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Roger Guenveur Smith (born July 27, 1959) is an American writer, director, and actor.

Early life

Smith was born in Berkeley, Californiamarker, the son of Helen, a dentist, and Sherman Smith, a judge. He attended Occidental Collegemarker (American Studies) in Los Angeles and Yale Universitymarker in New Haven, CT where he successfully auditioned for the Drama School, switching from his pursuit of a graduate degree in History. Additionally, Smith studied at the Keskidee Arts Centre in London, England.


Smith received an Obie Award for his signature solo performance in A Huey P. Newton Story on stage. In film, Smith has had a successful collaboration with Spike Lee on several works. He has appeared in films such as School Daze, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Get On The Bus, He Got Game, and Summer of Sam. During the 1990s he had a recurring role on A Different World. In addition to his performances in major studio productions, Smith continues to work in and support independent film projects. In 2003, Smith had a starring role in the Steven Soderbergh/George Clooney TV series K-Street on HBO. He was also the voice of Bao-Dur in video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords. He portrayed a corrupt detective in the martial arts/crime film Fist of the Warrior alongside Ho-Sung Pak and Sherilyn Fenn. Smith starred with Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum in the film "Deep Cover". His latest major role was in in the film American Gangster, in which he played the role of "Nate", Frank Lucas's army connection in Vietnam.

Personal life

Smith works and resides in Los Angeles, Californiamarker.


  1. Roger Guenveur Smith Biography (1959?-)

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