Apr. 5th, 1976
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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Sterling Kelby Brown (born April 5, 1976) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of 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.
Born 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. 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 took on the name Sterling to honor his late father. Brown grew up in Olivette, Missouri and attended St. Louis Country Day School. 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.
After graduation from college, Brown took up 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 like Stay with 'Ewan McGregor', Brown Sugar with 'Taye Diggs' and Trust the Man with 'David Duchovny' and 'Julianne Moore'.
He was a recurring character on the television series Supernatural, where he played vampire hunter Gordon Walker. In June 2007, he married actress 'Ryan Michelle Bathe', his college sweetheart. 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.
Onstage, 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.
His original intention was to be an economics major at Stanford, and only changed his major at the beginning of his junior year. He had been gently encouraged in this direction by his mentor Harry J. Elam.
Jr. Professor Elam directed Brown in his first play at Stanford, August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, and later in his first professional play, Blues for an Alabama Sky.
Still in the infancy of his career, he still relishes opportunities to perform on stage, and looks forward to furthering his career in front of the camera. His is a voice that you shall be hearing for a long time to come.