography

Born to Jamaican immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lumbly graduated from South High School there and Macalester College in nearby St. Paul.

At one time he was a journalist in Minnesota, when he got an acting job while on assignment for a story about a workshop theatre and stayed with the improvisational company for two years (along with then-unknown Danny Glover).

His first major role was Detective Marcus Petrie on the television series Cagney & Lacey (1982–1988). In 1985 he appeared as Theseus in "The Gospel At Colonus," an African-American musical iteration of the Oedipus legend, which starred Morgan Freeman and The Blind Boys Of Alabama, on PBS' 'Great Performances' series.

In 1987, he garnered positive reviews for his portrayal of Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale in the HBO television movie "Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8." In 1989-90, his ongoing character Earl Williams (named for the prisoner in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's "The Front Page") was falsely a teacher accused of the rape/murder of one of his female students, in the hit TV series "L.A. Law."

From 1994-1995, Lumbly starred as the main character in the short-lived science fiction series M.A.N.T.I.S.. Perhaps his most visible role was as Marcus Dixon in the American television series Alias (2001–2006). Other prominent roles include providing the voice the for Martian Manhunter on Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, and a recurring role on L.A. Law as a college professor unjustly accused of first-degree murder. He also appeared in Superman: The Animated Series as the voice of the Mayor of Metropolis on the episode "Speed Demons" in 1997, and as an alien military general in the episode "Absolute Power" in 1999. He also appeared as the voice of the villain Stalker on Batman Beyond.

In 2000, Lumbly portrayed activist and Congressman Ron Dellums in the Disney Channel original movie, The Color of Friendship. Although the movie was focused on Dellums's daughter's friendship with a white South African girl, the film also discussed Dellums's role in ending apartheid in South Africa.

Also in 2000, Lumbly guest starred in a season one episode of The West Wing entitled "Six Meetings Before Lunch" as Jeff Breckenridge, a nominee for U.S. Assistant Attorney General who happens to support reparations for slavery.

Lumbly appeared as Lt. Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek in the 2004 television series Battlestar Galactica. He also plays a role in the video game Command and Conquer 3 's expansion pack Kane's Wrath. He most recently played police captain Joe Rucker on TNT's Southland.

Works

Film

Television

Placenta Claus Is Coming to Town (1989), One Rat, One Ranger (1989) and The Mouse That Soared (1989)

Theatre

Video games

Awards and recognition

References

  1. ^ According to the State of Minnesota. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ "1980-1989 Awards". United States: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 

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