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Robert Townsend (born February 6, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African American film director, writer, and actor. February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


Townsend's career spans more than two decades. His film credits include A Soldier's Story, directed by Norman Jewison in 1984 and 1989's The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington. Townsend broke ground when he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the comedy Hollywood Shuffle in 1987. He created and produced two television variety shows -- the CableACE award-winning Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime for HBO, and the Fox Television Variety Show Townsend Television in 1993. He also created and starred in the WB Network's sitcom The Parent Hood in 1995. The worst thing you can do in this part of the country is pay too much attention to the death of a Negro under mysterious circumstances. ... Norman Frederick Jewison, CC, BA, LL.D (born July 21, 1926) is a Canadian film director, producer, and actor. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Mighty Quinn is a Caribbean-set 1989 film starring Denzel Washington. ... Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. ... Hollywood Shuffle (1987) is a film depicting the sterotyping and racism against African Americans in film and television. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The CableACE Award was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programing. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The television comedy The Parent Hood aired on The WB from 1995 to 1999. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


On the big screen, he has directed Eddie Murphy in Eddie Murphy: Raw in 1987; Halle Berry and Martin Landau in B*A*P*S in 1997; James Earl Jones, Bill Cosby in 1993's Meteor Man, which Townsend also wrote and starred in. Other credits include The Five Heartbeats in 1991, Love Songs a 1999 TV movie starring Louis Gossett, Jr. and Andre Braugher, the Disney family film Up, Up, and Away (2000 film), the LGBT TV movie Holiday Heart starring Ving Rhames. Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City[1]) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an award-winning American actress. ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... B*A*P*S is a 1997 comedy film, written by Troy Beyer, and directed by Robert Townsend. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Earl Jones (b. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... Meteor Man is a fictional character, a superhero created in 1993 by director/actor/writer, Robert Townsend for MGM Pictures. ... The Five Heartbeats is a 1991 feature film directed by Robert Townsend, who also stars in the film with Michael Wright, Leon Robinson, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells, Harold Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers, and Diahann Carroll. ... Love Songs can mean: Love Songs (The Beatles), a 1977 album Love Songs (Barbra Streisand), a 1983 album Love Songs (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a 1992 album Love Songs (Elton John), a 1995 album Love Songs (Dan Fogelberg), a 1995 album Love Songs (Kenny Rogers), a 1997 album Love Songs (Michael... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ... Louis Gossett Jr. ... Andre Braugher (born July 1, 1962) is a two-time Emmy Award-winning American actor. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Up, Up and Away is the story of the young son of two great superheros but dosent seem to have powers. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ... Holiday Heart is a 2000 LGBT TV movie starring Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, and Mykelti Williamson. ... Irving Rameses Rhames (born May 12, 1959) is a Golden Globe-winning American actor. ...


At the 2001 NAACP Image Awards, Townsend had directed three actors nominated in the best actor/actress category in three different films: Leon Robinson for his role in Little Richard which Townsend directed for NBC; Alfre Woodard for her role in the Showtime Movie Holiday Heart in 2000, which also garnered her a Golden Globe nomination; and Natalie Cole as herself in 2000's Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story, for which she won the Image Award for best actress. Townsend has also produced the television films Carmen: A Hip Hopera in 2001 and 10,000 Black Men Named George. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... Leon as J.T. Matthews in The Five Heartbeats (1991). ... Woodard as Betty Applewhite on Desperate Housewives. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Natalie Cole (born Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole on February 6, 1950), is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and songwriter. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... Cover of DVD Carmen: A Hip Hopera is an MTV production from 2001 starring Beyoncé Knowles, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean, Mekhi Phifer, Da Brat, Joy Bryant, Jermaine Dupri and Lil Bow Wow, directed by Robert Townsend. ...


Townsend is currently director of programing of the Black Family Channel. Black Family Channel (founded in 1999 as MBC Network) is the only black owned and operated cable television network for African American families. ...


Trivia

  • Robert Townsend was originally to be part of Saturday Night Live 1980 cast (headed by then-producer Jean Doumanian), but not long before the season went to air, Townsend, who had not yet signed his contract, was bumped in favor of Eddie Murphy.[citation needed]

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 91-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City that has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City[1]) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. ...

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