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Cudlitz at the Paley Center: An Evening with Southland 2011.
December 29, 1964 |
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Michael Cudlitz (born December 29, 1964) is an American actor, best known for his role in the TNT drama Southland, starring as John Cooper, in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers as Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman, and in the AMC drama Walking Dead, as Sergeant Abraham Ford.
Life and career
His 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. More recently, 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 now (10 years later) drug addicted and highly frustrated Bob Destepello. He voiced Corporal Griffen in the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and its eventual sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
His most recent role was on the NBC/TNT drama Southland where he played 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. The mole had previously been a signature feature of the actor's appearance. The show was cancelled in 2013.
Recently he appeared in the science fiction film Surrogates as Colonel Brendon.
In October of 2013, Cudlitz was confirmed to appear in the fourth season of The Walking Dead as Sergeant Abraham Ford, a major character from the comic series of the same name. He first appeared in the tenth episode of season four, entitled "Inmates".
|Life Goes On||Ernie||1992|
|A River Runs Through It||Chub||1992|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Tony Miller||1992–1993|
|Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story||Tad Overton||1993|
|D3: The Mighty Ducks||Cole||1996|
|Grosse Pointe Blank||Bob Destepello||1997|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Bob||1999|
|Band of Brothers||Sgt. Denver "Bull" Randleman||2001|
|Medical Investigation||Lieut. Troy Adams||2005|
|Over There||Colonel Ryan||2005|
|Prison Break||Guard Bob Hudson||2005|
|Lost||Big Mike Walton||2005, 2008|
|Criminal Minds||Francis Goehring||2007|
|Pawn Shop Chronicles||Ben||2013|
|The Walking Dead||Sgt. Abraham Ford
Season 4- Recurring 4 episodes. Season 5- Main
|2005||Call of Duty 2: Big Red One||Sgt. Glenn "Hawk" Hawkins||voice over|
|2005||Call of Duty 2||Pvt. Braeburn||voice over|
|2009||Red Faction Guerrilla||Saul Marius||voice over|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Griffen||voice over|
- 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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