|Born||January 11, 1973|
Oakland, California, U.S.
Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, Kenny Chadway on Showtime family drama 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, FBI Agent Abe Gaines in the Hulu series The Path, and Michael Grant on 9-1-1.
Early life and education
Dunbar was born January 11, 1973, in Oakland, California. He attended Oakland Technical High School and graduated from Morehouse College before moving on to study at the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico.
Dunbar is known for his leading role as Kenny Chadway on the television series Soul Food, and TV Guide named him as one of "Television's 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time". He landed a regular role as Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the 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 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. In 2018, Dunbar joined the cast of 9-1-1 as Michael Grant, leaving in 2021 over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, after his requests for exemptions were denied. In February 2022 it was reported that he has sued the makers of the show, saying he "was denied medical and religious exemptions and faced racial discrimination." In July 25, 2022, it was reported that Dunbar's case of racial misconduct were baseless without any claims by a judge in a Los Angles Courtroom, but that Disney/Fox does face some claims from Rockmond Dunbar alleging religious, retaliation and breach of contract, among other claims.
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, Dunbar's 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".
Dunbar was married to Ivy Holmes from 2003 to 2006. Years later, he became engaged to his girlfriend Maya Gilbert, an actress and writer. After dating for a year, the couple's engagement took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 30, 2012.
Dunbar is a member of the Church of Universal Wisdom, whose members are "obligated to avoid medical intervention that introduces disease into the body". His lawsuit against Disney and Fox alleges that their lawyers called his religion "fake" and his beliefs "insincere" in discussions about the Covid-19 vaccination mandate.
|1993||Misery Loves Company||Eric Haynes|
|2001||All About You||Tim|
|2004||Hollywood Division||Det. Reginald Feiffer||TV Movie|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Mr. Fire|
|2008||The Family That Preys||Chris|
|2009||Pastor Brown||Amir Rahiem|
|2012||A Taste of Romance||Danny Marsh||TV Movie|
|Echo at 11 Oak Drive||Abner|
|Raising Izzie||Greg Freeman||TV Movie|
|2013||Doubt||Steve Adams||TV Movie|
|2014||More to Love||Terrence|
|Envy or Greed||Anderson Connell||Short|
|2015||Love Is a Four-Letter Word||Nick||TV Movie|
|2017||The Cheaters Club||Eric|
|2018||Edge of Fear||Mike Dwyer|
|City of Lies||Dreadlocks|
|1994-95||Earth 2||Baines||Recurring Cast|
|1996||The Lazarus Man||Patter||Episode: "The Penance"|
|1997||Good News||Bonz||Episode: "Writing on the Wall" & "A Joyful Noise"|
|1998||The Wayans Bros.||Barry||Episode: "The Son of Marlon"|
|Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Tommy||Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Homecoming"|
|1999||Pacific Blue||Tiger Bates||Episode: "Infierno"|
|The Practice||Byron Little||Episode: "Infected"|
|The Pretender||Joe Taylor||Episode: "Qallupilluit"|
|Felicity||Man on Train||Episode: "The Depths"|
|2000||G vs E||Sonny Rhymes||Episode: "Renunciation"|
|2000-04||Soul Food||Kenny Chadway||Main Cast|
|2003-04||Girlfriends||Jalen||Guest: Season 3, Recurring Cast: Season 4|
|2004||North Shore||Agent Fernley||Episode: "Secret Service"|
|2005||Head Cases||Dr. Robinson||Recurring Cast|
|2005-17||Prison Break||Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin||Main Cast: Season 1-2 & 5, Recurring Cast: Season 4|
|2007||Heartland||Dr. Thomas Jonas||Main Cast|
|Shark||Teddy Banks||Episode: "No Holds Barred"|
|Grey's Anatomy||Sean Brotherton||Episode: "Physical Attraction... Chemical Reaction"|
|CSI: Miami||James Reilly||Episode: "Guerillas in the Mist"|
|2009-15||The Game||Pookie||Guest: Season 3, Recurring Cast: Season 5-9|
|2010||Private Practice||Jacob Deever||Episode: "All in the Family"|
|The Defenders||Bounce||Episode: "Nevada v. Killa Diz"|
|Terriers||Det. Mark Gustafson||Main Cast|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Robert Turner||Episode: "O'Leary's Cow"|
|The Closer||Antwone Decker||Episode: "Unknown Trouble"|
|2011-13||Sons of Anarchy||Sheriff Eli Roosevelt||Recurring Cast: Season 4-6|
|2012-13||For Richer or Poorer||Aubrey||Main Cast|
|2013-15||The Mentalist||FBI Agent Dennis Abbott||Main Cast: Season 6-7|
|2016-17||The Path||Detective Abe Gaines||Main Cast: Season 1-2|
|2017||Scorpion||Scotty||Recurring Cast: Season 3|
|2018-21||9-1-1||Michael Grant||Main Cast: Season 1-5|
|2021||Aftershock||Lawrence Ansley||Recurring Cast|
|The Game||Pookie||Episode: "Take One for the Team"|
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