Dunbar in 2014
January 11, 1973|
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973 in Berkeley, California) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, Kenny Chadway on Showtime's Soul Food, and Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the FOX crime drama Prison Break. He also played Sheriff Eli Roosevelt on the FX Drama series Sons of Anarchy, FBI Agent Dennis Abbott on The Mentalist, and FBI Agent Abe Gaines in the Hulu series The Path.
Early life and education
Dunbar was born in Berkeley, California. He attended Oakland Technical High School and Morehouse College and graduated before moving on to study at the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico.
Dunbar is well known for his leading role as Kenny Chadway on the television series Soul Food and he was named as one of Television's 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time by TV Guide. He landed a regular role as Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the United States television series Prison Break. In 2007, Dunbar starred on the short-lived TNT medical drama Heartland. He made a guest appearance on Noah's Arc as himself to give Noah (screenwriter and the main character of the show) some ideas about his movie Fine Art. He also had a recurring role on the UPN series Girlfriends, and is also known for his role as "Pookie" on the television series The Game. He was also a regular on the short-lived FX series Terriers.
In 2011 he joined the cast of FX's hit show Sons of Anarchy as the new Sheriff of Charming, Eli Roosevelt.
In 2013, Dunbar joined the CBS crime drama The Mentalist as FBI agent Dennis Abbott.
His film projects include Punks (which debuted at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival), Misery Loves Company, Sick Puppies, Whodunit, Dirty Laundry, All About You Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and the Tyler Perry-produced film, The Family That Preys.
According to DNA analysis, his ancestry is mainly from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. On his visit to Nigeria, he was given the Yoruba name, Omobowale (a variant form of Omowale) meaning our son has come home.
He was married to Ivy Holmes from 2003 to 2006. After dating for less than a year, Dunbar became engaged to his girlfriend Maya Gilbert, an actress and writer. The duo's engagement took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 30, 2012. Their daughter, Berkeley Seon was born in December, 2013. Their son, Czar Rockmond Dunbar, was born in January 2016.
|1993||Misery Loves Company||Eric Haynes||Independent film|
|1994–1995||Earth 2||Baines||TV series|
|1997||The Good News||Bonz||TV series|
|1998||The Wayans Bros.||Barry||TV series|
|Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Tommy||TV series|
|1999||Pacific Blue||Tiger Bates||TV series|
|The Practice||Byron Little||TV series|
|The Pretender||Joe Taylor||TV series|
|Felicity||Man on Train||TV series|
|G vs E||Sonny Rhymes||TV series|
|2000–2004||Soul Food||Kenny Chadway||TV series|
|2001||All About You||Tim|
|2004||Hollywood Division||Det. Reginald Feiffer||TV movie|
|North Shore||Agent Fernley||TV series|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Mr. Fire|
|Head Cases||Dr. Robinson||TV series|
|2005–2007, 2009, 2017||Prison Break||Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin||TV series|
|2007||Heartland||Dr. Thomas Jonas||TV series|
|Shark||Teddy Banks||TV series|
|Grey's Anatomy||Sean Brotherton||TV series|
|CSI: Miami||James Reilly||TV series|
|2008||The Family That Preys||Chris|
|Alien Raiders||Kane||Independent film|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Amir Rahiem||TV film (also director)|
|2009, 2012–2013||The Game||Pookie from Richmond||TV series|
|2010||Terriers||Det. Mark Gustafson||TV series|
|Private Practice||Jacob Deever||TV series|
|2012||Raising Izzie||Greg||TV movie|
|2011–2013||Sons of Anarchy||Sheriff Eli Roosevelt||TV series|
|2012–2013||For Richer or Poorer||Aubrey||TV series|
|2013–2015||The Mentalist||FBI Agent Dennis Abbott||TV series|
|2014||Curve Ball||James||Independent film|
|2016–2017||The Path||Detective Abe Gaines||TV series|
|2018||9-1-1||Michael Grant||TV series|
|2018||City of Lies||Dreadlocks||Film|
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- IMDb - Publicity
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