Aside from his 1987 appearance as Starkweather in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi drama Robocop, venerable African-American actor Tyrees Allen spent many years enduring supporting roles in lackluster films, such as the 1980 teen-oriented military farce Up the Academy, the 1986 comedy-fantasy The Dirt Bike Kid, and the 1991 exploitationer Touch and Die. A series of guest turns (as various characters) on the Paul Reiser sitcom Mad About You and the blockbuster drama Law & Order followed during the mid-'90s, and helped Allen's career immensely. In 2007, the actor played Detective Warren Jacobi in the mystery series Women's Murder Club.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Played Amonasro, King of Nubia, in the original 2000 Broadway production of Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida.
- Portrayed the Earl of Westmoreland in a 2003 Broadway production of Henry IV.
- Starred as Colin Powell in David Hare's 2005 production of Stuff Happens, about the Iraq War.