Delroy Lindo
Lindo in 2008
Delroy George Lindo

(1952-11-18) 18 November 1952 (age 71)
Lewisham, London, England
Years active1975–present
Nashormeh Lindo
(m. 1990)

Delroy George Lindo (born 18 November 1952) is an English-American actor.[1] He is the recipient of such accolades as a NAACP Image Award, a Satellite Award, and nominations for a Drama Desk Award, a Helen Hayes Award, a Tony Award, two Critics' Choice Television Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Lindo has played prominent roles in four Spike Lee films: West Indian Archie in Malcolm X (1992), Woody Carmichael in Crooklyn (1994), Rodney Little in Clockers (1995), and Paul in Da 5 Bloods (2020); he received universal acclaim for his performance in Da 5 Bloods as a Vietnam War veteran, winning the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. Lindo also played Bo Catlett in Get Shorty (1995), Arthur Rose in The Cider House Rules (1999), and Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000). Lindo starred as Alderman Ronin Gibbons in the TV series The Chicago Code (2011), as Winter on the series Believe (2014), and as Adrian Boseman in The Good Fight (2017–2021).

Early life

Delroy Lindo was born in 1952 in Lewisham, south-east London,[2] the son of Jamaican parents. His mother had immigrated to the UK in 1951 from Jamaica to work as a nurse,[3] and his father worked in various jobs.[4] Lindo grew up in nearby Eltham and attended Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys. He became interested in acting as a child when he appeared in a nativity play at school. As a teenager, Lindo and his mother moved to Toronto, Ontario. When he was 16, they moved to San Francisco.[5] At the age of 24, Lindo began his studies in acting at the American Conservatory Theater, graduating in 1979.[6]


Lindo's film debut came in 1976 with the Canadian John Candy comedy Find the Lady, followed by two other roles in films, including an army sergeant in More American Graffiti (1979).[7]

For a decade from the early 1980s Lindo's career was more focused on theatre acting than film, although he has said this was not a conscious decision.[7] In 1982 he debuted on Broadway in "Master Harold"...and the Boys, directed by the play's South African author Athol Fugard. By 1988, Lindo had earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Herald Loomis in August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.[8][9]

Lindo returned to film in the science fiction film Salute of the Jugger (1990), which has become a cult classic. Although he had turned down Spike Lee for a role in Do the Right Thing, Lee cast him as Woody Carmichael in the drama Crooklyn (1994), which brought Lindo notice. His other roles with Lee include West Indian Archie, a psychotic gangster, in Malcolm X and a starring role as a neighborhood drug dealer in Clockers.

Other films in which he has starring roles are Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty (1995), Ron Howard's Ransom (1996) and Soul of the Game (1996), as the baseball player Satchel Paige.

In 1998 Lindo co-starred as African-American explorer Matthew Henson, in the TV film Glory & Honor, directed by Kevin Hooks. It portrayed Henson's nearly 20-year partnership with Commander Robert Peary in Arctic exploration and their effort to find the Geographic North Pole in 1909. Lindo received a Satellite Award for best actor for his portrayal of Henson. Lindo has continued to work in television, and in 2006 was seen on the short-lived NBC drama Kidnapped.[10]

Lindo had a small role in the 1995 film Congo, playing the corrupt Captain Wanta.[11] Lindo was not credited for the role. He played an angel in the comedy film A Life Less Ordinary (1997).

He guest-starred on The Simpsons in the episode "Brawl in the Family", playing a character named Gabriel.

In the British film Wondrous Oblivion (2003), directed by Paul Morrison, Lindo starred as Dennis Samuels, the father of a Jamaican immigrant family in London in the 1950s. Lindo said he made the film in honor of his parents, who had similarly moved to London in those years.[5]

In 2007, Lindo began an association with Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California, when he directed Tanya Barfield's play The Blue Door. In the autumn of 2008, Lindo revisited August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone, directing a production at the Berkeley Rep.[12] In 2010, he played the role of elderly seer Bynum in David Lan's production of Joe Turner at the Young Vic Theatre in London.[13]

Lindo was in the main cast of the Fox crime drama The Chicago Code (2011), the NBC fantasy series Believe, and the ABC soap Blood & Oil (2015). In 2017, Lindo began playing Adrian Boseman in the CBS legal drama The Good Fight, a role he would star in for the series' first four seasons and reprise as a guest star in its fifth season.[14][15] Lindo was cast as the lead in an ABC drama pilot Harlem's Kitchen in March 2020.[16]

