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Robert Townsend is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 6 february 1957 at Chicago (USA)

Robert Townsend

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Nationality USA
Birth 6 february 1957 (67 years) at Chicago (USA)

Robert Townsend (born February 6, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, film director, and writer. He is best known for directing the films Hollywood Shuffle, Eddie Murphy Raw, The Meteor Man, and various other films and stand-up specials.


Townsend was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Shirley (née Jenkins) and Ed Townsend; his mother ended up raising him and his 3 siblings as a single parent. Townsend became an actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and network-programming executive. During a reading of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at school, Robert captured the attention of Chicago’s X Bag Theatre, The Experimental Black Actors Guild. He launched his comedy career at The Improvisation, a renowned comedy club.

He was married to Cheri Jones from 15 September 1990 to 9 August 2001. Together they have two daughters, Sierra and Skylar (Skye Townsend), both entertainers; and a son, Isiah.

Usually with

Dom Irrera
Dom Irrera
(2 films)
Roy Fegan
Roy Fegan
(4 films)
Jenifer Lewis
Jenifer Lewis
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Robert Townsend (36 films)

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Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire, 1h15
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dogs, Vampires in film, Musical films, Comedy horror films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Frank Welker, Matthew Lillard, Grey DeLisle, Richard Moll, Mindy Cohn, Jeff Bennett
Roles Vampire Actor #1 (voice)
Rating66% 3.3106553.3106553.3106553.3106553.310655
The film begins with an introductory song by Tulie, a bayou dweller, who tells the story of Valdronya and the Mystery Inc. Gang. After solving the mystery of a Cockroach Monster that terrorized a factory, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby decide to take a much needed vacation. Velma drives everyone to Chauve Sourie Ville, a small town in Louisiana which is hosting a vampire festival called "Vampire Palooza." They meet Lita Rutland, the festival organizer, who explains that tourism is down and the festival is losing money. They also meet their host, Vincent Van Helsing, who runs a vampire museum and is an aspiring author, although his books are not selling. Jesper Poubelle, an anti-vampire agitator, is also stirring up trouble by protesting the festival. Van Helsing takes the Gang back to his museum and shows them various jewelry and a glass-faced casket containing the inert body of Valdronya, a centuries-old vampire.
Black Listed, 1h35
Directed by Robert Townsend
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix, Vanessa Williams, Dick Anthony Williams, Heavy D, Victoria Rowell
Roles Alan Chambers
Rating54% 2.738892.738892.738892.738892.73889
Lawyer Alan Chambers (Robert Townsend) grows tired of watching criminals being released and takes it upon himself to create a list of criminals he feels should be put to death. He sends it to his closest friends, only to find later that the killing has already begun without his involvement.
Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Robin Givens, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Richard T. Jones, Treach, Mari Morrow, Robert Townsend
Rating66% 3.323973.323973.323973.323973.32397
Book of Love is a mockumentary following the unrelated stories of three L.A. bachelors (George, Criss, and Jones) as they recover from a series of unhealthy relationships. The team of average Joes are no match for their manipulative girlfriends (Salli Richardson, Mari Morrow, and Robin Givens), however, and the over eager men are taken for all they're worth.
I Was a Teenage Faust, 1h35
Directed by Thom Eberhardt
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Actors Josh Zuckerman, Noel Roeim Fisher, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Townsend, Stuart Margolin, Scott McNeil
Roles Mr. Five
Rating54% 2.7090052.7090052.7090052.7090052.709005
The film follows the story of socially inept adolescent Brendan Willy (Josh Zuckerman) who lives in Indiana. When he desires the affections of Twyla Day (Caroline Elliott), Mr. Five, (Robert Townsend) a tempter from Hell, approaches Brendan with an offer to make him popular.
Undercover Brother, 1h26
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Spy films
Actors Chris Kattan, Eddie Griffin, Dave Chappelle, Denise Richards, Aunjanue Ellis, Neil Patrick Harris
Roles Mr. UB
Rating58% 2.949932.949932.949932.949932.94993
The film begins with a back story of how black culture's popularity with the American public began to decline in the 1980s, when style and originality began to lose appeal in the public eye due to the persistent efforts of "The Man" (Robert Trumbull), a powerful Caucasian man in control of a secret organization that seeks to undermine the African-American community as well as the cultures of other minorities. The Man is infuriated that Gen. Warren Boutwell (Billy Dee Williams), a U.S. Army general based on Colin Powell, is considering running for president, and his lackey Mr. Feather (Chris Kattan) informs him of a mind control drug which The Man uses to make Boutwell abort his plans and instead open a fried chicken franchise. The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., a secret organization that battles The Man's influence, determines The Man is behind Boutwell's change of heart, and recruits a freelance agent named Undercover Brother (Eddie Griffin) to aid them.
Up, Up, and Away, 1h36
Directed by Robert Townsend
Genres Action
Themes Superhero films, Children's films
