Robert X. Golphin

Robert X. Golphin

Actor, Director, Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter and Editor

Los Angeles, California

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About Robert


A SAG/AFTRA member, Robert X. Golphin's feature film credits includes the role of Dunbar Reed opposite Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters, Rounding First, Remember The Daze and The Underground Kings. His TV and new media credits includes HBO's The Wire, The Monroes (pilot), #ThatMoment and The Counterparts. He has also starred in numerous short films and commercials. His 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 Bessie Smith: Empress Of The Blues (Shockley Foundation), and productions of Antigone and Zoo Story.


Robert X. Golphin's newly released digital drama Voice of Majesty, centers on a group of aspiring musicians brought together by their love for preeminent American vocalist, Marian Anderson.

Robert also directed the 2020 feature-length college comedy Freshman Friday (now streaming on Amazon Prime Video), which co-stars 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 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 the author of the YA novel 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).


  • Essential

    Essential (2020)
    Film (short) Actor, Writer, Director When domestic and global events compound, a young family is forced to navigate an uncertain future. Multi Award Winning Film.

  • RXG: Exclusives

    RXG: Exclusives (2019 - 2020)
    Hosting Host, Producer A digital news, entertainment and information program.

  • Freshman Friday

    Freshman Friday (2020)
    Film (Comedy) Director A sheltered young man's world is turned upside down by an array of colorful characters as he prepares for the first dance of his college journey. What happens at the Freshman Friday dance could affect his entire college career, maybe his life. Written by Production

  • That Moment

    That Moment (2019)
    Television Actor, Writer, Director A 1 Minute one man anthology series.

  • Voice of Majesty

    Voice of Majesty (2019)
    Drama Writer-Director-Cinematographer-Editor Inspired by the life and legacy of preeminent American vocalist Marian Anderson, a group of aspiring musicians find themselves in that very legend’s abode. WINNER of the Leigh Whipper Gold Award for Best Short Subject at Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival & Marketplace 2019.

  • La Douleur Exquise

    La Douleur Exquise (2017 - 2018)
    Film (Short) Producer In a series of vignettes, explore the story of a man unable to love and the three women he has broken because of it.

  • Mr. Blue Shirt: The Inspiration

    Mr. Blue Shirt: The Inspiration (2018)
    Film (Adventure) Actor When the god Eracles learns of his forced resignation from the Great God Council; he becomes highly irate, corrupt, and more powerful. Little do his peers know that this one action would lead into a great amount of many crazy acts to follow, mainly a great war between planets, realms, and other secret places. Meet Mr. Blue Shirt, he is one of the main products of creation by Eracles, now known as the Story-Teller. Mr. Blue Shirt was simply created from a basic written thought from the ST, as were many others. These fictional characters are born into reality and really aren't so 'fictional' after all. What happens when you place one of these characters onto a real, unwritten planet? A major problem. The ruler of Earth, a god, not known by its inhabitants as Holy, but just simply as God, sees this as a major conflict. Written by Mike Stewart

  • Talking with Janet

    Talking with Janet (2016)
    Television (News) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Urban Princess: The Power of Choice

    Urban Princess: The Power of Choice (2016)
    Film (Short) Director Add a Plot »

  • The Monroes

    The Monroes (2016)
    TV Movie (Drama) Actor Twin heirs of a Hampton oil tycoon are sent to live in Los Angeles in scandal, where secret threads of their family empire are unwound in a wash of lust, money and power.

  • Under the Thumb

    Under the Thumb (2015)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer A young man and woman's lives collide when each, determined to live by their own rules, are thrust into circumstances where they must face the consequences of their actions.

  • Right Song, Wrong Chord

    Right Song, Wrong Chord (2015)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Actor An always in control African woman on the verge of returning home meets a Caucasian American man and must choose between home and love.

  • The Counterparts

    The Counterparts (2014)
    Television (Drama) Writer The domestic conflicts of a series of couples from all walks of life are explored.

