Justin Cornwell

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Justin Cornwell
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Justin Michael Cornwell

(1988-11-05) November 5, 1988 (age 30)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of Louisville
Years active2011–present

Justin Michael Cornwell (born November 5, 1988) is an American actor, writer and musician best known for playing Kyle Craig in the CBS crime drama, Training Day, based on the 2001 film of the same name.

Early life and education[edit]

Cornwell was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania to Sidney Cornwell and Robin Bodiford.[1] However, he was primarily raised in Cleveland, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.[2] At age 10, he relocated with his mother and stepfather Jackie Herring (died 2008) to Louisville where he first showed an interest in the arts in middle school, he graduated from Eastern High School where he participated in chorus and school plays. In addition, Justin was named as a premier student artist at the Muhammad Ali Center where some of his artwork still hangs today, he attended the University of Louisville where he continued studying acting. Cornwell relocated to Chicago in 2011 to pursue his acting career.[1]


Cornwell found work at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where he appeared in "Othello the Remix", "A Mid Summers Night Dream" and other plays in Chicago theater shortly after being signed by Gray Talent Group.[1][3] Justin booked appearances in commercials shortly after for Walmart and the Ohio Lottery. In 2014, Cornwell appeared in an episode of the NBC crime drama, Chicago P.D.. In 2015, he appeared in an episode of Fox's hit musical drama, Empire and later had an uncredited appearance in Spike Lee's Chi-Raq.[1] In March 2016, Cornwell was cast in the pilot for the CBS drama Training Day, based on the 2001 film of the same name, it went to series but was cancelled after the untimely death of Cornwell's co-lead Bill Paxton, airing all 13 episodes of its sole season.[4] In 2017 Cornwell was cast in the TNT limited series I Am the Night produced by Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine, he currently stars as a lead in the NBC supernatural crime drama, The InBetween.


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Poor Perception Blake Short film
2014 Chicago P.D. James Grant Episode: "Prison Ball"
2015 Empire Songwriter Episode: "The Devil Quotes Scripture"
2015 Chi-Raq Trojan Uncredited
2017 Training Day Kyle Craig Lead
2018 We Are Boats Freddie Independent Feature
2019 I Am the Night Terrence Shye Limited series
2019 The InBetween Damien Asante Lead

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Watch Dogs Viceroys Additional voices


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography". Justin Cornwell Official Fan Club. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Training Day Cast: Justin Cornwell". CBS. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Justin Cornwell". Gray Talent Group. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2016). "'Training Day' Finds Its Young Lead: Justin Cornwell To Star In CBS Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2017.

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