Obscure Black C-Listers: Kelly Perine
Poor Kelly Perine. He is the perfect example of a black actor whose resume would suggest you know his name, but few people do. Perine has been acting almost his entire life, starting out as a stand-up comedian and moving to commercials, earning an MFA, and finally landing a series of bit parts and recurring roles on sitcoms. In addition to recurring roles on black shows like One on One and Hanging With Mr. Cooper, he’s had more visibility than most actors could ever hope for through parts on the mainstream vehicles Providence and The Drew Carey Show. His contribution tends to consist of meathead shtick (Living Single, The Practice, The Parent’hood), or a nervous, straight-laced corniness demonstrated by character Dusty on the short-lived Between Brothers. He currently stars in Under One Roof, where he plays “Walter Hill, a wealthy, conservative man whose ex-convict brother, Calvester, moves in and turns the family’s life upside down.” Oh, Calvester is played by Flava Flav, which means that Perine’s squareness has crossed over into coon-enabling behavior. See, now he done messed up, and I have to keep an eye on him forever.