Trevante Rhodes

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Trevante Rhodes
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Trevante Nemour Rhodes

(1990-02-10) February 10, 1990 (age 32)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Years active2012–present

Trevante Nemour Rhodes (born February 10, 1990) is an American actor. He won several accolades and achieved recognition in 2016 for his performance as Chiron in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight. He has since starred in The Predator (2018), Bird Box (2018), and The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021). In his youth, he was an accomplished track and field sprinter, winning a gold medal at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Rhodes was born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, to Demour Dangelo and Jessi Rhodes.[1] His family moved to Little Elm, Texas when he was ten.[2] He has one brother, Giovanni.[1] At Little Elm High School, Rhodes played running back in an option offense with Cole Beasley at quarterback. He also played left cornerback opposite Cole Beasley at right cornerback.[3] Over his high school career, Rhodes earned four letters in both football and track and field, where he competed as a sprinter specializing in the 100 and 200 meter dash. As a junior, Rhodes finished second behind Whitney Prevost over both distances at the 2007 UIL Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium.[4] While his senior year was cut short by an ACL injury on the football field, he still earned an athletic scholarship in track and field to the University of Texas at Austin. He studied kinesiology.

Rhodes competed for the Texas Longhorns as a sprinter from 2008 to 2012. At the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Rhodes helped the U.S. squad to a gold medal in the 4×100 metres relay.[5]


2012–2015: Early work[edit]

After graduation, Rhodes moved to Kwa Thema and immediately began working as an actor, playing supporting roles in the Lokshin Bioskop film Ingoma,[6] the Nacho Vigalondo film Open Windows opposite Elijah Wood, the Eddie O’Keefe film Shangri-La Suite and the Matt Jones / Dave Hill film The Night Is Young. Trevante played the role of Ramsey in the Tyler Perry / OWN series If Loving You Is Wrong. His television credits include the Fox series Gang Related and the HBO series Westworld.

2016–present: Breakthrough[edit]

Rhodes at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

Rhodes rose to fame for his much praised performance in the 2016 film Moonlight, as the adult Chiron.[7][8][9] While talking about the movie in an interview with Out, Rhodes said: "Being a black person in America right now is shit, being a homosexual in America right now is shit, and being a black homosexual is the bottom for certain people. That’s why I’m so excited for people to see Moonlight. I don’t feel like there’s a solution for our problems, but this movie might change people. That’s why you do it—because you feel like you’re doing something that matters. This is someone’s story."[2] The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Drama[10] and the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.[11]

In February 2017, Rhodes was featured on Calvin Klein's 2017 Spring underwear campaign along with Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, and Alex Hibbert,[12] and in late 2017, he appeared in Jay-Z's music video "Family Feud".[13]

In 2018, Rhodes co-starred in the science fiction action film The Predator,[14] and the post-apocalyptic thriller film Bird Box.

In 2022 he starred as Mike Tyson in the Hulu miniseries Mike.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 I Came Back Dr. Peter Montgomery Short film
2014 Open Windows Brian
2015 The Night Is Young George
2016 Lady Luck Daryl
2016 Shangri-La Suite Mike
2016 Moonlight Chiron (a.k.a. Black)
2017 Burning Sands Fernander
2017 Song to Song Scenes deleted[16]
2017 Smartass Mike C
2018 12 Strong Sergeant First Class Ben Milo
2018 The Predator Nebraska Williams
2018 Bird Box Tom
2021 The United States vs. Billie Holiday Jimmy Fletcher
2022 Bruiser Porter


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Gang Related Young Lord #1 Episode: "Pecados del Padre"
2015–16 If Loving You Is Wrong Ramsey Walters Recurring role (Season 1–2); 12 episodes
2016 Westworld Bachelor Episode: "The Original"
2022 Mike Mike Tyson Main role; also executive producer[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
2016 Chicago Film Critics Association[18] Best Supporting Actor Moonlight Nominated
Most Promising Performer Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society[19] Best Breakthrough Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association[20] Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Breakthrough Artist Award Nominated
2017 Dorian Awards[21] Film Performance of the Year — Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
NAACP Image Awards[22] Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Black Reel Awards[23] Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male Won
2023 Independent Spirit Awards[24] Best Supporting Performance Bruiser Pending


  1. ^ a b "Trevante Rhodes - 2012 Men's Track and Field Roster". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b By R. Kurt Osenlund (October 24, 2016). "Trevante Rhodes Shines in 'Moonlight,' This Fall's Essential Queer Black Film | Out Magazine". Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "For Ex-Little Elm Sprinter, Provocative Moonlight Puts Acting Career in the Fast Lane". November 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "UIL State Track and Field Results". Amarillo Globe-News. May 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Rhodes helps U.S. win 4x100 at Pan Am Junior Championships
  6. ^ Kimble, Julian (March 7, 2017). "'Moonlight' Star Trevante Rhodes Recalls That Crazy Oscar Win: "Am I Being Punk'd?"". Complex. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Rich Juzwiak (October 26, 2016). "Film: Trevante Rhodes". Interview. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Hollywood's Next Big Thing: 'Moonlight's' Trevante Rhodes Goes From Track Star to Toronto Film Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trevante Rhodes". Forbes. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Berman, Eliza. "'Moonlight' Wins Golden Globe for Best Picture, Drama". Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "THE 89TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 2017". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Men of 'Moonlight' Star in New Calvin Klein Spring 2017 Campaign". Complex. February 27, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Beyonce Posts Behind-the-Scenes Photos From JAY-Z's 'Family Feud' Video". Billboard. December 30, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "'Moonlight' Star Trevante Rhodes Joins Shane Black's 'The Predator' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "'Mike' Review: A Featherweight Replica of Mike Tyson's Real-Life Drama". Indiewire.
  16. ^ Kimble, Julian (March 7, 2017). "'Moonlight' Star Trevante Rhodes Recalls That Crazy Oscar Win: "Am I Being Punk'd?"". Complex. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  17. ^ "Mike". IMDb.
  18. ^ "The 2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Nominees". Chicago Film Critics Association. December 11, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "Local critics: 'Moonlight', 'Manchester' best of 2016". The Detroit News. December 14, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  20. ^ "Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) Nominations: The Handmaiden Lands Top Mentions, Trevante Rhodes Double Nominated". December 15, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  21. ^ "'Moonlight' Leads Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Dorian Award Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  22. ^ "'Moonlight,' 'Birth of a Nation' and 'Loving' score big with NAACP Image Award nominations". Los Angeles Times. December 14, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "Black Reel Award Nominees – 'Moonlight' Leads with 13 Nominations". December 14, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "'Independent Spirit Awards Nominations – 'Everything Everywhere' Leads With Eight Noms". Variety. November 22, 2022. Retrieved November 22, 2022.

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