Frank Grillo

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Frank Grillo
Frank Grillo Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Grillo at the Kingdom premiere
in October 2014
Frank Anthony Grillo

(1965-06-08) June 8, 1965 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Years active1992–present
Kathy Grillo
(m. 1991; div. 1998)

Wendy Moniz
(m. 2000; div. 2020)

Frank Anthony Grillo (born 8 June, 1965)[1][2] is an American actor known for his roles in films such as Warrior (2011), The Grey (2012), End of Watch (2012), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). He had his first leading role in the action horror film The Purge: Anarchy (2014), portraying Sergeant Leo Barnes, a role he reprised in The Purge: Election Year (2016). He also plays the Marvel supervillain Brock Rumlow / Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and amoral mercenary Big Daddy in the Chinese action film Wolf Warrior 2 (2017), the highest-grossing non-Hollywood film of all time.[3] Also in 2017, he played the main role in the Netflix film Wheelman as a getaway driver in a botched bank heist.

Grillo's television work includes recurring roles in the series Battery Park (2000), For the People (2002–2003), The Shield (2002–2003), Prison Break (2005–2006), Blind Justice (2005), and The Kill Point (2007). He has also starred as Hart Jessup in the soap opera Guiding Light (1996–1999), Nick Monohan in the sci-fi series The Gates (2010), and between 2014 and 2017, he played Alvey Kulina in the DirecTV drama series Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Grillo was born the first of three boys in New York City, and is of Italian (Calabrian) heritage.[4][5] He graduated from New York University with a business degree and spent a year on Wall Street before being asked to do a Miller Genuine Draft beer commercial.[6][7]



Grillo (second from right) with his co-stars from Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Grillo started his acting career by appearing in commercials, for companies such as American Express and Sure deodorant. His first film role was in 1992's The Mambo Kings, and he went on to appear in the films Minority Report (2002), April's Shower (2006), and both iMurders and New Line Cinema'sPride and Glory in 2008.[8][9][10]

Grillo was in the 2010 horror film Mother's Day in the role of Daniel Sohapi and the following year, had a supporting role in the 2011 film Warrior as MMA trainer Frank Campana.[9] In 2012, he played Diaz in the survival thriller The Grey with Liam Neeson and as Sarge in End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal.[9] In 2013, he starred with Jaimie Alexander in the romantic thriller film Collision and had a bit role in the action film Homefront with Jason Statham.[11]

In 2014, Grillo was cast as HYDRA agent Brock Rumlow in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[12] The same year, he starred as Sergeant Leo Barnes in the sequel The Purge: Anarchy, and reprised his role in 2016's The Purge: Election Year.[13][14] He also reprised the role of Brock Rumlow/Crossbones in the third installment of the Captain America film series, Civil War, which was released on May 6, 2016.[15]

In October 2013, Grillo started filming for The Crash, starring alongside Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver, Ed Westwick, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald and Maggie Q.[16] The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah and Aaron Becker. Jekyll Island is set to release January 31, 2017.[17]

In 2015, Grillo starred in the films Demonic and Big Sky.[18][19][20][21] Another film in which he stars, Beyond Skyline, was originally set for release in 2015, and was ultimately released on Netflix in December 2017.

In 2019, Variety announced that Grillo has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for representation.[22]


Nick Jonas, Joanna Going, Matt Lauria, Grillo and Jonathan Tucker at the premiere of the drama series Kingdom in October 2014

Grillo first appeared on television in episodes of Silk Stalkings (1993), and Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) before being cast as oil tycoon Hart Jessup on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light in 1996 up until 1999.[23] In 2002, he was cast in the series For the People as Det. J.C. Hunter and played Hunter until 2003. One of his more notable television roles was on the crime drama Prison Break where he played Nick Savrinn from 2005 to 2006.[24] During that time, he also appeared on the Blind Justice as Marty Russo.[9]

He was in the first and only season of The Kill Point in 2007, and played the role of Jimmy in the CSI: NY episode "The Things About Heroes," which aired in November 2007.[1][25] In 2010, he starred in the sci-fi series The Gates opposite Marisol Nichols and Rhona Mitra. The series only lasted one season.[26]

Between 2014 and 2017, Grillo starred in the DirecTV drama series Kingdom as MMA coach Alvey Kulina alongside Nick Jonas and Jonathan Tucker.[27]

Personal life[edit]