In 2015, Lindo was expected to play Marcus Garvey in a biopic of the black nationalist historical figure that had been in pre-production for several years.[17][18][19] Lindo appeared in the action film Point Break (2015), the horror film Malicious (2018), the drama Battlecreek, Da 5 Bloods (2020), another collaboration with Spike Lee, and The Harder They Fall (2021) as Bass Reeves. For his role in Da 5 Bloods, Lindo received critical acclaim and a number of accolades.[20][21]

Entertainment Weekly said of Hulu's comedy series Unprisoned (2023), "Delroy Lindo is so good it should be illegal."[22]


It was announced in July 2021 that Lindo would star as Mr Nancy in the British Amazon Prime miniseries adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys alongside Malachi Kirby.[23] In November, Lindo officially joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel Studios film Blade in an undisclosed role.[24]

As of 2020, Lindo was developing a screenplay for his directorial debut about the Windrush generation.[25]

Personal life

Lindo married his wife Nashormeh Lindo in 1990. They settled down in Oakland, California, in 1996, having moved from New York City and preferring the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles. Their son Damiri was born in 2001.[26][27] Lindo is a football fan and supports Manchester United.[28]

Upon learning more about the Windrush generation through his mother's story of arriving in Britain and playing a Jamaican immigrant in Wondrous Oblivion, Lindo became inspired to study the subject and history further. In 2014, he completed a master's thesis from New York University's Gallatin School.[25] In addition, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Virginia Union University.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Find the Lady Sam
1979 More American Graffiti Army Sergeant
1990 The Blood of Heroes Mbulu
Mountains of the Moon Mabruki
Bright Angel Harley
1991 The Hard Way Captain Brix
1992 Malcolm X West Indian Archie
1993 Blood In Blood Out "Bonafide"
Mr. Jones Howard
1994 L'exil du roi Behanzin Behanzin
Crooklyn Woody Carmichael
1995 Clockers Rodney Little
Congo Captain Wanta Uncredited
Get Shorty Bo Catlett
1996 Ransom FBI Special Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Broken Arrow Colonel Max Wilkins
Feeling Minnesota "Red"
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Jackson
The Devil's Advocate Phillipe Moyez Uncredited
1999 Pros & Cons Kyle Pettibone
The Cider House Rules Arthur Rose
2000 The Book of Stars Professor
Gone in 60 Seconds Detective Roland Castlebeck
Romeo Must Die Isaak O'Day
2001 The One Agent Harry Roedecker
Heist Bobby Blane
The Last Castle Brigadier General Jim Wheeler
2003 The Core Dr. Ed "Braz" Brazzleton
Wondrous Oblivion Dennis Samuel
2005 Domino Claremont Williams
Sahara Carl
2007 This Christmas Joe Black
2009 Up Beta (voice)
2011 The Big Bang Skeres
2014 Cymbeline Belarius
2015 Do You Believe? Malachi
Point Break FBI Instructor Hall
2017 Battlecreek Arthur
2018 Malicious Dr. Clark
2020 Da 5 Bloods Paul
2021 The Harder They Fall Bass Reeves


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Beauty and the Beast Isaac Stubbs 2 episodes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Mark Slater Episode: "Vendetta"
Perfect Witness Berger Television film
1991 Against the Law Ben Episode: "Hoops"
1996 Soul of the Game Satchel Paige Television film
1997 First Time Felon Calhoun Television film
1998 Glory & Honor Mathew Henson Television film
2002 The Simpsons Gabriel Voice; episode: "Brawl in the Family"
2003 Profoundly Normal Ricardo Thornton Television film
2005 Lackawanna Blues Mr. Lucious Television film
2006–2007 Kidnapped Latimer King Main cast; 13 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Victor Moran Episode: "Baggage"
Mercy Dr. Alfred Parks Episode: "Can We Get That Drink Now?"
2011 The Chicago Code Alderman Ronin Gibbons Main cast; 11 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Dopey Smurf, Scorpion Cashier (voices) Episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
2014 Believe Dr. Milton Winter Main cast; 13 episodes
2015 Blood & Oil "Tip" Harrison Main cast; 10 episodes
2016 Marvel's Most Wanted Dominic Fortune Unaired pilot
2017–2021 The Good Fight Adrian Boseman Main cast; 40 episodes
2017 This Is Us Judge Ernest Bradley Episode: "The Most Disappointed Man"
2023 Unprisoned Edwin Alexander Also executive producer
TBA Anansi Boys Mr Nancy Upcoming


