This June, we recognize some of our favorite celebrities and well-known men for a role they may not be known for: their role as a father! One of our favorite famous dads is actor/writer/humanitarian Blair Underwood. Underwood has grown a reputation for taking on great roles over his 30-year career. Underwood is a powerful presence on the screen, From his Golden Globe-nominated part in “L.A. Law,” to his part in “The Trip to Bountiful” where he was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award.
As a Husband
Not only is he a great actor, Underwood is an inspiring person. He married his wife, Desiree DaCosta, in 1994. Of marriage, Underwood said in an interview, that as a man, he used to feel it was important to be a “fixer,” but has learned the importance of listening and communicating. Of his parents’ relationship, Underwood learned that while his parents’ marriage was very traditional, their relationship shifted and changed over time. “I understood that there needs to be flexibility in a relationship,” said Underwood.
As a Father
Underwood and his wife have three children: sons Paris and Blake, and daughter Brielle. His children are a huge part of his life. He said in an interview that the most important lesson he can teach his children is “recognize that they are children of God and they should always carry themselves accordingly.” He also fights against the stereotype that Black fathers are “apathetic and absent” from the role of fatherhood.
As a Humanitarian
He is also involved in humanitarian work. Underwood received the 1993 Humanitarian Award for his work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He also served as a spokesperson for YouthAIDS. He has helped countless people with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Blair Underwood Clinic. The arts continue to be a huge focus for him, and he serves as a trustee for the Robey Theatre Company, founded by Danny Glover. He also appeared in PSAs for The Fulfillment Fund.