Gaius Charles

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Gaius Charles
Born (1983-05-02) May 2, 1983 (age 36)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Drew University (MA)
Years active2006–present

Gaius Charles (born May 2, 1983) is an actor known for his portrayal of Brian "Smash" Williams in the 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Charles was born on May 2, 1983 in Manhattan, New York. He was raised in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.

Charles graduated from Teaneck High School in 2001.[2] 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.[3]. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Drew University.


Jeffrey Reiner, Jason Katims, Adrianne Palicki and Gaius Charles accept the Peabody Award for Friday Night Lights, June 2007

In 2017, Charles starred in the first season of NBC’s television drama series Taken, based on the Taken film franchise.

He has appeared in multiple television series, including Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy, and Aquarius, in which he portrayed Civil Rights Activist and Black Panther Bunchy Carter, and Necessary Roughness.

Charles made guest appearances on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blindspot, Comedy Central's Drunk History, in which he portrayed Muhammad Ali, NCIS, Pan Am, and Law & Order: SVU.

His film credits include the independent features The Stanford Prison Experiment, Toe To Toe, and The Messenger. He's also worked on studio films like Salt, with Angelina Jolie, and Takers.

In addition to film and television, Charles 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.


2016 Blindspot
Film and Television
Year Film Role Notes
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
2010 Salt CIA Officer
Takers Max
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[4] 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"
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Paul Vogel
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Ruben Mackenzie Episode "Watchdogs"
2017 Taken John Series regular
2019 God Friended Me Rev Andrew Carver Recurring role


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  2. ^ Rohan, Virginia (November 26, 2007). "Teaneck actor got in the zone to land Friday Night Lights role". The Record.
  3. ^ "GAIUS CHARLES as Smash Williams". NBC. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 16, 2012). "'Grey's Anatomy' Admits 'Friday Night Lights' Alum". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2012.

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