Robert X. Golphin

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Robert X. Golphin
Robert in 2008.jpg
Robert at the 2008 Hollywood premiere of "Remember The Daze"
BornRobert X. Golphin
(1982-02-02) February 2, 1982 (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
OccupationActor, Thespian, Singer, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Author, Journalist, Motivational Speaker
Known forThe Great Debaters
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Robert X. Golphin
Robert in 2008.jpg
Robert at the 2008 Hollywood premiere of "Remember The Daze"
BornRobert X. Golphin
(1982-02-02) February 2, 1982 (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
OccupationActor, Thespian, Singer, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Author, Journalist, Motivational Speaker
Known forThe Great Debaters

Robert X. Golphin (born February 2, 1982) is an American actor, thespian, vocalist, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, author, orator/motivational speaker and journalist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His most notable roles are as Dunbar Reed in The Great Debaters, Son in Punch Me and Kevin in the stage-play "The Storm: An Original Pop Rock Musical".


Golphin holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Spalding University, a B.A. in Theater and Film (Magna Cum Laude) from St. Augustine's University and a Diploma in Creative Writing from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.


Golphin has had roles in various films and television series including Remember the Daze, "Rounding First" and The Wire. His short film credits includes "Simply Untitled", "Track Marks" and "Un-Perfect".

Golphin has written and/or produced several short film projects. Some of them include Inside of Me, "Romeo & HIS Juliet", "The Bridge" and "Insecure". He also served as a set production assistant on the CBS series, "HACK" during its first season.

In 2011, Golphin was nominated for "Best Actor" for his role in Punch Me at the Atlantic City CineFest (presented by the DBFF: Downbeach Film Festival). He previously garnered that honor at DBFF in 2008 for his role in "Beautiful Man In The Buff".

In 2008, in a CBS/Philly interview with Ukee Washington, Academy Award-Winner Denzel Washington commended Golphin on his acting and entertainment pursuits.

In 2007, Golphin won the 2nd Prize for "Best Young Screenwriter" at the Set In Philadelphia Screenplay Competition. He was awarded the honor by Oscar nominated screenwriter, Stephen J. Rivele ("Nixon", "Ali").

Golphin wrote, directed and produced the stage-plays, "Sinners 7: Plane Ticket To Heaven" and "My Breasts, My Hair". Also, during his final semester of undergraduate studies at St. Augustine's University, he directed and produced an authorized stage medley of Spike Lee's School Daze.

From 2006-2009, Golphin served as an on-air correspondent for Reelblack TV, where he interviewed actors, filmmakers, musicians and celebrities.

At the age of fifteen, Golphin was the first ever inducted 'Legend of Tomorrow' at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's AALHOF: African American Legends Hall of Fame, founded by the late legendary broadcaster Wanda Mason.

Golphin's journalism credits includes The Philadelphia Inquirer 'First Take' Newspaper, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun, SCOOP USA Newspaper, The Manning Times, The Campbell Times, Teen People Magazine and others.

Golphin launched his own production company, Brotherside Entertainment, LLC in November 2010 with three partners who range in age from 15-21. Together they have produced two film projects, the award-winning "Un-Perfect" and "I AM MAN".

Golphin is also the author of the novel, "Abandoning Adam: Confessions of an HBCU Scholar". His most recent directorial effort was the award-winning 2012 drama I Am Man which has been on the virtual and physical film festival and showcase circuit since 2012.

After a six year absence from performing on the stage, Golphin starred as "Kevin" in the new stage-play, "The Storm: An Original Pop-Rock Musical" from March 9–24, 2012 at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, California. This production served as his musical theatre debut.

One of Golphin's most recent screen roles is as the title character in 2013's "Pretentious: Skylar Avielle", an experimental new media comedy about a Hollywood actor who tries to convince an entertainment reporter that he and his new film will change the world. He portrays the role of "Javier" opposite Gervase Peterson and Brian Anthony Wilson among others in "Underground Kings", a dramatic series pilot that released a trailer on March 13, 2013 and has an unknown release date. He also portrayed the role of "Pastor Jordan" in the stage-play "Misconceptions" in Greeleyville, South Carolina, and "Narrator" for the stage-play "Good Friday" in Sims, North Carolina in March 2013.

Golphin wrote and directed his final student film "The Way Things Are", which was released to the World Wide Web in May 2013. He also starred in the student film "Blue Plate Teleportation", also released to the internet in May 2013.

