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The Actor


Robert X. Golphin, SAG-AFTRA, is perhaps best known for his role as Dunbar Reed with Denzel Washington & Nate Parker in the Golden Globe nominated picture, The Great Debaters.

Robert garnered Best Actor wins at international film festivals for his role in the multi award-winning Essential (2020), a short drama which he also wrote and directed. 


Robert’s film and television credits include The Wire and John Adams (HBO), The Underground Kings, Rounding First, and Remember The Daze. He has also starred in short films, digital series and commercials. 


Robert’s stage credits include productions of Antigone and Zoo Story. His musical theatre credits include The Storm: An Original Pop/Rock Musical (Los Angeles) and Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues by playwright and Barrymore Lifetime Achievement recipient Edgar J. Shockley.


Robert is also the eponymous host of RXG: Exclusives, an internet chat series that centers on entertainment and pop culture, and national and international creatives and community members and their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, politics, and social unrest. 

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. 

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 also served a 2020 Barrymore Award Nominator and previously served as a judge for the 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).