Delroy Lindo

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Delroy George Lindo (born 18 November 1952) is a British actor. 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.


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] At five years of age he appeared in a few Nativity plays. 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 Issac 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 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 sci-fi 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.

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