Chi McBride

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Chi McBride
Chi McBride 2.jpg
McBride at 25th Annual Paley Television Festival
BornKenneth McBride
(1961-09-23) September 23, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter
Years active1992–present
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Chi McBride
Chi McBride 2.jpg
McBride at 25th Annual Paley Television Festival
BornKenneth McBride
(1961-09-23) September 23, 1961 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter
Years active1992–present

Kenneth "Chi" McBride (born September 23, 1961) is an American actor. He starred as high school principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public, as Emerson Cod on Pushing Daisies, as Detective Laverne Winston on the Fox drama Human Target, and more recently as Detective Don Owen in the short-lived CBS crime drama Golden Boy. He currently has a main role as Five-0 officer Lou Grover in the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0. He has also appeared in films such as Gone in 60 Seconds, The Terminal, I, Robot, and Draft Day.

Early life[edit]

McBride was born in Chicago, Illinois, from which his nickname, Chi, derives. He was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist religion[1] and attended Shiloh Academy, now known as Chicago SDA Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school. He graduated from high school at the age of 16. McBride originally planned to pursue a career in music. After studying several instruments and singing with gospel choirs in his native Chicago, he relocated to Atlanta in 1986 to work for AT&T as a billing clerk.


His first success in show business came with the hit song "He's the Champ", which parodied the marriage of boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens. Based on the tune's success, McBride was signed by Esquire Records and he joined the rhythm and blues band Covert. Convinced he should try his hand in front of the camera, the singer moved to Los Angeles and, billed as "Chi", landed guest spots on Fox's In Living Color and NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as a featured role in the TV movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation.

In 1998, he was a co-star of Mercury Rising, alongside Bruce Willis. He was later given the role of Principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public. Much of McBride's work sees him playing right-hand man to the hero, as in the films Mercury Rising and The Terminal. He is notable for his television roles on Boston Public, The John Larroquette Show, House, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, Killer Instinct and Pushing Daisies.

McBride's film credits include Cradle 2 the Grave, The Distinguished Gentleman, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Frighteners, Narc, The Terminal, I, Robot, Roll Bounce, Annapolis, Hoodlum, Undercover Brother, Let's Go to Prison and The Brothers Solomon. McBride portrayed eight different characters in the play Nagataki Sake, directed by Robert Downey, Sr.

He starred in Human Target as Winston, business partner of Christopher Chance (the protagonist). The show premiered on January 17, 2010, on the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Chi has also appeared on an episode of "Celebrity Ghost Stories", depicting an incident during 1988 before his acting career in which he was subconsciously led to the Lorraine Motel while stopped over in Memphis, and experienced psychic visions of Martin Luther King's assassination on the 20th anniversary of the event.



1992Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next GenerationMalcolm Pennington III
1992The Distinguished GentlemanHomer
1993What's Love Got to Do with ItFross
1996The FrightenersCyrus
1997HoodlumIllinois Gordon
1998Mercury RisingFBI Agent Thomas "Bizzi" Jordan
2000Gone in 60 SecondsDonny Astricky
2000Disney's The KidKenny
2002NarcCaptain Cheevers
2002Undercover BrotherThe Chief
2002Paid in FullPip
2003Cradle 2 the GraveJump ChambersUncredited
2003DelusionJohnShort film
2004The TerminalJoe Mulroy
2004I, RobotLt. John Bergin
2005Roll BounceCurtis Smith
2006Ultimate Avengers 2Elder ChiefVoice role; Direct-to-video
2006Let's Go to PrisonBarry
2007The Brothers SolomonJames Coolwell
2008American SonEddie
2008First SundayPastor Arthur Mitchell
2008Who Do You LoveWillie Dixon
2009Still Waiting...Bishop
2011Fruit of LaborMr. HoffmanShort film
2011The Family TreeSimon Krebs
2013Pawn Shop ChroniclesJohnsonDirect-to-video
2014Draft DayWalt Gordon
2014North of HellPolice OfficerUncredited


1992The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirEd BarkerEpisode: "Boyz in the Woods"
1994Cosmic SlopT-BoneTV film; Segment: "Tang"
1994Married... with ChildrenDexterEpisode: "Nooner or Later"
1996Nash BridgesLusciousEpisode: "The Great Escape"
1993–1996The John Larroquette ShowHeavy GeneMain role (84 episodes)
1998The Secret Diary of Desmond PfeifferDesmond PfeifferMain role (9 episodes; 5 unaired)
1999The ParkersCliff RogersEpisodes: "Betting on Love"
2000King of the WorldDrew Bundini BrownTV film
2000Dancing in SeptemberSecurity GuardTV film
2001The PracticeSteven HarperEpisode: "The Day After"
2000–2004Boston PublicSteven HarperMain role (81 episodes)
2000–2002Max SteelJefferson SmithVoice role/Main role (22 episodes)
2005Boston LegalSteven HarperEpisode: "Let Sales Ring"
2005House MDEdward VoglerRecurring role (5 episodes)
2005–2006Killer InstinctLt. Matt CavanaughMain role (13 episodes)
2006MonkMayor Ray NicholsonEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike
2006–2007The NineMalcolm JonesMain role (13 episodes)
2007–2009Pushing DaisiesEmerson CodMain role (22 episodes)
2010PsychCraig SnowdenEpisode: "Ferry Tale"
2010–2011Human TargetDetective Laverne WinstonMain role (25 episodes)
2011God, the Devil and BobUnknown (voice)Episode: "God's Favorite"
2011How I Met Your MotherRodEpisode: "Challenge Accepted"
2011HawthoRNeGarland BriceRecurring role (4 episodes)
2011SuitsDistrict Attorney Terrence WolfEpisode: "Dog Fight"
2012–2013Ultimate Spider-ManNick Fury (voice)Additional voices
2013Golden BoyDetective Don OwenMain role
2013–presentAvengers AssembleNick Fury (voice)Additional voices
2013Phineas and Ferb: Mission MarvelNick Fury (voice)Additional voices
2013Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum OverloadNick Fury, Red Skull (voices)
2013–presentHawaii Five-0SWAT Captain Lou GroverMain Role [2]
2014Murder PoliceRandall Hickox (voice)Mid-season replacement series


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