Produced on November 18, 1952, in London, England, to Jamaican parents, Delroy Lindo has created himself as a versatile and hardworking performer above a three-decade career. Working in film, television and theatre, from an August Wilson play to a number of Spike Lee movies, he’s impersonated drug dealers, FBI agents, robbers, an angel, a corrupt politician and baseball legend Satchel Paige.
He was raised in London’s Lewisham district. When he was a teen, he moved along with his mom to Canada and then to America.
Lindo was inspired to play after viewing productions of The Taming of The Shrew and Cyrano de Bergerac on public television. When he was 24, he moved to San Francisco to study in the American Conservatory Theater.
Yet, he worked in theatre for the majority of the 1980s, making his Broadway debut in 1982 in “Master Harold”…as well as the Lads.
After receiving several minor display characters, Lindo attained greater recognition as a movie actor along with his appearances in three Spike Lee movies in the 1990s. Lee directed Lindo as the dad of an African American family in Brooklyn in the semiautobiographical Crooklyn, the psychotic gangster West Indian Archie in Malcolm X as well as a neighborhood drug dealer in Clockers.
Lindo’s new visibility led to work in other important motion pictures, such as Get Shorty in 1995 and Ransom in 1996. In 1996 Lindo starred in the made-for-television movie The Soul of the Game, impersonating celebrated African American baseball pitcher Satchel Paige. Lindo after remembered he was “thrilled” to take this job and was quite pleased with his work in the movie (which also starred Blair Underwood as Jackie Robinson and Mykelti Williams as Josh Gibson). He received a NAACP Image Award nomination with this performance.
He’s also appeared in smaller, more character-driven movies, like Wondrous Oblivion (2003), a play about camaraderie and race in early-1960s London.
On television, Lindo has appeared in two short lived show, playing an FBI agent in Kidnapped (2006 07) as well as a corrupt local politician in The Chicago Code in 2011. He also played Dr. Milton Winter in the TV seriesBelieve.
Lindo has kept his link to theatre, and has directed plays in La and Berkeley, California.
Lindo has been married twice. An early union, to Kathi Coaston, ended in divorce. He married artist and arts teacher Nashormeh Lindo in 1990. The Lindos’ son, Damiri, was created in 2001.