On May 30, 2013, Golphin was tapped to present author Kimberly C. Roberts at her official book signing/launch party at the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The book titled "Joyride! The Stars and Stories of Philly's Famous Uptown Theater", brought together legendary musicians in one room including Earl Young of The Trammps and surviving members of The Stylistics, The Intruders and others.

On June 5, 2013, a new R&B demo recording entitled "Kiss You 'Til My Lips Turn Blue" written and performed by Golphin (and composed by James Harris, Jr.) was released via

On Friday, August 30, 2013, Robert X. Golphin (and his co-director/co-producer Victor Brooks, II) released the sneak preview of their upcoming documentary "The Other Side of Hollywood: Do or Die", featuring entertainment legends and rising stars and focusing on the realities of survival and success in Hollywood.

On January 1, 2014, Robert X. Golphin co-stars as "Javier" in the TV crime drama pilot "The Underground Kings", which premieres online at http://www.TheUndergroundKingsSeries.Com. He stars opposite CBS Survivor star Gervase Peterson and HBO's "The Wire" star Brian Anthony Wilson.

On January 3, 2014, the dramatic web series "The Counterparts", executive produced by International Recording Artist Julie McKnight (former wife of Brian McKnight, premieres online at http://www.TheCounterpartsSeries.Com. Robert is a series regular on the show opposite Kristen Gabrielle Sledge (daughter of Grammy Nominated International Recording Artist Kathy Sledge from the group Sister Sledge.


Acting (Film & TV)[edit]

2004Simply UntitledRoland
2004Wire, TheThe WireCrackhead (uncredited)Episode: "Back Burners"
2005Rounding FirstQuick Mart Clerk
2005Track MarksMarkee Percy
2005Private JetManny
2006–09Reelblack TVOn Air CorrespondentVarious episodes
2007Remember the DazeBoy 2Also known as "The Beautiful Ordinary"
2007The Great DebatersDunbar Reed
2008John AdamsMale SlaveEpisode: "Join or Die"
2008Beautiful Man in the BuffDevaun CheriNominated-Best Actor In A Short, Downbeach Film Festival
2009In Heaven's CourtShawn Johnson
2011Un-PerfectDouglas, Jr.
2011Punch MeSonNominated-Best Actor In A Short, Atlantic City CineFest
2013Pretentious: Skylar AvielleSkylar Avielle
2013Blue Plate TeleportationTerrence
2014The Underground KingsJavierPilot Episode
2014The CounterpartsSeries RegularWeb Series
2014The Other Side of Hollywood: Do or Dieas HimselfDocumentary


1997Stricken: Teens Face AidsWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
1999LitWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2002Say Cheese, ElohimWriter-Producer-DirectorExperimental Film
2002HackProduction Assistant (Set)CBS Television/Big Ticket Productions
2004Simply UntitledWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2004AcrimonyDirector of PhotographyFeature/Also known as "Vengeance"
2005Track MarksWriter-ProducerShort Film
2005Private JetWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2005TiltedWriter-Producer-DirectorStudent Film
2005White Men Can't Rap2nd 2nd Assistant Director, Script SupervisorFeature
2008Beautiful Man in the BuffWriter-ProducerShort Film
2009Bridge, TheThe BridgeWriterShort Film
2009InsecureWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2009Simply Untitled (Redux)Writer-Director-ProducerShort Film
2009Inside of MeWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2011Punch MeWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2011Romeo and His JulietAssociate Producer, Script SupervisorShort Film
2011Un-PerfectWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2012I Am ManWriter-Producer-DirectorShort Film
2012"Sabrina" - Calloway1st Assistant DirectorMusic Video
2012Untitled Comedic SeriesAssistant DirectorTelevision Pilot Presentation
2013Pretentious: Skylar AvielleWriter/Executive ProducerNew Media
2013The Way Things AreWriter/DirectorNew Media
2013African Genesis: The Journey of The Songhai PeopleCinematographerFeature Length Documentary
2014The CounterpartsWriter, Director, Co-Executive ProducerWeb Series
2014The Other Side of Hollywood: Do or DieCo-Director/Executive Producer(In Post-Production)

Theatre (Crew)[edit]

1999Sinners 7: Plane Ticket to HeavenWriter-Producer-DirectorDrama Ministry
2000Sinners 7: Plane Ticket to HeavenWriter-Producer-DirectorCommunity Theatre
2005My Breasts, My HairWriter-Producer-DirectorOne Act Play
2006Spike Lee's School DazeDirector/ProducerAn authorized stage medley
2011Sinners 7: Plane Ticket to HeavenWriterDrama Ministry




