Obba Babatundé



Place of birth:

Queens, New York, USA:


Obba Babatundé (born December 1, 1951) is an American actor of stage and screen, known for his Emmy-nominated performance in the television movie Miss Evers' Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the TV movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and a Tony Award-nominated role for his performance as C.C. White in the original cast of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Babatundé was a protege of Sammy Davis, Jr., who said of him, "This is the only cat who can do everything I can do." Babatundé does dance, sing, play instruments, execute impersonations, including his portrayal of Davis, aided by their similarity in energy, size and talent, tap dancing and performing on multiple instruments. In fall 2009, Babatundé played Davis in the title role of "Sammy: Once in a Lifetime," a world premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Early in 2000, Babatundé partnered with writer/producer Ruth Adkins Robinson for a series of TV projects including "TV in Black: The First 50 Years," "Oscar's Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Hallie" and "Dorthy Dandridge: An American Beauty". The pair have projects that will take them through 2011. His TV roles have often portrayed authority figures, such as a recurring guest-starring role as a high school principal on Dawson's Creek, an appearance as a judge in a two-part episode of Any Day Now, and as the father of the main characters on Half & Half. He also played Harvard college Dean Cain in the movie How High, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie Life, and co-starred as an attorney in Philadelphia and as a senator in the 2004 reprise of The Manchurian Candidate. He also played the director in season 3 of Friends in an episode titled "The One with All the Jealousy". Other TV shows he has had recurring roles on include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Chicago Hope, Rocket Power, Static Shock, and Karen Sisco. He played a small but pivotal role as a doorman/bellhop in the film That Thing You Do! and also appeared in The Wild Thornberrys Movie as the voice of Boko. He played a famous producer known as Gordy Berry on two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy. Babatundé is adept at American sign language and had used this talent in many roles including on one NYPD Blue. His recorded work includes a performance with the New York pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs on the 2007 album Sack Full of Dreams. The actor/producer is also an avid horseman and is a highly regarded rider and trainer in the Rodeo Circuit, including the annual Bill Pickett Rodeol. Description above from the Wikipedia article Obba Babatundé, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Revival! (2019)
Jingle Belle (2018)
Charles Williams
Kinky (2018)
Mr. Bernard
The Watcher (2016)
If I Tell You I Have to Kill You (2015)
Jonathan Black
Death's Door (2015)
American Bad Boy (2015)
Pastor Lovely
Dolls of Voodoo (2013)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)
Mayor Denny
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire (2012)
Vampire Actor #4 (voice)
The Last Fall (2012)
Joy Road (2011)
Dr. Howard Perkins
The Trap Door (2011)
Trapped: Haitian Nights (2011)
Black Dynamite (2009)
Osiris (as Obba Babatunde)
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008)
The Eye (2008)
Dr. Haskins
Cover (2007)
Attorney Miller
Material Girls (2006)
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.! (2004)
Chief Ankamuti (voice)
After the Sunset (2004)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Senator Wells
The Notebook (2004)
Band Leader
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004)
Redeemer (2002)
Charles Henderson
How High (2001)
Dean Carl Cain
The Visit (2000)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
Harold Nicholas
Life (1999)
Willie Long
Miss Evers' Boys (1997)
Willie Johnson
The Cherokee Kid (1996)
Isom Dart
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Multiplicity (1996)
Soul of the Game (1996)
Cum Posey
The Tomorrow Man (1996)
Brian Parish
Born to Be Wild (1995)
Fatal Pursuit (1995)
Philadelphia (1993)
Jerome Green
Necronomicon (1993)
Undercover Blues (1993)
Lt. Theodore 'Ted' Sawyer
The Importance of Being Earnest (1992)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
TV Anchor Man
Miami Blues (1990)
Blink Willie, Informant
Married to the Mob (1988)
The Face of Justice
God Bless the Child (1988)
Raymond Watkins
Baryshnikov on Broadway (1980)
Children of the Dead ()
King: Man of Peace in a Time of War ()
If I Tell You I Have to Kill You (2015)
Executive Producer
American Bad Boy (2015)
Angels Around Me (2013)
Additional Writing
Oscar's Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Halle (2003)