Chad Coleman

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Chad Coleman
Chad L. Coleman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Sally Stewart (m. 1999–2010)

Chad L. Coleman is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Dennis "Cutty" Wise on the HBO crime drama series The Wire (2004–2008), voicing Coach in the video game Left 4 Dead 2, and portraying Tyreese on the AMC post-apocalyptic horror series The Walking Dead (2012–2015). He will star in the upcoming Syfy space opera series The Expanse.

Early life[edit]

Coleman was raised in a foster home in Richmond, Virginia. As a youth, he participated in track and field, but turned his attention to studying drama after a leg injury.[1] He attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a scholarship for his freshman year, before dropping out to serve in the United States Army.[2] During his time in the army, from 1985 to 1989, he worked as a video cameraman.[3]

Career[edit]

Coleman had a starring role on the HBO series The Wire as reformed criminal Dennis "Cutty" Wise.[4] In 2002, Coleman starred as O.J. Simpson in TNT's television movie Monday Night Mayhem.[5]

Coleman also had a guest role in the Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series on Fox.[6] He also had a small role in Carlito's Way: Rise to Power. Coleman was also involved with the development of Left 4 Dead 2, as a voice actor for the character Coach.[7] In 2009, Coleman appeared in a revival of August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Broadway and also had a starring role in the Norwegian TV series Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The Confusion?, based on the novel by Johan Harstad.[8][9] The series aired in Europe in November 2011.

Coleman at a 2013 Walking Dead event

He guest starred in the In Plain Sight episode "Whistle Stop" as an ex-boxer/witness suffering from pugilistic dementia, and in the Lie to Me episode "The Canary's Song" as a coal miner.[10] He was also a guest star in two episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2010, and one in 2013.[10] In 2011, he began playing Gary Miller, the ex-husband of Nikki Miller and father of manipulative daughter Mackenzie, in the Fox television sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.[4]

From late 2012 to early 2015, Coleman played Tyreese on AMC's post-apocalyptic horror series The Walking Dead.[11] In the third season, Tyreese was a recurring character. Coleman was upgraded to series regular and main cast member at the start of the fourth season and retained this status for it's fifth season until his character was killed off in the mid-season premiere..[12] On November 20, 2014, he was announced to play Fred Johnson, a former Marine caught in a power struggle between Earth and Mars on the upcoming Syfy science-fiction space opera series The Expanse. Coleman will take on a main role in the 2015 series.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 New York Cop Iceman
1998 Speed of Life Orderly
2001 The Gilded Six Bits Joe Banks Short film
2001 Revolution #9 Night Nurse
2002 Monday Night Mayhem OJ Simpson
2002 The End of The Bar Dr. Scott Rosen
2004 Brother to Brother El
2005 Carlito's Way: Rise To Power Clyde Direct-to-video
2006 Confessions Darius
2011 The Green Hornet Chili
2011 Horrible Bosses Curtis (Bartender)
2012 Life, Love, Soul Earl Grant
2013 Habeas Corpus Ray Jr. Short film
TBA Shoedog Issac Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Here and Now Roland Episode: "A.J.'s Big Leap"
1994–95 Law & Order Henry / Weiner 2 episodes
1994–96 New York Undercover Kevin Gray / Shoop 2 episodes
1999–2001 Third Watch Grissom / Lamar 2 episodes
2003–14 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Prison Warden / A.J. Martin 2 episodes
2003 Guiding Light Moses Episode: "#1853"
2003 Hack Lafonso 2 episodes
2004–08 The Wire Dennis "Cutty" Wise Main cast; 20 episodes
2005 Numb3rs Williams Episode: "Man Hunt"
2007 Wifey Parnell Pilot
2008 New Amsterdam Lt. Bobby Graham Episode: "Golden Boy"
2008 Life on Mars Suede Episode: "Things to Do in New York When You Think You're Dead"
2009 CSI: Miami Kevin Landau Episode: "Smoke Gets in Your CSI's"
2009 Boldly Going Nowhere Cobolt Pilot
2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Queeg 2 episodes
2009 The Forgotten Ray Perkins Episode: "Football John"
2010 In Plain Sight Ricky Dupree / Ricky Dumont Episode: "Whistle Stop"
2010 Lie to Me Darryl Episode: "The Canary's Song"
2010 The Good Wife Carter Wright Episode: "Nine Hours"
2010–13 It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Z 3 episodes
2010–13 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Gary Miller Main cast; 13 episodes
2012 Criminal Minds Malcolm Ford Episode: "The Company"
2012 Burn Notice Brady Pressman Episode: "Desperate Times"
2012–15 The Walking Dead Tyreese Season 3 (Recurring Role; 5 episodes)
Season 4-5 (Series Regular; 17 episodes)
2013 Cult True Believer #4 Episode: "Off to See the Wizard"
2013 Family Guy Voice Episode: "Quagmire's Quagmire"
2015 The Expanse Fred Johnson Main cast; upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Warriors The Police Voice
2005 50 Cent: Bulletproof Booker Voice
2006 Bully Officer Williams Voice
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV K 109 Imaging Voice
2009 Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony K 109 Imaging Voice
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Coach Voice
2013 Resident Evil 6 Coach Capcom X Valve Crossover DLC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walking Tall". Style Weekly. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Humes, Pete (February 27, 2013). "Survivor Man". Richmond Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Q&A - Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese)". AMC TV Blogs. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Saunders, Cherie (August 8, 2011). "Chad L. Coleman (Cutty from The Wire) Joins Fox Sitcom Teenage Daughter". EURweb. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gould, Lance (January 13, 2002). "Telling It Like It Was". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Degon, Bob (March 14, 2009). "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - We get to see some of Jesse's past... from the future". CliqueClack. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Walker, John (June 1, 2009). "Left 4 Dead 2: Podcast With Chet Faliszek". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved June 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben (April 17, 2009). "Wilson's Wanderers, Searching for Home". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Hovdaa, Kristine (October 8, 2009). "Takket være Jens Stoltenberg - Interview with Coleman". Dagbladet. 
  10. ^ a b Marnell, Blair (April 3, 2013). "The Walking Dead Promotes Three For Season 4". CraveOnline. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ Radish, Christina (February 10, 2013). "Chad L. Coleman Talks The Walking Dead Season 3 and Playing Tyreese". Collider. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 3, 2012). "Walking Dead Spoilers: Chad Coleman Talks Tyreese". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ Noonan, Kevin (November 20, 2014). "Syfy's 'The Expanse' Adds 'Walking Dead,' 'Mad Men' Alums". Variety. 

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