Lance Gross

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Lance Gross
Born Lance Darnell Gross
(1981-07-08) July 8, 1981 (age 33)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Model, Photographer
Years active 2006–present
Partner(s) Rebecca Jefferson

Lance Darnell Gross (born July 8, 1981) is an American actor and photographer, best known for his role as Calvin Payne on the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne,[1] as well as appearing in other Tyler Perry productions such as the Meet The Browns (2008) film and Tyler Perry's Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013). He also co-starred in 2010's Our Family Wedding alongside Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia, America Ferrera and Regina King. He also starred as Secret Service Agent Marcus Finley in NBC's political drama "Crisis." On November 20 2014 on social media app instagram Jefferson And Gross announced the birth of their daughter Berkely Brynn Gross

Early life and career[edit]

Gross was born in Oakland, California, but raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where he graduated from Bonanza High School. At Bonanza High School, Lance was a top athlete in football and track and field. He was always popular and even won Prom King his senior year. He went on to attend Howard University, where he passed up the opportunity of becoming a Pro Track & Field athlete in order to pursue his dream of acting. He received a Bachelor of Arts in theater and then trained at The Ivanna Chubbuck Studio as well as the Tasha Smith Acting Studio.[2]

Gross began his career by modelling for Karl Kani and appearing in music videos for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey.[3] In 2006, he had minor roles in Eve and The Bernie Mac Show.[4] It was while he was performing in the Tasha Smith Acting Studio that he was discovered by Tyler Perry, who happened to be watching a night class. He was consequently cast as Calvin Payne on Perry's new sitcom House of Payne, a role for which he has been awarded four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.[5] 2008 saw Gross make his film debut in the romantic comedy Meet The Browns. His next big screen appearance was in Our Family Wedding in 2010 alongside America Ferrera, in which they portrayed a recently engaged young couple whose wedding preparations are disrupted by their families.[6] In 2012 he starred in the independent film The Last Fall, the story of a retired NFL player dealing with financial and family difficulties.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Michael Brown Lead role
2010 Our Family Wedding Marcus Boyd Lead role
2012 The Last Fall Kyle Bishop Lead role
2013 Tyler Perry's Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Brice Lead role
TBA Phenom Lee Brooks
Year Title Role Notes
2007–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Calvin Payne Main role
2012 Steel Magnolias Sammy Desoto TV film; Supporting role
2013 Dice City Derek Main role
2014 Crisis U.S. Secret Service Agent Marcus Finley Main role
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Eve Choir Member 1 episode
The Bernie Mac Show Krumper #1 1 episode
2012 The Finder Frank Haywood 1 episode
Royal Pains Dr. London 1 episode


  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". Family Tree Legends. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California, USA. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lance Gross: The Last Fall & Tyler Perry". Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tyler Perry's House of Payne - Lance Gross As Calvin Payne". Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Biography for Lance Gross". 
  5. ^ "Meet The Brown's Man Of The House-Lance Gross". 
  6. ^ "Lance Gross Preps For Wedlock In 'Our Family Wedding". 
  7. ^ "Lance Gross Talks ‘The Last Fall’ and His Most Vulnerable Role". 

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