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Stephens in 2007.
March 7, 1974 |
Pasadena, California, United States
Stephens was born in Pasadena, California. He grew up in the Altadena and Pasadena areas of Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he studied sociology and ethnic studies along with drama and dance before earning a Bachelor's Degree in American Culture Studies. He performed for four years in San Francisco with the cult theater troupe Sassymouth before returning to Los Angeles to pursue a film and television career. He also worked with the Berkeley Black Theater Workshop.
Back in L.A., Stephens appeared on the sexy late-night serial MTV's Undressed, the short-lived series That's Life, and VH1's Red Eye. During the same period, he was also appearing in various commercials for products such as Dockers and performing in small theater venues and scene study classes. He also played a "future funked" Greta in a Hollywood revival of the well-known play Bent.
Stephens had supporting roles in the films Seamless (with Shannon Elizabeth), Not Quite Right, and Circuit. However, his breakout role came in 2004, when independent filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk cast him as the lead character for the new series Noah's Arc. The original intention was for the show to be released direct-to-DVD after it had received rave reviews at various film festivals. However, in the fall of 2005, LOGO picked up Noah's Arc, which debuted on October 19.
In August 2006 the second season of Noah's Arc was televised. By the end of 2006, Stephens had completed roles in the comedy Another Gay Movie and the drama Boy Culture, the latter alongside newcomer Derek Magyar.
In October 2008, a feature film version was release. Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom picks up where the show's second season left off and tells the story of the marriage between Stephens' character and Jensen Atwood's.
In 2010, he guest starred in an episode of Private Practice, playing a pre-op transgendered character. His next film, scheduled for release in 2011, is Bolden!, a bio film about jazz great Buddy Bolden starring Anthony Mackie as Bolden. Stephen's role is of cornet player Frank Lewis.
Stephens released a self-published novel in 2011, entitled Shortcomings, which weaves together short stories he had written previously. He is also a singer songwriter.
|Film||1999||Seamless: Kidz Rule||Devin|
|TV series||2001||That's Life||"Heart Problems"||Tutor|
|TV series||2005||Noah's Arc||"My One Temptation: Part 1"
"My One Temptation: Part 2"
"Don't Mess with My Man"
"Don't Make Me Over"
"Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent"
"Writing to Reach You"
"Love Is a Battlefield"
"I'm with Stupid"
"Got 'Til It's Gone"
|Noah Nicholson||17 episodes total|
|Film||2005||Not Quite Right||Evan|
|Film||2006||Another Gay Movie||Angel|
|TV series||2006||Noah's Arc||"Housequake"
"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"
"Excuses for Bad Behavior"
"Give It Up"
"Baby Can I Hold You"
"Say It Loud"
|Noah Nicholson||17 episodes total|
|TV series||2006||Ugly Betty||"After Hours"||Waiter|
|Film||2008||Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom||Noah Nicholson|
|Short film||2008||Tranny McGuyver||Conrad the Pimp||16 minutes|
|Web series||2009||In the Moment.tv||"Bad News""The Bad News"||Activist|
|TV series||2009||Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||"House of Race Cards"||J.P.||voice actor|
|Short film||2010||Love Unconditional||Jackson||08 minutes|
|TV series||2010||Private Practice||"Short Cuts"||Jane Finch|
|Short film||2010||Reunited||Howard||26 minutes|
|TV series||2010||Two and a Half Men||"Yay, No Polyps"||Man #1|
|TV series||2011||Desperate Housewives||"And Lots of Security..."||Terrence|
|TV series||2011||Reed Between the Lines||"Let's Talk About Change"||Perry Anderson|
|TV series||2011||Ringer||"If You Ever Want a French Lesson..."||Gregor|
|Short film||2011||Stronger||Andy||13 minutes|
|TV series||2012||2 Broke Girls||"And the Big Opening"||Nevel|
|Short film||2012||Something Like a Butterfly||Put-Put||19 minutes|
|Short film||2012||V Day||Travis||17 minutes|
Awards and nominations
- 2011: Nominated for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Victoria in the Bootleg Theatre production of "The Interlopers"
- "Gay Series Changing Darryl Stephens' Career Arc (page 2)". AfterElton.com. 2006-08-17. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
- Darryl Stephens talks to Instinct about being a gay man on-screen and off... by Greg Hernandez on 18 September 2008.
- "Next on Reed: Darryl Stephens and Kamar de los Reyes Guest Star". BET Staff. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- "Kiss Me Kate Tops 2011 Ovation Award Nominations.". 19 September 2011.
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