Delroy George Lindo
18 November 1952
Lewisham, London, England
|Education||San Francisco State University (BFA)|
American Conservatory Theater (MFA)
New York University (MFA)
Delroy George Lindo (born 18 November 1952) is a British-American actor. He is the recipient of such accolades as a NAACP Image Award, a Satellite Award, and nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Helen Hayes Award, a Tony Award, two Critics' Choice Television Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Lindo has played prominent roles in four Spike Lee films: West Indian Archie in Malcolm X (1992), Woody Carmichael in Crooklyn (1994), Rodney Little in Clockers (1995), and Paul in Da 5 Bloods (2020); he received universal acclaim for his performance in Da 5 Bloods as a Vietnam War veteran, winning the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. Lindo also played Bo Catlett in Get Shorty (1995), Arthur Rose in The Cider House Rules (1999), and Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000). Lindo starred as Alderman Ronin Gibbons in the TV series The Chicago Code (2011), as Winter on the series Believe (2014), and also starred as Adrian Boseman in The Good Fight (2017–2021).
Delroy Lindo was born in 1952 in Lewisham, south east London, the son of Jamaican parents who had immigrated to England. Lindo grew up in nearby Eltham, and became interested in acting as a child when he appeared in a nativity play at school. Lindo's mother emigrated to the UK in 1951 from Jamaica to work as a nurse and his father worked in various jobs. As a teenager, he and his mother moved to Toronto, Ontario. When he was 16, they moved to San Francisco. At the age of 24, Lindo started acting studies at the American Conservatory Theater, graduating in 1979.
He stopped his film career 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 science fiction film Salute of the Jugger (1990), which has become a cult classic. Although he had turned down Spike Lee for a role in Do the Right Thing, Lee cast him as Woody Carmichael in the drama Crooklyn (1994), which brought him notice. His other roles with Lee include the West Indian Archie, a psychotic gangster, in Malcolm X and a starring role as a neighborhood drug dealer in Clockers.
In 1998 Lindo co-starred as African-American explorer Matthew Henson, in the TV film 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 for best actor. Lindo has continued to work in television and in 2006 was seen on the short-lived drama Kidnapped.
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. Lindo said he made the film in honor of his parents, who had similarly moved to London in those years.
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 autumn 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.
In 2020, Lindo starred in Da 5 Bloods, another collaboration with Spike Lee.
Lindo has an honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Virginia Union University and in 2014, earned a master's in fine arts from New York University’s Gallatin School.
|1976||Find the Lady||Sam|
|1979||More American Graffiti||Army Sergeant|
|1990||The Blood of Heroes||Mbulu|
|Mountains of the Moon||Mabruki|
|1991||The Hard Way||NYPD Captain Brix|
|1992||Malcolm X||West Indian Archie|
|1993||Blood In Blood Out||Bonafide|
|1994||L'exil du roi Behanzin||Behanzin|
|Get Shorty||Bo Catlett|
|1996||Ransom||Agent Lonnie Hawkins|
|Broken Arrow||Colonel Max Wilkins|
|1997||A Life Less Ordinary||Jackson|
|The Devil's Advocate||Phillipe Moyez||Uncredited|
|1999||Pros & Cons||Kyle Pettibone|
|The Cider House Rules||Arthur Rose|
|2000||The Book of Stars||Professor|
|Gone in 60 Seconds||Det. Roland Castlebeck|
|Romeo Must Die||Isaak O'Day|
|2001||The One||Harry Roedecker|
|Heist||Bobby "Bob" Blane|
|The Last Castle||General Wheeler|
|2003||The Core||Dr. Ed "Braz" Brazzleton|
|Wondrous Oblivion||Dennis Samuel|
|2007||This Christmas||Joseph "Joe" Black|
|2011||The Big Bang||Skeres|
|2015||Do You Believe?||Malachi|
|Point Break||Instructor Hall|
|2020||Da 5 Bloods||Paul|
|2021||The Harder They Fall||Bass Reeves||Post-production|
|1987||Beauty and the Beast||Isaac Stubbs||2 episodes|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Mark Slater||Episode: "Vendetta"|
|Perfect Witness||Berger||Television film|
|1991||Against the Law||Ben||Episode: "Hoops"|
|1996||Soul of the Game||Satchel Paige||Television film|
|1997||First Time Felon||Calhoun||Television film|
|1998||Glory & Honor||Mathew Henson||Television film|
|2002||The Simpsons||Gabriel||Voice; episode: "Brawl in the Family"|
|2003||Profoundly Normal||Ricardo Thornton||Television film|
|2005||Lackawanna Blues||Mr. Lucious||Television film|
|2006–07||Kidnapped||Latimer King||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Victor Moran||Episode: "Baggage"|
|Mercy||Dr. Alfred Parks||Episode: "Can We Get That Drink Now?"|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Alderman Ronin Gibbons||Main cast; 11 episodes|
|2013||Robot Chicken||Dopey Smurf / Scorpion Cashier||Voice; episode: "Papercut to Aorta"|
|2014||Believe||Dr. Milton Winter||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|2015||Blood & Oil||Tip Harrison||Main cast; 10 episodes|
|2016||Marvel's Most Wanted||Dominic Fortune||Unaired pilot|
|2017–21||The Good Fight||Adrian Boseman||Main cast; 40 episodes|
|2017||This Is Us||Judge Ernest Bradley||Episode: "The Most Disappointed Man"|
Awards and nominations
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- "Aaliyah 'Best Video' Acceptance Speech 2002 - MOBO". Mobo Awards, Channel 4, YouTube.
- Are these the 5 best actors in America? from Ebony
- "It's not just cricket", The Age, 30 May 2004, accessed 27 September 2014.
- "Delroy Lindo", TV Guide
- Rao, Sameer. "Delroy Lindo to Star as Marcus Garvey in Upcoming Biopic". Colorlines. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
- MARCUS GARVEY BIOPIC SET TO BE RELEASED IN 2017 The Source, MARCH 7, 2016
- Popular US actor Delroy Lindo to star as Marcus Garvey in a new biopic The Jamaica Star, December 4, 2015.
- Gussow, Mel. "Stage—"A Raisin In the Sun" at Yale". Retrieved 2016-03-17.
- Richards, David. "Shining "Raisin' In the Sun"". Retrieved 2016-03-17.