Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Sep. 22nd, 1971
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
5' 9

Lawrence Gilliard Jr.'s Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Walking Dead TV Show
The Walking Dead
The Deuce TV Show
The Deuce

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Lawrence "Larry" Gilliard, Jr. (born September 22, 1971) is an American character actor who has appeared in films, television series and theatre. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of D'Angelo Barksdale on the HBO drama series The Wire, a role which earned him much critical acclaim. He is also recently known for his role as Bob Stookey in the AMC horror drama The Walking Dead.

Born in New York City. He and his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he was 7. Gilliard studied classical music at Baltimore School for the Arts along with 'Jada Pinkett Smith' and Tupac Shakur but decided to pursue acting instead. He made his film debut as the lead in the independent film Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991). He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Acting Studio-New York (formerly Inc.), and the Stella Adler Conservatory.

Often cast as a hoodlum, Gilliard has appeared on numerous television crime dramas such as Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, New York Undercover, and CSI: NY. His notable film roles include: a love-struck ghetto teen in LottoLand (1995), an earnest college football player in The Waterboy (1998), and a member of the Dead Rabbits in Gangs of New York (2002). Gilliard recently had a role on the television series The Beast (2009).

Gilliard is also a stage actor. He received positive reviews for his role of Booth in a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Topdog/Underdog.

He joined The Walking Dead television series cast as a regular, playing Bob Stookey, as of season 4, appearing in thirteen episodes up until his character's death in the fifth season's third episode.

He is married to Michelle Paress, who joined the cast of The Wire in its fifth season.


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