Billy Brown (actor)

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Billy Brown
BornWilliam Brown
(1970-10-30) October 30, 1970 (age 48)
Inglewood, California[1]
Years active1993–present

William "Billy" Brown (born October 30, 1970) is an American actor. In 2014, Brown began starring as Detective Nate Lahey in the Shonda Rhimes drama series, How to Get Away with Murder. He is also known for his roles in the television series Lights Out, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, and Hostages.

Life and career[edit]

Brown was born and raised in Inglewood, California.[1] He is known for his role as detective Mike Anderson on Showtime's Dexter from 2011 to 2012. Previously he starred as boxer Richard "Death Row" Reynolds in the short-lived FX series Lights Out.[2] In 2012, he landed the recurring role of August Marks in the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy.[3] He also provides the second voice of Cliffjumper in the animated series Transformers: Prime. In 2013, he portrayed Agent Troy Riley in the first season of The Following.

Brown starred opposite Toni Collette in the CBS drama series Hostages from 2013-14.[4] In 2014, he was cast opposite Viola Davis in ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[5][6]

In 2017, Brown was cast in his first film leading role in the Screen Gems' thriller Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson.[7]

Voices for the Marines commercials.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend Native American
1993 Dreamrider Boy in Boston
1997 The Beautician and the Beast Fireman
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park InGen Worker
2001 Second Coming N/A
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Rhino Voice
2005 House of the Dead II Griffin
2008 I Am Bubba Bubba Short film
2008 Cloverfield Staff Sgt. Pryce
2008 Lakeview Terrace Patrolman
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Carson
2009 Star Trek Med Evac Pilot
2017 Proud Mary Tom


Year Title Role Notes
2000–03 As Told by Ginger Mr. Patterson / Delivery Guy 4 episodes
2004 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation Private Ottis Brick Television film
2004 CSI: NY George Thomas Episode: "Grand Master"
2004 NCIS Chief Petty Officer Velat Episode: "Heart Break"
2005 Cold Case Donald Williams Episode: "Strange Fruit"
2005–06 E-Ring MSgt. Meeks 3 episodes
2007 Criminal Minds Det. Ware Episode: "Fear and Loathing"
2007 Backyards & Bullets Craig Winslow Unsold TV pilot
2007–08 Dirt Tweety McDaniel 3 episodes
2009 Southland Talib 2 episodes
2009 Californication Marcy's Date Episode: "The Land of Rape and Honey"
2010 CSI: NY Business Pedestrian Episode: "Unfriendly Chat"
2011 Reconstruction Sam Unsold TV pilot
2011 Lights Out Richard 'Death Row' Reynolds 11 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joe Marshall Episode: "Official Story"
2011–12 Dexter Det. Mike Anderson 11 episodes
2013 The Following Troy Riley 3 episodes
2012–14 Sons of Anarchy August Marks 14 episodes
2013–14 Hostages Archer Petit 15 episodes
2014 Legends Robert McCombs Episode: "Rogue"
2014–present How to Get Away with Murder Detective Nate Lahey 61 episodes
2015 Adventure Time The Vampire King 3 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Jet Set Radio DJ Professor K Voice
2002 Jet Set Radio Future DJ Professor K Voice
2004 Hot Shots Golf Fore! T-Bone Voice
2004 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 Zez-Kai Ell Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Billy Brown". American Broadcasting Companies. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "'Lights Out' Actor Joins 'Dexter' in Key Role (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Billy Brown to play opposite Harold Perrineau in 'Sons of Anarchy'". Digital Spy. June 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Billy Brown compares his roles on 'Hostages' and 'Sons of Anarchy'". Entertainment Weekly. September 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2014-03-02). "Aimee Garcia Cast In CBS Pilot 'Red Zone'; Billy Brown In ABC's 'How To Get Away'". Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  6. ^ "ABC Picks Up Shonda Rhimes Drama, Renews 'Resurrection' and 'Once Upon a Time'". TheWrap. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 22, 2017). "'How to Get Away With Murder's' Billy Brown to Star With Taraji P. Henson in 'Proud Mary' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved March 8, 2017.
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