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Babatunde, Obba

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BABATUNDE, OBBA. Actor. He was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, to become a noted actor of stage, television, and film. He received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of C. C. White in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls , and portrayed the legendary jazz artist Jelly Roll Morton in the world premier of Jelly’s Last Jam . On television, he has portrayed Berry Gordy in the telepic The Temptations , 1998, and he showed off his dancing talents as Harold Nicholas in the HBO original movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge , 1999. Notable film roles include Life , 1999; John Q , 2002; and The Black Man’s Guide to Understanding Black Women , 2005.

Filmography: The Silence of the Lambs , 1991; Undercover Blues , 1993; Philadelphia , 1993; That Thing You Do , 1996; Soul of the Game , 1996; Multiplicity , 1996; Miss Evers’ Boys , 1997; The Temptations , 1998; Life , 1999; Introducing Dorothy Dandridge , 1999; The Visit , 2000; How High , 2001; John Q , 2002; The Manchurian Candidate , 2004; After the Sunset , 2004; The Celestine Prophecy , 2005; The Black Man’s Guide to Understanding Black Women , 2005.

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