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 Speaker Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

Actor, Activist & Philanthropist

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During his 30-years-long career, Blair Underwood has made an art of giving it his all — and giving back. In speaking engagements centering on health awareness and physical fitness, the actor, activist and philanthropist shares his experiences as caregiver and advocate, making a case for healthy living and wellness in all aspects of life.

After watching his mother battle multiple sclerosis, diabetes and depression, he became a champion of healthy living. He is also strongly involved with activism and philanthropic causes including organizations such as AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation), ANSA (Artists for a New South Africa) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, weaving together personal betterment and giving back into his inspirational presentations.

The star of television, stage, screen, co-author of five books, and two-time Golden Globe nominee and GRAMMY winner shot to stardom as Jonathan Rollins on the hit NBC TV series L.A. Law, resulting in film and stage roles including Rules of Engagement, the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which he played Stanley Kowalski, and Soul of the Game, in which he played Jackie Robinson. Blair currently appears in a recurring role on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.

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  • WOW…what an amazing man and fantastic choice as our commencement speaker. During his entire visit, Blair was a pleasure to host. 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…Please extend our warm thanks again to him as well as everyone there at the APB for being so great to work with!

    Penn State Lehigh Valley Advisory Board

  • 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.

    Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc.

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