Darien Sills-Evans

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Darien Sills-Evans
Born (1974-10-11) October 11, 1974 (age 43)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Occupation actor, writer, comedian, director
Years active 1995 – present

Darien Sean Evans, better known by his stage name, Darien Sills-Evans, (October 11, 1974) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director.

Television Career[edit]

Early in his career, Evans was best known for his television career including playing "Darien" on 17 episodes of the CBS sitcom Cosby from 1998 until 2000, and as “Dr. Fields” on the NBC drama Third Watch in 22 episodes from 2002 until 2005. Other guest appearances include Law & Order, New York Undercover, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Black Donnellys, and Person of Interest. More recently, he played "Darnell Nichols" on 8 episodes of Treme between 2011 and 2013.

Since at least 2011, Evans has been the national spokesperson for U.S. Cellular.[1][2]

Cinema Career[edit]

Sills-Evans wrote, directed and starred in the 2002 film X-Patriots, a romantic comedy about two black American men who travel to the Netherlands – a place where no one looks like them – in search of self-identity. X-Patriots was named Best Feature Drama and a Critic's Choice at the Angelciti Film Festival in Chicago, and an official selection at the Boston Film Festival, the Newark Black Film Festival and the Sidewalk Film Festival.[3] He financed the film with money he earned from his appearances on Cosby.[4]

In 2005, Sills-Evans was associate producer and starred in The Reception directed by John G. Young which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film subsequently played at numerous festivals in the U.S., including Outfest in Los Angeles, where Sills-Evans earned a best actor award.[5]

In 2009, co-wrote and produced the feature film Rivers Wash Over Me directed by John G. Young (of The Reception). The film became the centerpiece movie of the 2009 NewFest Festival. At the 2009 Outfest in Los Angeles, the leading role actor Derrick L. Middleton in the movie won the Grand Jury Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film". Darien Sills-Evans also appears in the film in the role of Charles King.

In 2010, Sills-Evans directed the short film, "Dream House", written and produced by Caytha Jentis.

In 2010, Sills-Evans wrote and directed six episodes of "MC Extra Cheese: The 40-Year-Old Rapper" for American Cheesehole Productions. The pilot was nominated for Best Pilot at the 2012 Bannf World Media Festival.

In addition to his entertainment work, Sills-Evans has worked in the industrial video field directing and producing educational titles like I Don't Have A Problem: The Path To Addiction and Student Workshop: Building Character.[3]

Comedy[edit]

Sills-Evans has appeared in comedy venues across the United States. In 2010 he founded Tipsy Hustle, a comedy show and open mic that continues at The Five Spot Soul Food Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York and at The Improv Space in Los Angeles.

In 2014, Sills-Evans began production on RaceMan, a weekly podcast that features comedians - usually persons of color - discussing newsworthy events and pop culture.

Filmography and awards[edit]

Director[edit]

  • 2002: X-Patriots

Producer[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Law & Order (TV series) Cyrus 1 episode, "The Fertile Fields"
1995 New York Undercover (TV series) Lawrence 1 episode, "CAT"
1998-2000 Cosby (TV series) Darien recurring, then series regular for last season; 17 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) CSU Tech Foster 1 episode, "Folly"
2002 X-Patriots Dexter Payne
2002-2005 Third Watch (TV series) CSU Tech Foster recurring, 24 episodes
2002 Washington Heights Danny
2004 The Jury (TV series) Bennett Clarkson 1 episode, "Bangers"
2005 The Reception Andrew Outfest Best Actor Award
2005 Angel Rodriguez Receptionist TV Movie, on HBO
2005 Preaching to the Choir Wesley Tucker
2006 The Bedford Diaries (TV series) Aaron Evans series regular
2007 The Black Donnellys (TV series) Dr. Coles 1 episode, "God is a Comedian"
2008 Prana Tourist short film
2008 Law & Order (TV series) Young Male D.A. 1 episode, "Strike"
2009 Rivers Wash Over Me Charles King
2010-2013 Treme (TV series) Darnell Nichols recurring, 8 episodes
2010-2011 Blue Bloods (TV series) ESU Cop 2 episodes
2011-2012 Person of Interest (TV series) Tyrell Evans 3 episodes
2012 White Collar (TV series) Manager 1 episode, "Pulling Strings"
2012 I Just Want My Pants Back (TV series) Driver 1 episode, "Blackout"
2012 30 Rock (TV series) Man in the Bronx 1 episode, "The Return of Avery Jessup"
2013 Big Words Malik
2013 Cleaners (TV series) Detective Armstrong 1 episode, "Till Death Do Us Part"
2013 Life with Jeannie (TV series) 1 episode, "My First Baby Jesus"
2015 The Whispers (TV series) General Ousmane Damba 1 episode, "X Marks the Spot"
2015 Star Wars: Uprising (video game) voice only
2015 Need for Speed (video game) voice only

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Darien Sills-Evans". Official website. Retrieved April 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "US Cellular Holiday 2011 Commercial". YouTube. Nov 25, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Darien Sills-Evans". Wolfman Productions, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Darien Sills-Evans". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Independent Media Makers". D Street Media Group. Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 

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