Lamman Rucker

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Lamman Rucker
Lamman Rucker.jpeg
Rucker in 2009.
Born (1971-10-06) October 6, 1971 (age 50)
Years active1998–present
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Spouse(s)Kelly Davis Rucker

Lamman Rucker (born October 6, 1971) is an American actor. Rucker began his career on the daytime soap operas As the World Turns and All My Children, before roles in The Temptations, Tyler Perry's films Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and Meet the Browns, and its television adaptation. In 2016, he began starring as Jacob Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. Rucker is married to Kelly Davis Rucker, a graduate of Hampton University. Rucker also had a recurring guest spot on the 4th and final season of the hit UPN sitcom, Half & Half.

Early life[edit]

Rucker was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Malaya (née Ray) and Eric Rucker.[1][2] He has partial ancestry from Barbados.[3][4] Rucker spent his formative years in the greater Washington, DC, Maryland area. He hails from a very dedicated and supportive immediate and extended family. He first had an interest in acting after he was placed in many child pageants. His first acting role was as Martin Luther King in the 4th grade. He was in the drama club in 7th grade and then attended high school at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. Rucker studied at Carnegie-Mellon University and Duquesne University.[5]

On August 29, 2019, he shared personal life experiences that he credits for his success with the Hampton University football team.[6]


His major role came in 2002 when he assumed the role of attorney T. Marshall Travers on the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns opposite Tamara Tunie. He left the series the following year and portrayed Garret Williams on ABC soap opera All My Children in 2005. He also had the recurring roles on the UPN sitcoms All of Us and Half & Half.

Rucker is best known for his roles in the Tyler Perry's films. He co-starred in Why Did I Get Married? (2007) and Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010). He played Will Brown in 2008 film Meet The Browns. He later had a starring role on Perry's sitcom Meet the Browns reprising his role as Will from 2009 to 2011. The following year after Meet the Browns, Rucker was cast in the male lead role opposite Anne Heche in the NBC comedy series Save Me, but left after pilot episode.[7] He later had roles in a number of small movies and TV movies. Rucker also had regular role opposite Mena Suvari in the short-lived WE tv drama series, South of Hell.[8]

In 2015, Rucker was cast as one of leads in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. He plays Jacob Greenleaf, the eldest son of Lynn Whitfield' and Keith David's characters.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Temptations Jimmy Ruffin Television film
2002 Brown Sugar Uncredited man on couch
2003 Making Revolution Michael Suliman
2005 Redirect Bobby Short film
2006 Let's Talk Maurice Short film
2007 The Commission Judge Harold Couch Short film
2007 I'm Through with White Girls Drake Moore
2007 Why Did I Get Married? Sheriff Troy
2008 Meet the Browns Will Brown
2008 Ball Don't Lie Trey
2009 Words Unspoken Vaughn
2009 The Greatest Song Trent Major
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? Troy
2010 N-Secure Isaac Roberts
2011 The Bachelor Party Lance
2012 The Undershepherd Roland
2012 Sugar Mommas Television film
2014 Black Coffee Hill
2014 Where's the Love? Sebastian Television film
2014 First Impression Vernon Richardson
2015 No More Mr Nice Guy Bruce Wright
2015 The Man in 3B Darryl Graham
2015 Love Won't Let Me Wait Roger
2016 Service to Man Dr. Johnson
2018 Sinners Wanted[11] Elder Roberts


Year Title Role Notes
2002-2003 As the World Turns T. Marshall Travers Series regular
2004 All of Us Rick Harris 3 episodes
2005 Law & Order Reggie Uggams Episode: "The Sixth Man"
2005 All My Children Garret Williams Series regular
2005-2006 Half & Half Chase 8 episodes
2007 House of Payne Will Brown Episode: "Weeping May Endure for a Night"
2009-2011 Meet the Browns Will Brown Series regular, 140 episodes
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010-2011)
2011 Single Ladies Teddy Episode: "Confidence Games"
2015 South of Hell Elijah Bledsoe Series regular, 8 episodes
2016–2020 Greenleaf Jacob Greenleaf Series regular
2020 Mentoring Kings Himself Docuseries


  1. ^ Jackson, Debbie (2010-08-02). "Opening Night at the first DC Black Theatre Festival". DC Theatre Scene. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  2. ^ "Lamman Rucker in Krave magazine; photoshoot". Krave; Zimbio. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  3. ^ NSH (February 26, 2012). "Actor tracing his Bajan roots". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ NSH (February 24, 2012). "Black celebs in Barbados". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  5. ^ "Meet the Browns". TBS. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Actor Lamman Rucker Delivers Motivational Message to the Hampton University Football Team : Hampton University News". Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  7. ^ "Lamman Rucker Dropped from NBC's 'Save Me'". Black Actors - Where Black Hollywood Is Celebrated. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  8. ^ The Deadline Team. "Zachary Booth, Bill Irwin, Six More Round Out 'South Of Hell' Cast On WE TV - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  9. ^ Denise Petski. "OWN Megachurch Drama Series 'Greenleaf' Rounds Out Cast - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  10. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (9 September 2015). "Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne and Deborah Joy Winans Join - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  11. ^ Sinners Wanted, retrieved 2020-07-30

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