He married his first wife Kathy in 1991, but the couple divorced in 1998. They had a son, Remy (b. January 1997).[28] Grillo met fellow actress Wendy Moniz in 1996 on the set of Guiding Light. The couple was married on October 28, 2000,[23] and separated in February 2020.[29] They have two sons: Liam (b. August 2004) and Rio (b. January 2008).[13][30]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Mambo Kings Machito
1993 Deadly Rivals Grogan
1996 Deadly Charades Vince Carlucci
2002 Simplicity General Short film
2002 Minority Report Pre-Crime Cop
2003 The Sweetest Thing Andy
2004 Hunter: Return to Justice Terence Gillette
2005 Hunter: Back in Force Terence Gillette
2006 April's Shower Rocco
2006 Hollis & Rae Henry Callaway
2007 Raw Footage Ben Chaffin Short film
2008 The Madness of Jane Oliver Cornbluth
2008 Blue Blood Quarry
2008 iMurders Joe Romano
2009 Pride and Glory Eddie Carbone
2009 Blue Eyes Bob Estevez
2010 Edge of Darkness Agent One
2010 Mother's Day Daniel Sohapi
2010 My Soul to Take Paterson
2011 Warrior Frank Campana
2012 The Grey John Diaz
2012 Lay the Favorite Frankie
2012 End of Watch Sarge
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Red Squadron Commanding Officer
2013 Disconnect Mike
2013 Collision Scott Dolan
2013 Mary and Martha Peter
2013 Homefront Cyrus Hanks
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Brock Rumlow
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Sergeant Leo Barnes
2015 Demonic Mark Lewis
2015 Big Sky Jesse
2016 Captain America: Civil War Brock Rumlow / Crossbones
2016 The Purge: Election Year Sergeant Leo Barnes
2017 The Crash Guy Clifton
2017 Stephanie Stephanie's father
2017 Wolf Warrior 2 Big Daddy
2017 Wheelman Wheelman Also producer
2017 Beyond Skyline Mark Corley
2018 Reprisal Jacob
2018 Donnybrook Chainsaw Angus
2019 Avengers: Endgame Brock Rumlow Cameo
2019 Point Blank Abraham "Abe" Guevara Also producer
2019 Into the Ashes Sloan Also producer
2019 Black and Blue Terry Malone
2019 Hell on the Border Bob Dozier
2021 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Post-production
TBA Boss Level Roy Pulver Post-production
TBA Once Upon a Time in Staten Island Post-production
TBA Body Brokers Vin Post-production
TBA No Man's Land Bill Greer Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Silk Stalkings Franco LaPuma Episode: "Ladies Night Out"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Jerry Tate Episode: "Ghost in the Road"
1996–1999 Guiding Light Hart Jessup 74 episodes
1999 Wasteland Cliff Dobbs 3 episodes
2000 Battery Park Anthony Stigliano 7 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Frank Barbarossa Episode: "Deception"
2002–2003 For the People Det. J.C. Hunter 18 episodes
2002–2003 The Shield Officer Paul Jackson 4 episodes
2003 Karen Sisco Garrison Kick Episode: "Nostalgia"
2004 The District Vince Dymecki Episode: "Breath of Life"
2005–2006 Prison Break Nick Savrinn 18 episodes
2005 Blind Justice Marty Russo 13 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gary Sinclair Episode: "Happenstance"
2007 Without a Trace Neil Rawlings Episode: "Tail Spin"
2007 Las Vegas Jeremy Shapiro Episode: "The Burning Bedouin"
2007 The Kill Point Albert Roman/Mr. Pig 8 episodes
2007 CSI: NY Jimmie Davis Episode: "The Thing About Heroes..."
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mark Van Kuren Episode: "Transitions"
2010 The Gates Nick Monohan 13 episodes
2011 Breakout Kings Agent Stoltz Episode: "Queen of Hearts"
2014–2017 Kingdom Alvey Kulina 40 episodes
2018 FightWorld Series host Travel documentary
2020 Billions Nico Tanner 5 Episodes (On-going)


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  2. ^ Frank Grillo [@FrankGrillo] (June 8, 2014). "Thanks all for the B-Day wishes. Much love and appreciation!!!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 1, 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Kelley, Seth (6 August 2017). "China's 'Wolf Warriors 2' Dominates International Box Office With $163 Million". Variety.
  4. ^ "Questions & Answers: April 15, 2006". Frank Grillo's Official Website. April 15, 2006. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2012. Yes, I am Italian and that is where my family is from also. In fact many of my relatives still live there. Maybe we are related.
  5. ^ @FrankGrillo (June 14, 2011). "Jersey Shore, Housewives of New Jersey , Mob Wives. I'm officially denouncing my Italian heritage. I'm now Turkish, Irish and Peruvian" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2012 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Jean M. Moniz. "Biography". Frank Grillo's Official Website. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  7. ^ Jeri Jacquin (January 26, 2012). "FRANK GRILLO: The Grey". Military Press. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
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  10. ^ Jason Buchanan. "IMurders (2009) Review Summary". New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
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  14. ^ Frank Grillo Returning For Another ‘Purge’!
  15. ^ Samantha Highfill (November 24, 2014). "Frank Grillo talks Crossbones' return in 'Captain America: Civil War'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
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  17. ^ Kroll, Justin. "'The Butler' Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
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  19. ^ Justin Kroll (October 29, 2013). "'The Butler' Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver". Variety. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  20. ^ Brent Lang (November 7, 2014). "Frank Grillo to Star in 'Beyond Skyline'". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  21. ^ Dave Trumbore (October 10, 2013). "Bella Thorne and Kyra Sedgwick Tackle BIG SKY". Collider. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  22. ^ Kroll, Justin; Kroll, Justin (2019-03-25). "Frank Grillo Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  23. ^ a b Michael A. Lipton (May 20, 2002). "Fighting Glad". People. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
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  26. ^ Borys Kit (May 2, 2011). "'The Gates' Actor Frank Grillo Cast in 'Lay the Favorite' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
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  28. ^ Frank Grillo (July 25, 2014). "Me and my #1 son remy_grillo chillin in Cali". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  29. ^ "Frank Grillo and Actress Wendy Moniz Divorce After 19 Years of Marriage". Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  30. ^ Frank Grillo (December 27, 2014). "Liam and Rio discussing why daddy doesn't have a driver for them". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved December 31, 2014.

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