  • Underground Kings

    Underground Kings (2014)
    Television (Crime and Drama) Actor Set in Philadelphia, "The Underground Kings" centers around police corruption and criminal underworld. It starts in Harrisburg as undercover cop Jayson Wylie is shot and left for dead in a botched drug bust. His partner Noah Carter learns information from a DEA Agent Daniel House from Philadelphia, whose been investigating the overdosing death of his wife, that this shooting was not accidental, but a set up. Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Jack Wilcox whom is an advisor to the Harrisburg Police Departments Narcotics Division tips off Smooth, one of Philadelphia's largest crime bosses, that his enforcers Rashaad and Will are about to be taken down by Jayson and his team. Smooth alerts them about the drug bust and they attempt to eradicate the problem. Agent Daniel House is successfully able to talk Noah into going undercover in Philadelphia to expose the police corruption in the city, take down Smooth's criminal empire and avenge both his wife and Noah's partners shooting. As Noah ... Written by Official Website

  • The Way Things Are

    The Way Things Are (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Writer The tables are turned on society and gender roles in this futuristic student film drama.

  • Blue Plate Teleportation

    Blue Plate Teleportation (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Two friends at a diner who discuss science related information over coffee.

  • African Genesis: Journey of the Songhai People 0 Ghana, Door of No Return

    African Genesis: Journey of the Songhai People 0 Ghana, Door of No Return (2013)
    Film (Documentary) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina (2013)
    Film (Short and Music) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Add a Plot »

  • African Gensis: Journey Of The Songhai People - Part 2, Ghana, The Door Of No Return

    African Gensis: Journey Of The Songhai People - Part 2, Ghana, The Door Of No Return (2013)
    Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department "Journey of the Songhai People" is the epic story of the heroic sojourn of African American People to "THE DOOR OF NO RETURN" along the Gold Coast in Ghana. The film captures the affect, the emotions, wonder and transformation it engenders by following two sets of siblings as they travel to Ghana. It also focuses on several adults who accompany the children and integrates the life altering experiences of two Jewish women who took a separate journey to Ghana on their own. The series shows the experiences and reactions while they are in Africa providing a platform for all to articulate what they were thinking, feeling and going through and how these experiences impacted them. Written by Anonymous

  • I Am Man

    I Am Man (2012)
    Film (Crime, Drama, Thriller and Short) Writer-Director After one night at a party, a college hoops star named Taurus has his whole world flipped upside down. He makes a shocking admission to his girlfriend that will change the course of their relationship forever. Feeling like less of a man, he encounters only women at every turn. With his sanity on the line, he must race against the clock in order to save himself, and just maybe save his relationship, too.

  • Un-Perfect

    Un-Perfect (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama and Family) Writer The cycle of abuse affects a young wife, her husband and his father.

  • Punch Me

    Punch Me (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama and Romance) Writer With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most.

  • Romeo & His Juliet

    Romeo & His Juliet (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama, Mystery and Romance) Producer Carl Richards', a renowned and praised Broadway director, turns uncomfortably in his shoes during rehearsals with his lead actors on the Eve of 'Romeo and Juliet'; his version of the beloved Shakespere classic. With a little under 24hrs to opening night, his lead actors seem to have tension between each other as Kara (the lead actress had become alarmingly and emotionally distant from everyone... but why? With his Wife playing the lead and judging by the way Carl looks at her... It seems that Carl may know more that meets the eye... Written by Anonymous

  • Inside of Me

    Inside of Me (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer The psychological and physical exploration of how devastating news and mysterious happenings threaten to destroy the relationship and lives of a loving couple.

  • The Bridge

    The Bridge (2009)
    Video (Short, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Writer The bridge is the story, but their souls are its interest.

  • In Heaven's Court

    In Heaven's Court (2009)
    Film (Short) Actor A drama/romance about a young, community based, "Obama-esque" African-American attorney named Shawn Johnson who helps two of his clients fight for their civil rights. His client, Jose Vasquez is troubled when he is overlooked for a promotion and ultimately fired because of his race. This occurs at a time when he needs to pay for his Italian wife Marie's medical treatment. Shawn is confronted with combating extreme financial corruption and racial prejudice within the legal system threatening losses for him and his two clients. Shawn begins to lose faith, until his grandmother re-assures him of a higher purpose and inspires him to stay the course. Written by Producer

  • Insecure

    Insecure (2009)
    Film (Short, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Writer A privileged teen resorts to drastic measures after suspecting that his girlfriend and his brother are more than just friends.

