American hot chocolate, Blair Underwood is an actor, producer, director, social activist, and writer. Making his acting debut back in 1985, Blair is one of the top African-American powerhouse similar to Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Richard Roundtree.
The 56-year-old recently made the headline for splitting up with his long-time wife, Desiree DaCosta. The ex-partners are blessed with two sons and a daughter, i.e., Blake Underwood, Paris Underwood, and Brielle Underwood.
Blair Underwood’s net worth is approximately $8 million, which is mostly from his acting career. Below let’s look into other sources contributing to the 5’10” actor’s fortune.
Blair Charges Six Figures Per Episode
Born as Blair Erwin Underwood, Blair completed his course in acting at the Carnegie Mellon University. The well-versed actor became a popular television household figure and has appeared in numerous shows.
Some of his notable TV appearances are The Cosby Show, Downtown, High Incident, City of Angels, Sex and the City, The New Adventures of Old Christine, In Treatment, The Event, and Dirty Sexy Money.
He has won multiple Emmys, Black-Reel awards, and Critics awards, making him a decorated actor. Nowadays, the father of three has a reported salary of $120,000 per episode if you want him to star in your show.
The television projects are the highest source for Blair Underwood’s net worth.
Pay Check From The Big Screen
Despite gathering more attention as a TV actor, Blair Underwood made his acting debut on the big screen for the movie “Krush Groove” back in 1985. The multiple award winner has had his fair share of screen time in movies.
He is famous for his supporting roles and has quite a success in the box office. The table below illustrates some of the worldwide box collection of Underwood’s movies: –
|Release Dates||Movies||Worldwide Box Office Collection|
|Feb 17, 1995||Just Cause||$36,853,222|
|May 8, 1998||Deep Impact||$349,464,664|
|Apr 7, 2000||Rules of Engagement||$71,719,931|
|Apr 18, 2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||$34,499,204|
|Feb 24, 2006||Madea's Family Reunion||$63,320,521|
In total, his worldwide box office collection is $607,434,109, which is one of the key sources of Blair Underwood’s net worth.
The African-American actor is busy with his upcoming project “Viral” as an actor and a director.
Other than acting in front of the camera, Blair Underwood is also a theatre actor.
In January 2020, the When They See Us star starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Solider’s Play.
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Measure for Measure, Purlie, and A Streetcar Named Desire are some of the other broadway acts the 58-year-old has starred in. Many consider theatre acting as the purest form of the art of acting, and Mr. Underwood is not a newbie in it.
$2,200 is the average weekly wage of a broadway star. Knowing who he is, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D star must be earning more than the average.
More Than Just A Screen Writer
Aside from writing screen scripts, Blair Underwood also has a couple of novels in his bag. In 2005 he wrote Before I Got Here: The Wondrous Things We Hear When We Listen to the Souls of Our Children, which was received well by the general masses.
According to Amazon.com, Blair’s most expensive novel is From Cape Town with Love: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel, priced at $23.99. Some of his other novels are Casanegra, In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel, and South by Southeast: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel.
This last book, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, came in 2020 and is priced at $17.
Spokesperson For NXT Nutritionals & SUSTA™ Natural Sweetener
In 2012, it was declared that the TV actor would be serving as the national spokesperson for NXT Nutritionals and SUSTA™ Natural Sweetener.
It is one of the biggest workout supplement creators and even made the first Beef based protein. Along with Blair, NXT has also endorsed footballer Eddie George and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal.
Since some of the highest earners in their respective fields are involved, we can assume the company will be paying big amounts to Blair Underwood.
Charity Work Is His Main Asset
Blair Underwood never had much interest in being endorsed by major industry houses like other celebrities. Other than his skillset of acting, the social activist is also a charitable person.
The Washington-native’s biggest asset is his support for various causes. In 2020 the activist alongside Danny Glover endorsed and lent their voices for the ‘Yes on 21’ campaign. He was also one of the major endorsers for ‘Keep the Promise on HIV/AIDS,’ which also involved Lakers legend, Magic Johnson.
He also supports the AmberWatch Foundation, Anne Douglas Center for Women, Artists for a New South Africa, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Joyful Heart Foundation, Love Our Children USA, and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Separated After 27 Years Of Marriage
On 31st May 2021, Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta parted ways on mutual terms after spending 27 years together.
The ex-couples were very positive and open regarding their statement, which was published on their social media. Details of the legal battles are undisclosed for the moment.
— Blair Underwood (@BlairUnderwood) May 30, 2021
The once happily married couple are looking forward to a fresh start in their life again and have all the support from their children. The information regarding their divorce settlement hasn’t been released yet. But it is likely to have an impact on the actor’s fortune.
Nonetheless, Blair Underwood’s net worth shall only increase in the years to come as many projects are lined up on the horizon. We wish the best to him and his overall well-being.
- Blair Underwood was born on August 25, 1964.
- He did his bachelor’s in fine arts.
- His father was the U.S. Military Colonel.
- Underwood is the descendent of the Babungo people of Cameroon.