Michael Cudlitz

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Michael Cudlitz
Michael Cudlitz 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Cudlitz at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con.
Born (1964-12-29) December 29, 1964 (age 50)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Alma mater California Institute of Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Rachel Cudlitz
Children 2

Michael Cudlitz (born December 29, 1964) is an American actor, known for portraying John Cooper on the TNT drama series Southland, Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and Sergeant Abraham Ford on the AMC horror series The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Cudlitz was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Lakewood Township, New Jersey.[1] He attended the California Institute of the Arts.


Cudlitz at the Paley Center in 2011.

Cudlitz's first acting role was in the 1989 film Crystal Ball, playing Scottie. Cudlitz is mostly remembered for playing Sgt. Denver "Bull" Randleman, in Band of Brothers, as well as playing Tony Miller on Beverly Hills, 90210, and Tad Overton on Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. He has also played various roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the second seasons of 24 and Lost, and Prison Break. He supplied the voice of Sgt. Glenn "Hawk" Hawkins in the video game Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. He also guest starred on Over There and had a regular role on the FOX series Standoff. He also had a small, but highly memorable and well received, role in the 1997 dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank as the former big man on campus, and later drug addicted and highly frustrated Bob Destepello. He voiced Corporal Griffen in the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and its sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Cudlitz also had a small role in the third Mighty Ducks movie, D3: The Mighty Ducks, as one of the opposing players. He starred on the NBC/TNT drama Southland as patrol officer John Cooper, a 20-year veteran and training officer. The character struggled with chronic back pain, addiction to pain medication, and ethical issues relating to his partners. Prior to the start of shooting for the show, Cudlitz had a large mole removed from his right upper lip, which had previously been a signature feature of his appearance. The show was cancelled in 2013. Cudlitz won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role.

In 2009, Cudlitz appeared in the science fiction film Surrogates as Colonel Brendon. Since October 2013, he has appeared in the fourth season of The Walking Dead as Sergeant Abraham Ford, a character from the comic series of the same name. His first appearance was in the tenth episode of Season 4, an episode entitled "Inmates".[2]



Year Title Role
1992 A River Runs Through It Chub
1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Tad Overton
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Cole
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Bob Destepello
1998 The Negotiator Palermo
2006 Running Scared Sal 'Gummy Bear' Franzone
2008 Sex Drive Rick
2009 Surrogates Colonel Brendan
2011 Inside Out Detective Calgrove
2013 Dark Tourist Jim
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Ben
2013 Cesar Chavez Sheriff Smith



Year Title Role Notes
1991–1992 Growing Pains Chuck
1992 Life Goes On Ernie
1992–1993 Beverly Hills, 90210 Tony Miller
1996 ER Injured Fireman
1997 Party of Five Shuyler Season 4, Episode 2 "Past Imperfect"
1998 NYPD Blue 1 episode
1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Bob
2001 Band of Brothers Sgt. Denver "Bull" Randleman
2001 Six Feet Under Dennis, Crossroads Leader 1 episode
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Officer William Spencer 1 episode, "And Then There Were None"
2002–2003 24 Rick Phillips 3 episodes
2005 Over There Colonel Ryan
2005 Wanted Dep. Reed
2005 Prison Break Bob Hudson
2005 Medical Investigation Lt. Troy Adams
2005, 2008 Lost Mike Walton 2 Episodes
2006–2007 Standoff Frank Rogers
2007 Criminal Minds Francis Goehring
2007 Bones Lucky
2007–2008 Life Mark Rawls
2009–2013 Southland John Cooper Season 1
2014–present The Walking Dead Sgt. Abraham Ford
2015–present Ballers Dan Balasmo Season 1, Episode 9

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Call of Duty 2 Pvt. Braeburn Voice
2005 Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Sgt. Glenn "Hawk" Hawkins Voice
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Corporal Griffen Voice
2009 Red Faction Guerrilla Saul Marius Voice
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Corporal Griffin Voice


  1. ^ Hegedus, Eric. "Shooting from the lip: ‘Southland’ cop sounds off on NBC cancellation and TNT rescue", New York Post, February 28, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Cudlitz, 45, has moved on. The Flushing native and former Lakewood, NJ, resident, has aroused a lot of interest in his portrayal of Cooper, who has many personal issues, including his developing gay identity, a prescription drug dependency and a job-threatening back injury, and an ex-wife who figures into his pill-popping problem."
  2. ^ http://www.wetpaint.com/walking-dead/articles/2014-02-18-season-4-abrahams-michael-cudlitz

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