Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

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Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
Larry Gilliard Jr.
Born (1971-09-22) September 22, 1971 (age 44)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989—present
Spouse(s) Michelle Paress

Lawrence "Larry" Gilliard Jr.[1] (born September 22, 1971) is an American character actor who has appeared in films, television series and theatre. He portrayed D'Angelo Barksdale on the HBO drama series The Wire, a role which earned him much critical acclaim.[2] He is also known for his role as Bob Stookey in the AMC horror drama The Walking Dead.

Early life and education[edit]

Gilliard was born in New York City.[1] He and his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he was 7.[3] Gilliard studied classical music at Baltimore School for the Arts along with Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur but decided to pursue acting instead. He made his film debut as the lead in the independent film Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991).[3] He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Acting Studio-New York (formerly Inc.),[4][5] and the Stella Adler Conservatory.[6]


Often cast as a hoodlum,[1] Gilliard has appeared on numerous television crime dramas such as Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, New York Undercover, and CSI: NY. Film roles include: a love-struck ghetto teen in LottoLand (1995), an earnest college football player in The Waterboy (1998), and a member of the Dead Rabbits in Gangs of New York (2002).

Gilliard is also a stage actor. He received positive reviews for his role of Booth in a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Topdog/Underdog.[7][8]

He joined The Walking Dead television series cast as a regular, playing Bob Stookey, as of season 4, appearing in thirteen episodes up until his character's death in the fifth season's third episode.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Michelle Paress, who joined the cast of The Wire in its fifth season.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Straight Out of Brooklyn Dennis Brown
1993 Fly By Night Jed Lyte
The Pickle Boy Who Stopped
1995 Lotto Land Hank
Money Train Hood
1996 Trees Lounge James
The Associate Thomas, Plaza Bellhop
1997 White Lies Leon Turner / Leon Chame
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Brett
A Soldier's Sweetheart Shoeshine
One Tough Cop Curtis Wilkins
The Waterboy Derek Wallace
1999 Simply Irresistible Nolan Traynor
Loving Jezebel Walter
2000 Cecil B. DeMented Lewis
2001 Home Invaders
Trigger Happy Ray
2002 Gangs of New York Jimmy Spoils
2003 Kill the Poor Spike
2004 Brother to Brother Marcus
The Machinist Jackson
Woman Hollering Creek Melvin Short
2008 Turnipseed Johnny Turnipseed
The Highs & Lows of Milo Brown Elliot Short
2011 The Double Agent Burton
2012 Junior Det. Daniel Abrams Sr. Short
The Wire: The Musical D'Angelo Barksdale Short
The Trial of Ben Barry June Short
Would You Rather Dr. Barden
2013 Turnipseed: Second Chance John Turnipseed
2014 Walk of Shame
Year Title Role Notes
1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War Will TV movie
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street William Lyness 1 episode
ABC Afterschool Specials 1 episode
Survive the Night TV movie
1993–94 George Lathan Basmore Season 1 (series regular; 9 episodes)
1994 New York Undercover Quentin 1 episode
1995 Inflammable Wesley Raines TV movie
1998 The Substitute 2: School's Out Dontae TV movie
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Henry Jackson TV movie
2002 Less than Perfect Chester 1 episode
2002–03 The Wire D'Angelo Barksdale Season 1-2 (series regular; 18 episodes)
2004 The Jury Corey Hamilton 1 episode
2005 CSI: NY Officer Omar Lilly 1 episode
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Eddie Roberts 1 episode
2006 Numb3rs Amos Shabaz 1 episode
2008 Fear Itself James 1 episode
2009 The Beast Nick / Raymond Beaumont Season 1 (recurring; 10 episodes)
Trauma Duke 1 episode
2010 Friday Night Lights Elden 1 episode
The Boondocks 2nd Prisoner 1 episode
Detroit 1-8-7 Lefty Reed 1 episode
Lie to Me Marcus Weaver 1 episode
2011 Partners Dr. J TV movie
2012 Southland John's Sponsor 2 episodes:
"Fallout" (season 4: episode 7)
"God's Work" (season 4: episode 8)
Army Wives Marcus Williams Season 6 (recurring; 7 episodes)
2013 Longmire Burke 1 episode
2013–15 The Walking Dead Bob Stookey Season 4-5 (main role; 16 episodes)
2015 Graceland Deputy Agent Sean Logan Season 3 (guest starring role)
Elementary Dr. Dwyer Kirk Episode: "The Eternity Injection"
The Good Wife Ken Boxer Jr. Episode: "Winning Ugly"
2016 The Deuce Chris Alston


  1. ^ a b c "Larry Gilliard: Biography". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  2. ^ Goodman, Tim (2004-09-17). "Never mind who'll win the Emmys. Here's who deserves recognition.". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b Charles, Nick (1996-04-07). "HATS OFF TO LARRY: GRANNY WAS BEHIND ACTOR LARRY GILLIARD ALL THE WAY FROM MILITARY SCHOOL TO MOVIE SETS". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Alumni: Larry Gilliard - Actor". Baltimore School for the Arts. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  5. ^ "The Acting Studio, Inc.: Alumni". Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  6. ^ Roberts, Terri (2004-03-11). "Doing the Hustle". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  7. ^ Holder, Travis Michael (2004-02-19). "Topdog/Underdog". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  8. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (2004-11-16). "Top Dog/Underdog: It's a dog eat dog world". SF Station. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  9. ^ "The Wire: Interviews: Michelle Paress". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 

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