Brandon J. Dirden

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[1] Brandon J. Dirden

Brandon J. Dirden (born c. 1979) is an American actor, best known for portraying Martin Luther King in the Broadway production of Robert Schenkkan's All the Way.[2]


A Morehouse and University of Illinois graduate, he made his Broadway debut in Prelude to a Kiss. He has since appeared regularly both on and off Broadway in plays such as Clybourne Park,The First Breeze of Summerand Detroit 67.

In 2012, he was awarded an OBIE Award,[3] AUDELCO VIV Award[4] and a Theater World Award[5] and was nominated for The Drama League and Lucille Lortell awards for his portrayal of Boy Willie in the Signature Theatre's revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

He made his directorial debut in September 2015 directing August Wilson's Seven Guitars[6] at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ.

He has guest-starred in TV series such as The Big C,[7] The Good Wife[8] and most recently Ed Burns' Public Morals.[9]

Dirden can currently be seen on FX's The Americans as FBI Agent Aderholt.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Crystal A. Dickinson,[11] whom he met while in graduate school at The University of Illinois. They have one son, Chase Ari Dirden, born March 29, 2014. His brother is Jason Dirden,[12] also an actor. They frequently appear in plays together.


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