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|Born||May 2, 1983|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Gaius Charles (born May 2, 1983) is an actor known for his portrayal of “Brian ‘Smash’ Williams” in the Emmy-nominated and AFI and Peabody award-winning television drama, Friday Night Lights. He also played Dr. Shane Ross on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy and a recurring role on the NBC historical-drama series Aquarius, as Black Panther leader Bunchy Carter.
Charles graduated from Teaneck High School in 2001. He attended Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama. He also studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia.. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Drew University.
In 2017, Charles starred in the first season of NBC’s television drama series Taken, based on the blockbuster Taken film franchise.
Gaius has appeared in multiple television series, including Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy, and Aquarius, in which he portrayed the bold Civil Rights Activist and Black Panther Bunchy Carter, and Necessary Roughness.
Gaius made guest appearances on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blindspot, Comedy Central's Drunk History, in which he portrayed the iconic boxing legend Muhammad Ali, NCIS, Pan Am, and Law & Order: SVU.
In addition to film and television, Gaius starred in the Labyrinth Theater Company’s production of Othello, co-produced with the Public Theater, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz. He received positive reviews for originating the roles of “EZ” in Beau Willimon’s play Lower Ninth and “Malcolm” in Broke-ology, directed by Tony Award winner Thomas Kail.
Filmography2015 The Stanford Prison ExperimentPaul Vogel
|Film and Television|
|2006||The Book of Daniel||Carver||Episode "Betrayal"|
|2006-2008||Friday Night Lights||Brian "Smash" Williams||41 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jadon Odami||Episode "Fight"|
|2009||The Messenger||Recruiter Brown|
|Toe to Toe||Kevin|
|2011||Pan Am||Joe||Episode "Truth or Dare"|
|2012||NCIS||Baltimore Detective Jason King||Episode "Rekindled"|
|Necessary Roughness||Damon Razor / Bryce Abbot||Episode "Wide Deceiver"|
|2012–2014||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Shane Ross||Recurring (Season 9)|
Main Cast (Season 10): 46 episodes
|2015||Aquarius||Bunchy Carter||Series regular|
|2015||Batman: Bad Blood||Luke Fox/Batwing||Voice role|
|2015||Drunk History||Muhammad Ali||Episode "Cleveland"|
|2016||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D||Ruben Mackenzie||Episode "Watchdogs"|
- Rohan, Virginia (November 26, 2007). "Teaneck actor got in the zone to land Friday Night Lights role". The Record.
- "GAIUS CHARLES as Smash Williams". NBC. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Goldberg, Lesley (July 16, 2012). "'Grey's Anatomy' Admits 'Friday Night Lights' Alum". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
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