Seth Gilliam

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

Seth Gilliam (born November 5, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Ellis Carver on The Wire, Clayton Hughes on Oz, and 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, he 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, 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] In May 2014, Gilliam was cast as Gabriel Stokes in the fifth season of AMC's The Walking Dead.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 In the Eyes of a Stranger Television film
1993 Joey Breaker Jeremy Breaker
1993 Mr. Wonderful ER Doctor
1994 Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Cadet Johnson C. Whittaker Television film
1994 The Hardest Part Derek Short film
1995 Jefferson in Paris James Hemings
1996 Courage Under Fire Altameyer
1997 Starship Troopers Sugar Watkins
1997 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
2009 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


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1991 The Cosby Show Aaron Dexter 3 episodes
1992 Law & Order Babatunde Amoda Episode: "Consultation"
1999–2001 Oz Clayton Hughes 17 episodes
2002–2008 The Wire Ellis Carver 60 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury A.D.A. Terence Wright 4 episodes
2007 The Bronx is Burning Paul Blair Episode: "Time for a Change?"
2007–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Daniels 4 episodes
2009 Damages Mark Waters Episode: "I Knew Your Pig"
2009 CSI: Miami Aaron Nolan Episode: "Flight Risk"
2009 Mercy Police Officer Episode: "Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica"
2010 Nurse Jackie Dr. Lindsey Episode: "Candyland"
2010 Law & Order Michael's Attorney Episode: "Immortal"
2011 The Good Wife Jacob Rickter Episode: "Closing Arguments"
2011 Svetlana Tomas Episode: "Milking It"
2011–present Teen Wolf Dr. Alan Deaton 31 episodes
2012 Person of Interest Detective Des Franklin Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2012 Homeland Chapman Episode: "A Gettysburg Address"
2013 Criminal Minds Lyle Johnson Episode: "Strange Fruit"
2014–present The Walking Dead Gabriel Stokes 10 episodes


  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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