Cudlitz at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.
December 29, 1964 |
Long Island, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||California Institute of Arts|
Michael Cudlitz (born December 29, 1964) is an American actor, known for portraying John Cooper on the TNT drama series Southland, Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and Sergeant Abraham Ford on the AMC horror series The Walking Dead.
Cudlitz's first acting role was in the 1989 film Crystal Ball, playing Scottie. Cudlitz is mostly remembered for playing Sgt. Denver "Bull" Randleman, in Band of Brothers, as well as playing Tony Miller on Beverly Hills, 90210, and Tad Overton on Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. He has also played various roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the second seasons of 24 and Lost, and Prison Break. He supplied the voice of Sgt. Glenn "Hawk" Hawkins in the video game Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. He also guest starred on Over There and had a regular role on the FOX series Standoff. He also had a small, but highly memorable and well received, role in the 1997 dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank as the former big man on campus, and later drug addicted and highly frustrated Bob Destepello. He voiced Corporal Griffen in the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and its sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Cudlitz also had a small role in the third Mighty Ducks movie, D3: The Mighty Ducks, as one of the opposing players. He starred on the NBC/TNT drama Southland as patrol officer John Cooper, a 20-year veteran and training officer. The character struggled with chronic back pain, addiction to pain medication, and ethical issues relating to his partners. Prior to the start of shooting for the show, Cudlitz had a large mole removed from his right upper lip, which had previously been a signature feature of his appearance. The show was cancelled in 2013. Cudlitz won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role.
In 2009, Cudlitz appeared in the science fiction film Surrogates as Colonel Brendon. Since October 2013, he has appeared in the fourth season of The Walking Dead as Sergeant Abraham Ford, a character from the comic series of the same name. His first appearance was in the tenth episode of Season 4, an episode entitled "Inmates".
Cudlitz and his wife, Rachel, have two children together.
|1992||A River Runs Through It||Chub|
|1993||Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Tad Overton|
|1996||D3: The Mighty Ducks||Cole|
|1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||Bob Destepello|
|2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||Ben|
|2013||Cesar Chavez||Sheriff Smith|
|1992||Life Goes On||Ernie|
|1992–1993||Beverly Hills, 90210||Tony Miller|
|1998||NYPD Blue||1 episode|
|1999||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Bob|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Sgt. Denver "Bull" Randleman|
|2001||Six Feet Under||Dennis, Crossroads Leader||1 episode|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Officer William Spencer||1 episode, "And Then There Were None"|
|2002–2003||24||Rick Phillips||3 episodes|
|2005||Over There||Colonel Ryan|
|2005||Prison Break||Bob Hudson|
|2005||Medical Investigation||Lt. Troy Adams|
|2005, 2008||Lost||Mike Walton||2 Episodes|
|2007||Criminal Minds||Francis Goehring|
|2014–present||The Walking Dead||Sgt. Abraham Ford||Season 4 (recurring; 4 episodes)
Season 5 (series regular; 10 episodes)
|2005||Call of Duty 2||Pvt. Braeburn||Voice|
|2005||Call of Duty 2: Big Red One||Sgt. Glenn "Hawk" Hawkins||Voice|
|2007||Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare||Corporal Griffen||Voice|
|2009||Red Faction Guerrilla||Saul Marius||Voice|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Corporal Griffin||Voice|
- Hegedus, Eric. "Shooting from the lip: ‘Southland’ cop sounds off on NBC cancellation and TNT rescue", New York Post, February 28, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Cudlitz, 45, has moved on. The Flushing native and former Lakewood, NJ, resident, has aroused a lot of interest in his portrayal of Cooper, who has many personal issues, including his developing gay identity, a prescription drug dependency and a job-threatening back injury, and an ex-wife who figures into his pill-popping problem."
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