Sterling K. Brown
|Sterling K. Brown|
|Born||Sterling Kelby Brown
April 5, 1976
St. Louis, Missouri
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||Stanford University (B.A.)
New York University (M.F.A.)
|Home town||Olivette, Missouri|
|Spouse(s)||Ryan Michelle Bathe (m. 2007)|
Sterling Kelby Brown (born April 5, 1976) is an American actor. He is known for playing Christopher Darden in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Brown is also known for his role as Roland Burton on the Lifetime Network drama series Army Wives. He currently stars as Randall Pearson on the critically acclaimed NBC drama, This Is Us. The role garnered Brown his second Emmy award in 2017, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Early life and education
Brown was born in 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Sterling Brown Jr. and Aralean Banks Brown. Brown is one of five children; he has two sisters and two brothers. His father died when Brown was 10 years old. As a child, he was known by his middle name, Kelby, until he was 16 and began going by his first name Sterling to honor his late father. Brown grew up in Olivette, Missouri and attended Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. Brown attended Stanford University from which he graduated in 1998 with an acting degree. He initially wanted to work in business but fell in love with acting as a college freshman. Brown then attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he obtained his MFA.
After graduation from college, Brown performed in a series of roles in regional theatre. He has also since appeared in numerous television shows including ER, NYPD Blue, JAG, Boston Legal, Alias, Without A Trace, Supernatural, and Third Watch. He was a regular in the comedy Starved and has also appeared in movies, including Stay with Ewan McGregor, Brown Sugar with Taye Diggs and Trust the Man with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore.
He played a recurring character on the television series Supernatural, where he portrayed vampire hunter Gordon Walker. Brown played Dr. Roland Burton on Army Wives. He also portrayed Detective Cal Beecher on Person of Interest. In 2008, he played David Mosley on the "Patience" episode of Eli Stone. In 2016, Brown starred in the FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story as Christopher Darden, for which he won the award for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie in the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards.
|2002||Brown Sugar||Co-worker||Rick Famuyiwa|
|2005||Trust the Man||Rand||Bart Freundlich|
|2005||Stay||Frederick / Devon||Marc Forster|
|2008||Righteous Kill||Rogers||Jon Avnet|
|2011||Our Idiot Brother||Omar Coleman||Jesse Peretz|
|2013||The Suspect||The Other Suspect||Stuart Connelly|
|2015||Mojave||Detective Fletcher||William Monahan||Uncredited|
|2016||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||Sgt. Hurd||Glenn Ficarra
|2016||Spaceman||Rodney Scott||Brett Rapkin|
|2017||Marshall||Joseph Spell||Reginald Hudlin||Completed|
|2018||Black Panther||N'Jobu||Ryan Coogler||Post-production|
|2018||The Predator||Shane Black||Post-production|
|TBA||Hotel Artemis||Drew Pearce||Post-production|
|2002–04||Third Watch||Officer Edward Dade||9 episodes|
|2003||Hack||Rasheed Morgan||Episode: "Hidden Agenda"|
|2003||Tarzan||Detective Carey||2 episodes|
|2004||ER||Bob Harris||Episode: "Get Carter"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Kelvin George||Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"|
|2004||JAG||Sgt. Harry Smith||Episode: "Coming Home"|
|2005||Boston Legal||Zeke Borns||Episode: "Death Be Not Proud"|
|2005||Starved||Adam Williams||7 episodes|
|2006–07||Supernatural||Gordon Walker||4 episodes|
|2006||Alias||Agent Rance||Episode: "There's Only One Sidney Bristow"|
|2006||Smith||Mr. Corey||Episode: "Three"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Thomas Biggs||Episode: "Watch Over Me"|
|2007–13||Army Wives||Roland Burton||107 episodes|
|2007||Shark||Quenton North||Episode: "Teacher's Pet"|
|2007||Standoff||Russell Marsh||Episode: "Lie to Me"|
|2008||Eli Stone||David Mosley||Episode: "Patience"|
|2010||Medium||Todd Gillis||Episode: "The People in Your Neighborhood"|
|2011||Detroit 1-8-7||Cameron Jones||Episode: "Ice Man/Malibu"|
|2011||The Good Wife||Andrew Boylan||Episode: "Feeding the Rat"|
|2011||Harry's Law||Mr. Thomas||Episode: "American Girl"|
|2012||Nikita||Nick Anson||Episode: "True Believer"|
|2012–13||Person of Interest||Detective Cal Beecher||6 episodes|
|2013||NCIS||Elijah Banner||Episode: "Devil's Triad"|
|2014||The Mentalist||Agent Higgins||Episode: "White Lies"|
|2014||Masters of Sex||Marcus||Episode: "Story of My Life"|
|2015||Castle||Ed Redley||Episode: "The Wrong Stuff"|
|2015||Criminal Minds||Fitz||Episode: "Beyond Borders"|
|2016||The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story||Christopher Darden||10 episodes|
|2016–present||This Is Us||Randall Pearson||18 episodes|
|2017||Insecure||Lionel||Episode: "Hella Open"|
Awards and nominations
- "Today in History". The Daily News. Southern Newspapers. April 4, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
- "Sterling K. Brown Biography". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
- Stone, Natalie (September 21, 2016). "Sterling K. Brown Reveals Why He Changed His Name As a Teenager". People. Time Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
- Pennington, Gail (February 2, 2016). "St. Louisan relives Simpson trial in 'People v. O.J.'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- Shin, Laura (September 2011). "Now Playing". Screen Scene. Stanford Magazine. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
- "People v. O.J. Simpson Star Sterling K. Brown Chokes Up While Dedicating Emmy to His Late Father". Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- Green, Jesse (October 28, 2014). "Theater Review: Father Comes Home From the Wars". New York.
- Porter, Lauren (September 19, 2016). "6 Things To Know About Sterling K. Brown And His Wife Ryan Michelle Bathe Love Story". Essence. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
- Barney, Chuck (March 9, 2017). "‘This Is Us’: Former Bay Area resident Sterling K. Brown feels ‘blessed beyond words’". The Mercury News. Digital First Media. Retrieved September 16, 2017.