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Obba Babatundé
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Obba Babatundé

Babatundé juggles careers in feature film, television, and directing. On the silver screen, Babatundé acted as narrator and comrade to Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence in Life. He also appeared in How High, opposite Redman and Method Man, and in John Q, opposite Denzel Washington and Robert Duval. Other notable film credits include roles in The Temptations, That Thing You Do!, Soul of the Game, Philadelphia, and The Silence of the Lambs.

On television, Babatundé was able to bring his dancing talents to the small screen as the legendary Harold Nicholas in the critically-acclaimed HBO Original Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, opposite Halle Berry. Babatundé also kept the students of Capeside High on the straight and narrow as Principal Green on the hit WB series Dawson's Creek. In addition, Babatundé has a recurring role as Ben Chadway on Showtime's Soul Food, and appeared in the two-part series finale of Lifetime's Any Day Now.

Babatundé received both Emmy and Cable ACE Award nominations for his role as Willie Johnson in the HBO Original Movie Miss Evers' Boys, as well as an NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal of Harold Nicholas in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

On Broadway, Babatundé is best known for his Tony-nominated portrayal of C.C. White in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls. Other performances include a turn as legendary jazz artist Jelly Roll Morton in the world premiere of Jelly's Last Jam; Billy Flynn in Chicago; and parts in Grind and Timbuktu.

When he is not working, Babatundé dedicates much of his time to various charities, including animal rights organizations and the World Literacy Crusade. Babatundé likes to spend as much time as he can with his horses, and participates in The Bill Picket All Black Rodeo, which endorses the humane treatment of animals in rodeos.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Obba Babatundé Facts

BirthplaceQueens, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.