Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo
Delroy Lindo

Lindo on March 29, 2008
Born Delroy George Lindo[1]
18 November 1952 (1952-11-18) (age 59)
Eltham, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse Kathi Coaston (divorced)
Neshormeh Lindo (present)

Delroy George Lindo (born 18 November 1952) is an English actor and theatre director. Lindo has been nominated for the Tony[2] and Screen Actors Guild awards and has won a Satellite Award. He is perhaps best known for his roles as West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, Catlett in Get Shorty, Detective Castlebeck in Gone in 60 Seconds and Woody Carmichael in the Spike Lee film Crooklyn. He is currently known for having starred as Alderman Ronin Gibbons in the The Chicago Code.


Early life

Lindo was born in Eltham, London, the son of Jamaican immigrant parents, and brought up in Lewisham, England. His mother was a nurse and his father worked in various jobs.[3] As a teenager, he and his mother moved to Toronto, Canada, and when he was sixteen,[4] they moved to San Francisco, where Lindo would graduate from the American Conservatory Theater. Delroy was a huge Isaac Hayes fan, once commenting "Isaac's soul speaks to me and I am lucky man to have met him before he passed."[citation needed]


Lindo's movie debut came in 1976 with the British comedy Find The Lady, followed by two other roles in films such as that of an Army Sergeant in More American Graffiti (1979). He then quit screen acting for 10 years to concentrate on theatre production. In 1982 he debuted on Broadway in Master Harold and the Boys directed by the play's author Athol Fugard. By 1988 Lindo had earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Herald Loomis in Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

It was director Spike Lee who provided the boost Lindo's career needed, even though he had turned down a role in Do the Right Thing to act alongside Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen in the cult science fiction movie Salute of the Jugger (1990). Lee cast him as Woody Carmichael in the drama Crooklyn (1994). Other films in which he has starring roles are Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty, Clockers, Ransom and Soul of the Game (1996) as the baseball player Satchel Paige. Many of the character actor's roles alternate between treacherous bad guys and trustworthy professionals. He continues to work in television and was most recently seen on the short-lived NBC drama Kidnapped.

He also guest-starred on The Simpsons in the episode "Brawl in the Family", playing a character named Gabriel that appears very similar to his character in A Life Less Ordinary (where Dan Hedaya played the angel Gabriel, and Lindo's boss). Homer believes Gabriel is an angel, which he repeatedly denies.

Lindo also had a small role in the 1995 gorilla-action film Congo playing the corrupt Captain Wanta. Wanta, a brusque man with a "big mouth" fond of sesame cake, must be bribed with "more" money (USD 50,000) in exchange for the release of the main characters, their truck, the gorilla Amy and ten military escorts to the Congo-Zaire border. Though Lindo's performance has achieved internet meme status he was actually uncredited in the role.[5]

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



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