Sean Patrick Thomas

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Sean Patrick Thomas
Born (1970-12-17) December 17, 1970 (age 49)
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Spouse(s)Aonika Laurent (2006–present)

Sean Patrick Thomas (born December 17, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Derek Reynolds in the 2001 film Save the Last Dance, as well as his television role as Detective Temple Page in The District.

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Washington, D.C., the son of emigrants from Guyana. He was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Cheryl, a financial analyst for DuPont, and Carlton Thomas, an engineer who also worked for DuPont.[1][2]

Thomas, who has two younger siblings, graduated from Brandywine High School in Delaware and attended the University of Virginia. He originally intended to study law, but upon successfully auditioning for a role in the film A Raisin in the Sun, Thomas changed directions and decided to attend New York University's prestigious Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1995.[3]


Thomas began appearing in screen roles in the mid 1990s, and had minor roles in several films, including Conspiracy Theory (1997), Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and Cruel Intentions (1999). His first leading role was in the teen romance Save the Last Dance, in which he starred opposite Julia Stiles. The film opened in January 2001 and became successful among teen audiences, grossing over $90 million domestically. Subsequently, Thomas appeared in supporting roles in the films Barbershop and Halloween: Resurrection, both of which were released in 2002. Thomas was a cast member on The District, a television crime drama that aired on CBS (from 2000–04).

Thomas played recurring character Alan Townsend on Reaper. He originated the recurring character of Karl Dupree on Lie To Me. In 2009, he took to the stage, playing the title role in "Othello" for Theatre for a New Audience in New York. This production moved to the Intiman Theatre in Seattle for the summer. In 2012, he worked with Ioan Gruffudd and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer. He was originally cast as Cyborg for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, replacing Shemar Moore from Justice League: War who was initially not available to reprise his role. But after Sean Patrick Thomas recorded the role, Shemar Moore was available again so Andrea Romano, for the sake of continuity, recast Thomas with Shemar Moore who lip synced to the earlier performance of Thomas.[4] Patrick Thomas portrayed Dr. Michael Cayle in the Horror film Deep in the Darkness, based on the Michael Laimo novel with the same name.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas married actress Aonika Laurent in New Orleans on Saturday, April 22, 2006. Their original wedding date had been Saturday, November 5, 2005, but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Katrina. The couple met at a party thrown by Barbershop director Tim Story.[6] The couple has two children.


Year Title Role
1996 Courage Under Fire Sergeant Thompson
1997 Picture Perfect Ad Researcher No.2
1997 Conspiracy Theory Surveillance Operator
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Ben, Jock No.2
1999 Cruel Intentions Ronald Clifford
2000 Dracula 2000 Trick
2001 Save the Last Dance Derek Reynolds
Not Another Teen Movie Other Black Guy At Party
2002 Barbershop Jimmy James
Halloween: Resurrection Rudy Grimes
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Jimmy James
2006 The Fountain Antonio
2008 The Burrowers Callaghan
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor Jordan Braxton
2014 Deep in the Darkness Dr. Michael Cayle
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Jimmy James
2017 The Sterling Chase Darren
2019 The Curse of La Llorona Detective Cooper


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2004 The District Officer/Detective Temple Page
2008 A Raisin in the Sun George Murchison
2009 Lie To Me Karl Dupree
2009 Reaper Alan Townsend
2011 Reed Between the Lines Kenneth
2012 Ringer Solomon Vessida (5 Episodes)
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Terry
2012 Murder on the 13th Floor Jordan TV film
2015 The Murder Pact TV film
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Lt. Jakoby
2017 Criminal Minds Agent Terry Richardson
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Rick
2018 Madam Secretary (TV series) President Claude Galbert
2019 The Good Fight Geoffrey Payton
Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Vixen Professor Macalester Recurring (8 episodes)


  1. ^ "Sean Patrick Thomas profile". Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Sean Patrick Thomas profile Archived May 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed June 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Justice League
  5. ^ Deep in the Darkness
  6. ^ "Main – Discover AOL". Retrieved August 11, 2011.

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