Delroy Lindo

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Delroy Lindo
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Lindo on March 29, 2008
BornDelroy George Lindo[1]
(1952-11-18) 18 November 1952 (age 62)
Eltham, London, England, UK
OccupationActor
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Nashormeh Lindo
 
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Delroy Lindo
Delroy Lindo cropped.jpg
Lindo on March 29, 2008
BornDelroy George Lindo[1]
(1952-11-18) 18 November 1952 (age 62)
Eltham, London, England, UK
OccupationActor
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Nashormeh Lindo

Delroy George Lindo (born November 18, 1952) is an English actor and theatre director. Lindo has been nominated for the Tony[2] and Screen Actors Guild awards and has won a Satellite Award. He is perhaps best known for his roles as a trio of Spike Lee films, especially as West Indian Archie in Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and Woody Carmichael in Crooklyn (1994), Catlett in Get Shorty, Arthur Rose in The Cider House Rules, and Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000). He starred as Alderman Ronin Gibbons in the TV series, The Chicago Code (2011), and as Winter on the series Believe, which premiered in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Delroy Lindo was born in 1952 in Eltham, south-east London, the son of Jamaican parents who had migrated to England. He was brought up in nearby Lewisham and got interested in acting as a child in a Nativity play. His mother was a nurse and his father worked in various jobs.[3] As a teenager, he and his mother moved to Toronto, Canada. When he was sixteen, they moved to San Francisco.[4] At the age of 24, Lindo started acting studies at the American Conservatory Theater, graduating in 1979.[5]

Career[edit]

Lindo's movie debut came in 1976 with the British comedy Find The Lady, followed by two other roles in films, including an Army Sergeant in More American Graffiti (1979).

He quit film for 10 years to concentrate on theatre acting. In 1982 he debuted on Broadway in "Master Harold"...and the Boys, directed by the play's South African author Athol Fugard. By 1988 Lindo had earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Herald Loomis in August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

Lindo returned to film in the 1990s, acting alongside Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen in the cult science fiction movie Salute of the Jugger (1990), which has become a cult classic. Although he had turned down Spike Lee for a role in his debut Do the Right Thing, Lee cast him as Woody Carmichael in the drama Crooklyn (1994), which brought him notice. Together with his other roles with Lee as the West Indian Archie, a psychotic gangster, in Malcolm X (film), and a starring role as a neighborhood drug dealer in Clockers, he became established in his film career.

Other films in which he has starring roles are Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty (1995), Ron Howard's Ransom (1996), and Soul of the Game (1996), as the baseball player Satchel Paige. As a character actor, Lindo has readily taken on roles as treacherous bad guys as well as those of trustworthy professionals.

In 1998 Lindo co-starred as African-American explorer Matthew Henson, in the TV movie, Glory & Honor, directed by Kevin Hooks. It portrayed his nearly 20-year partnership with Commander Robert Peary in Arctic exploration and their effort to find the Geographic North Pole in 1909. He received a Satellite Award as best actor. Lindo continues to work in television and was most recently seen on the short-lived NBC drama Kidnapped.

Lindo played an angel in the comedy film A Life Less Ordinary (1997), in which Dan Hedaya played the angel Gabriel, and Lindo's boss. He guest-starred on The Simpsons in the episode "Brawl in the Family", playing a similar character named Gabriel.

Lindo had a small role in the 1995 science fiction/action film Congo, playing the corrupt Captain Wanta. Lindo was not credited for the role, but one of his lines in the film, "Stop eating my sesame cake!", has become an internet meme.

In the British film, Wondrous Oblivion (2003), directed by Paul Morrison, he starred as Dennis Samuels, the father of a Jamaican immigrant family in London in the 1950s; he coaches his children and the son of a neighbor Jewish family in cricket, earning their admiration in a time of strained social relations. Lindo said he made the film in honor of his parents, who had similarly moved to London in those years.[4]

In 2007, Lindo began an association with Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California, when he directed Tanya Barfield's play The Blue Door. In the fall of 2008, Lindo revisited August Wilson's play, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, directing a production at the Berkeley Rep. In 2010, he played the role of elderly seer Bynum in David Lan's production of 'Joe Turner' at the Young Vic Theatre in London.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1976Find the LadySam
1979More American GraffitiArmy Sargent
1990The Blood of HeroesN/A
1990Mountains of the MoonMabruki
1990Bright AngelHarley
1991The Hard WayCaptain Brix, NYPD
1992Malcolm XWest Indian ArchieNominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1993Bound by HonorBonafide
1994CrooklynWoody Carmichael
1995ClockersRodney LittleNominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995CongoCaptain WantaUncredited
1995Get ShortyBo CatlettNominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996RansomAgent Lonnie HawkinsNominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1996Broken ArrowColonel Max Wilkins
1996Soul of the GameSatchel PaigeTelevision movie
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1996Feeling MinnesotaRed
1997First Time FelonCalhounTelevision movie
1997A Life Less OrdinaryJackson
1997The Devil's AdvocatePhillipe MoyezUncredited
1998Glory & HonorMathew HensonTelevision movie
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1999Pros & ConsKyle
1999The Cider House RulesArthur RoseNominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000The Book of StarsProfessor
2000Gone in 60 SecondsDet. Roland Castlebeck
2000Romeo Must DieIsaak O'Day
2001The OneMVA Agent Harry Roedecker
2001HeistBobby 'Bob' Blane
2001The Last CastleGen. Wheeler
2003The CoreDr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton
2003Profoundly NormalRicardo ThorntonTelevision movie
2003Wondrous OblivionDennis Samuel
2005DominoClaremont Williams
2005Lackawanna BluesMr. LuciousTelevision movie
2005SaharaCarl
2007The ChristmasJoseph 'Joe' Black
2009UpBeta
2011The Big BangSkeres
2015Point BreakTBDPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Beauty and the BeastIsaac Stubbs2 episodes
1989A Man Called HawkMark SlaterEpisode: "Vendetta"
1991Against the LawBenEpisode: "Hoops"
2002The SimpsonsGabrielEpisode: "Brawl in the Family"
2006–2007KidnappedLatimer King13 episodes
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDetective Victor MoranEpisode: "Baggage"
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2009MercyDr. Alfred ParksEpisode: "Can We Get That Drink Now?"
2011The Chicago CodeAlderman Ronin Gibbons11 episodes
2013Robot ChickenDopey Smurf/Scorpion CashierEpisode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2014BelieveDr. Milton Winter13 episodes

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982–1983"Master Harold"...and the BoysWillie
1988Joe Turner's Come and GoneHerald LoomisNominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
1993The Heliotrope BouqetJoplin
2009Things of Dry HoursTice Hogan
2012The ExoneratedDelbert Tibbs

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