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Eugene Byrd (born August 28, 1975) is an American actor.
Byrd was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from Greene Street Friends School in 1989 and The Crefeld School in 1993. He began acting as a child, appearing as Arthur in the movie My Little Girl in 1986.
He has been in movies including Dead Man, Demon Island, Sleepers, 8 Mile, Lift and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and has the leading role in Confess, for which he won the Break-Out Performance Award at the 2006 Method Fest Independent Film Festival. Byrd also starred with long time friend/Rap Artist Will "Tha Vill" Fuller, Jerry Della Salla (Green Zone) and Director Clay Von Thomas. The four men worked on the highly anticipated Pilot called "The Barracks".
Eugene had a guest role in the first season of Are You Afraid of the Dark?. He portrays a teenage prankster, nicknamed Weeds, in the sixth episode episode titled 'The Tale of the Super Specs'.  He was also a guest star in the seventh and eighth seasons of The Cosby Show for four episodes titled "Theo and the Kids" part 1 and 2, "Theo's Future," and "Cliff and Theo Come Clean." He also landed a role on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Rondinson Ashe III during the second season. He was also on the Touched by an Angel spin off Promised Land. He starred in the movie "Perfect Harmony".
Byrd also appeared in the TV series Ghostwriter as "Walter" in 1993 and portrayed the comical but defiant Oliver Cross on the British Children's television series, Chris Cross, which won an award for "Best Children's Series" in 1994. The show aired on the Showtime Cable Network from 1994 to 1995. Byrd had a minor role in season one of Heroes, as Nathan Petrelli's campaign manager, as Dr. Sidney Trumaine in 13 episodes of Crossing Jordan, and as Dr. Clark Edison in several episodes of Bones. He has also made an appearance on the show Two and a Half Men, as one of Charlie Harper's drinking buddies.
On January 6, 2011, The Glendale News Press reported that Eugene was arrested in California by the Glendale Police Department for domestic violence assault on January 1, 2011. The disposition of this case has not been made public.