Carl Lumbly

Carl Winston Lumbly(born August 14, 1951)is an American film , stage , and television actor . He is most known for the roles of Marcus Dixon in the television dramaAlias, Martian Manhunter in the animated seriesJustice LeagueandJustice League Unlimited, and as Det. Mark Petrie onCagney and Lacey.

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 Carl Lumbly's Biography

Born to Jamaican immigrants in Minneapolis , Minnesota , Lumbly graduated from South High School there and Macalester College in nearby St. Paul .

At one time he was a journalist in Minnesota, when he got an acting job while on assignment for a story about a workshop theatre and stayed with the improvisational company for two years (along with then-unknown Danny Glover ).

His first major role was Detective Marcus Petrie on the television seriesCagney and Lacey(1982 – 1988). In 1987, he garned positive reviews for his portrayal of Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale in the HBO television movieConspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8.

From 1994-1995, Lumbly starred as the main character in the short-lived sci-fi seriesM.A.N.T.I.S.. Perhaps his most visible role was as Marcus Dixon in the American television seriesAlias(2001 – 2006). Other prominent roles include providing the voice the for Martian Manhunter onJustice LeagueandJustice League Unlimited, and a recurring role onL.A. Lawas a college professor unjustly accused of first-degree murder. He also appeared as the voice of the Mayor of Metropolis on theSuperman: The Animated Seriesepisode "Speed Demons" in 1997. He also appeared as the voice of the villain Stalker onBatman Beyond.

In 2000, Lumbly portrayed activist and Congressman Ron Dellums in the Disney's Channel's original movie,The Color of Friendship. Although the movie was focused on Dellums's daughter's friendship with a white South African girl, the film also discussed Dellums's role in ending apartheid in South Africa.

Lumbly most recently appeared as Lt. Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek in the television seriesBattlestar Galactica. Lumbly also plays a role in the cinematic of video gameCommand and Conquer 3's expansion pack Kane's Wrath.

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 Carl Lumbly's Works


  • Caveman(1981)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai(1984)
  • The Bedroom Window(1987)
  • Everybody's All-American(1988)
  • To Sleep With Anger(1990)
  • Pacific Heights(1990)
  • Brother Future(1991)
  • South Central(1992)
  • Nightjohn(1996)
  • The Ditchdigger's Daughters(1997)
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back(1998)
  • Men of Honor(2000)
  • The Color of Friendship(2000)
  • Just A Dream(2002)
  • The Alphabet Killer(2008)


  • Cagney and Lacey(1982–1988)
  • Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8(1987)
  • M.A.N.T.I.S.(1994)
  • Out of Darkness(1994)
  • On Promised Land(1994)
  • Nightjohn(1996)
  • The X-Files: " Teliko " (Season 4, Episode 3; 1996)
  • The Ditchdigger's Daughters(1997)
  • Superman: The Animated Series(1997)
  • Buffalo Soldiers(1997)
  • The Wedding(1998)
  • Batman Beyond(1999)
  • The West Wing(2000)
  • The Color of Friendship(2000)
  • Little Richard(2000)
  • Justice League(2001–2004)
  • Alias(2001–2006)
  • Static Shock(2003)
  • Sounder(2003)
  • Martin Scorsese presents The Blues: Episode 4 (2003)
  • Justice League Unlimited(2004–2006)
  • Battlestar Galactica(2006)
  • Grey's Anatomy(one episode) (2008)
  • Chuck(2008)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold(2009)
  • Black Panther (2010)


  • Eden(1980)

Video games

  • Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath(2008)
  • BioShock 2: Minerva's Den(2010)

Awards and recognition

  • 1980: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award , Lead Performance -Eden

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 Carl Lumbly's References

  1. According to the State of Minnesota.Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002. At
  2. "1980-1989 Awards" .United States: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. . 

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