Blair Underwood to Narrate ABC's SECRET MILLIONAIRE
SECRET MILLIONAIRE is a one-hour alternative series that follows some of America's most successful business people as they spend a week in the country's poorest areas and ultimately gift deserving members of those communities with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money. This season, acclaimed actor Blair Underwood joins the show as narrator.
Underwood is perhaps best known as headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins from the NBC legal drama L.A. Law, a role he portrayed for seven years. He has gained critical acclaim throughout his career, receiving numerous Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and a Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment and was in NBC's The Event. He currently stars in the role of Stanley in the Broadway revival of 'A Streetcar Named Desire.'
In the Season Premiere episode, millionaire and world-renowned artist Scott Jacobs and his sheltered 18-year-old daughter, Alexa, leave behind their family and lavish lifestyle in San Diego to spend six days in Newark, New Jersey - an American city in need - to search for those most in need of financial help. While there, father and daughter will attempt to survive on less than $75 during their week-long visit, while volunteering their time to worthy charitable organizations and searching their hearts to determine how much of their own fortune to gift the community heroes they meet. "Secret Millionaire" premieres SUNDAY, JUNE 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Scott Jacobs came from humble beginnings and learned early on that success is undeniably linked to hard work and perseverance. In high school his creative side was jumpstarted when he was persuaded to become the artist for the school newspaper, an area in which he showed great talent that would re-emerge later in life. Scott understood that to follow his dreams he had to control his own destiny, so at the age of 19 he became one of the youngest ever owners of an art gallery. This sweat equity would translate into a successful business and enable him to take major leaps in a career that continues to the present day.
Later in life, when Scott's wife, Sharon, gave him a paint set as a gift, the creative juices began to flow again and, as in high school, he began to draw and paint some of the things that interested him, like motorcycles and cars. At an art show in New York, he came a step closer to becoming a recognized artist with a couple of Harley-Davidson paintings that garnered a lot of public attention, as well as the attention of Harley-Davidson, which in 1993 made him their first-ever officially licensed artist. As interest in his Photo-Realist paintings grew, Scott expanded his repertoire to include wine and spirits still-lifes, classic cars and lifestyle imagery. His art now hangs in museums, galleries and private collections in more than 60 countries.