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Roger Guenveur Smith

Roger Guenveur Smith

Roger Guenveur Smith has created an astonishing range of work for the stage and screen. A Huey P. Newton Story, Smith's internationally acclaimed signature solo performance, awarded him the coveted Obie Award for its sold-out Off-Broadway engagement. His adaptation of the production for television is the latest in his extraordinary series of collaborations with director Spike Lee.

Smith has essayed a gallery of memorable characters in Lee's School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Get On the Bus, He Got Game and Summer of Sam. Among his many other film credits are the recent hit, Final Destination, the classic Eve's Bayou and the cult favorites, King of New York, Deep Cover, Tales from the Hood, Panther, Poetic Justice and John Singleton's latest feature, Baby Boy.

Television viewers know Smith from his starring roles in BET's Incognito, USA Network's The Color of Courage with Lynn Whitfield and the series Oz, New York Undercover, A Different World and All My Children." Other recent films for television include Campbell Scott's Hamlet and TNT's The Warden opposite Ally Sheedy.

For the stage, Smith created and performed the award-winning Inside the Creole Mafia, Frederick Douglass Now, Christopher Columbus 1992, Blood and Brains and the work-in-progress Iceland. He directed the coast-to-coast production of Radio Mambo, starring the California performance trio, Culture Clash. His work has been presented at prestigious theaters and cultural institutions including The Public Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Barbican Centre in London.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Roger Guenveur Smith Facts

BirthdayJuly 27, 1959 (62)
BirthplaceBerkeley, California, USA

Selected Filmography

American Gangster
Do the Right Thing
Final Destination
All About the Benjamins
Applause for Miss E
Eve's Bayou
A Huey P. Newton Story
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