Chi McBride was
born in Chicago, Illinois, perhaps giving him the name
"Chi" which is short for Chicago. He was as worked
for a telemarketer before taking on the big and small screen.
He has worked in several films and appeared in a few t.v. series in
both a recurring role and as a cameo. He has played several
comedy roles, making this series quite a change from earlier
experiences. He has appeared in one of my favorite sit-coms
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". He has also made an
appearance in "Married With Children". For more
information on his movie and television appearances, see below.
Chi McBride's Major film and T.V.
thanks to the Internet Movie Data Base
for the film info!
Chi McBride in brief appearances
- "God, the
Devil and Bob" (2000) (voice) (episode # 1.2) 3/14/2000
The" (1999) playing "Cliff
Rogers" in episode: "Betting on
Love" (episode # 1.10) 11/15/1999
with Children" (1987) playing
"Dexter" in episode: "Nooner or
Later" (episode # 8.21) 4/10/1994
- "Fresh Prince
of Bel-Air, The" (1990) playing "Ed
Barker" in episode: "Boyz in the
Woods" (episode # 3.8) 11/5/1992
Principal Harper is one of my favorite characters. I like
his directness and ability to deal with several crisis at
once. He doesn't take any nonsense from students or staff and
always sticks to his word. He seems to me to be the kind of
guy you can count on to be a loyal friend and boss in any
situation. He appears strong and untouchable most of the time,
but shows his human side to the viewers in the confines of the
office. He is the backbone of the show.
I think that Steven Harper is a principal whose head is in the
main office and whose heart is still in the classroom, exactly the
sort of superior his staff wants and needs. He isn't
afraid to go to bat for them, but neither does he have a problem
with telling them when they are out of line. The students, too, are
fortunate in having Steven as their principal. He is genuinely
concerned about each one, not just as far as the quality of their
education goes but also the quality of their lives. Instead of
choosing to be the sort of principal who adheres strictly to the
handbook when dealing with the students and looking only at the
'what' of their misbehavior, he makes the time to look into their
situations and discover the 'why' of it.