Blair Underwood Retools 'Ironside'

Former 'L.A. Law' Actor Brings Classic Show Back to TV

Stacy M. Brown | 10/16/2013, 3 p.m.
When someone playfully teased Blair Underwood about his remake of the iconic television show, “Ironside,” the actor channeled his inner ...

His list of television and movie appearances also include, “The Wishing Tree,” “Heat Wave,” “Murder in Mississippi,” “Soul of the Game,” and “Sex in the City.”

Many fans of Underwood recall his groundbreaking portrayal of Dr. Ben Turner in the short-lived but riveting hospital drama, “City of Angels,” which centered on the professional and personal lives of the doctors and nurses at the fictional Angels of Mercy Hospital. Created by famed producer and writer, Steven Bochco who created “L.A. Law,” “Hill Street Blues,” and “NYPD Blue,” “City of Angels,” also featured Vivica A. Fox and Michael Warren and helped launch the careers of Gabrielle Union and Hill Harper.

Underwood produced the TLC television series, “Million Dollar Christmas,” with his producing partner Tommy Morgan Jr., for their Intrepid Inc. production company. Through Intrepid Inc., Underwood developed a number of projects, including a documentary on the history of African Americans in entertainment for Associated Television International.

An established author, Underwood also has penned several books, including the non-fiction book, “Before I Got Here,” the Tennyson Hardwick detective series, “Casanegra,” “In the Night of the Heat,” and most recently, “From Cape Town with Love.”

He also starred in and directed a series of video vignettes from the pages of, “From Cape Town with Love,” for Vook.com as a visual book.

Four years ago, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the United States' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS health care provider, held the grand opening of its first AIDS treatment center in Northwest Washington, D.C., named after Underwood, who’s also a renowned human and civil rights advocate.

The AHF Blair Underwood Clinic includes a state-of-the-art, full-service HIV/AIDS treatment clinic as well as an on-site pharmacy. Underwood is also co-founder of “Artists for a New South Africa.”

Now, he said, he’s focused on his new job, as Detective Ironside.

“I think we establish the character early on and he really gives you glimpses inside the demons he wrestles with and the memories he has to contend with,” Underwood said.