Malcolm Barrett (actor)

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Malcolm Barrett
Malcolm Barrett by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Barrett at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1980-04-22) April 22, 1980 (age 42)
EducationStuyvesant High School
Years active2000–present

Malcolm Barrett (born April 22, 1980) is an American actor best known for playing the role of a developer and time traveler Rufus Carlin in Timeless on NBC.

Early life and education[edit]

Barrett was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School[1] in Manhattan in 1998 with fellow actors Telly Leung and Billy Eichner.


Barrett has appeared as a series regular on Fox's The Sketch Show and Luis.

Barrett played Dr. Lem Hewitt on the ABC television show, Better Off Ted and was a supporting character in the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker.

Barrett has had recurring appearances on the New York-based Law & Order franchise. He was featured in an episode of The Sopranos and guest-starred in the pilot episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the series finale of The Office as one of Dunder/Mifflin's new employees, and in an episode of Monk as a lottery fanatic. He also had a small role in the movie Larry Crowne, as a classmate of Tom Hanks' character.

From 2016 to 2018, Barrett played the main role of Rufus Carlin in the NBC series Timeless.


Year Title Role
2000 King of the Jungle Basketball Kid #2
2002 Swimfan Jock
2003 Rhythm of the Saints
2003 The Forgotten Anderson
2007 Love Conquers Al Al
2008 American Violet Byron Hill
2008 The Hurt Locker Sergeant Foster
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Dwalu
2008 The Highs & Lows of Milo Brown Milo Brown
2009 Imaginary Larry Kenneth
2010 Mission: Rebound Malcolm
2011 Larry Crowne Dave Mack
2012 Missed Connections Jules Norris
2013 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples Chris Walker
2013 Orenthal: The Musical Lawrence
2013 Peeples Chris Walker
2014 Dear White People Helmut West
2014 10.0 Earthquake Booker
2015 Addicted to Fresno Eric
2016 War on Everyone Reggie
2016 Calico Skies John
2017 Literally, Right Before Aaron Greg
2020 The Comeback Trail Xavier Clay


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Beat Russell Lucas Episode: "Cueca Solo"
2001, 2002 Law & Order Julian Zalak, Harry Johnson 2 episodes
2002 The Sopranos Angelo Davis Episode: "Watching Too Much Television"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ahmal Episode: "Cuba Libre"
2003 Luis TK 9 episodes
2004 The Big House Martin Episode: "A Friend in Need"
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Terrell Jenkins Episode: "The Gang Gets Racist"
Ghost Whisperer Dr. Jules Huffman Episode: "Voices"
The Sketch Show Various characters 6 episodes
2007 Side Order of Life Andy Ryan
Psych Wally Episode: "Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds"
2008 Monk Malcolm O'Dwyer Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever"
2009 The Movie Loft Himself
2009–2010 Better Off Ted Lem Hewitt Series regular; 26 episodes
2009 Floored and Lifted Malcolm
2010 The Good Guys A/C Episode: "Cop Killer"
2011 Southland Henry Watts Episode: "Sideways"
Traffic Light Pete 2 episodes
Raising Hope Lamar Episode: "Baby Monitor"
The Mentalist Officer Price Episode: "Where In the World Is Carmine O'Brien?"
Other People's Kids Magnus Television film
2012 Zombie Murder Explosion Die! Jack (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Walk This Way Actor Episode: "Good Advice"
The Office Malcolm Episode: "Finale"
The Soul Man Bird 3 episodes
2014 Garfunkel & Oates Daniel Episode: "The Fadeaway"
Mission Control Arthur Television film
2015 Kroll Show Gigolo 2 episodes
Key & Peele Harassed passenger 2 episodes
Truth Be Told Hudson 2 episodes
2016–2018 Timeless Rufus Carlin Series regular
2017–2018 Preacher Hoover Recurring (Season 2); Main (Season 3)
2017 Dropping the Soap Josh 2 episodes
Dimension 404 Chris Episode: "Bob"
2019 Weird City Chonathan Episode: "Chonathan & Mulia & Barsley & Phephanie"
Santa Clarita Diet Morgan Episode: "The Chicken and the Pear"
The New Negroes Performer Episode: "Money"
Our House Shawn Unsold pilot
2019–2022 The Boys Seth Reed 5 episodes
2020 Into the Dark Derrick Episode: "Pooka Lives!"
Hot Spot Matthew Episode: "I'm a Fox You're a Fox"
2021 Genius Ted White 8 episodes
Just Beyond Andy 1 episode
TBA The Changeling Patrice Green Upcoming series; recurring role


  1. ^ Toby, Mekeisha Madden (December 3, 2009). "'Ted' stars share chemistry". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 4, 2009.

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