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Robert Townsend Net Worth

Robert Townsend Net Worth is
$2 Million

Robert Townsend Biography

Robert Townsend was born on the 6th February 1957, in Chicago, Illinois USA and is a comedian, actor, film director as well as writer. All the above mentioned talents added sums to the outright size of Robert Townsend net worth. However, he is mostly known for directing the films “Hollywood Shuffle” (1987), “Eddie Murphy Raw” (1987), “The Meteor Man (1993) among others. It should be said that he also landed the main roles in all the previously mentioned blockbusters. Townsend has been active in the entertainment industry since 1975.

How much is the net worth of Robert Townsend? Reportedly, authoritative sources estimate that his wealth stands at over $2 million dollars, accumulated during a career now spanning more than 40 years.

 

Robert Townsend Net Worth $2 Million

To start with, Townsend was raised in Chicago, the second of four children of Robert and Shirley Townsend. As a child he began to imitate various actors and thus to entertain his mother. He was educated at Austin High School. His real career began with improvisations at the New York Comedy Club. From there, he went to Hollywood, although it is worth mentioning that he studied at Illinois University for a year, but dropped out to pursue a career in acting.

His career began in 1975 after his first appearance in the feature film entitled “Cooley High”, even though his role was uncredited. Later on, he appeared on the big screen creating small roles in such films as “Monkey Hustle” (1976), “Streets of Fire” (1984), “Soldier’s Story” (1984), “American Flyers” (1985) and other films. In 1986, Townsend starred alongside Sondra Locke in the film “Ratboy” directed by Sondra herself. Then, he landed the main role of the satirical comedy film “Hollywood Shuffle” (1987) which was directed, written and produced by Townsend as well. Moreover, he has directed, produced and written other films, including “The Five Heartbeats” (1991), “The Meteor Man” (1991), “Townsend Television (1993) and others. His net worth grew steadily.

Robert Townsend then went on to solely directing films, which have increased the total size of his net worth considerably. From 1997 to 2003, Townsend directed the comedy film “B*A*P*S” (1997), the television film “Jackie’s Back” (1999), the comedy adventure film “Up, Up, and Away” (2000), the drama film “Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story” (2000), the show-time television film “10,000 Black Men Named George” (2002), as well as the film “Black Listed” (2003). The latter was followed by a five-year hiatus in the career of Townsend.

Robert got back into the industry by starring in the drama film “Of Boys and Men” (2008) directed by Carl Seaton. Moreover, he directed the film “Phantom Punch” the same year. Lately, he has directed the films “In the Hive” (2012), “Playin’ for Love” (2014) and “Bill Cosby 77” (2014). It should be noted that Robert was nominated for an Ovation Award as he landed the lead role of Dan in the rock musical “Next to Normal” in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Finally, in the personal life of the director and actor, he married Cheri Jones in 1990, and the family has three children, however, Robert and Cheri divorced in 2001.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of Birth6 February 1957,
DiedMarch 7, 1838, Oyster Bay, Town of Oyster Bay, New York, United States
Place Of BirthChicago, IL, USA,
Height1.8 m
ProfessionFilm Producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Film director, Comedian, Television producer, Television Director, Writer
EducationIllinois State University,
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseCheri Jones (1990 - 2001)
ChildrenSkye Townsend, Sierra Townsend, Grace Townsend, Isaiah Townsend
ParentsShirley Townsend, Ed Townsend
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Townsend
Music GroupsOne and One Is One, Burlesque, The Weaver's Answer, The Blues Band, Family, The Manfreds, Medicine Head, Axis Point
NominationsOvation Award,
MoviesThe Five Heartbeats, Hollywood Shuffle, The Meteor Man, A Soldier's Story, Playin' for Love, Eddie Murphy Raw, The Mighty Quinn, American Flyers, Holiday Heart, Streets of Fire, Up, Up and Away, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, Of Boys and Men, B*A*P*S, In the Hive, Phantom Punch, 10,000 Black Men Named George, Ratboy, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy, Little Richard, Black Listed, Jackie's Back, I Was a Teenage Faust, Odd Jobs, Bill Cosby 77, Joseph's Gift, Taxman, Undercover Brother, Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire, Book of Love, Love Songs, Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story, Tao of the Golden Mask
TV ShowsThe Parent 'Hood, Townsend Television, Motown Live, Black in the 80s, The Carol Burnett Show (1991), The Late Show


