Rockmond Dunbar

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Rockmond Dunbar
Born (1973-01-11) January 11, 1973 (age 42)
Berkeley, California, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s)
  • Ivy Holmes (m. 2003–06)
  • Maya Gilbert (m. 2013)
Children 1

Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973 in Berkeley, California) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, as the portrayal Kenny Chadway on the Showtime's Soul Food,[1] and as 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, and portrayed FBI Agent Dennis Abbott on The Mentalist.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Dunbar was born in Berkeley, California. He attended Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia and graduated before moving on to study at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico[3] and the University of New Mexico.[4]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

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.[5] 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,[1] 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.

Dunbar's other TV credits include guest appearances in Earth 2, Felicity, The Pretender, Two Guys and a Girl, and North Shore.

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 role in the CBS crime drama The Mentalist as FBI agent Dennis Abbott.

Film[edit]

His film projects include Punks (which debuted at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival), Misery Loves Company, Sick Puppies, Whodunit, Dirty Laundry, All About You[1] and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Other[edit]

Dunbar has contributed to the art world through the mixed media exhibit, ARTHERAPY. Dunbar posed for the November 2003 issue of Playgirl magazine.[6]

Personal life[edit]

According to DNA analysis, his ancestry is mainly from the Yoruba people of Nigeria.[7] On his visit to Nigeria, he was given the Yoruba name, Omobowale[8] (a variant form of Omowale) meaning our son has come home.[9]

He was formerly married to Ivy Holmes from 2003-2006. He became engaged to his girlfriend of less than one year, fellow actress and writer, Maya Gilbert. The duo's engagement took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 30, 2012. Their daughter, Berkeley Seon was born in December, 2013.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2000 Punks Darby Independent film
G vs E Sonny Rhymes TV series
2000–2004 Soul Food Kenny Chadway TV series
2001 All About You Tim
2003–2004 Girlfriends Jalen TV series
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 Prison Break Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin TV series
2006 Dirty Laundry Patrick/Sheldon
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
Jada Simon Independent film
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
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zondra Hughes (December 1, 2005). "Hollywood's Sexiest New Leading Men". Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company) 61 (2): 96. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Natalie Abrams (Aug 24, 2013). "Rockmond Dunbar Joins the Cast of The Mentalist". TV Guide. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar". TV Guide. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Lance Carter (October 23, 2012). "Q&A: Rockmond Dunbar talks ‘Sons of Anarchy’, How He Got His Start and the Question That Changed His Life". DailyActor. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar Returns as Dennis Abbott for the Final Season of THE MENTALIST on CBS". Broadwayworld (Wisdom Digital Media). November 23, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ IMDb - Publicity
  7. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar Traces His DNA To Nigeria". Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Homecoming for Rockmond Dunbar and mother". The Vanguard. April 28, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Omowale". Online Nigeria: Nigerian Names and Meanings. 
  10. ^ Jennifer Pearson (December 14, 2013). "We are absolutely in love!' The Mentalist's Rockmond Dunbar and wife Maya Gilbert welcome baby daughter with sweet tweet". United Kingdom: Daily Mail. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 

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