Delroy Lindo's extensive acting career includes memorable roles in films such as David Mamet's Heist and as Mr. Rose in The Cider House Rules. Most recently, he appeared in the films Point Break, Battlecreek, and Shakespeare's Cymbeline. He garnered critical acclaim for his role as Rodney in Spike Lee's drama Clockers, and worked with Lee on Crooklyn and Malcolm X, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination for his portrayal of West Indian Archie. Other notable film credits include Wondrous Oblivion, The Core, The Last Castle, Domino, The One, Gone in 60 Seconds, Ransom ("Best Supporting Actor" NAACP Image Award nomination), A Life Less Ordinary, Get Shorty, Feeling Minnesota, Romeo Must Die, Devil's Advocate, This Christmas (also as executive producer), and Pixar's UP!
On television, Lindo starred in the series Believe, from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, Kidnapped, and The Chicago Code. He appeared to critical acclaim in the CBS television movie Profoundly Normal and the Showtime film Strange Justice as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for which he won a Peabody Award. Also, Lindo was featured in HBO's Lackawanna Blues and in Soul of the Game as baseball legend Satchel Paige, and appeared in the film Glory & Honor, where he played Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson. Also for television, he produced and directed documentary interview films featuring Spike Lee, Charles Burnett, and Joan Chen.
On Broadway, Lindo appeared as Herald Loomis in August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, receiving Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, and Master Harold and the Boys (Broadway & National Tour). Also, he played Walter Lee in the Kennedy Center and Los Angeles productions of A Raisin in the Sun (Helen Hayes Award nomination and NAACP Image Award, "Best Actor").
Off-Broadway, he appeared in The Exonerated, and played Bynum in Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Lindo directed the plays Blue Door and Joe Turner's Come and Gone to critical acclaim at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and won a Los Angeles Theater Weekly Award (2006) for directing Medal of Honor Rag.
Lindo has an honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Virginia Union University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (cum laude) from San Francisco State University (2004), and a master's degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study (2014).