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Friend of Howard Hewett.
2Named the CEO & President of Production for The Black Family Channel. [May 2004]
3Has known Eddie Murphy. since 1978.
4Owns his own film production company, The Townsend Entertainment Corporation.
5His son's name is Isaiah.
6His daughters are named Sierra and Skylar.
7His daughter, Sierra, is best friends with Denzel Washington's daugther, Olivia.
8Studies with Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
9Graduate of Austin High School in Chicago.
10Has 2 daughters and 1 son with Cheri.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Director10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
2002Career Achievement AwardAmerican Black Film FestivalMale
1991ACECableACE AwardsVariety Special or SeriesThe Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime (1991)Kimber Rickabaugh (producer)

Carl Craig (producer)
1987Golden UnicornAmiens International Film FestivalBest FilmHollywood Shuffle (1987)
1987Best ActorAmiens International Film FestivalHollywood Shuffle (1987)
1987Critics AwardDeauville Film FestivalHollywood Shuffle (1987)
1987Coup de Coeur LTCDeauville Film FestivalHollywood Shuffle (1987)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DocumentaryWhy We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best DirectorHoliday Heart (2000)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best DirectorJackie's Back! (1999)
1989ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Comedy SeriesRobert Townsend and His Partners in Crime (1987)
1988Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureHollywood Shuffle (1987)Carl Craig (producer)


Filmography

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Playin' for Love2013producer
In the Hive2012producer
Diary of a Single Mom2009-2011TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
Los Americans2011TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009Documentary co-executive producer
Of Boys and Men2008producer
CeCe Winans Straight Up2006TV Movie executive producer
Partners in Crime: The Next Generation Atlanta2006TV Series executive producer
Thou$and Dollar Bee on the Road2006TV Series executive producer
Playhouse 222006TV Series executive producer
The Envy Life2006TV Series executive producer
Partners in Crime2005TV Series executive producer
Black College Talent Hour2004TV Series executive producer
Lisa Knight and the Round Table2004TV Series executive producer
Souled Out2004TV Series executive producer
Speaker's Box2004TV Series executive producer
Spoken2004TV Series executive producer
Thousand Dollar Bee2004TV Series executive producer
The Parent 'HoodTV Series executive producer - 77 episodes, 1995 - 1999 co-executive producer - 13 episodes, 1995
Townsend Television1993TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
The Meteor Man1993producer
The Five Heartbeats1991producer
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime1991TV Special documentary executive producer
Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime1987TV Movie executive producer
Hollywood Shuffle1987producer

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Playin' for Love2013Coach Banks
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire2012Vampire Actor #1 (voice)
Of Boys and Men2008Holden Cole
Black Listed2003VideoAlan Chambers
I Was a Teenage Faust2002TV MovieMr. Five
Undercover Brother2002Mr. UB
Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs2002
Up, Up, and Away!2000TV MovieJim Marshall Bronze Eagle
The Parent 'Hood1995-1999TV SeriesRobert Peterson
Mercenary II: Thick & Thin1999TV MovieCharlie Love
Jackie's Back!1999TV MovieRobert Townsend
Love Songs1999TV MovieChamp (segment "Love Song for Champ, A")
Joseph's Gift1998James Saunders
Motown Live1998TV SeriesHost (1998-1999)
Taxman1998Peyton Cody
Bliss1995TV MovieDr. Barry Sullivan
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995TV SeriesRumpelstiltskin
The Meteor Man1993Jefferson Reed
The Carol Burnett Show1991TV SeriesSkit characters
The Five Heartbeats1991Duck
One Night Stand1990TV SeriesBum #3
The Mighty Quinn1989Maubee
That's Adequate1989Stand-up Comic
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka1988uncredited
Another Page1988TV Series
Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime1987TV Movie
Hollywood Shuffle1987Bobby Taylor / Jasper / Speed / ...
Amazing Stories1987TV SeriesBilly Burliss
Ratboy1986Manny
Odd Jobs1986Dwight
American Flyers1985Jerome
A Soldier's Story1984Corporal Ellis
Streets of Fire1984Lester - The Sorels
M*A*S*H1982TV SeriesPatient
In Love with an Older Woman1982TV MovieJames
Senior Trip1981TV MovieRandy
Willie & Phil1980Thin Boy
Women at West Point1979TV MovieRussell Baker
The Warriors1979Baseball Fury (uncredited)
Watch Your Mouth1978TV SeriesPrince Otoma
The Monkey Hu$tle1976Musician
Mahogany1975Extra (uncredited)
Cooley High1975Basketball Player in Gym Class (uncredited)

