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Tue, 11.18.1952

Delroy Lindo, Actor born

Delroy Lindo

*Delroy Lindo was born on this date in 1952. He is a Black British-American actor.

Delroy George Lindo was born in Lewisham, southeast London, the son of Jamaican parents who had immigrated to the United Kingdom. Lindo grew up in nearby Eltham and became interested in acting like 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.

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. He is also the recipient of such accolades as an NAACP Image Award, a Satellite Award, and nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Helen Hayes Award, two Critics' Choice Television Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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 to 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. and Paul in Da 5 Bloods (2020), for the latter of which he received universal acclaim for his performance 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 currently stars as Adrian Boseman in The Good Fight (2017). 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.

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