Russell Hornsby

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Russell Hornsby
Born (1974-05-15) May 15, 1974 (age 44)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Denise Walker (m. 2008)

Russell Hornsby (born May 15, 1974) is an American theater, television, and film actor. He is known for his roles as Edward "Eddie" Sutton on ABC Family's Lincoln Heights, as Luke on the HBO drama In Treatment, as Detective Hank Griffin on the NBC series Grimm, and as Lyons in the movie Fences.

Early life and education[edit]

Hornsby was born in Oakland, California. He was a football player at St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California. He auditioned for a spring musical and got the role of the Scarecrow in The Wiz. After that, he became very interested in theatre and acting and was highly involved with the rest of the school theatrical productions. After graduating he studied theater at Boston University from which he graduated with a degree in performance. After graduation, Hornsby continued his studies at the British American Drama Academy.

Career[edit]

After finishing his studies at Oxford, Hornsby moved to New York City and was subsequently cast in leading roles in Off Broadway productions of To Kill a Mockingbird (as Atticus Finch), Joe Louis Blues, and Six Degrees of Separation (as Paul). In the late 1990s, he decided to move to Los Angeles in order to transition into television and film. He has appeared in several different television productions including appearing in recurring roles in Haunted as Detective Marcus Bradshaw and Gideon's Crossing as Chief Resident Dr. Aaron Boise. His other television credits include Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order, and In Justice among others. He also played running back Leon Taylor in ESPN's drama series Playmakers. On the big screen, he has appeared in such films as After the Sunset, Big Fat Liar, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Keep the Faith, Baby, Meet the Parents, and Stuck among others.[1] In 2000, Hornsby appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Jitney for which he won a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.[2]

He starred in the NBC fantasy drama Grimm from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, he played Isaiah Butler in the Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds.[3] That same year, Hornsby joined the cast of the movie Creed II.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Meet the Parents Late Night Courier (Right Bag)
2002 Big Fat Liar Marcus Duncan
2004 After the Sunset Jean Paul
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' Odell
2006 Something New Dr. Borcklond
2007 Stuck Rashid
2016 LUV Detective Pratt
Fences Lyons Maxson
2018 The Hate U Give Maverick Carter
Creed II Buddy Marcelle

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Bill Nye the Science Guy Food Truck Assistant Season 1, Episode 7: Digestion
1999 Law & Order Danny Ruiz
2001 Girlfriends Antoine Childs Place of Darius McCrary for one episode
2000–01 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Aaron Boies
2002 Haunted Marcus Bradshaw
2003 Playmakers Leon Taylor
2005 Grey's Anatomy Digby Owens
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alvin Dutch
2007-2009 Lincoln Heights Series Lead, Eddie Sutton
2009 In Treatment Luke
2010 The Good Wife Dr. Shawn Wesley
2011 Suits Quentin Sainz
2011–17 Grimm Detective Hank Griffin
2018 Seven Seconds Isaiah Butler Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Limited Series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Army of Two Tyson Rios

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC Biography
  2. ^ Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ Anderson, Nellie (November 17, 2016). "'Seven Seconds': Russel Hornsby, Raul Castillo & Zackary Momoh Cast in Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (April 2, 2018). "Film News Roundup: Russel Hornsby Joins 'Creed' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 

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