Year Title Role Theatre
1975–76 Of Mice and Men Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
1979 Spell Number 7 Performer Negro Ensemble Company
1981–82 Macbeth Performer Cincinnati Playhouse
1982–83 "Master Harold"...and the Boys Willie Lyceum Theatre
1983–84 Home Cephus Miles Hartford Stage Company
A Lesson from Aloes Performer Virginia Stage Company
1983–86 A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger Yale Repertory Theatre[30]
Roundabout Theatre Company[31]
1984–85 The Black Branch Eli Crooner Actors Theatre of Louisville
Advice to the Players Robert Obosa
1985 Much Ado About Nothing Friar Francis Shakespeare & Company
1985–86 Union Boys Performer Yale Repertory Theatre
1986–88 Joe Turner's Come and Gone Herald Loomis Huntington Theatre Company
Old Globe Theatre
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
1988–89 Cobb Oscar Charleston Yale Repertory Theatre
1989–90 Miss Evers' Boys Caleb Humphries Center Stage
1990–91 Julius Caesar Caius Cassius Center Theatre Group
1992–93 Othello Othello Great Lakes Theater
1993 The Heliotrope Bouqet by
Scott Joplin & Louis Chauvin
Scott Joplin Playwrights Horizons' Theatre
1998 Othello Othello Actors Theatre of Louisville
2008 Agamemnon Agamemnon Getty Villa
2009 Things of Dry Hours Tice Hogan New York Theatre Workshop
2012 The Exonerated Delbert Tibbs Bleecker Street Theater

Video games

Year Title Role
2009 Up Beta (voice)

Awards and nominations

Award Year[a] Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
African-American Film Critics Association 2022 Best Ensemble The Harder They Fall Won [32]
Austin Film Critics Association 2022 Best Ensemble The Harder They Fall Nominated [33]
Black Reel Awards 2000 Outstanding Supporting Actor The Cider House Rules Nominated
Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Limited Series Strange Justice Nominated
2006 The Exonerated Nominated
2010 Best Voice Performance Up Nominated
2021 Outstanding Actor Da 5 Bloods Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society 2021 Best Ensemble The Harder They Fall Nominated [34]
Drama Desk Award 1988 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Joe Turner's Come and Gone Nominated
Celebration of Black Cinema and Television 2021 Ensemble Award The Harder They Fall Won [35]
Chicago Film Critics Association 1995 Best Supporting Actor Clockers Nominated
2020 Best Actor Da 5 Bloods Nominated
Critics' Choice Super Awards 2020 Best Actor in an Action Movie Da 5 Bloods Won
Critics' Choice Award 2018 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Good Fight Nominated
2020 Nominated
2021 Best Actor Da 5 Bloods Nominated
Gotham Awards 2021 Ensemble Tribute Award The Harder They Fall Won [36]
Hollywood Critics Association Awards 2022 Best Cast Ensemble The Harder They Fall Nominated [37]
Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Award 2020 Best Actor Da 5 Bloods Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society 1999 Best Supporting Actor The Cider House Rules Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2020 Best Actor Da 5 Bloods Won
NAACP Image Award 1992 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Malcolm X Nominated
1996 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Ransom Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie Soul of the Game Nominated
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Law and Order: SVU Won
2022 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture The Harder They Fall Nominated [38]
Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Won
National Board of Review Awards 2021 Best Cast The Harder They Fall Won
National Society of Film Critics 1992 Best Supporting Actor Malcolm X Nominated
1995 Best Supporting Actor Clockers Nominated
Get Shorty Nominated
2020 Best Actor Da 5 Bloods Won
San Diego Film Critics Society 2022 Best Performance by an Ensemble The Harder They Fall Nominated [39]
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2021 American Riviera Award Himself Won
Satellite Award 1999 Best Actor - Miniseries of Television Movie Glory & Honor Won
2000 Strange Justice Nominated
2020 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Da 5 Bloods Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award 1995 Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Get Shorty Nominated
1999 Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture The Cider House Rules Nominated
2020 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Da 5 Bloods Nominated
Tony Award 1988 Best Featured Actor in a Play Joe Turner's Come and Gone Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 2021 Best Ensemble The Harder They Fall Nominated [40]


  1. ^ The listed year refers to the date of the ceremony, not necessarily the year in which the corresponding season or episode aired.


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