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Chi McBride

Chi McBride
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McBride in 2009
Kenneth McBride

(1961-09-23) September 23, 1961 (age 60)
Years active1992–present
SpouseJulissa Marquez

Kenneth "Chi" McBride (/ʃaɪ/ SHY; born September 23, 1961) is an American actor. He has appeared in films, where he is known primarily as a character actor, and in television, where he has had numerous starring roles.

In film, he has played prominent roles including The Frighteners (1996), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), I, Robot (2004), Waiting... (2005), Let's Go to Prison (2006), and Draft Day (2014).

On television, he was high school principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public, Emerson Cod on Pushing Daisies, Detective Laverne Winston on the Fox drama Human Target, Detective Don Owen in the short-lived CBS crime drama Golden Boy, and Captain Lou Grover in Hawaii Five-0.

Early life

McBride was born in Chicago, Illinois, from which his stage name derives. He was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist religion and attended Shiloh Academy, now known as Chicago SDA Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school. McBride originally planned to pursue a career in music. After studying several instruments and singing with gospel choirs in his native Chicago, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1986 to work for AT&T as a billing clerk.


His first success in show business came with the hit song "Basically, He's the Champ" as part of the group KSL, which parodied the marriage of boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens. Based on the tune's success, McBride was signed by Esquire Records, and he joined the rhythm and blues band Covert. Convinced he should try his hand in front of the camera, the singer moved to Los Angeles and, billed as "Chi", landed guest spots on Fox's In Living Color and NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as a featured role in the TV movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation.

In 1998, he was a co-star of Mercury Rising, alongside Bruce Willis. He was later given the role of Principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public. Much of McBride's work sees him playing right-hand man to the hero, as in the films Mercury Rising and The Terminal. He is also notable for television roles on The John Larroquette Show, House, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, Killer Instinct and Pushing Daisies.

McBride's other film credits include Cradle 2 the Grave, The Distinguished Gentleman, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Frighteners, Narc, Disney's The Kid, I, Robot, Roll Bounce, Annapolis, Hoodlum, Undercover Brother, Let's Go to Prison and The Brothers Solomon. McBride portrayed eight different characters in the play Nagataki Sake, directed by Robert Downey, Sr.

He starred in Human Target as Winston, business partner of Christopher Chance (the protagonist). The show premiered on January 17, 2010, on FOX.

Starting in 2013, he starred on Hawaii Five-0 as Captain Lou Grover. He previously worked with co-star Scott Caan in Gone in 60 Seconds.

On May 14, 2021, CBS announced that McBride will star along with Pete Holmes and Katie Lowes in a sitcom based around the life of laid-off auto worker-turned-professional bowler Tom Smallwood. McBride plays Archie, a bowling alley owner who serves as friend and mentor to the main character played by Holmes. The multi-camera series debuted on March 31, 2022.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation Malcolm Pennington III TV Movie
The Distinguished Gentleman Homer
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Fross
1996 The Great White Hype Rowdy Spectator
The Frighteners Cyrus
1997 Hoodlum Illinois Gordon
1998 Mercury Rising FBI Agent Thomas "Bizzi" Jordan
2000 King of the World Drew Bundini Brown TV Movie
Dancing in September Security Guard
Gone in 60 Seconds Donny Astricky
Disney's The Kid Kenny
Magicians Tom
2002 Narc Captain Cheevers
Undercover Brother The Chief
Paid in Full Pip
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Jump Chambers
Delusion John Short
2004 The Terminal Joe Mulroy
I, Robot Lt. John Bergin
2005 Roll Bounce Curtis Smith
Waiting... Bishop Coleman
2006 Annapolis McNally
Ultimate Avengers 2 Chief Elder (voice) Video
Let's Go to Prison Barry
2007 The Brothers Solomon James Coolwell
2008 American Son Eddie
First Sunday Pastor Arthur Mitchell
Who Do You Love Willie Dixon
2009 Still Waiting... Bishop Coleman
2011 The Family Tree Simon Krebs
Fruit of Labor Mr. Hoffman Short
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Johnson
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload Nick Fury (voice) Short
2014 Draft Day Walt Gordon
2015 Home Sweet Hell Chief Malcom Brown
2017 Unspoken: Diary of an Assassin Actor
2022 Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe Metcalf/Judge (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ed Barker Episode: "Boyz in the Woods"
1993–96 The John Larroquette Show Heavy Gene Main Cast
1994 Married... with Children Dexter Episode: "Nooner or Later"
Cosmic Slop T-Bone Episode: "Tang"
1996 Nash Bridges Luscious Episode: "The Great Escape"
1998 The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Desmond Pfeiffer Main Cast
1999 The Parkers Cliff Rogers Episode: "Betting on Love"
2000 Sliders Mule Packer Episode: "Dust"
God, the Devil and Bob Mike (voice) Recurring Cast
2001 The Practice Steven Harper Episode: "The Day After"
Rocket Power Big Tony (voice) Episode: "Hurricane Maurice/Reggie's Choice"
2000–02 Max Steel Jefferson Smith (voice) Main Cast
2000–04 Boston Public Steven Harper Main Cast
2005 Boston Legal Steven Harper Episode: "Let Sales Ring"
House Edward Vogler Recurring Cast: Season 1
2005–06 Killer Instinct Lt. Matt Cavanaugh Main Cast
2006 Monk Mayor Ray Nicholson Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike"
2006–07 The Nine Malcolm Jones Main Cast
2007–09 Pushing Daisies Emerson Cod Main Cast
2010 Psych Craig Snowden Episode: "Ferry Tale"
2010–11 Human Target Detective Laverne Winston Main Cast
2011 How I Met Your Mother Rod Episode: "Challenge Accepted"
HawthoRNe Garland Brice Recurring Cast: Season 3
Suits District Attorney Terrence Wolf Episode: "Dog Fight"
2012–13 Fury Files Nick Fury (voice) Main Cast
2012–15 Avengers Assemble Nick Fury (voice) Recurring Cast
2012–17 Ultimate Spider-Man Nick Fury (voice) Recurring Cast
2013 Golden Boy Detective Don Owen Main Cast
Murder Police Randall Hickox (voice) Main Cast
Phineas and Ferb Nick Fury (voice) Episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel: Parts 1 & 2"
2013–20 Hawaii Five-0 Captain Lou Grover Recurring Cast: Season 4, Main Cast: Season 5-10
2014–15 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Nick Fury (voice) Recurring Cast
2015 Suits District Attorney Terrence Wolf Episode: "Intent"
2020 Puppy Dog Pals Pops/Mr. Kimble (voice) Recurring Cast: Season 3
2021 This Is Us Paul DuBois Episode: "Birth Mother"
2022 How We Roll Archie Betts Main Cast
Slippin' Jimmy Father Karras (voice) Recurring Cast

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