Obba Babatunde is an American actor of stage and screen widely known for his Emmy-nominated performance in the television movie, Miss Ever’s Boys.
He was born in Jamaica on December 1, 1951. According to most sites, Obba Babatunde’s original name is Donald Cohen.
However, the US-based super star decided to identify with his birth land by adopting the name “Obba Babatunde” after he traced his roots to Nigeria.
Obba Babbatunde’s love for acting started at the age of six. However, his passion for acting got intensified after his graduation from Jamaica High School, Brooklyn College in 1969. Though, he found himself teaching with his brother, Akin, at the Harriet Tubman School, he never let go of his love for movies.
He has always loved to entertain his peers and family, even as a young boy. When his passion for acting got the better part of him, he waved his teaching job goodbye.
Outside the stage, Obba Babatunde is very good in dancing, singing, playing all kinds of musical instruments.
Babatunde is also a king in impersonations. He is a proficient, talented and prominent figure at American Sign Language and has used this talent in many roles including in NYPD Blues.
The multi-talented actor cum producer is an avid horseman and is a highly regarded rider and trainer in the Rodeo Circuit.
Obba Babatunde also devotes much of his time to many charities that benefit kids and support right of animals.
Obba Babatunde, who is known as one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, juggling careers in film, television and stage, earned himself a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role in Miss Ever’s Boys.
In 2011, he got nominated for lead (Ovation Awards) in a pay for the role of Walters in the Malibu Stage Company production of ‘A Soldier’s Play’
In 2016, Obba Babatunde also won the Outstanding Special Guest Performer (DayTime Emmy Awards) in a Drama Series as Julius Avant on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Obba Babatunde began his acting career with Broadway’s movie titled ‘Dreamgirls’.
In fall 2009, Babatunde took up the role Davis in the title role of Sammy: Once in a Lifetime- a world premiere musical at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.
The screen star added another feather to his cap in 1993, having played New Orleans police Lieutenant, Theodore Sawyer, in the comedy ‘Undercover Blues’ with Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner.
Obba Babatundé partnered with writer/producer, Ruth Adkins Robinson, in early 2000 for a series of TV projects including TV in Black, The First 50 Years, Oscar’s Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Hallie and Dorthy Dandridge: An American Beauty.
His other performances were seen in movies like Dawson’s Creek – where he guest-starred as a high school principal. Obba Babatunde has also appeared as a judge in a two-part episode of ‘Any Day Now’.
The exceptional actor has also recurred in movies like: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Chicago Hope, Rocket Power, Karen Sisco and Static Shock
In the renowned movie- ‘How High’, Babatunde played the role of Harvard College Dean, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie ‘Life’.
Remarkably, in addition to the actor’s stage work, he has appeared in several blockbuster films like: Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.
Obba Babatunde has two wonderful sons.