Sterling K. Brown

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Sterling K. Brown
Born Sterling Kelby Brown
(1976-04-05) April 5, 1976 (age 41)
St. Louis, Missouri
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Stanford University (B.A.)
New York University (M.F.A.)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Home town Olivette, Missouri
Spouse(s) Ryan Michelle Bathe (m. 2007)
Children 2
Awards Full list

Sterling Kelby Brown (born April 5, 1976) is a U.S. 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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[4] Brown grew up in Olivette, Missouri and attended Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7]

In the theater, Brown starred in 2014 as Hero in Suzan-Lori Parks' Odyssey-inspired play Father Comes Home From the Wars at New York's Public Theater.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2007, he married actress Ryan Michelle Bathe, his college sweetheart, they have two sons.[9][10]



Year Title Role Director Notes
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
John Requa
2016 Spaceman Rodney Scott Brett Rapkin
2017 Marshall Joseph Spell Reginald Hudlin
2018 Black Panther N'Jobu Ryan Coogler Post-production
2018 The Predator Shane Black Post-production
TBA Hotel Artemis Drew Pearce Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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 26 episodes
2017 Insecure Lionel Episode: "Hella Open"
2017 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Himself Episode: "Sterling K. Brown"

Awards and nominations[edit]

By winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us, Brown became the first actor in a broadcast television series to win the award since 2007.[11] The victory also made Brown the first African-American actor to win the award in 19 years, and fourth African-American winner overall.[12][13]


  1. ^ "OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2017". Emmys. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Today in History". The Daily News. Southern Newspapers. April 4, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sterling K. Brown Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ Stone, Natalie (September 21, 2016). "Sterling K. Brown Reveals Why He Changed His Name As a Teenager". People. Time Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Shin, Laura (September 2011). "Now Playing". Screen Scene. Stanford Magazine. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "People v. O.J. Simpson Star Sterling K. Brown Chokes Up While Dedicating Emmy to His Late Father". Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ Green, Jesse (October 28, 2014). "Theater Review: Father Comes Home From the Wars". New York. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (September 17, 2017). "Sterling K. Brown Pays Tribute To Last African American Winner In Lead Actor Drama, Andre Braugher: — Emmys". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ Dockterman, Eliana (September 17, 2017). "Sterling K. Brown Gave a Powerful Speech After His Historic Emmys Win". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  13. ^ Gennis, Sadie (September 17, 2017). "This Is Us' Sterling K. Brown Wins the Emmy for Best Drama Actor". TV Guide. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 

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