Michael Cudlitz

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Michael Cudlitz
Michael Cudlitz 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born (1964-12-29) December 29, 1964 (age 49)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present

Michael Cudlitz (born December 29, 1964) is an American actor, best known for his role in the TNT drama Southland, starring as John Cooper for which he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers as Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman, and in the AMC drama The Walking Dead, as Sergeant Abraham Ford and also Micky Tippin in Blode.

Life and career[edit]

Cudlitz was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Lakewood Township, New Jersey.[1] He attended the California Institute of the Arts. He is married to Rachel Cudlitz and has two children.

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.

Cudlitz also had a small role in the third Mighty Ducks movie, D3: The Mighty Ducks, as one of the opposing players.

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.

In 2009, 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 character from the comic series of the same name. He first appeared in the tenth episode of season four, entitled "Inmates".[2]


Cudlitz at the Paley Center: An Evening with Southland 2011.
Series Character Year(s)
Growing Pains Chuck 1991–1992
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
The Negotiator Palermo 1998
NYPD Blue S05E19 1998
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
Wanted Dep. Reed 2005
Prison Break Guard Bob Hudson 2005
Sex Drive Rick 2008
Lost Big Mike Walton 2005, 2008
Standoff Frank Rogers 2006–2007
Criminal Minds Francis Goehring 2007
Bones Lucky 2007
Life Mark Rawls 2007–2008
Southland John Cooper 2009–2013
Surrogates Colonel Brendan 2009
Dark Tourist Jim 2013
Pawn Shop Chronicles Ben 2013
Cezar Chavez Sheriff Smith 2013
The Walking Dead Sgt. Abraham Ford 2014-present
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
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


  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ http://www.wetpaint.com/walking-dead/articles/2014-02-18-season-4-abrahams-michael-cudlitz

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