Gabriel Casseus

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Gabriel Casseus
Born (1972-04-28) April 28, 1972 (age 47)
Years active1990–present

Gabriel Casseus (born April 28, 1972) is an American actor and screenwriter from Roosevelt, New York.


Casseus was born in New York City, and is of Haitian descent.[1]

Early life[edit]

As Gabriel Casseus tells the story, he could have been a Cosby kid. In 1983 the son of Haitian immigrants, whose only acting experience was in small local theater, had a callback for the role of Theo Huxtable. But, he says, he jumped a subway turnstile in Manhattan on his way to the audition and got arrested. When he was only 14 at the time he hung out with "ER's" Eriq LaSalle was 24 and Ving Rhames was 27, As a teenager, he spent the next 12 years doing odd jobs, selling shoes and removing asbestos and managing the shark bar, at 22, he land a part as a teenage carjacker in 1995's New Jersey Drive. His career finally jump-started, Casseus, at 24, took a groundbreaking part this year as a murderous gang member turned Muslim in Spike Lee's Get on the Bus. “If he were a stock trading on the market, I’d invest in him,” says Reuben Cannon, casting director and coproducer of Bus. Next, Casseus will play Denzel Washington's brother in 1997's Fallen. As his steady rise continues, he is patient. “I’m just ‘that guy in the movie,’ ” he says. “Hopefully next year I’ll be Gabriel Casseus, but it feels good being ‘that guy’

Career and accolades[edit]

He was nominated for Best Debut Performance in the film New Jersey Drive in the Independent Spirit Awards in 1995, and has appeared in the films Get on the Bus, where he played Jamal, a Muslim en route to the Million Man March; in the film thriller Fallen, in which he played Denzel Washington's brother Art Hobbes and as the 28-year-old lead (Anton) opposite Damon Wayans in the film, Harlem Aria (2010), who possesses a powerful operatic voice. He had a small role as pool playing Freddie in the 50 Cent movie Before I Self Destruct (2009); as Elliot's cellmate in Bedazzled; as Kurth, one of the protagonist's squad mates in Black Hawk Down; In Lockdown, he played Cashmere, a drug dealer who was sent to prison wrongfully on a murder charge; and also played a small role in the 1998 movie Black Dog. He also has appeared in some popular television shows, such as Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, The Practice, Law & Order and 24.

He is also a co-writer of the 2010 film Takers.


Year Title Role Notes Rating
1994-1997 New York Undercover Movie TV-14
1995 New Jersey Drive Midget Movie R
1995 Law & Order Dewey Latterman TV Series 1 episode TV-14
1995 Silk Stalkings Deon Wilkes TV Series 1 episode TV-14
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Derek Sherman TV Series 1 episode TV-14
1996 The Parent 'Hood Bobby TV Series 1 episode TV-PG
1996 Lone Star Young Otis Movie R
1996 Nightjohn Outlaw Movie PG-13
1996 Get on the Bus Jamal Movie R
1997 Don King: Only In America Jeremiah Shabazz TV Movie R
1997 Buffalo Soldiers Wesley Movie G
1998 Fallen Art Movie R
1998 The Wedding Hannibal Movie NR
1998 Modern Vampires Movie R
1998 Black Dog Movie PG-13
1999 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven TV series NR
1999 Harlem Aria Movie R
2000 Lockdown Movie R
2000 Bedazzled Movie PG-13
2001 15 Minutes Movie R


  1. ^ "Gabriel Casseus, Haitian American Actor". 3 August 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12.
  • One Square Mile: The History of Roosevelt, NY from an Autobiographical Perspective. Sheldon Parrish. ISBN 978-1-44155-568-7

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