Actor, Activist & Philanthropist
A charismatic and versatile actor, Blair Underwood has found success in television, on stage and screen, in the literary world, and in his personal life. His success has been shaped by the underlying belief that you must diversify yourself and remain as flexible as possible in order to achieve longevity in the acting business. But an acting career is only one facet of Underwood's wildly varied achievements. His passion for philanthropy, activism and advocacy for causes ranging from mental illness, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and HIV/AIDS has made him one of the most well-rounded and respected faces in Hollywood, Washington, D.C. and around the world. Read More >
The Components of True Success
Blair Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer who continues to showcase his many talents in the world of film, television, theatre and literature. His success has been driven by the underlying belief that, in order to achieve longevity in the acting business, you must diversify yourself and become as flexible as possible. Read More >
Sharing insights on how his own education influenced his life as well as noteworthy career, Underwood illustrates his experiences, many life challenges and journey to success to inspire audiences to pursue their dreams as they move forward to their career and life. He encourages people to seize the moment and recognize their accomplishments as a way to shape their futures — reminding them to always stay motivated to pursue their personal and professional goals, while constantly looking for even greater success. Read Less ^
"On behalf of DuPont, we want to thank you for your participation in our event and your inspiring message. From the moment you began your address to the countless times we have received feedback about the inspirational nature of your remarks, you have exceeded our expectations. Your flexibility and graciousness in supporting the scheduling challenges presented by the pandemic is sincerely appreciated. Thank you for weaving the DuPont story into your remarks. We also appreciate you sharing some of your personal life with us to emphasize the importance of determining our individual passion as we decide where and how to serve. You helped to spark an even greater passion for serving others in the hearts of our colleagues. Thank you for playing a part in our mission to engage our employees in their communities through volunteerism and supporting communities to ensure they thrive."
"The event went very well! Yes, Blair captured our audience and was very engaging. He was a pleasure to work with!"
"Wow. What a fantastic event we just had! Blair Underwood was a HUGE hit for our 1,000 person crowd. People could not believe how he added such a personal touch to the celebration. He took photos with everyone. He knew everyone by name (first AND last). He played with our daycare children. He was engaged on our campus tour. People said this was the best Civic Celebration they’ve ever been to - and there’s been 48 of them!"
"Our event with Blair Underwood was a smashing success. We are still receiving feedback from attendees raving about the program and heartfelt comments by Blair."
"WOW...what an amazing man and fantastic choice as our commencement speaker. During his entire visit, Blair was a pleasure to host. He was kind and approachable during our Friday evening informal dinner at the Country Club, providing our Advisory Board, alumni and faculty/staff the opportunity to meet him and have a photo taken with a genuine smile. His message to our graduates was delivered with such heart and passion—what a true inspiration to our graduates. Our graduates LOVED getting to meet him for autographs after commencement and Blair's kindness and genuine personality made each graduate's brief exchange a positive ending to an already exciting day. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to any other university considering him as their speaker in the future. He truly was an amazing choice! Please extend our warm thanks again to him as well as everyone there at the APB for being so great to work with!"
"We wanted to share that his presentation was most powerful and the members truly enjoyed."
"He was outstanding and so, so nice! We had over 4,000 people crammed in there - they were hanging from the rafters. They came from everywhere. He read Martin Luther King's MLK speech and I swear I thought it was Martin himself. He made me look good, too by mentioning how hard I had worked to get him here and I really appreciate it. I definitely want him back."
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