Seth Gilliam

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Seth Gilliam
Seth Gilliam February 2015.jpg
Gilliam at the 2015 Wizard World Cleveland
Born (1968-11-05) November 5, 1968 (age 46)
Years active 1990–present

Seth Gilliam (born November 5, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of police detective Ellis Carver on The Wire and corrections officer Clayton Hughes on Oz and as Gabriel Stokes on The Walking Dead.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Gilliam graduated from State University of New York at Purchase in 1990.


Gilliam has had a number of recurring roles on television, including during the seventh season of The Cosby Show as Aaron Dexter, boyfriend of Erika Alexander's character, and as Alan Deaton on Teen Wolf.[3] His most prominent role, however, has been on The Wire. In 2008, Gilliam attracted attention for criticizing the show being overlooked for Emmy nominations, despite its critical success.[4] He has also had a number of guest roles in other shows such as CSI: Miami, Nurse Jackie, Skins, Person of Interest, and The Good Wife.[5] His film credits include Private Sugar Watkins in the 1997 action film Starship Troopers and Sergeant Steven Altameyer in the 1996 film Courage Under Fire.

Gilliam has also acted on stage, including playing Prince Edward in a 1993 production of Richard III, and as the lead in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 2010 production of Othello.[2] He has stated that he prefers acting on the stage: "It's a lot more fun to do. There is instant communication with the audience. An actor can tell whether or not he or she is connecting with an audience or whether they understand what's going on."[6]

On 5 May 2014, Gilliam was cast as Gabriel Stokes in the fifth season of AMC's The Walking Dead.


Year Television Role Notes
1990–1991 The Cosby Show Aaron Dexter 3 episodes
1992 Law & Order Babatunde Amoda "Consultation"
1999–2001 Oz Clayton Hughes Recurring (17 episodes)
2002–2008 The Wire Ellis Carver Main cast
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury A.D.A. Terence Wright 4 episodes
2007 The Bronx is Burning Paul Blair "Time for a Change?"
2007–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Daniels 4 episodes
2009 Damages Mark Waters "I Knew Your Pig"
CSI: Miami Aaron Nolan "Flight Risk"
Mercy Police Officer "Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica"
2010 Nurse Jackie Dr. Lindsey "Candyland"
Law & Order Michael's Attorney "Immortal"
2011–present Teen Wolf Dr. Alan Deaton Recurring (31 episodes)
2011 The Good Wife Jacob Rickter "Closing Arguments"
Svetlana Tomas "Milking It"
2012 Person of Interest Detective Des Franklin "Identity Crisis"
Homeland Chapman "A Gettysburg Address"
2013 Criminal Minds Lyle Johnson "Strange Fruit"
2014–present The Walking Dead Father Gabriel Stokes Series regular (season 5; 7 episodes)
Year Film Role Notes
1992 In the Eyes of a Stranger TV Movie
1993 Joey Breaker Jeremy Breaker
Mr. Wonderful ER Doctor
1994 Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Cadet Johnson C. Whittaker TV Movie
The Hardest Part Derek Short film
1995 Jefferson in Paris James Hemings
1996 Courage Under Fire Altameyer
1997 Starship Troopers Sugar Watkins
Tar Tyrone
2000 Punks Marcus
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Vincent
2005 The Great Wonderful Clayton Segment: "Emme's Story"
2008 Sympathetic Details Raymond
2009 The People v. Leo Frank Jim Conley
Did You Hear About the Morgans? U.S. Marshal Lasky
2010 Betrayed Roger Waite Short film
2011 Stake Out: Atlantic Salmon Rivers Short film
2014 Still Alice Frederic Johnson
2015 Police State Officer Grady Post production


  1. ^ "Cast & Crew - Seth Gilliam as Ellis Carver". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b Melloy, Kilian (2010-08-07). "Seth Gilliam :: From ’The Wire’ to ’Othello’". EDGE Boston. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  3. ^ Marnell, Blair (2011-07-13). "TEEN WOLF 1.07 'Night School'". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  4. ^ "The Wire star hits out at Emmys". BBC News. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  5. ^ Reeves, Marcus (2011-05-06). "Seth Gilliam Cast For "Good Wife" Season Finale | News". BET. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Houston Shakespeare Festival Welcomes Seth Gilliam, Leah C. Gardiner". University of Houston News. 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 

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