Delroy Lindo


18 Nov 1952


Eltham, London, England, UK


On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore. Alhough it was not his first film role, his portrayal of the bipolar numbers boss West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) is what first attracted attention to Lindo's considerable talents. Since then, his star has slowly been on the rise.

The son of Jamaican parents, Lindo was born and raised in Lewisham, England, United Kingdom, until his teens when he and his mother, a nurse, moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A little later, they moved to the United States, where Lindo would graduate from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. After graduation, Lindo landed his first film role, that of an Army sergeant in More American Graffiti (1979). However, he did not appear in another film for ten years. In the meantime, Lindo worked on stage and, in 1982, debuted on Broadway in "Master Harold and the Boys" directed by the play's author, Athol Fugard. In 1988, Lindo earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Harald Loomis in Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

Though he was obviously a talented actor with a bright future, Lindo's career stalled. Wanting someone more aggressive and appreciative of his talents, Lindo changed agents (he'd had the same one through most of his early career). It was a smart move, but it was director Spike Lee who provided the boost Lindo's career needed. The director was impressed enough with Lindo to cast him as patriarch Woody Carmichael in Lee's semi-autobiographical comedy Crooklyn (1994).

For Lindo, 1996 was a big year. He landed major supporting roles in six features, including a heavy in Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty (1995), another villainous supporting role in Lee's Clockers (1995), and still another bad guy in Feeling Minnesota (1996). Lest one believe that Lindo is typecast into forever playing drug lords and gangsters, that year he also played baseball player Leroy "Satchel" Paige in the upbeat Soul of the Game (1996) (a.k.a. Baseball in Black and White), for which he won a NAACP Image Award nomination. Since then, the versatile Lindo has shown himself equally adept at playing characters on both sides of the law. In 1997, he played an angel opposite Holly Hunter in Danny Boyle's offbeat romantic fantasy A Life Less Ordinary (1997) and, in 2009, a vengeful cop in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).

Lindo graduated from San Francisco State University in 2004 with a degree in Cinema.

Actor ( 65 credits )

Malicious (2017) Dr. Clark
Battlecreek (2017) Arthur
Point Break (2015) FBI Instructor
Do You Believe? (2015) Malachi
Blood & Oil (2015)  Sheriff Tip Harrison (10 episodes, 2015)
Cymbeline (2014)
Believe (2014)  Dr. Milton Winter / ... (13 episodes, 2014)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Bobby Blane (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
The Chicago Code (2011)  Alderman Ronin Gibbons (13 episodes, 2011)
The Big Bang (2010) Skeres
Up (2009) Beta (voice)
City of God's Son (2009) (voice)
Mercy (2009)  Dr. Alfred Parks (1 episode, 2009)
The Mo'Nique Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
San Quentin Film School (2009)  Guest Actor (1 episode, 2009)
One Bad Cat: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story (2008) Narrator
This Christmas (2007) Joseph 'Joe' Black
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures (2006)  Narrator (2 episodes, 2008)
Kidnapped (2006)  Latimer King (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
Domino (2005) Claremont Williams
Sahara (2005) Carl
Robot Chicken (2005)  Dopey Smurf / ... (1 episode, 2013)
Wondrous Oblivion (2003) Dennis Samuel
The Core (2003) Dr. Ed 'Braz' Brazzleton
The One (2001) MVA Agent Harry Roedecker / Gas Station Attendant
The Last Castle (2001) Gen. Wheeler
Heist (2001) Bobby 'Bob' Blane
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) Det. Roland Castlebeck
Romeo Must Die (2000) Isaak O'Day
The Book of Stars (1999) Professor
Pros & Cons (1999) Kyle
The Cider House Rules (1999) Arthur Rose
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Detective Victor Moran (1 episode, 2009)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
A Life Less Ordinary (1997) Jackson
The Devil's Advocate (1997) Phillipe Moyez (uncredited)
The Winner (1996) Kingman
Ransom (1996) Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Feeling Minnesota (1996) Red
Broken Arrow (1996) Colonel Max Wilkins
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Get Shorty (1995) Bo Catlett
Clockers (1995) Rodney Little
The Making of 'Clockers' (1995) Rodney Little
Congo (1995) Captain Wanta (uncredited)
L'exil du roi Behanzin (1994) Behanzin
Crooklyn (1994) Woody Carmichael
Mr. Jones (1993) Howard
Blood In, Blood Out (1993) Bonafide
Malcolm X (1992) West Indian Archie
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
The Hard Way (1991) Captain Brix, NYPD
Bright Angel (1990) Harley
Mountains of the Moon (1990) Mabruki
Against the Law (1990)  Ben (1 episode, 1991)
The Blood of Heroes (1989) Mbulu
The Simpsons (1989)  Gabriel (1 episode, 2002)
A Man Called Hawk (1989)  Mark Slater (1 episode, 1989)
Beauty and the Beast (1987)  Issac Stubbs (2 episodes, 1987)
More American Graffiti (1979) Army Sergeant
Voice of the Fugitive (1978)
Find the Lady (1976) Sam

Producer ( 2 credits )

Do You Believe? (2015) associate producer
This Christmas (2007) executive producer