André De Shields (born January 12, 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor, singer, dancer, acclaimed novelist, choreographer, and college professor.
De Shields graduated from the Baltimore City College high school and received his BA degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Master of Arts from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor.
In 1975, De Shields was cast in the title role of The Wiz. Additional Broadway credits include Ain't Misbehavin, the Duke Ellington revue Play On!, The Full Monty, and Prymate. He also conceived, wrote, directed, and starred in André De Shields' Haarlem Nocturne.
De Shields' television credits include Another World, Cosby, Sex and the City, Great Performances, and Law & Order. He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Achievement for his performance in the 1982 NBC broadcast of Ain't Misbehavin.