Sean Patrick Thomas (born December 17, 1970) is an American actor. He is known for his co-starring role in the 2001 film Save the Last Dance, as well as his television role as Detective Temple Page in The District.
Thomas began appearing in screen roles in the mid 1990s, and had minor roles in several films, including Conspiracy Theory (1997), Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and Cruel Intentions (1999). His first leading role was in the teen romance Save the Last Dance, in which he starred opposite Julia Stiles. The film opened in January 2001 and became successful among teen audiences, grossing over $90 million domestically. Subsequently, Thomas appeared in supporting roles in the films Barbershop and Halloween: Resurrection, both of which were released in 2002. Thomas was a cast member on The District, a television crime drama that aired on CBS from 2000 to 2004. He appeared in the 2008 horror film The Burrowers. He played a recurring character (Alan Townsend) on Reaper. Thomas has originated the recurring character of Federal agent Karl Dupree on FOX's Lie To Me, whose character since inception has become romantically involved with Ria Torres, played by Monica Raymund. In 2009, he took to the stage, playing the title role in "Othello" for Theatre for a New Audience in New York. This production moved to the Intiman Theatre in Seattle for the summer. In 2012 he is working again with Sarah Michelle Gellar in the TV-show Ringer.
He was originally cast as Cyborg for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, replacing Shemar Moore from Justice League: War who was initially not available to reprise his role. But after Sean Patrick Thomas recorded the role, Shemar Moore was available again so Andrea Romano, for the sake of continuity, recast Thomas with Shemar Moore who lip synced to the earlier performance of Sean Patrick Thomas. Andrea Romano later stated that she would find another role in The DC Animated Original Movies for Thomas to do.
Thomas married actress Aonika Laurent in New Orleans on Saturday, April 22, 2006. Their original wedding date had been Saturday, November 5, 2005 but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Katrina. The couple met at a party thrown by Barbershop director Tim Story. The couple has a daughter, Lola Jolie, born on May 16, 2008, and a son, Luc Laurent, born on June 9, 2010.