Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Birth name: Carl Winston Lumbly
Born: August 14, 1951
Age: 67
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
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Carl Winston Lumbly (born August 14, 1951) is an American film, stage, and television actor. He is best known for his roles as NYPD Detective Marcus Petrie on the CBS police drama Cagney & Lacey, CIA Agent Marcus Dixon on the ABC espionage drama series Alias, and as the voice of the Martian Manhunter for the animated series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, as well as the direct-to-DVD animated film Justice League: Doom and the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. He currently plays Martian Manhunter's father, M'yrnn, on Supergirl.


Life and career

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

Lumbly began his professional career as a journalist in Minnesota. While on assignment for a story about a workshop theatre he was cast as an actor 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 series Cagney & Lacey (1982-1988). In 1985 he appeared as Theseus in "The Gospel At Colonus," an African-American musical iteration of the Oedipus legend, which starred Morgan Freeman and The Blind Boys Of Alabama, on PBS' 'Great Performances' series.

In 1987, he garnered positive reviews for his portrayal of Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale in the HBO television movie Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8. In 1989-90, he portrayed ongoing character Earl Williams (named for the prisoner in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's story The Front Page), a teacher falsely accused of the rape/murder of a female student, in the hit TV series L.A. Law.

From 1994-1995, Lumbly starred as the main character in the short-lived science fiction series M.A.N.T.I.S. Perhaps his most visible role was as Marcus Dixon in the American television series Alias (2001-2006). Other prominent roles include providing the voice for the Martian Manhunter in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited,. This was the reasoning to cast him as the father of the same charecter in 2017 for the TV show Supergirl. and a recurring role on L.A. Law as a college professor unjustly accused of first-degree murder. He also appeared in Superman: The Animated Series as the voice of the Mayor of Metropolis on the episode "Speed Demons" in 1997, and as an alien military general in the episode "Absolute Power" in 1999. He also appeared as the voice of the villain Stalker on Batman Beyond.

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

Also in 2000, Lumbly guest starred in a season one episode of The West Wing entitled "Six Meetings Before Lunch" as Jeff Breckenridge, a nominee for U.S. Assistant Attorney General who supports reparations for slavery.

Lumbly appeared as Lt. Daniel "Bulldog" Novacek in the 2004 television series Battlestar Galactica. He also plays a role in the video game Command and Conquer 3 's expansion pack Kane's Wrath. Most recently, Lumbly played police captain Joe Rucker on TNT's Southland.

Personal life

Lumbly was married to actress Vonetta McGee from 1987 until her death in 2010. Together they have one son named Brandon Lumbly born in 1988.



  • Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  • Lifepod (1981)
  • Caveman (1981)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (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)
  • Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007)
  • The Alphabet Killer (2008)
  • Justice League: Doom - Martian Manhunter/Ma'alefa'ak (voice) (2012)
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Silas Stone (voice) (2015)
  • A Cure for Wellness (2016)


  • Lou Grant (episode titled - "Hazard" - aired March 24, 1980)
  • Cagney and Lacey (1982-1988)
  • Great Performances - "The Gospel at Colonus" (1985) … Theseus
  • Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987)
  • L.A. Law - 6 episodes as Earl Williams: "Captain Hurt" (1989), "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (1989), "The Mouse That Soared" (1989), "Placenta Claus Is Coming to Town" (1989), Ex-Wives and Videotapes (1990), and "Blood, Sweat and Fears" (1990)
  • 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)
  • Buffalo Soldiers (1997)
  • Superman: The Animated Series (1997, 1999)
  • The Wedding (1998)
  • Batman Beyond - Stalker (voice) (1999)
  • The West Wing (2000)
  • The Color of Friendship (2000)
  • Little Richard (2000)
  • Justice League - Martian Manhunter/ J'onn J'onzz (voice) (2001-2004)
  • Alias (2001-2006)
  • Static Shock - Anansi the Spider (2003)
  • Sounder (2003)
  • Martin Scorsese presents The Blues: Episode 4 (2003)
  • Justice League Unlimited - Martian Manhunter (voice) (2004-2006)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2006)
  • Grey's Anatomy (one episode) (2008)
  • Cold Case (Season 6, Episode 3; 2008)
  • Chuck (2008)
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Tornado Champion/Tornado Tyrant (voice) (2009)
  • Black Panther (2010)
  • Trauma (2010)
  • Criminal Minds (Season 6, Episode 6; 2010)
  • NCIS - Navy Rear Admiral Beau Hindley (Episode: "Tell-All", 2011)
  • The Returned (2015)
  • Zoo (2015)
  • Family Guy ("Baking Bad", 2015)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles - Charles Langston (2 episodes, 2017)
  • Supergirl - M'yrnn J'onzz (2017)


  • Eden (1980)
  • The Motherfucker with the Hat (2013)
  • Storefront Church (2013)
  • Let There Be Love (2015)
  • Between Riverside and Crazy (2015)
  • Red Velvet (2016)

Video games

  • Alias (2004)
  • Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath (2008)
  • BioShock 2: Minerva's Den (2010)
  • Diablo III (2012)
  • Injustice Gods Among Us (2013)
  • Heroes of the Storm (2015)
  • Tacoma (2017)

Awards and recognition

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

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