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|Born||July 4, 1982|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Maurice McRae|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, writer|
Mo McRae (born July 4, 1982) is an American actor, writer and producer, best known for his recurring role as Tyler in the FX hit series Sons of Anarchy as well as Leon Hayes in the 2006 film Gridiron Gang. He starred in Fox Broadcasting Company's Pitch.
Raised in South Los Angeles, McRae turned to acting for solace. After enrolling in a drama class at Washington Preparatory High School, McRae opted to forgo his spot on the basketball team, when he landed the lead in the school play.
After high school, McRae pursued his new found dream as an artist in the entertainment industry. After being signed by an agent, he quickly began to book national television spots for major corporations such as Visa, Nike and Reebok, among many others. These spots opened the doors to some early primetime guest appearances on shows such as NYPD Blue, Becker and Boston Public. Other television work soon followed with appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER and The Shield.
In 2006, McRae was introduced to a much wider audience. He played one of the lead roles in the hit film Gridiron Gang opposite Dwayne Johnson, inhabiting the role of the troubled quarterback "Leon Hayes". The Neal H. Moritz–produced film grossed more than $40 million worldwide.
As McRae became more successful as an actor, he began to build an interest behind the camera. He produced and starred in The Fall which competed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. Additionally, he wrote a screenplay No Return with acclaimed movie and television writer Harry Winer. The film is currently set-up at Smash Media. Since 2012 he has had a recurring major guest role in the FX drama Sons of Anarchy.
In 2010, McRae appeared in Carmen Madden's film Everyday Black Man. Also that year, McRae recurred on the ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 as Pooch and also filmed a lead role in the indie film The Deadliest Lesson opposite Penelope Ann Miller and Yancey Arias.
In total, McRae has appeared in over 30 film and television projects over the past decade. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
- 2018: This Is Us as Don Robinson
- 2018: The First Purge as 7 & 7
- 2018: Den of Thieves as Gus Henderson
- 2016: Pitch as Blip Sanders
- 2016: All the Way as Stokely Carmichael
- 2015: Empire as J Poppa
- 2015: November Rule as Steve
- 2015: Murder in the First as Anthony "Suger" Cascade
- 2014: Wild as Jimmy
- 2013: The Butler as Eldridge Huggins
- 2013: Ray Donovan as Deonte Frasier
- 2012: Prodigy Bully as Donnie
- 2012: Sons of Anarchy as Tyler
- 2012: Acting Like Adults as Mike
- 2012: CSI: NY as Willis Frazier
- 2011: The Truth About Angels as Christopher Atwell
- 2010: Everyday Blackman as Yousef
- 2010: The Defenders as Rapper
- 2010: Detroit 1-8-7 as Pooch
- 2010: Southland as Sisqo
- 2010: Everyday Black Man as Yousef
- 2009: Just Another Day as Robo
- 2009: Dough Boys as Black
- 2009: Operating Instructions as James "J-40" Manners
- 2008: The Onion Movie as Second Bank Gunman
- 2008: The Deadliest Lesson as Jason Gretch
- 2006: Gridiron Gang as Leon Hayes
- 2005: Dirty as Tiptoes
- 2005: ER as Kevin Hightower
- 2005: Cold Case as Theodore "Cartier" Clausen; multiple episodes
- 2004: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Leo Plummer
- 2004: Woman Thou Art Loosed as Scootie
- 2004: The Shield as Derwin
- 2004: The Guardian as Kevin
- 2004: The Division as Capone
- 2003: I'm with Her as Neighbor
- 2003: Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood as Shirtless Homey
- 2003: Thirteen as Rapper
- 2003: Fastlane as P-Nut
- 2003: The District as Flick
- 2003: Becker as Guy
- 2002: Boston Public as Kenny Hamilton
- 2002: NYPD Blue as Larry
- 2001: The Blue Diner as Vango
- Rotten Tomatoes - Everyday Black Man (2010), Cast
- Oosting, Jonathan (10 December 2010). "Detroit 1-8-7 Star Mo McRae Apologizes for Soda Slip-up". Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
- Baker, Ralph (June 2012) "Who is Mo McRae?" at Rags N Riches Magazine
- Madison, Linda (7 Nov 2010) "Exclusive! Mo McRae Returns to Detroit 1-8-7" at Hollywood Official
- Smash Media Brings Film Project to Michigan at Michigan Movie Magazine