  • Beautiful Man in the Buff

    Beautiful Man in the Buff (2008)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer Hollywood has taken notice of newbie talent, Devaun Cheri, whose looks are unconventional. But loose-lipped, Tinseltown hotshot manager, Carson makes it plain as day what this actor has to do in order to succeed. Though fame and fortune become reality, Devaun doesn't feel much better about who he is. Will an adoring female fan make him change his tune? Written by Producers

  • John Adams

    John Adams (2008)
    Television (Biography, Drama and History) Actor Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826. Written by Jwelch5742

  • The Great Debaters

    The Great Debaters (2007)
    Film (Biography, Drama and Romance) Actor Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. Written by <>

  • Remember the Daze

    Remember the Daze (2007)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Actor A glimpse into the teenage wasteland of suburbia 1999 that takes place over 24 hours, and the teenagers who make their way through the last day of high school.

  • Track Marks

    Track Marks (2005)
    Film (Drama and Short) Writer Two people have hours to detox their friend or else risk losing him forever.

  • Tilted

    Tilted (2005)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer After being assaulted, a woman learns that the Good Samaritan who takes her in is hiding a dark dangerous secret.

  • Private Jet

    Private Jet (2005)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer Add a Plot »

  • White Men Can't Rap

    White Men Can't Rap (2005)
    Film (Comedy, Crime and Mystery) Miscellaneous Crew Add a Plot »

  • Rounding First

    Rounding First (2005)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Family) Actor Three best friends embark on a road trip to discover the secret which their parents have been hiding.

  • Simply Untitled

    Simply Untitled (2004)
    Film (Drama and Short) Writer Two sisters, both creative. Only one may survive when the obstacles of life challenge them in ways they never expected.

  • Acrimony

    Acrimony (2004)
    Film (Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer Thirteen years ago, a young girl drowned due to adult neglect, in present day, this little girl's memory will spark a plot of retribution that will leave each person involved quite unwell.

  • The Wire

    The Wire (2004)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians. Written by Yuri

  • Say Cheese, Elohim

    Say Cheese, Elohim (2002)
    Film (Musical) Writer Add a Plot »

  • Hack

    Hack (2002)
    Television (Crime and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew When corruption charges strip him of his job, his family and his pride, former cop Mike Olshansky forges a new identity as a Philadelphia cab driver, patrolling the city as a roving vigilante who works with local police.

  • Grayhound

    Television (Short and Drama) Producer The story of the homeless in American cities


  • Best Actor, Short - Screen Power Film Festival (UK)

  • Best Director, Short Drama - Flight Deck Film Festival (USA)

  • Short Film Nominee, Shorted Films

  • Finalist, Short Film - Kosice International Monthly Film Festival

  • Best Film of the Month Award at the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival - August Edition

  • Best Filmmaker, "Voice of Majesty", September 2020 Flight Deck Film Festival

  • Honourable Mention - Short Film ("Essential"), UK Seasonal Film Festival

  • Leigh Whipper Gold Award for Best Short Film - Philafilm - Philadelphia International Film Festival

  • Leigh Whipper Gold Award for Best Short Film - Philafilm - Philadelphia International Film Festival

  • Honorable Mention Winner, Short Film - Los Angeles Movie Awards

  • Best Actor, Short (Nominated) - Atlantic City Cinefest

  • Best Drama, Short (Nominated) - Atlantic City Cinefest

  • 2nd place, Jury's Citation Award - Black Maria Film and Video Festival

  • Honorable Mention, Short Film - Los Angeles Reel Film Festival

  • Honorable Mention Award, Short Film - Love Unlimited Film Festival and Art Exhibition

  • Award of Merit (Director) - Accolade Competition

  • Award of Merit, Short Film - Accolade Competition

  • Bronze Remi Award for Women's Issues Film - Worldfest Houston

  • Silver Award for Best Short Film - Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival

  • Festival Prize for Best Local Short Winner - Atlantic City Cinefest

  • Golden Drover Award for Best Short Drama (Nominated) - Trail Dance Film Festival

  • Best Actor, Short Drama (Nominated) - Atlantic City Cinefest

  • Best of Fest, Short (Nominated) - Atlantic City Cinefest

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