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Robert Townsend was born on February 6, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. He is an actor, comedian, film director, and writer. In 1974, Townsend auditioned for parts at Chicago's Experimental Black Actors' Guild and performed in local plays studying at the famed Second City comedy workshop for improvisation. He enrolled at Illinois State University and a year and later moved to New York to study at the Negro Ensemble Company. Townsend had a brief un-credited role in the movie Cooley High (1975). His career hit mainstream in the early 1980s. This included stand-up comedy routines which appeared on cable television. He also appeared in small parts like the his role in A Soldier's Story (1984) opposite Denzel Washington. Townsend auditioned to be part of Saturday Night Live's 1980-1981 cast, but was rejected when Eddie Murphy was chosen instead. During the 1980s and early 1990s Townsend gained national exposure through his many appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Townsend established himself when he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the comedy Hollywood Shuffle, his 1987 film about struggling black actors in Hollywood. The success of this project helped him establish credit in the film industry and he gained notoriety, which helped him continue to succeed in other films like The Mighty Quinn (1989) with Denzel Washington, The Five Heartbeats (1991) and The Meteor Man (1993). He created and produced two television variety shows; the CableACE Award–Winning Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime for HBO, and the Fox Television Variety Show Townsend Television (1993). He also created and starred in the WB Network's sitcom The Parent 'Hood (1995). On the big screen, he has directed Eddie Murphy in Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987); Halle Berry and Martin Landau in B*A*P*S (1997); James Earl Jones and Bill Cosby in The Meteor Man (1993), which Townsend also starred. Other credits include; Love Songs (1999), a TV movie starring Louis Gossett, Jr., and Andre Braugher; the Disney family film Up, Up, and Away (2000); and the Showtime movie, Holiday Heart, starring Ving Rhames. In 2009 he directed Phantom Punch, the film biopic of Sonny Liston, with Ving Rhames in the lead role. During his career, Townsend has made history through being nominated for more than 30 NAACP Image Awards for film and television.
Most Popular Robert Townsend Trailers
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28 March 1997
Can two clueless Georgia homegirls with big hearts -- and even bigger hair -- find happiness, fame and thrills in the swank hills of Beverly? Anything is possible when you are B.
22 January 2000
A boy is the only family member without superpowers in this Disney Film. The world depends on him saving his family from computerized brainwashers.
25 November 1987
Eddie Murphy delights, shocks and entertains with dead-on celebrity impersonations, observations on '80s love, sex and marriage, a remembrance of Mom's hamburgers and much more.
01 January 2009
Directors Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell offer this comprehensive and hilarious examination of the history, evolution and cultural significance of African American comedy in America, from the earliest minstrel shows to the latest HBO special.
08 May 2001
Based on Verdi's (Bizet's not Verdi's) classic opera and its all African American musical counterpart Carmen Jones, Carmen a Hiphopera is a modern retelling of the story of the tragic gypsy Carmen.
17 February 1989
Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island.
01 January 2003
This documentary praises comedian Richard Pryor by showing fragments of various shows Pryor made and having famous comedians talk about the importance and greatness of Pryor.
06 August 1993
One night Jefferson Reed gets hit in the chest by a souped-up chunk of meteor. So he can fly, but he's scared of heights.
01 January 2009
From his discovery by a priest while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary to the infamous 'Phantom Punch' by Cassius Clay which effectively ended his career, the movie spans the years from 1950 to Liston's mysterious and untimely death in 1971.
14 September 1984
In the towm of Tynen, Louisiana, a black Master Sergeant is found shot to death just outside the local Army Base.
20 March 1987
Aspiring actor and hot-dog stand employee Bobby Taylor catches the ire of his grandmother for auditioning for a role in the regrettably titled exploitation film "Jivetime Jimmy's Revenge.
29 March 1991
In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful young African American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats.
14 December 2012
Sixteen-year-old Xtra Keys hopes to raise his son better than his boozy, razor-edged mother raised him, and he just might get his wish when he's thrust into an unorthodox alternative school full of underprivileged boys.
16 September 1999
After a homocide that the police believe is over gasoline theft, a tax investigator discovers the Russian mafia is involved and that they are stealing millions in gasoline tax money.
01 March 1986
Four students who work on different jobs during their vacations in summer are tired of doing the same thing every year.
01 January 1989
This mockumentary about fictional movie studio Adequate Pictures boasts an interesting cast. Tony Randall hosts, and James CoCo (practically on his deathbed) stars as head of the studio.
25 June 1975
In the mid-1960s, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest.
23 November 2013
Bill Cosby shares his hilarious new observations on life and family in this comedy special, his first televised concert in 30 years.
16 January 2015
Coach Banks (Robert Townsend) is used to calling all the shots for his championship high school basketball team and in his own love life.
28 November 2014
Standup special recorded on his 77th birthday.
01 January 2008
Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident.
01 January 1986
Rodney Dangerfield hosted this HBO special which includes fantastic performances by some of the best new talent of 1986.
23 June 2007
In the 70's, Langston Faizon Santisima, barely 18, left his native Cuba on an impossible quest- to direct a film starring Bruce Lee.
05 July 2006
A documentary celebrating maverick filmmakers from DW Griffith to Quentin Tarantino.
20 July 1999
Mercenary Captain "Hawk" is in Acion again to save a hostage. But he and his team are betrayed. Nothing is as it seems.
14 June 1999
A mockumentary of Jackie Washington, a fictonal star of music, stage and screen played by Jenifer Lewis.
20 February 2000
Biopic of the rock icon. Made for television
01 June 2002
15 year old Brendan Willy hates himself for being un-cool when he falls in love with the girl of his dreams.
21 January 2003
Alan Chambers (Townsend) is a lawyer and sick of his job. He corrals his friends into forming a vigilante group.
10 December 2000
The true life story of famed singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat 'King' Cole. Gripping drama of her struggle with addiction and living in her father's shadow while still maintaining her own celebrity status.
17 October 1986
A failed window dresser exploits a being with rat-like features in an effort to make money.