Chris Sullivan (actor)

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Chris Sullivan
Chris Sullivan 2017.jpg
Sullivan at the 2017
Heroes and Villains Fan Fest
Born (1980-07-19) July 19, 1980 (age 42)
Alma materLoyola Marymount University (BFA Theatre Arts 2002)[1][2]
OccupationActor, musician[3]
Years active2002–present
TelevisionThe Knick, This Is Us
SpouseRachel Sullivan

Chris Sullivan (born July 19, 1980) is an American actor and musician. He starred on the NBC drama This Is Us, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.


Much of Sullivan's early stage experience came in Chicago, where he received improv training at the iO Theater.[4] Among his Chicago stage experiences were in the cast of Defending the Caveman at the Lakeshore Theater and the cast of The Ballad of Emmett Till at the Goodman Theatre.[5] After appearing in the original Broadway cast of Lombardi, Sullivan joined the long-running revival of Chicago in 2011.[6]

He first gained attention for his portrayal of Tom Cleary on the Cinemax drama The Knick.[3][7][8][9] He also played Taserface in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Benny Hammond in Stranger Things.

He has starred in single episodes of various TV series: A Gifted Man (2012), Elementary, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Americans (2013).[10]

He also played Sprit in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival nominated movie North Starr, and appeared in such films as The Normal Heart and The Drop (2014), the latter with The Knick co-star Jeremy Bobb.[10]

From 2016-2022, Sullivan starred as Toby Damon on This Is Us. For this role, Sullivan has received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Sullivan has done voice-over work. He provided the voice for the camel in the popular "Hump Day" ad by the American auto insurance company GEICO.[11]

In March 2022, Sullivan was set to lead comedy pilot The Son In Law at ABC.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to producer Rachel Sullivan. Their son was born on July 28, 2020[13] and their daughter was born in October 2022.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 North Starr Sprit
Sugar Loud Cook Short film
2012 Death and the Red Dress Smitty
2014 The Drop Jimmy
2016 Morgan Dr. Darren Finch
Imperium Andrew Blackwell
Live by Night Brendan Loomis
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Taserface
2018 The Independents Alvin
2019 Adopt a Highway Orankle
I Trapped the Devil The Man
2021 Broadcast Signal Intrusion Phreaker
Agnes Curly


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Pleading Guilty Rash Television film[15]
2011 Weekends at Bellevue Officer Mike
2012 A Gifted Man Biker Episode: "In Case of a Bolt from the Blue"
2013 Elementary Todd Clarke Episode: "The Red Team"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eddy Galtin Episode: "Monster's Legacy"
The Americans Assassin Episode: "Mutually Assured Destruction"
2014 The Normal Heart Mike the Tech Television film
Peter Pan Live! Noodler Television film
Where's This Party? Tristan Barlow Web series; 1 episode
2014–2015 The Knick Tom Cleary Main role; 19 episodes
2016 Stranger Things Benny Hammond 2 episodes
2016–2022 This Is Us Toby Damon Main role; director: "Heart and Soul"
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Husband #1 Episode: "Fatwa!"
2018 Camping Joe 8 episodes
2019 The Good Fight Judge Dash Toosi Episode: "The One About the End of the World"
Amphibia Gunther, Teddy (voice) 2 episodes
Where's Waldo? Santa Claus (voice) Episode: "A Wanderer Christmas"
2021 What If...? Taserface (voice) Episode: "What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?"


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2010–2011 Lombardi Jim Taylor Circle in the Square Theatre Original
2011–2012 Chicago Amos Hart Ambassador Theatre Replacement
2012–2013 Nice Work If You Can Get It Duke Mahoney Imperial Theatre Original
2016 Hadestown Hermes New York Theatre Workshop


Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Madden NFL 19 Mack McGlinn Story mode, "Longshot Homecoming"


  1. ^ "Outcomes: Chris Sullivan". Loyola Marymount University. Archived from the original on March 21, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Chris Sullivan". LinkedIn. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Radish, Christina (October 10, 2014). "Chris Sullivan Talks THE KNICK, How He Views Tom Cleary, the Uniform, His Folk Band, and More". Collider. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Zwecker, Bill (May 1, 2017). "'Guardians' star Chris Sullivan fondly recalls Chicago stage days". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Artist Bio: Chris Sullivan, Goodman Theatre, May 2008, retrieved December 25, 2020
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 20, 2011). "Broadway's Chicago Welcomes Chris Sullivan June 20". Playbill. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Hinds, Julie (October 10, 2015). "The best show you're not watching is 'The Knick'". Detroit Free Press. Gannett. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Eramo, Steve (September 5, 2014). "Survival Instinct: Interview with The Knick's Chris Sullivan". The Morton Report. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "'The Knick' Starring Clive Owen & Directed by Steven Soderbergh to Premiere August 8 on Cinemax". TV by the Numbers. July 9, 2014. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Chris Sullivan". IMDbPro. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Meet Chris Sullivan the Voice of the GEICO Camel 'Hump Day'". Kool 101.7. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 15, 2022). "'This Is Us' Chris Sullivan To Headline ABC Comedy Pilot 'The Son In Law'". Deadline Hollywood.
  13. ^ "This Is Us Star Chris Sullivan and Wife Rachel Welcome Son Bear Maxwell". July 30, 2020.
  14. ^ "This Is Us Alum Chris Sullivan Welcomes Second Baby with Wife Rachel". October 24, 2022.
  15. ^ "Resume – Chris SullivaN". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  16. ^ "Chris Sullivan | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved March 14, 2017.

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