Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

Lindo on 29 March 2008
Born Delroy George Lindo[1]
(1952-11-18) 18 November 1952
Eltham, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor, theatre director
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Nashormeh Lindo[2]

Delroy George Lindo (born November 18, 1952) is a British-American actor and theatre director. Lindo has been nominated for the Tony[3] and Screen Actors Guild awards and has won a Satellite Award. He is perhaps best known for his roles in a trio of Spike Lee films, especially as West Indian Archie in Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and Woody Carmichael in Crooklyn (1994), Catlett in Get Shorty, Arthur Rose in The Cider House Rules, and Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000). Lindo starred as Alderman Ronin Gibbons in the TV series The Chicago Code (2011) and as Winter on the series Believe, which premiered in 2014.

Early life

Delroy Lindo was born in 1952 in Eltham, south-east London, the son of Jamaican parents who had emigrated to Britain. He was brought up in nearby Lewisham and got interested in acting as a child in a Nativity play. His mother was a nurse and his father worked in various jobs.[4] As a teenager, he and his mother moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When he was sixteen, 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 British comedy Find the Lady, followed by two other roles in films, including an Army Sergeant in More American Graffiti (1979).

He quit film 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 1990s, acting alongside Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen in the cult 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 his debut Do the Right Thing, Lee cast him as Woody Carmichael in the drama Crooklyn (1994), which brought him notice. Together with his other roles with Lee - as the West Indian Archie, a psychotic gangster, in Malcolm X, and a starring role as a neighbourhood drug dealer in Clockers - he became established in his film career.

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. As a character actor, Lindo has readily taken on roles as treacherous bad guys as well as those of trustworthy professionals.

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 as best actor. Lindo continues to work in television and was most recently seen on the short-lived NBC drama Kidnapped.

Lindo played an angel in the comedy film A Life Less Ordinary (1997), in which Dan Hedaya played the angel Gabriel, and Lindo's boss. He guest-starred on The Simpsons in the episode "Brawl in the Family", playing a similar character named Gabriel.

Lindo had a small role in the 1995 science fiction/action film Congo, playing the corrupt Captain Wanta. Lindo was not credited for the role, but one of his lines in the film, "Stop eating my sesame cake!", has become an internet meme.

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; he coaches his children and the son of a neighbour Jewish family in cricket, earning their admiration in a time of strained social relations. Lindo said he made the film in honour 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.

Lindo is poised to play Marcus Garvey in an upcoming biopic of the black nationalist historical figure.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Find the Lady Sam
1979 More American Graffiti Army Sergeant
1990 The Blood of Heroes Mbulu
1990 Mountains of the Moon Mabruki
1990 Bright Angel Harley
1991 The Hard Way Captain Brix, NYPD
1992 Malcolm X West Indian Archie Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1993 Blood In Blood Out Bonafide
1993 Mr. Jones Howard
1994 Crooklyn Woody Carmichael
1995 Clockers Rodney Little Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995 Congo Captain Wanta Uncredited
1995 Get Shorty Bo Catlett Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996 Ransom Agent Lonnie Hawkins Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1996 Broken Arrow Colonel Max Wilkins
1996 Soul of the Game Satchel Paige Television film
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1996 Feeling Minnesota Red
1997 First Time Felon Calhoun Television film
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Jackson
1997 The Devil's Advocate Phillipe Moyez Uncredited
1998 Glory & Honor Mathew Henson Television film
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1999 Pros & Cons Kyle
1999 The Cider House Rules Arthur Rose Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 The Book of Stars Professor
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Det. Roland Castlebeck
2000 Romeo Must Die Isaak O'Day
2001 The One MVA Agent Harry Roedecker
2001 Heist Bobby "Bob" Blane
2001 The Last Castle Gen. Wheeler
2003 The Core Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton
2003 Profoundly Normal Ricardo Thornton Television film
2003 Wondrous Oblivion Dennis Samuel
2005 Domino Claremont Williams
2005 Lackawanna Blues Mr. Lucious Television film
2005 Sahara Carl
2007 This Christmas Joseph 'Joe' Black
2009 Up Beta
2011 The Big Bang Skeres
2015 Cymbeline Belarius
2015 Do You Believe? Street preacher with Cross
2015 Point Break FBI Instructor
2017[8] Marcus Garvey Biopic Marcus Garvey


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Beauty and the Beast Isaac Stubbs 2 episodes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Mark Slater Episode: "Vendetta"
1991 Against the Law Ben Episode: "Hoops"
2002 The Simpsons Gabriel Episode: "Brawl in the Family"
2006–2007 Kidnapped Latimer King 13 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Victor Moran Episode: "Baggage"
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2009 Mercy Dr. Alfred Parks Episode: "Can We Get That Drink Now?"
2011 The Chicago Code Alderman Ronin Gibbons 11 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Dopey Smurf/Scorpion Cashier Episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2014 Believe Dr. Milton Winter 13 episodes
2015 Blood & Oil Tip Harrison Series regular
2016 Marvel's Most Wanted Dominic Fortune Series regular


Year Title Role Notes
1982–1983 "Master Harold"...and the Boys Willie
1983–1986 A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger Yale Repertory (1983)[9] and Roundabout Theatre in New York (1986)[10]
1988 Joe Turner's Come and Gone Herald Loomis Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
1993 The Heliotrope Bouqet Joplin
2009 Things of Dry Hours Tice Hogan
2012 The Exonerated Delbert Tibbs


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