Jan. 29th, 1975
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Sharif Atkins' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - Guardians of the Galaxy
2010 - Preacher's Kid
1999 - Light It Up
Guest TV Roles
Sharif Atkins (born January 29, 1975) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's degree in theatre/speech from Northwestern University in 1997. While at Northwestern in 1996, Atkins was initiated as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (Iota Chapter).
He gained fame for his role as Dr. Michael Gallant, a character that debuted in the eighth season (2001) of the NBC Universal Television medical drama ER. He left ER after the 2003-2004 season. In 2004, he went on to star in the short-lived police drama Hawaii as former Chicago Police Department Detective John Declan, who transferred to an elite crime unit of the Honolulu Police Department. Atkins continued to make guest appearances in both the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons of ER, with his character returning on leave from duty in Iraq as a U.S. Army physician. His character was killed in Iraq at the end of the 2005-06 season. Atkins also portrayed the recurring character Gary Navarro in the acclaimed series The 4400, Navarro is a telepath.
Currently, Atkins plays Special Agent Clinton Jones in USA Network's White Collar.
He has appeared as Assistant United States Attorney Rivers in the CBS drama The Good Wife. In 2009 he appeared in season 4, episode 25 of Criminal Minds - "To Hell..." as Sgt. William Hightower. Atkins has also guest-starred in season 8 of CSI:Miami.
- Earned a theatre degree from Northwestern University in 1997.
- Mom Jacqueline is a museum executive.
- Dad David is a lawyer.
- Worked as a waiter and as a Victoria's Secret stock boy.
- Sister Makeba is a mechanical engineer.
- He was born in Pittsburgh, and raised in Chicago
- Graduate of Whitney Young High school in Chicago, Illinois
- Left "ER" at the end of the 2003-04 season to co-star in the new Fall 2004 NBC cop drama _"Hawaii" (2004)_ (qv).