Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly


8/14/1952, Jamaica, West Indies

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The son of Jamaican immigrants, Carl Lumbly started his career in Minnesota as a journalist, working for the 3M company in public relations, writing freelance and penning for the Associated Press. While on an assignment to do a story on Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop Theatre, fate was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Carl gave his voice in famous animated shows as a guest: In Batman Beyond, and in Superman.

    • Carl guest-starred on many famous series, such as: L.A. Law, ER, The West Wing, and Chicago Hope.

    • Carl's profesions: Freelance journalist, public relations executive with 3M Corporation, and a TV, film and theater actor.

    • Carl and his wife Vonetta McKee met on the set of Cagney & Lacey, his first starring role, and her guest role. They married in 1987, and even played a married couple in the movie To Sleep With Anger in 1990.

    • Carl and his wife Vonetta McKee have a son, Brandon Lumbly, born in 1988.

    • Carl is the son of two Jamaican immigrants parents.

    • Carl was born in Minnesota, USA.

    • Carl was nominated for 3 awards: Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries (in 1995) in CableACE Awards (for on Promised Land), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series (in 1998) in Image Awards (for Buffalo Slodiers), and Best Actor (in 2004) in Black Reel Awards (for Sounder).

    • Carl's first notable TV appearance was on the series Cagney & Lacey as Detective Mark Petrie (from 1982 to 1988).

    • Carl graduated from the South High School in Minneapolis.

    • Carl is giving his voice to the action hero J'onn J'onzz/The Martian Manhunter, in the animated series Justice League.

    • Carl is about to star in the movie Nujoma: Where Others Wavered (based on an autobiography of Nujoma, first president of Namibia and former President of SWAPO) in 2006, in the leading role of Sam Nujoma, and alongside his friend Danny Glover.

    • Carl was starring as J.M. Hoagland in Just a Dream, a series directed by his friend Danny Glover.

    • Carl has recieved an Ace Award nominations for his roles on two Disney productions: Nightjohn, and On Promised Land.

    • Carl has got a NAACP Image Award nomination for the Buffalo Soldiers, a television movie where he played the role of Horse. He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor Award.

    • Carl has met the actor Danny Glover when he moved to San Fransisco, and they both created the play Sizwe Bansi is Dead based on Athol Fugard's script. Later, they got to Los Angeles and created another play by Fugard, The Island.

    • Carl was making a story as a journalist on the Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre, when he was cast to a play. He kept playing there for 2 years.

    • Carl started his career in Minnesota as a journalist, writing freelance articles for the Associated Press.

    • Carl has several hobbies: Running on the beach, playing basketball and practicing golf.

    • Carl is 6' 1" (1.85 m).

    • Carl was born on August 14, 1952.

    • Carl has married to Vonetta McGee on May 29, 1987. They have one child.

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  • Review

    A lot of people will rank him up there as one of the Alias superstars, but for me he was one of the weakest of the main cast. I think it was the sicked back dreadlock look in the later seasons that got to me - but either way I wasnt a fan on his on screen performance with any of our main characters. The only memorable scene I remember him in was when Sydney was telling him about SD-6 being fake for the firts time, he did a really good job in that scene. But for me though - hes just simply average. Theres nothing there that stands out to me that I would ever want to go and watch a show because he is in it. I think he could have been easily replaced on the show and wish that he would have been killed off for shock value sometime.moreless
  • Carl Lumby- Stealth Actor?

    As one of the agents worked over by Arvin Sloane, and the Sloane clone of Season Four, on Alias, Carl Lumbly's Agent Marcus Dixon is truly a stealth weapon!

    We've seen the family man deal with the loss of his long-time wife, the kidnapping of his children, the seeming betrayal of several co-workers and a promotion and demotion in his department.

    It might've been harder for the amazing Mr. Lumbly if he hadn't served quiet notice during his run as Mark Petrie in Cagney & Lacey and proved his ability to command the screen as Dr. miles Hawkins, a.k.a. M.A.N.T.I.S.! There was a doctor role in the short-lived Going To Extremes.

    In his scenes last season on Alias, he sizzled with Angela Bassett; he also brought a palpable contented, settled-in love for Dix's wife, Diane. The tone when she was taken from him would pierce the heart of anyone who's fallen in love.

    It's easy to laud his parts, as he makes the men he inhabits feel real, guys you would want to hang out with and have a drink or two with. He goes from good husband and father to concerned friend to quiet assassin to raging-at-the-universe-and-you're-in-the-way, sometimes, even in the same episode!

    I'd just babble on, like the fangirl I am, so I'll just suggest strongly to stop down and watch this lovely man do all sorts of things, even a bit unlovely, and find yourself another to-watch actor!moreless