BIOGRAPHY

ACTOR

 

Robert X. Golphin | Acting Reel

Robert X. Golphin, SAG-AFTRA, is best known for his performance as Dunbar Reed in the Golden Globe-nominated film The Great Debaters, alongside Denzel Washington and Nate Parker.

For his portrayal in the multi-award-winning Essential (2020), a short drama that he wrote and directed, Robert won Best Actor awards at international film festivals. He stars in the award-winning coming-of-age LGBTQ+ drama How To Tie A Tie (2022), now screening at film festivals. He also has a leading role in the upcoming drama, The Good of Man (2022) - based on a true story.

                                                  

The Wire and John Adams (HBO), The Underground Kings, Rounding First, and Remember The Daze are among Robert's film and television credits. He's also appeared in commercials, short films, and internet series.

Antigone and Zoo Story are just a few of Robert's theater credits. The Storm: An Original Pop/Rock Musical (Los Angeles) and Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues by author and Barrymore Lifetime Achievement recipient Edgar J. Shockley are among his musical theatre credits.

Robert is also the host of the multi award-nominated RXG: Exclusives, an internet talk series about entertainment and pop culture, as well as national and international creatives and community members' experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, politics, and social upheaval.

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WRITER | DIRECTOR

Robert X. Golphin wrote and released the novella, Cold Night In A Warm Season (2021), now available in paperback and eBook on Amazon.com and other platforms.

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

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 also produced multiple projects alongside Niki Koss (star of the ABC/Freeform series Famous In Love). 

Robert's notable achievements in screenwriting includes accolades at the 2022 WeScreenplay TV Pilot screenwriting competition, ABC (American Broadcasting Company) Talent Development Program, and Set In Philadelphia Screenplay Competition (sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Oscar nominated Stephen J. Rivele, Comcast and NBCUniversal).

Robert previously authored the YA novella, Abandoning Adam: Confessions of an HBCU Scholar, available through thousands of retailers nationwide. 

On and off the set, Robert mentors and is shadowed by young people. Introduction To Moviemaking for high school students, as well as Kathy Wickline Casting's 'Acting for The Camera' and Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre 'Film' camps, are among his teaching credits. He was also a judge for the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition and was a 2020 Barrymore Award nominator. 

​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).