Chad Coleman

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Chad Coleman
Chad Coleman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Coleman at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
Born Chad L. Coleman
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Sally Stewart (1999–2010)

Chad L. Coleman is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Dennis "Cutty" Wise on the HBO series The Wire and Tyreese on the AMC series The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Chad Coleman was raised in a foster home in Richmond, Virginia. As a youth, he participated in track and field, but turned his attention to studying drama after a leg injury.[1] Before becoming an actor, Coleman served in the United States Army between 1985 and 1989 as a video cameraman.[2]


Chad Coleman at a 2013 Walking Dead event

Coleman had a starring role on the HBO series The Wire as reformed criminal Dennis "Cutty" Wise.[3] In 2002, Coleman starred as O.J. Simpson in TNT's television movie Monday Night Mayhem.[4] Chad also had a guest role in the Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series on Fox.[5] He also had a small role in Carlito's Way: Rise to Power. He has recently been involved in the development of Left 4 Dead 2 as voice actor for the character Coach.[6] In 2009, Coleman appeared in a revival of August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Broadway and also had a starring role in the Norwegian TV series Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The Confusion?, based on the novel by Johan Harstad.[7][8] The series aired in Europe in November 2011.

He guest starred in the In Plain Sight episode "Whistle Stop" as an ex-boxer/witness suffering from pugilistic dementia, and in the Lie to Me episode "The Canary's Song" as a coal miner.[9] He was also a guest star in two episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2010, and one in 2013.[9]

In 2011, he began playing Gary Miller, the ex-husband of Nikki Miller and father of manipulative daughter Mackenzie, in the Fox television sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.[3]

He currently plays Tyreese on AMC's The Walking Dead.[10][11]

On November 20, 2014, he was announced to play Fred Johnson, a former Marine caught in a power struggle between Earth and Mars on the new Syfy science-fiction drama, The Expanse. He would take on a main role in the 2015 series.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 New York Cop Iceman
1999 Saturn Orderly
2001 The Gilded Six Bits Short film
2001 Revolution #9 Night Nurse
2002 Monday Night Mayhem OJ Simpson
2002 The End of The Bar Dr. Scott Rosen
2004 Brother to Brother El
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise To Power Clyde
2007 Wifey Parnell
2009 Boldly Going Nowhere Cobolt
2011 The Green Hornet Chili
2011 Horrible Bosses Curtis
TBA Shoedog Issac


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Here and Now Roland 1 episode
1994–1995 Law & Order Henry / Weiner 2 episodes
1994–1996 New York Undercover Kevin Gray / Shoop 2 episodes
1999–2001 Third Watch Grissom / Lamar 2 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Prison Warden 1 episode
2003 Guiding Light Moses 1 episode
2003 Hack Lafonso 2 episodes
2004–2008 The Wire Dennis "Cutty" Wise 20 episodes
2005 Numb3rs Williams 1 episode
2008 New Amsterdam Lt. Bobby Graham 1 episode
2008 Life on Mars Suede 1 episode
2009 CSI: Miami Kevin Landau 1 episode
2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Queeg 2 episodes
2009 The Forgotten Ray Perkins 1 episode
2010 In Plain Sight Ricky Dupree / Dumont 1 episode
2010 Lie to Me Darryl 1 episode
2010 The Good Wife Carter Wright 1 episode
2010–2013 It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Z 3 episodes
2010–2013 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Gary 13 episodes
2012 Electric City Manny 1 episode
2012 Criminal Minds Malcolm Ford 1 episode
2012 Burn Notice Brady Pressman 1 episode
2012–present The Walking Dead Tyreese Season 3 (recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 4-present (series regular; 15 episodes)
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit A.J. Martin 1 episode
2015 The Expanse Fred Johnson Main Cast

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Coach Voice
2013 Resident Evil 6 Coach Capcom X Valve DLC Crossover


  1. ^ "Walking Tall". Style Weekly. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Q&A - Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese)". Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Saunders, Cherie (2011-08-08). "Chad L. Coleman (Cutty from The Wire) Joins Fox Sitcom Teenage Daughter". EURweb. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ Gould, Lance (2002-01-13). "Telling It Like It Was". NY Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  5. ^ Degon, Bob (2009-03-14). "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - We get to see some of Jesse's past... from the future". CliqueClack. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  6. ^ Walker, John (June 1, 2009). "Left 4 Dead 2: Podcast With Chet Faliszek". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved June 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (April 17, 2009). "Wilson's Wanderers, Searching for Home". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Hovdaa, Kristine (October 8, 2009). "Takket være Jens Stoltenberg - Interview with Coleman". Dagbladet. 
  9. ^ a b Marnell, Blair (2013-04-03). "The Walking Dead Promotes Three For Season 4". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  10. ^ Radish, Christina (2013-02-10). "Chad L. Coleman Talks The Walking Dead Season 3 and Playing Tyreese". Collider. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2012-12-03). "Walking Dead Spoilers: Chad Coleman Talks Tyreese". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
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