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Los Angeles Presence
July 9, 2015 to present [recurring]
At A Glance

Obba Babatundé, also known as Donald Cohen, is an American actor born in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He has an impressive acting resume that includes several roles for which he’s received various acting nominations, including: an Emmy-nominated performance in the TV movie Miss Evers’ Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the TV movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and a Tony Award-nominated performance in the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls. He also directed an Ohio production of Dreamgirls in the late 80s.

In addition to having had roles in a variety of well-known movies like Multiplicity, The Notebook, and Silence of the Lambs, Babatundé has appeared in several daytime shows like All My Children (ex-Rusty Bennett), One Life to Live (ex-Clay), and The Young and the Restless (ex-Carter Campbell).

Babatundé is an American sign language expert, having used his skills for many roles, and also has a passion for music, having recorded a song with New York pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs (which appears on the 2007 album Sack Full of Dreams). The actor/producer is also a highly regarded horse rider and trainer in the Rodeo Circuit.

Additionally, Babatundé heads a mentorship program and frequently holds his seminar “show-BUSINESS” at universities across the country.

Acting Portfolio: TELEVISION
The Bold and the Beautiful
Julius Avant
July 9, 2015 to present [recurring]

Hand of God
Bishop Bruce Congdon
2015

Kingdom
Detective Gaines
2014

Enlisted
General Murray
2014

Winx Club: Beyond Believix
King Teredor
2012-2013

LA Live the Show
Honoree
2013

Cult
Quentin Yarrow
2013

Love That Girl!
Jim
2011

Private Practice
Dr. Larry Cannon
2011

Winx Club: Enchantix
King Teredor
2011

Criminal Minds
Sheriff Sanders
2010

Grey’s Anatomy
Dan Gates
2009

NCIS
Joe Banks
2009

Saving Grace
Doc
2008

Psych
David Gaffney
2008

Girlfriends
Attendant
2007

Boston Legal
Dr. Stanley Rivers/Dr. Victor Rivers
2007

The Young and the Restless
Carter Campbell
2007

Cold Case
Dr. Octavius Leroy
2007

Half & Half
Charles Thorne
2002-2006

Everwood
Jason
2005

One Life to Live
Clay
2005

Karen Sisco
Daniel Burden
2003-2004

Rocket Power
Conroy/Townsperson #1/Newscaster #2
1999-2004

Static Shock
Scientist/Singer/Watch Store Salesman
2001-2003

NYPD Blue
Kevin Dupree
2002

Soul Food
Benjamin Chadway
2001-2002

The Beast
Mr. Lowry
2001

Family Law
Phillip Hamilton
2001

Any Day Now
Judge Richards
2001

Max Steel
Unnamed character
2001

Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family
Sergeant Bonner
2000

The Invisible Man
Allardyce
2000

Outer Limits – The Unknown Dimension
Dr. Joseph Lennox
2000

Dawson’s Creek
Principal Howard Green
1999-2000

Linc’s
Army Vet
1999

Xyber 9: New Dawn
Unnamed character
1999

Spy Game
Lieutenant Wardell
1997

Sparks
Mr. Kirby
1997

The Burning Zone
Vince, Police Lieutenant
1997

Friends
The Director
1997

Chicago Hope
Charles Ellis
1995

Sliders
Cezanne Brown
1995

Under One Roof
Ben
1995

Touched By An Angel
Carter Evans
1994

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Gordy Berry
1994

Thunder in Paradise
Carl
1994

Tom
Tanner
1994

Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper
Jameson Parker
1994

Getting By
Unnamed character
1994

The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Mongoose
1993

Sisters
Ben
1992

Tales From the Crypt
Deputy Jameson
1992

The Human factor
