Andre Royo

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Andre Royo
Andre Royo Harvard University 3.jpg
Royo at Harvard University Law School, April 12, 2010
Born (1968-07-18) July 18, 1968 (age 46)
Bronx, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Andre Royo (born July 18, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as "Bubbles" in The Wire, and has had guest starring appearances in Fringe, Party Down, and How to Make It in America.


He had a small role in John Singleton's 2000 remake of the film Shaft.[1] He had a brief appearance in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as a soldier in a unit that was sent back in time. He has also had roles in Heroes and Kenan and Kel.

He is mostly known for his starring role on the HBO program The Wire as drug addict and confidential informant "Bubbles" (a regular character since the show's first season). Royo's portrayal of this character was so convincing that, during on-location filming, he was once approached by a Baltimore resident and given a small package of heroin, with the man saying to the in-character Royo, "Man, you need a fix more than I do." Royo has called this his "street Oscar".[2]

Royo also appeared in the 2002 movie G, which was based on The Great Gatsby.[3]

He was introduced as the character Stephen Canfield during the third season of the television series Heroes. He also played the role of a drug addicted homeless serial killer in the Criminal Minds Season 4 episode "Catching Out".

Royo was also featured at a Harvard University panel discussion in October 2009 along with fellow actors from The Wire, Sonja Sohn and Michael K. Williams. The panel discussed the value of The Wire as a media source at-risk youth can relate to and learn positive life lessons from.

In 2010, Royo guest starred on the Starz original series Party Down. Later that year he was a guest star in the third season premiere as well as the seventh episode and eighteenth episode of the Fox television series Fringe, playing a cab driver in the parallel universe.[4]

Royo appears in the 2012 film Red Tails. Royo also appeared as a Bully's alcoholic father in a Key & Peele sketch in 2012.

Royo played a geometry teacher in the 2013 film The Spectacular Now. He is set to appear in the film Lila & Eve.

Royo appeared in the NBC police drama Prime Suspect as an accused murderer killing witnesses before he was tried.

Royo was a guest voice in the Bob's Burgers episode "Nude Beach," playing himself.

Personal life[edit]

Royo was born in the Bronx, New York of African American and Cuban heritage. Royo has often been told by casting directors that he is "not black enough" or "not Latino enough" for certain parts.[1]

Royo attended Mount Saint Michael Academy in The Bronx from 1982 - 1986 at the same time as Sean Combs.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Salomon, Andrew (2008-02-21). "Getting a fix". Back Stage. Retrieved 2008-03-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ Margaret Talbot (2007). "Stealing Life". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ HBO: The Wire: Cast and Crew: Character Bio: Bubbles
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2010-09-21). "Exclusive: 'Fringe' extends Andre Royo's stay". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 

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