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.