Actors Robert Townsend, Michael J. Pagan, Alex Datcher, Sherman Hemsley, Kevin Connolly, Olivia Burnette
Roles Jim Marshall / Bronze Eagle
Rating54% 2.703522.703522.703522.703522.70352
The movie tells the story of Scott Marshall (Michael J. Pagan), the son of two great superheroes, Bronze Eagle and Warrior Woman. All of his family members are gifted with superpowers. His father, Bronze Eagle (Robert Townsend), has the gift of flight. His mother, Warrior Woman (Alex Datcher), has the power of superhuman strength and superior hand-to-hand combat skills. His brother, Silver Charge, is gifted with superhuman speed, electrical and magnetism manipulation. His little sister, Molly (Arreale Davis), who constantly shows off her powers, much to her family's annoyance, has both x-ray vision and heat vision. His grandfather, Edward (Sherman Hemsley), is known as the "Steel Condor", and has the ability of superhuman strength, invulnerability and flight (though at his old age, he flies slower than cars), and has an ongoing feud with Superman.
Jackie's Back!, 2h
Directed by Robert Townsend
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Musical
Actors Jenifer Lewis, Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Tangie Ambrose, Loretta Devine, David Hyde Pierce
Roles Robert Townsend
Rating70% 3.540893.540893.540893.540893.54089
Presented as a mockumentary, Jackie's Back chronicles the life and career of Jackie Washington (Jenifer Lewis), a 1960s/1970s R&B diva. After several years of toiling in obscurity, Washington decides to organize her own comeback concert with filmmaker Edward Whatsett St. John (Tim Curry) filming the event. The film also features numerous cameo appearances by celebrities.
Joseph's Gift
Directed by Philippe Mora
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Freddy Rodríguez, Brion James, Robert Townsend, John Saxon, Pamela Bellwood, Martin Kove
Roles James Saunders
Rating67% 3.370653.370653.370653.370653.37065
The Keller family are the owners of a successful garment business based in Los Angeles, California. The story mainly revolves around Jacob Keller's (John Saxon) youngest son Joseph (Freddy Rodriguez). Because Jacob treats Joseph as if he is his favorite son, Joseph's brothers Ashton, Simon, and Robert plot to eliminate Joseph. They accomplish this by going on a business trip with Joseph, only to have him kidnapped and taken to a sweat shop run by sadist Frank Childress (Brion James).
Bliss (1995)
, 1h30
Directed by Marc Evans
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Crime
Actors Simon Shepherd, Sarah Smart, Jonathan Hyde, Reece Dinsdale, Sian Webber, John Normington
Roles Dr. Barry Sullivan
Rating66% 3.3059353.3059353.3059353.3059353.305935
Sam Bliss (Simon Shepherd) and his colleague, Dr. Oliver Pleasance (Jonathan Hyde) stumble upon the Duboys family. The members of the Duboys have been known to have lived for up to 150 years, due to their special gene combination. While tracking down the remaining members of this family, Bliss and Pleasance find out they are not the only ones interested in the Duboys family.
The Meteor Man, 1h40
Directed by Robert Townsend
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Superhero films
Actors Marla Gibbs, Robert Townsend, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones, Eddie Griffin, Roy Fegan
Roles Jefferson Reed
Rating52% 2.6053052.6053052.6053052.6053052.605305
Jefferson Reed (Robert Townsend) is a mild mannered school teacher in Washington D.C. His neighborhood is terrorized by a local gang called The Golden Lords led by Simon Caine (Roy Fegan) and allied with drug lord Anthony Byers (Frank Gorshin). One night, Jeff steps in to rescue a woman from the gang only to end up running from them himself. Hiding in a garbage dumpster, he manages to escape. As he climbs out, he is struck down by a glowing green meteorite. His spine is crushed and he receives severe burns. A small fragment of the meteor was left over and taken by a mute vagrant named Marvin (Bill Cosby). Reed awakens several days later in the hospital, but when his bandages are taken off, he is miraculously healed of all injuries.
The Five Heartbeats, 2h2
Directed by Robert Townsend
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon Robinson, Harry Lennix, Diahann Carroll, James Hawthorne
Roles Duck
Rating74% 3.745723.745723.745723.745723.74572
In the early 1990s, Donald "Duck" Matthews browses a Rolling Stone magazine, noticing an article questioning the recent exploits of The Five Heartbeats, The Temptations, and The Four Tops and why the groups disbanded.
That's Adequate, 1h22
Directed by Harry Hurwitz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Tony Randall, Amy Stiller, James Coco, Robert Downey Jr., Jerry Stiller, Bruce Willis
Roles Standup Comic
Rating48% 2.4269752.4269752.4269752.4269752.426975
Faux documentary about a fictional Hollywood film studio.
The Mighty Quinn, 1h38
Directed by Carl Schenkel
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Musical films
Actors Denzel Washington, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Robert Townsend
Roles Maubee
Rating60% 3.0008353.0008353.0008353.0008353.000835
Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington) is the chief of police on a small, unnamed Caribbean island (the novel was set on the fictional island of St. Caro). When Donald Pater, the millionaire owner of a luxury resort hotel, is found murdered, everyone assumes that the culprit is Maubee (Robert Townsend), a petty crook who also happens to be Quinn's best friend. Quinn doesn't believe it and clashes with the local bureaucracy: Thomas Elgin (James Fox), an arrogant political fixer, and the island's underqualified governor (Norman Beaton). Quinn's worries over the murder exacerbate his troubles at home; he is estranged from his wife, Lola (Sheryl Lee Ralph), and rarely has time to see his son.