Unnamed character
1992

A Different World
Frank Benning
1990

Heart and Soul
Al Taylor
1989

CBS Summer Playouse
Terrence Quimby
1988

Matlock
Backstage Man
1988

All My Children
Rusty Bennett
1987

America’s Musical Theater
Zodzetrick
1986

Acting Portfolio: FILM
The Choir Director
Mr. Wilcox
2016

Revival!
Nicodemus
2016

If I Tell You I Have to Kill You
Jonathan Black
2015

Death’s Door
Mesmer
2015

American Bad Boy
Pastor Lovely
2015

Lap Dance
Roscoe
2014

The Dead Sea
Mayor
2014

Dolls of Voodoo
Iklif
2013

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Mayor Denny
2012

The Last Fall
Larry Armstrong
2012

Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
Vampire Actor #4
2012

The Trap Door (video)
Mesmer
2011

Go Beyond the Lens (short)
Host
2011

All-Star Superman (video)
Judge/Bibliobot
2011

Trapped: Haitian Nights
Ikliff
2010

The Fallen Faithful
Rev. Emannuel
2010

I Do... I Did!
Mr. Johnson
2009

Why Am I Doing This?
Cliff
2009

Black Dynamite
Osiris
2009

The Eye
Dr. Haskins
2008

April Fools (video)
Detective Combs
2007

Cover
Attorney Miller
2007

Material Girls
Craig
2006

The Celestine Prophecy
Miguel
2006

Flip the Script
Mr. Jones
2005

Joy Road
Dr. Howard Perkins
2004

Kangaroo Jack: G’Day, U.S.A.! (video)
Chief Ankamuti
2004

After the Sunset
Zacharias
2004

The Manchurian Candidate
Senator Wells
2004

The Notebook
Band Leader
2004

The Great Commision
Rev. Jesse
2003

The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Boko
2002

John Q
Sgt. Moody
2002

Redeemer (TV movie)
Charles Henderson
2002

How High
Dean Carl Cain
2001

One Special Moment (TV movie)
Unnamed character
2001

The Visit
Tony
2000

The Apartment Complex (TV movie)
Chett
1999

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV movie)
Harold Nicholas
1999

Life
Willie Long
1999

The Temptations (TV movie)
Berry Gordy
1998

Miss Evers’ Boys (TV movie)
Willie Johnson
1997

The Cherokee Kid (TV movie)
Isom Dart
1996

That Thing You Do!
Lamarr
1996

The Tomorrow Man (TV movie)
Brian Parish
1996

Carpool
Jeffrey
1996

Multiplicity
Paul
1996

A Reason To Believe
Prof. Thurman
1995

Born to Be Wild
Interpreter
1995

M.A.N.T.I.S. (TV movie)
Cornell
1994

Fatal Pursuit
Trinidad
1994

Philadelphia
Jerome Green
1993

Necronomicon: Book of Dead
Paul
1993

Undercover Blues
Sawyer
1993

The Importance of Being Earnest
Lane
1992

Dead Again
Syd
1991

The Silence of the Lambs
TV Anchor Man
1991

Miami Blues
Blink Willie, Informant
1990

Married to the Mob
The Face of Justice
1988

Leonard Part 6
Bongo Drummer
1987

Mystery Disc: Many Roads to Murder (video)
1983

Awards & Acclaim

Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Special Guest Performer (2016; for The Bold and the Beautiful)

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (2000)

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Miss Evers’ Boys (1997)

Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor for Dreamgirls (1982)
Vital Statistics
DATE OF BIRTH: December 1, 1951
PLACE OF BIRTH: Queens, New York
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Brown
CHILDREN: Two sons
News Archives
News Archive: Uh oh: Maya's parents are headed to town. [Jun 4, 2015]
News Archive: Obba Babatundé and Anna Maria Horsford returning to B&B. [Oct 12, 2015]
News Archive: Reign Edwards excited by her new on-screen parents. [Nov 10, 2015]
News Archive: Obba Babatunde wins first Daytime Emmy [May 1, 2016]
News Archive: B&B's Obba Babatunde joins AMC alum Melissa Leo in Jim Carrey series I'm Dying Up Here [Aug 1, 2016]
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