YearPresented byAwardCategoryRoleResult
2008Downbeach Film FestivalBest ActorIn A Short"Devaun Cheri" in Beautiful Man in the BuffNominated
2011Atlantic City CineFestBest ActorIn A Short"Son" in Punch MeNominated


1997AALHOF: African American Legends Hall of FameLegends of TomorrowStricken: Teens Face AidsWon
1998NAACP: National Association for The Advancement of Colored PeopleAct-So Competition, FilmStricken: Teens Face Aids(2nd Place)
1998BEBASHI: Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health IssuesUjimaa Award (now the "John Allen Blue Award")Stricken: Teens Face AidsWon
1998Philadelphia Please Touch Museum For KidsGreat Friend To KidsStricken: Teens Face Aids, LITWon
2003ABC Entertainment Television GroupNew Talent Development Program Finalist ("Recognition of Creative Excellence" Recipient)A screenplay(Finalist)
2007Irene I. Parisi, Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionBest Young ScreenwriterA Feature Length Screenplay(2nd Place)
2008Irene I. Parisi, Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionBest Young ScreenwriterA Feature Length Screenplay(Finalist)
2008Downbeach Film Festival, New JerseyBest Short FilmBeautiful Man in the BuffNominated
2009Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival & MarketplaceBest Short SubjectBeautiful Man in the Buff(Honorable Mention)
2009Los Angeles Reel Film FestivalBest Narrative ShortInside of Me(Honorable Mention)
2009Indie Short Film CompetitionNarrative ShortInside of Me(Finalist)
2009Trail Dance Film FestivalGolden Drover Award for Best Short DramaInside of MeNominated
2010The Accolade CompetitionAward of Merit-Short FilmInside of MeWon
2010The Accolade CompetitionAward of Merit-DirectionInside of MeWon
2010WorldFest-HoustonRemi Bronze Award - Film and Video Productions (Women's Issues)Inside of MeWon
2010Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival & MarketplaceBest "Short Subject - Honorable MentionInside of MeWon
2010Atlantic City Cinefest (Sponsored by Downbeach Film Festival)Best Local ShortInside of MeWon
2011Black Maria Film + Video FestivalJury's Citation - 2nd PrizePunch MeWon
2011Love Unlimited Film Festival and Art ExhibitionHonorable MentionPunch MeWon
2011Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival & MarketSilver Award for Best Short SubjectPunch MeWon
2011Los Angeles Reel Film FestivalBest Narrative Short - Honorable MentionUn-PerfectWon
2011FilmOut San DiegoSpecial Distinction (Best of LGBT Shorts)Punch Me
2011QBC: Queer Black Cinema FestivalBest Narrative Short - Honorable MentionPunch MeWon
2011Atlantic City CineFestBest Drama, ShortPunch MeNominated
2012Los Angeles Movie AwardsHonorable Mention, Narrative ShortPunch MeWon
2013Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionPrime Time AwardOriginal Teen Drama Television PilotFinalist
2013Set In Philadelphia Screenplay CompetitionPrime Time AwardOriginal Television Crime Drama PilotFinalist


1. Philadelphia Tribune 2.Philadelphia Tribune (Metro Edition) 3.[1] 4.Philadelphia Tribune's "Entertainment Now" 5.Variety 6.Scoop USA Newspaper 7.Philly AD Club 8.Movie Bytes 9."Rounding First" official website 10.Entertainment Now:Philadelphia Tribune 11. Robert X. Golphin ("Punch Me") Featured In The HBCU Digest 12. Atlantic City CineFest List Of Nominations for 2011 13. Blog Talk Radio Interview With Robert X. Golphin on The Joy Keys Morning Show 14. Blog Talk Radio Interview with Robert X. Golphin on Solutions Radio with S. Denice Newton 15. Blog Talk Radio Interview with Robert X. Golphin on AfterThoughts Radio with S. Denice Newton 16. Blog Talk Radio Interview with Robert X. Golphin on Urban Film Radio 17. Philadelphia Tribune Feature Story About Robert X. Golphin and "Punch Me" 18. List of Competition Finalist Screenplays 19. Indiewire/Shadow & Act 20. "J Blair Presents" Radio Show Interview w/ Robert X. Golphin (2013) 21. Reelblack Presents Monthly Showcase Sneak Preview of "The Counterparts" 22. NBA All Star Executive Produces Gritty Police Drama The Underground Kings 23. Gritty Police Drama The Underground Kings Slated To Premiere in January

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