Society & Culture

Roger Guenveur Smith – Short Biography

Roger Guenveur Smith is an actor, writer, and director whose work has been internationally acclaimed.

He created and performed the Obie Award-winning  A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY and adapted it into a  Peabody Award-winning telefilm, directed by his longtime colleague, Spike Lee.

For Mr. Lee’s Oscar-nominated DO THE RIGHT THING,  Mr. Smith created the stuttering hero Smiley, one  of many in a gallery of memorable characters for the
stage and screen.

Also among his historically-inspired performances are  FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS 1992, and the award-winning duet INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA, a “not-too-dark comedy” in collaboration with New  Orleans native Mark Broyard.
Mr. Smith also directed the distinguished performance trio Culture Clash in their Bessie Award-winning RADIO MAMBO.

Roger’s most recent work includes a new solo, THE WATTS TOWERS PROJECT, and the Spalding Gray retrospective LEFTOVER STORIES TO TELL, both cited among the best of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times; and WHO KILLED BOB MARLEY? which inaugurated Harlem’s new GatehouseTheater.

Roger co-stars with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Vietnam War era epic, AMERICAN GANGSTER.

Los Angeles Times Best of 2006 Stage “…..see a mesmerizing actor transform the art of solo performance into spoken jazz.”

Nominated for

LA Weekly Theater Awards 2007
Revival Production of the Year: “Inside The Creole Mafia”

“Who Killed Bob Marley”
LA Premiere. April 14 – 29. Bootleg Theater.

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