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Kenneth "Chi" McBride (pronounced "shy"; born September 23, 1961) is an Americanmarker actor. He starred as Emerson Cod on the ABC series Pushing Daisies.


Early life

Born Kenneth McBride in Chicago, Illinoismarker, "Chi" is a nickname for his hometown. He was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church and attended Shiloh Academy, now known as Chicago SDA Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school. He graduated from high school at the age of 16. 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 Atlantamarker in 1986 to work for AT&T as a billing clerk.


His first success in show business came with the hit song "He's the Champ" that 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 cameras, 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 in Mercury Rising beside Bruce Willis. He was later given the role as Principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public.

Much of McBride's work sees him playing right hand man to the hero in films like Mercury Rising and The Terminal.

McBride is unusual among actors in that he did not begin his acting career until the age of 30. He is notable for his television roles on Boston Public, The John Larroquette Show, House, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, Killer Instinct and Pushing Daisies.

McBride has also appeared in a number of films, including Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Frighteners, Narc, The Terminal, I, Robot, Roll Bounce, Annapolis, Hoodlum, Undercover Brother, Let's Go To Prison and The Brothers Solomon.

McBride performed in the play Nagataki Sake, directed by Robert Downey Sr., in which he portrayed eight different characters.


Guest appearances

  • Married... with Children (1994) .... Dexter
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show .... Himself
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson .... Himself
  • The Tyra Banks Show .... Himself
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live .... Himself
  • Robot Revolution: The Making of 'I, Robot''' (2004) (TV).... Himself *''[[The N-Word]]'' (2004) .... Himself *''[[HBO First Look]]'' *''Inside 'The Terminal''' (2004) .... Himself *''Day Out of Days: The 'I, Robot' Production Diaries'' (2004)... Himself *''[[The Tonight Show with Jay Leno]]'' .... Himself *''Watch the Making of Mercury Rising'' (1999).... Himself *''The Making of 'The Frighteners' (1998).... Himself
  • House (2005)....Edward Vogler
  • Monk (2006)....Mayor of San Francisco


  • Delusion (2003) (producer)


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