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Playin' for Love2013
Musical Theatre of Hope2009TV Series writer
Musical Theater of Hope2009TV Movie written by
The Beginning of B5: The Documentary2006Documentary archive footage
Black Listed2003Video written by
The Parent 'HoodTV Series creator - 90 episodes, 1995 - 1999 story - 1 episode, 1995
Townsend TelevisionTV Series creator - 10 episodes, 1993 writer - 10 episodes, 1993
The Meteor Man1993written by
Comic Relief V1992TV Special
A Party for Richard Pryor1991TV Special documentary
The Five Heartbeats1991written by
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime1991TV Special documentary writer
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan1991TV Movie
Uptown Comedy Express1987TV Special
The Late Show1987TV Series 1 episode
Hollywood Shuffle1987written by

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: 772014Video
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished2013TV Special documentary
Playin' for Love2013
In the Hive2012
Diary of a Single Mom2009-2011TV Series 26 episodes
Musical Theatre of Hope2009TV Series
Musical Theater of Hope2009TV Movie
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009Documentary
Phantom Punch2008
Unfabulous2004-2007TV Series 9 episodes
South of Nowhere2005-2006TV Series 4 episodes
The Story of Beyoncé2006TV Movie documentary earlier footage
The Beginning of B5: The Documentary2006Documentary
Partners in Crime2005TV Series
Black Listed2003Video
Soul Food2002TV Series 1 episode
10,000 Black Men Named George2002TV Movie
Carmen: A Hip Hopera2001TV Movie
Holiday Heart2000TV Movie
Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story2000TV Movie
Little Richard2000TV Movie
Up, Up, and Away!2000TV Movie
Fraternity Boys1999
The 20th Century: From Behind Closed Doors1999TV Movie documentary
The Parent 'Hood1996-1999TV Series 17 episodes
Jackie's Back!1999TV Movie
Love Songs1999TV Movie segment "Love Song for Jean and Ellis, A"
B*A*P*S1997
Townsend Television1993TV Series film segment director - 1993
The Meteor Man1993
The Five Heartbeats1991
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime1991TV Special documentary
Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime1987TV Movie
Eddie Murphy: Raw1987Documentary
Hollywood Shuffle1987

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Phantom Punch2008lyrics: "If You Want My Love", "The Man That I Love"
The Five Heartbeats1991performer: "America"
Hollywood Shuffle1987lyrics: "There's a Bat in My House" Batty Boy's Theme, "Rebels of the Night" / music: "There's a Bat in My House" Batty Boy's Theme / performer: "There's a Bat in My House" Batty Boy's Theme

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pretty Dudes2017TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished2013TV Special documentary special thanks
Laff Mobb Presents2012TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Ax 'Em1992special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung2016TV Series documentaryHimself
All Def Movie Awards2016TV MovieHimself
BET Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHimself
Datzhott2013TV SeriesHimself
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Kingdom Come2011DocumentaryHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
Way Black When: Primetime2011TV SeriesHimself
The Brian McKnight Show2010TV SeriesHimself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Directors on Directing2009DocumentaryRobert Townsend
11-04-08: The Day of Change2009TV MovieHimself
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009DocumentaryHimself
Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee2008TV SeriesHimself
Tao of the Golden Mask2007DocumentaryLead
We Don't Die, We Multiply: The Robin Harris Story2006Video documentaryHimself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Black Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!2003TV Special documentaryHimself
3rd Annual BET Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself
The Script2002ShortHimself
Casting for Glinda2001Video documentaryHimself
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence2001TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Host
American Masters1997-2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor / Director / Himself
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Motown Live1998TV SeriesHimself
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The Chris Rock Show1997TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself
Great Drives1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHost (volume 2: Route 66)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Martin1996TV SeriesHimself
Soul Train's 25th Anniversary1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
HBO Comedy Showcase1995TV SeriesHimself - Host (1995)
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1994TV SpecialHimself
Soul Train1994TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest Host
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Townsend Television1993TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Comic Relief V1992TV SpecialHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1987-1992TV SeriesHimself
A Party for Richard Pryor1991TV Special documentaryHimself
Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music1991TV Special documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987-1991TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime1991TV Special documentaryHimself - Host / Various Characters
The Movie Awards1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan1991TV MovieHimself
The All New Mickey Mouse Club1991TV SeriesHimself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Clive1990TV SeriesHimself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1989TV MovieHimself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
New Edition Past and Present1989VideoHimself
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHimself
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
The 9th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
Cooking with Wolfgang Puck1987VideoHimself
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself
Uptown Comedy Express1987TV SpecialHimself
The Late Show1987TV SeriesHimself
Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me1986TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edge of Outside2006DocumentaryBobby Taylor
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentary
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