Blair Underwood Looks Back at His Big Breaks

Stefan Doyno
Katie's Take

Blair Underwood spoke to Katie recently and discussed his interesting career in television -- from a dancing extra on "The Cosby Show" to one of the many boyfriends on "Sex and the City” to a wheelchair-bound cop in his newest show "Ironside."

“Well that must have been fun to be a part of 'The Cosby Show,'” Katie noted.

“It was ‘85, they were in the very first season,” Blair said, “just to be on that show it opened up a lot of doors.”

Blair and Katie went on to discuss how "Cosby" changed attitudes regarding African-Americans in the 1980s.

“It sounds so antiquated here in 2013, but back then it was a new experience for a lot of viewers,” Katie explained.

“It was groundbreaking at the time,” Blair said, “unbelievably so.”

What about Blair’s contribution to “Sex and the City”? Well, that almost didn’t happen.

Blair initially turned the show down. He didn’t like the storyline and its relation to race.

Race wasn’t an issue the second time around. Two years later the producers came back with a new plot and a new character.

“Most roles I play, you won’t see [race-related issues], Blair said, “In ‘Ironside’ it has not come up and will not come up. It’s about this man who is a detective – unless you are dealing with the specifics of his character.”