Birth Place: Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA
Also Credited as: Obba Babatunde
Biography: One of Hollywood's busiest actors today, Obba Babatundé continues to successfully juggle careers in feature film, television and directing. Currently, Babatundé is shooting Universal Pictures feature film "How High" opposite Redman and Method Man while simultaneously finishing the two hour season finale of Lifetime's "Any Day Now." Working in two projects at the same time is not unfamiliar to Babatundé. While working on New Line's feature film "John Q" opposite Denzel Washington and Robert Duvall, Babatundé was asked if he could fit the Showtime series "Soul Food" into his schedule. He did. Before that, Babatundé had to step out of the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical "Chicago" and quite literally go to work the next day in Universal Picture's dramatic comedy "Life." Portraying the narrator and fellow convict in "Life" Babatundé demonstrated the versatility of his talent in aging some forty years over the course of the movie. As husband to Halle Berry's Dorothy Dandridge, Babatundé brought his dancing talents to the screen as the legendary Harold Nicholas in the critically acclaimed HBO Original Movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." As Principal Green, Babatundé kept the students of Capeside High on the straight and narrow on the WB hit series "Dawson's Creek." Other notable film credits include "The Temptations," "That Thing You Do!" "Soul of the Game," "Philadelphia," and "Silence of the Lambs." Babatundé has received high praise from his peers over the years with EMMY and Cable ACE Award nominations for his role as Willie Johnson in the HBO Original Movie "Miss Evers' Boys," and an NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal of Harold Nicholas in "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." On Broadway, Babatundé is perhaps best known for his Tony-nominated portrayal of C.C. White in the original Broadway production of "Dreamgirls." Other unforgettable performances include his magical turn as legendary jazz artist Jelly Roll Morton in the world premiere of "Jelly's Last Jam," Hal Prince's "Grind," and "Timbuktu." There is more to Babatundé than his critical acclaim and multiple nominations. For years Babatundé has dedicated much of his time to charities that are very important to him (i.e. children and animal rights). When not working, Babatundé likes to spend as much time with his horses and participates in The Bill Picket "All Black" Rodeo, which endorses the humane treatment of animals in rodeos. Babatundé lives with his family in Los Angeles.