SAG/AFTRA member Robert X. Golphin garnered a Best Actor win and nomination at the Screen Power Film Festival and Top Indie Film Awards respectively, for his role in the multi award-winning 2020 film Essential, a short drama which he also wrote and directed. 

Robert is the eponymous host of the internet talk show RXG: Exclusives

Robert's feature film and television credits include the role of Dunbar Reed opposite Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters, the HBO drama The Wire, the HBO miniseries John Adams, The Underground Kings, Rounding First, Remember The Daze, #ThatMoment and The Counterparts. He has also starred in numerous short films and commercials.


Robert's musical theatre debut was the role of Kevin in The Storm: An Original Pop/Rock Musical in Los Angeles, California. Other stage credits includes the role of Lil' Clarence Smith in Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Recipient Edgar J. Shockley's Bessie Smith: Empress Of The Blues, and productions of Antigone and Zoo Story.



Robert at a SAG New York screening of his film.

Robert on set of a television pilot in Hollywood.

Robert X. Golphin's Acting Reel

Writer | Director

Robert X. Golphin is the author of the novella, Cold Night In A Warm Season, now available in paperback and eBook on

Robert directed the 2020 feature-length HBCU comedy Freshman Friday, now streaming on Amazon Prime. The film, from Slates Squared Entertainment, stars an ensemble cast including NAACP Theater Award Winner Jerrel O'Neal, singer/songwriter Brian McKnight, Jr. (son of Grammy nominated R&B icon Brian McKnight and international recording artist Julie McKnight), and battle rapper Brizz Rawsteen.

Robert's multi award-winning drama Voice of Majesty, centers on a group of aspiring musicians brought together by their love for preeminent American vocalist, Marian Anderson. 

Robert has written, produced and/or directed multiple award-winning short films, music videos, documentaries, spec TV pilots, commercials and screen and stage-plays. He has produced multiple projects alongside Niki Koss (star of the ABC/Freeform series Famous In Love). 

Some of Robert's most notable accolades for screen and teleplay writing includes recognition at the ABC (American Broadcasting Company) Talent Development Program, Set In Philadelphia Screenplay Competition (sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Oscar nominated Stephen J. Rivele, Comcast and NBCUniversal), and the Accolade Film Competition.  He is also the author of the YA novella, Abandoning Adam: Confessions of an HBCU Scholar, available through thousands of retailers nationwide. 

Robert mentors and has been shadowed by youth on and off the set. His teaching credits includes the Kathy Wickline Casting Acting for The Camera & Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre Film camps.  He is a 2020 Barrymore Award Nominator and previously served as a judge for the 20th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition.

Robert holds an MFA in Screenwriting (Spalding University), B.A. in Theatre & Film (Magna Cum Laude, Saint Augustine’s University) and Diploma in Creative Writing (Philadelphia H.S. for Creative & Performing Arts).

Robert with cast and crew on the set.

Robert on set of his feature length 

directorial debut.