Chi McBride

Kenneth "Chi" McBride (born September 23, 1961) is an American actor. He starred as high school principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public, Emerson Cod on Pushing Daisies, Detective Laverne Winston on the Fox drama Human Target, and more recently Detective Don Owen in the short-lived CBS crime drama Golden Boy. He notably played in a main role as Captain Lou Grover of the Five-0 taskforce in the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 until the show ended in 2020. He has also appeared in films such as Gone in 60 Seconds; The Terminal; I, Robot; Roll Bounce; and Draft Day.

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McBride in 2009
Kenneth McBride

(1961-09-23) September 23, 1961 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1992–present

Early lifeEdit

McBride was born in Chicago, Illinois, from which his stage name, pronounced "shy," derives.[1] He was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist religion[2] and attended Shiloh Academy, now known as Chicago SDA Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist school. McBride originally planned to pursue a career in music. After studying several instruments and singing with gospel choirs in his native Chicago, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 1986 to work for AT&T as a billing clerk.[3]


His first success in show business came with the hit song "Basically, He's the Champ" as part of the group "KSL", which parodied the marriage of boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens. Based on the tune's success, McBride was signed by Esquire Records and he joined the rhythm and blues band Covert. Convinced he should try his hand in front of the camera, the singer moved to Los Angeles and, billed as "Chi", landed guest spots on Fox's In Living Color and NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as a featured role in the TV movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation.

In 1998, he was a co-star of Mercury Rising, alongside Bruce Willis. He was later given the role of Principal Steven Harper on the series Boston Public. Much of McBride's work sees him playing right-hand man to the hero, as in the films Mercury Rising and The Terminal. He is notable for his television roles on Boston Public, The John Larroquette Show, House, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, Killer Instinct and Pushing Daisies.

McBride's film credits include Cradle 2 the Grave, The Distinguished Gentleman, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Frighteners, Narc, The Terminal, Disney's The Kid, I, Robot, Roll Bounce, Annapolis, Hoodlum, Undercover Brother, Let's Go to Prison and The Brothers Solomon. McBride portrayed eight different characters in the play Nagataki Sake, directed by Robert Downey, Sr.

He starred in Human Target as Winston, business partner of Christopher Chance (the protagonist). The show premiered on January 17, 2010, on the Fox Broadcasting Company.

Starting in 2013, he starred on Hawaii Five-0 as Captain Lou Grover. He previously worked with co-star Scott Caan in Gone in 60 Seconds.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation Malcolm Pennington III
1992 The Distinguished Gentleman Homer
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Fross
1996 The Frighteners Cyrus
1997 Hoodlum Illinois Gordon
1998 Mercury Rising FBI Agent Thomas "Bizzi" Jordan
2000 Magicians Tom
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Donny Astricky
2000 Disney's The Kid Kenny
2002 Narc Captain Cheevers
2002 Undercover Brother The Chief
2002 Paid in Full Pip
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Jump Chambers Uncredited
2003 Delusion John Short film
2004 The Terminal Joe Mulroy
2004 I, Robot Lt. John Bergin
2005 Roll Bounce Curtis Smith
2005 Waiting... Bishop
2006 Annapolis McNally
2006 Ultimate Avengers 2 Elder Chief Voice role; Direct-to-video
2006 Let's Go to Prison Barry
2007 The Brothers Solomon James Coolwell
2008 American Son Eddie
2008 First Sunday Pastor Arthur Mitchell
2008 Who Do You Love Willie Dixon
2009 Still Waiting... Bishop
2011 Fruit of Labor Mr. Hoffman Short film
2011 The Family Tree Simon Krebs
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Johnson Direct-to-video
2014 Draft Day Walt Gordon
2015 Home Sweet Hell Police Officer Uncredited
2017 Unspoken: Diary of an Assassin Actor


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ed Barker Episode: "Boyz in the Woods"
1994 Cosmic Slop T-Bone TV film; Segment: "Tang"
1994 Married... with Children Dexter Episode: "Nooner or Later"
1996 Nash Bridges Luscious Episode: "The Great Escape"
1993–96 The John Larroquette Show Heavy Gene Main role (84 episodes)
1998 The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Desmond Pfeiffer Main role (9 episodes; 5 unaired)
1999 The Parkers Cliff Rogers Episodes: "Betting on Love"
2000 King of the World Drew Bundini Brown TV film
2000 Dancing in September Security Guard TV film
2001 The Practice Steven Harper Episode: "The Day After"
2001 Rocket Power Big Tony Episode: "Reggie's Choice"
2000–04 Boston Public Steven Harper Main role (81 episodes)
2000–02 Max Steel Jefferson Smith Voice role/Main role (22 episodes)
2005 Boston Legal Steven Harper Episode: "Let Sales Ring"
2005 House Edward Vogler Recurring role (5 episodes)
2005–2006 Killer Instinct Lt. Matt Cavanaugh Main role (13 episodes)
2006 Monk Mayor Ray Nicholson Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike
2006–07 The Nine Malcolm Jones Main role (13 episodes)
2007–09 Pushing Daisies Emerson Cod Main role (22 episodes)
2010 Psych Craig Snowden Episode: "Ferry Tale"
2010–11 Human Target Detective Laverne Winston Main role (25 episodes)
2011 God, the Devil and Bob Unknown (voice) Episode: "God's Favorite"
2011 How I Met Your Mother Rod Episode: "Challenge Accepted"
2011 HawthoRNe Garland Brice Recurring role (4 episodes)
2011, 2015 Suits District Attorney Terrence Wolf 2 episodes
2012–17 Ultimate Spider-Man Nick Fury (voice) Additional voices
2013 Golden Boy Detective Don Owen Main role
2013–15 Avengers Assemble Nick Fury (voice) Additional voices
2013 Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel Nick Fury (voice) Additional voices
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload Nick Fury, Red Skull (voices)
2013–20 Hawaii Five-0 Captain Lou Grover Recurring Role (Season 4); Main Role (Season 4-10)
Written 3 episodes
2014 Murder Police Randall Hickox (voice) Mid-season replacement series
2014–15 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Nick Fury (voice)
2021 This Is Us Paul DuBois Episode: "Birth Mother"


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  2. ^ "The religion of Chi McBride". September 23, 2005. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "My Son The Actor". July 23, 1996. Retrieved June 27, 2017.

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