Prolific and versatile film, television and stage actor Delroy Lindo was born on November 18, 1952 in Eltham. London. The son of Jamaican immigrant parents, he was raised in Lewisham, England. When he was only five years old, he appeared in a number of Nativity plays, which ignited his passion for acting. He and his mother later moved to Canada, and then moved to San Francisco when he was 16. There, he graduated from the American Conservatory Theater and fulfilled his aspirations.
In 1976, Delroy Lindo made his movie debut. He was cast as Sam in the British comedy Find the Lady and followed this up with two other films. These were More American Graffiti and Voice of the Fugitive. He soon took a break to concentrate on theater production, returning after ten years. He made his Broadway debut in 1982, performing in Master Harold and the Boys. Later on, Lindo earned a Tony nomination for portraying Herald Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. After meeting director Spike Lee, Lindo’s career obtained the boost that it needed.
Rising to fame during the 1990s, he appeared in Malcolm X, Bound by Honor and Mr. Jones. However, it was his role in the comedy Crooklyn that led to his success. He gained even more popularity for his role as Catlett in Barry Sonnenfield’s Get Shorty. Later on, Lindo starred in Clockers, Ransom, and Soul of the Game, alternating between playing trustworthy professionals and treacherous villains. He later booked a role in the short-lived NBC series Kidnapped, and later voiced a character in an episode of The Simpsons. He also became known for his portrayal of Mr. Rose in The Cider House Rules, as well as for his appearances in Romeo Must Die, Gone in Sixty Seconds, The One, Sahara, Lackawanna Blues, The Core, Domino and This Christmas. In 2009, he was cast on the NBC drama Mercy.