Delroy Lindo

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Delroy George Lindo

(1952-11-18) 18 November 1952 (age 68)
Lewisham, London, England
Education San Francisco State University (BFA)
American Conservatory Theater (MFA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active1975-present

Delroy George Lindo (born 18 November 1952) is a British-American [1] 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).

Early life

Delroy Lindo was born in 1952 in Lewisham, south east London, [2] the son of Jamaican parents who had immigrated in the United Kingdom. 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 [3] and his father worked in various jobs. [4] As a teenager, he and his mother moved to Toronto, Ontario. When he was 16, they moved to San Francisco. [5] At the age of 24, Lindo started acting studies at the American Conservatory Theater, graduating in 1979. [6]


Lindo's film debut came in 1976 with the Canadian John Candy comedy Find the Lady , followed by two other roles in films, including an army sergeant in More American Graffiti (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 .

Other films in which he has starring roles are Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty (1995), Ron Howard's Ransom (1996) and Soul of the Game (1996), as the baseball player Satchel Paige.

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 .

Lindo had a small role in the 1995 film Congo, playing the corrupt Captain Wanta. Lindo was not credited for the role. Lindo played an angel in the comedy film A Life Less Ordinary (1997).

He guest-starred on The Simpsons in the episode "Brawl in the Family", playing a character named Gabriel.

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. [5]

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 2015, Lindo was expected to play Marcus Garvey in a biopic of the black nationalist historical figure that had been in pre-production for several years. [7] [8] [9]

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. [10]



1976 Find the Lady Sam
1979 More American Graffiti Army Sergeant
1990 The Blood of Heroes Mbulu
Mountains of the Moon Mabruki
Bright Angel Harley
1991 The Hard Way NYPD Captain Brix
1992 Malcolm X West Indian Archie
1993 Blood In Blood Out Bonafide
Mr. Jones Howard
1994L'exil du roi BehanzinBehanzin
Crooklyn Woody Carmichael
1995 Clockers Rodney Little
Congo Captain WantaUncredited
Get Shorty Bo Catlett
1996 Ransom Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Broken Arrow Colonel Max Wilkins
Feeling Minnesota Red
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Jackson
The Devil's Advocate Phillipe MoyezUncredited
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
2005 Domino Claremont Williams
Sahara Carl
2007 This Christmas Joseph "Joe" Black
2009 Up Beta (voice)
2011 The Big Bang Skeres
2014 Cymbeline Belarius
2015 Do You Believe? Malachi
Point Break Instructor Hall
2017 Battlecreek Arthur
2018 Malicious Dr. Clark
2020 Da 5 Bloods Paul
2021 The Harder They Fall Bass Reeves Post-production


1987 Beauty and the Beast Isaac Stubbs2 episodes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Mark SlaterEpisode: "Vendetta"
Perfect Witness BergerTelevision film
1991 Against the Law BenEpisode: "Hoops"
1996 Soul of the Game Satchel Paige Television film
1997 First Time Felon CalhounTelevision film
1998 Glory & Honor Mathew Henson Television film
2002 The Simpsons GabrielVoice; episode: "Brawl in the Family"
2003Profoundly NormalRicardo ThorntonTelevision film
2005 Lackawanna Blues Mr. LuciousTelevision film
2006–07 Kidnapped Latimer KingMain cast; 13 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Victor MoranEpisode: "Baggage"
Mercy Dr. Alfred ParksEpisode: "Can We Get That Drink Now?"
2011 The Chicago Code Alderman Ronin GibbonsMain cast; 11 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Dopey Smurf / Scorpion CashierVoice; episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2014 Believe Dr. Milton WinterMain cast; 13 episodes
2015 Blood & Oil Tip HarrisonMain cast; 10 episodes
2016 Marvel's Most Wanted Dominic Fortune Unaired pilot
2017–21 The Good Fight Adrian BosemanMain cast; 40 episodes
2017 This Is Us Judge Ernest BradleyEpisode: "The Most Disappointed Man"


1975–76 Of Mice and Men Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
1979Spell Number 7Performer Negro Ensemble Company
1981–82 Macbeth Performer Cincinnati Playhouse
1982–83 "Master Harold"...and the Boys Willie Lyceum Theatre
1983–84 Home Cephus MilesHartford Stage Company
A Lesson from AloesPerformer Virginia Stage Company
1983–86 A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger Yale Repertory Theatre [11]
Roundabout Theatre Company [12]
1984–85The Black BranchEli Crooner Actors Theatre of Louisville
Advice to the PlayersRobert Obosa
1985 Much Ado About Nothing Friar Francis Shakespeare & Company
1985–86Union BoysPerformer Yale Repertory Theatre
1986–88 Joe Turner's Come and Gone Herald Loomis Huntington Theatre Company
Old Globe Theatre
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
1988–89CobbOscar CharlestonYale Repertory Theatre
1989–90Miss Evers' BoysCaleb Humphries Center Stage
1990–91 Julius Caesar Caius Cassius Center Theatre Group
1992–93 Othello Othello Great Lakes Theater
1993The Heliotrope Bouqet by
Scott Joplin & Louis Chauvin
Scott Joplin Playwrights Horizons' Theatre
1998 Othello Othello Actors Theatre of Louisville
2008 Agamemnon Agamemnon Getty Villa
2009Things of Dry HoursTice Hogan New York Theatre Workshop
2012 The Exonerated Delbert TibbsBleecker Street Theater

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1988 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Joe Turner's Come and Gone Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
1992 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Malcolm X Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1995 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Clockers Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Get Shorty Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
1996 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Ransom Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie Soul of the Game Nominated
1998 Satellite Award Best Actor - Miniseries of Television Movie Glory & Honor Won
1999Las Vegas Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting Actor The Cider House Rules Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2009 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Law and Order: SVU Won
2017 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Good Fight Nominated
2020 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Da 5 Bloods Nominated
Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Award Best Actor Won
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Won
Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in an Action MovieWon
Satellite Award Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

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