Mehcad Brooks

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Mehcad Brooks
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Brooks at London Fest 2017
Mehcad Jason McKinley Brooks

(1980-10-25) October 25, 1980 (age 41)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Frida Brooks
Parent(s)Billy Brooks
Alberta Phillips

Mehcad Jason McKinley Brooks (born October 25, 1980) is an American actor and former fashion model. He is known for his roles as Matthew Applewhite in the second season of ABC's series Desperate Housewives (2005–2006), Jerome in The Game, his leading role as Terrance "TK" King in the USA series Necessary Roughness from 2011 until 2013 and James Olsen in the CBS and The CW series Supergirl.

Early life[edit]

Brooks was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where he attended L.C. Anderson High School. Brooks is the son of Austin American-Statesman editorial writer Alberta Phillips and former pro football player Billy Brooks; his stepfather is lawyer Gary Bledsoe.[1] After graduating from high school in 1999, he attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Brooks mentioned on a September 2010 episode of The Wendy Williams Show that he turned down basketball scholarships and offers from Ivy League schools in favor of going to USC. He then left to pursue an acting career.


Brooks' early work includes being a Calvin Klein underwear model.

From 2005 to 2006, Brooks played the role of Matthew Applewhite on the ABC TV drama Desperate Housewives. He appeared in Glory Road, portraying Harry Flournoy, an athlete at Texas Western University when the five starting black players beat Kentucky for the national championship. He acted in the 2007 film In the Valley of Elah. He starred opposite Tia Mowry as her boyfriend, Jerome, on the TV series The Game in 2008. In 2009 he appeared on FOX's TV series Dollhouse. Brooks played Benedict "Eggs" Talley in the second season of HBO's True Blood. Beginning January 2010, he appeared as attorney Malcolm Bennet in the now-canceled ABC series The Deep End. He plays the "new boyfriend" in a recent State Farm Insurance television commercial alongside former The Game co-star Gabrielle Dennis.

Brooks appeared in the ABC documentary-style dramedy television series My Generation, which premiered in Fall 2010. The show was canceled after only two episodes.[2] He was among the cast on the USA Network series Necessary Roughness which debuted on June 29, 2011. The show featured Brooks as Terrence "TK" King, a football player for the New York Hawks whose anger issues cause his team to require him to see therapist. In 2013, Necessary Roughness was cancelled.[3] Brooks guest starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode as Prince Miller, a basketball superstar who was molested as a child by his coach, and a guest role on J. J. Abrams' show Alcatraz as a bomb disposal expert. In 2013, Brooks was featured in a public service announcement for the Center for Reproductive Rights.[4]

From the series premiere until his departure in the fourth episode of the fifth season, Brooks played James Olsen on the CBS/The CW drama Supergirl as a series regular.[5]

On October 20, 2017, he released his debut single, "Tears Away".[6]

In 2019, he was announced to portray Jax Briggs for the Mortal Kombat reboot released on April 23, 2021[7]

In the media[edit]

He appeared in the July 2010 issue of GQ, alongside Emanuela de Paula.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Radimi: Who Stole the Dream Radimi Wadkins
2003 A Token for Your Thoughts The Jock Short film
2006 Glory Road Harry Flournoy
2007 In the Valley of Elah Spc. Ennis Long
2008 Fly Like Mercury Hutch
2010 Just Wright Angelo Bembrey
2011 Creature Niles Main role
2012 Magic: The Gathering - The Musical Doug Short film
2014 About Last Night Derek
2015 Adulterers Damien
2018 Nobody's Fool Charlie
2020 A Fall from Grace Shannon Delong/Maurice Mills
2021 Mortal Kombat Jax


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Do Over Shawn Hodges Episode: "Take Me Out of the Ball Game"
Malcolm in the Middle Big kid Episode: "Stupid Girl"
2003 Boston Public Russell Clark 4 episodes
One on One Mustafa Episode: "2 Young, 2 Curious"
2004 Cold Case Herman Lester Episode: "The Lost Soul of Herman Lester"
Tiger Cruise Kenny TV movie
2005–2006 Desperate Housewives Matthew Applewhite 23 episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer Justin Cotter Episode: "Giving Up the Ghost"
2007–2008 K-Ville Vin Bear Episode: "Critical Mass"
Episode: "Game Night"
2008 The Game Jerome "Jerry" Wright 7 episodes
2008–2010 True Blood Benedict "Eggs" Talley 14 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Sam Jennings Episode: "Echoes"
2010 The Deep End Malcolm Bennett 6 episodes
My Generation Rolly Marks 5 episodes
2011–2013 Necessary Roughness Terrence King 38 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Prince Miller Episode: "Personal Fouls"
2012 Alcatraz Matt Tanner Episode: "Paxton Petty"
2015–2019, 2021 Supergirl James Olsen / Guardian Main role (seasons 1-5), Guest role (season 6}



Title Year Peak
Certifications Album
"Tears Away"[9] 2017 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
"Stars" 2018 N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category TV Show Result
2006 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2007 Nominated
2010 Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series True Blood Nominated
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series Supergirl Nominated

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of former NFL wide receiver Billy Brooks.

Brooks has stated in an interview with IGN that he is an avid player of video games, including the Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, and Madden series.[10]

His older brother, Billy Brooks IV, was a regular on the now defunct and currently guests on its successor Double Toasted.

He was in a relationship with Creature co-star Serinda Swan until their break-up in 2011.[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roe, Dale (January 23, 2010). "Austin's Mehcad Brooks dives into 'Deep End'". Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "ABC Unveils 2010-11 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Mehcad Brooks IMDB Profile". IMDB. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  4. ^ Couch, Aaron (January 22, 2013). "'Necessary Roughness' Actor's Pro-Choice PSA Slammed (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Swift, Andy (October 27, 2019). "Supergirl Recap: James Olsen Says Goodbye to National City". TVLine.
  6. ^ "Tears Away - Single by Mehcad Brooks on Apple Music". 20 October 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys; Galuppo, Mia (August 16, 2019). "'Mortal Kombat' Movie Adds Fistful of Fighters (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Carter Smith. "Try To Keep Your Trunks On". GQ.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Mehcad Brooks Talks New Single 'Tears Away' - The Knockturnal". 24 October 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  10. ^ John, Gaudiosi. "Necessary Roughness Star Mehcad Brooks Talks Games". IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2020-06-12. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  11. ^ Cwelich, Lorraine (30 January 2013). "Serinda Swan on 'Graceland' and Her Go-To Red-Carpet Designers". Elle. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Mehcad Brooks & Serinda Swan: 'Creature' Couple!". Hollywire. Retrieved 25 April 2013.

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