Robert Townsend

Actor · Director · Writer
IVA Star Rating : 65
Robert Townsend is an American actor, director, comedian, and writer. Townsend is best known for directing the films Hollywood Shuffle (1987), Eddie Murphy Raw (1987), The Meteor Man (1993), The Five Heartbeats (1991) and various other films and stand-up specials. He is especially known for his eponymous self-titled character, Robert Peterson as the... read more

Robert Townsend is an American actor, director, comedian, and writer. Townsend is best known for directing the films Hollywood Shuffle (1987), Eddie Murphy Raw (1987), The Meteor Man (1993), The Five Heartbeats (1991) and various other films and stand-up specials. He is especially known for his eponymous self-titled character, Robert Peterson as the starring role as on The WB sitcom The Parent 'Hood (1995–1999), a series which he created and of which directed select episodes. Townsend is also known for his role as Donald "Duck" Matthews in his 1991 film The Five Heartbeats. He later wrote, directed and produced Making The Five Heartbeats (2018), a documentary film about the production process and behind the scenes insight into creating the film. Townsend is also known for his production company Townsend Entertainment which has produced films Playin' for Love, In the Hive and more. During the 1980s and early–1990s, Townsend gained national exposure through his stand-up comedy routines and appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Townsend has worked with talent including Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Chris Tucker, Beyoncé, Denzel Washington and many more.

Born

Wednesday, 06 February 1957

Actor Filmography

The Comedy Store Self 2020
They've Gotta Have Us Self - Actor, Comedian, Director, and Writer 2018
Making the Five Heartbeats Himself 2018
Black Lightning Dr. Napier Frank 2018
Playin' for Love Coach Banks 2015
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Vampire Actor #1 (voice) / Vampire Actor #1 2012
On Story Self 2011
Way Black When: Primetime Self 2011
Kingdom Come Self 2011
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) 2010
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

The Comedy Store Self 2020
They've Gotta Have Us Self - Actor, Comedian, Director, and Writer 2018
Making the Five Heartbeats Himself 2018
Black Lightning Dr. Napier Frank 2018
Playin' for Love Coach Banks 2015
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire Vampire Actor #1 (voice) / Vampire Actor #1 2012
On Story Self 2011
Way Black When: Primetime Self 2011
Kingdom Come Self 2011
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) 2010
The Brian McKnight Show Self 2009
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Self 2009
Unsung Self 2008
Of Boys and Men Holden Cole 2008
Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee Self 2008
Tao of the Golden Mask Lead 2007
We Don't Die, We Multiply: The Robin Harris Story Self 2006
Edge of Outside Bobby Taylor (archive footage) / Bobby Taylor 2006
Black in the 80s Self 2005
Joseph's Gift James Saunders 2005
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (archive footage) 2004
Black Listed Alan Chambers 2003
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! Himself / Self 2003
I Was a Teenage Faust Mr. Five 2002
Undercover Brother Mr. UB 2002
Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs 2002
Up, Up, and Away! Jim Marshall / Bronze Eagle 2000
Taxman Peyton Cody 1998
Jackie's Back! Robert Townsend 1999
Mercenary II: Thick & Thin Charlie Love 1998
Motown Live Self 1998
The Chris Rock Show Self 1997
The Daily Show Self 1996
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Rumpelstiltskin 1995
The Parent 'Hood Robert Peterson 1995
The Legend of Dolemite Himself 1994
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 1993
Townsend Television Self / Various Characters 1993
The Chevy Chase Show Self - Guest 1993
The Meteor Man Meteor Man / Jefferson Reed 1993
Martin Himself 1992
Comic Relief V Self 1992
The Five Heartbeats Duck 1991
Motown 30: What's Goin' on! Self 1990
The Mighty Quinn Maubee 1989
One Night Stand Bum #3 1989
That's Adequate Stand-up Comic 1989
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (Uncredited) 1988
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation Self 1988
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards Self - Presenter 1988
The Wil Shriner Show Himself 1987
Uptown Comedy Express Self 1987
Biography Self - Comedian 1987
Hollywood Shuffle Rambro / Bobby Taylor / Jasper / Speed / Sam Ace 1987
Ratboy Manny 1986
The Late Show Himself 1986
Nightlife Self 1986
American Masters Director / Self - Actor, Self 1986
Odd Jobs Dwight 1986
Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me himself / Self 1986
Amazing Stories Billy Burliss 1985
American Flyers Jerome 1985
A Soldier's Story Corporal Ellis 1984
Streets of Fire Lester - The Sorels / The Sorels - Lester 1984
Senior Trip Randy 1981
Willie & Phil Thin Boy 1980
The Warriors Baseball Fury 1979
The Monkey Hu$tle Musician 1976
Mahogany Extra 1975
Cooley High Basketball Player in Gym Class 1975
M*A*S*H Patient 1972
Soul Train Himself - Guest Host 1971
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself - Guest, Himself 1962

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