Frank Grillo

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Frank Grillo
Frank Grillo Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Grillo at the premiere of the DIRECTV Original Series Kingdom in October 2014
BornFrank Anthony Grillo
(1965-06-08) June 8, 1965 (age 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Kathy Grillo
Wendy Moniz
Children3 sons
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This article is about the American actor. For the Cuban-American musician "Francisco Grillo", see Machito.
Frank Grillo
Frank Grillo Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Grillo at the premiere of the DIRECTV Original Series Kingdom in October 2014
BornFrank Anthony Grillo
(1965-06-08) June 8, 1965 (age 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Kathy Grillo
Wendy Moniz
Children3 sons

Frank Anthony Grillo (born June 8, 1965)[1][2] is an American actor known for his roles in various films, such as Warrior (2011), The Grey (2012), End of Watch (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and The Purge: Anarchy (2014).

Grillo's television work includes reoccurring roles in the series Battery Park (2000), For the People (2002–2003), The Shield (2002–2003), Prison Break (2005–2006), Blind Justice (2005), and The Kill Point (2007). He has also starred in shows as Hart Jessup in the soap opera Guiding Light (1996–1999), Nick Monohan in sci-fi series The Gates (2010), and since 2014, he has played Alvey Kulina in the DirecTV drama series Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Grillo was born in New York City as the oldest of three children, and is of Italian heritage.[3][4] He graduated from New York University with a business degree and spent a year on Wall Street before being asked do to a Miller Genuine Draft beer commercial.[5][6]



Grillo (second from right) with his co-stars from Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Grillo started his acting career by appearing in commercials, for companies such as American Express and Sure deodorant. His first film role was in the 1992 film The Mambo Kings and went on to appear in the films Minority Report (2002), April's Shower (2006), and iMurders (2008).[7][8][9]

Grillo starred in the 2010 horror film Mother's Day in the role of Daniel Sohapi and the following year, had a supporting role in the 2011 film Warrior as MMA trainer Frank Campana.[8] In 2012, he played Diaz in the survival thriller The Grey with Liam Neeson and as Sarge in End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal.[8] In 2013, he starred with Jaimie Alexander in the romantic thriller film Collision and had a bit role in the action film Homefront with Jason Statham.[10]

In 2014, Grillo was cast as secondary antagonist Brock Rumlow in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[11] The same year, he starred in the sequel The Purge: Anarchy as Leo.[12] He is set to reprise the role of Brock Rumlow / Crossbones in the third installment of the Captain America film series Civil War, which is set to be released on May 6, 2016.[13]

Grillo is also set to star in the upcoming films Demonic, A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island and Beyond Skyline, all set to release in 2015.[14][15][16] He will also co-star alongside Aaron Tveit as brothers and gunmen, Jesse and Pru, in the upcoming drama thriller Big Sky.[17]


Nick Jonas, Joanna Going, Matt Lauria, Grillo and Jonathan Tucker at the premiere of the Kingdom in October 2014

Grillo first appeared on television in episodes of Silk Stalkings (1993), and Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) before being cast as oil tycoon Hart Jessup on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light in 1996 up until 1999.[18] In 2002, he was cast in the series For the People as Det. J.C. Hunter and played Hunter until 2003. One of his more notable television roles was on the crime drama Prison Break where he played Nick Savrinn from 2005 to 2006.[19] During that time, he also appeared on the Blind Justice as Marty Russo.[8]

He was in the first and only season of The Kill Point in 2007, and played the role of Jimmy in the CSI: NY episode "The Things About Heroes," which aired in November 2007.[1][20] In 2010, he starred in the sci-fi series The Gates opposite Marisol Nichols and Rhona Mitra. The series only lasted one season.[21]

Since 2014, Grillo has starred in the DirecTV drama series Kingdom as MMA Alvey Kulina alongside Nick Jonas and Jonathan Tucker.[22]

Personal life[edit]

He married his first wife Kathy in 1991, but the couple divorced in 1998. They had a son, Remy (b. January 1997).[23] Grillo met fellow actress Wendy Moniz in 1996 on the set of Guiding Light, and moved in together in 1998. The couple were married on October 28, 2000.[18] The couple have two sons: Liam (b. August 2004) and Rio Joseph Grillo (b. January 2008.[12][24]



1992The Mambo KingsMachito
1993Deadly RivalsDet. Grogan
1996Deadly CharadesVince Carlucci
2002SimplicityGeneralShort film
2002Minority ReportPre-Crime Cop
2003The Sweetest ThingAndy
2004Hunter: Return to JusticeDetective Terence Gillette
2005Hunter: Back in ForceDetective Terence Gillette
2006April's ShowerRocco
2006Hollis & RaeDetective Henry Callaway
2007Raw FootageBen ChaffinShort film
2008The Madness of JaneDr. Oliver Cornbluth
2008Blue BloodSgt. Quarry
2008iMurdersJoe Romano
2009Pride and GloryEddie Carbone
2009Blue EyesBob Estevez
2010Edge of DarknessAgent One
2010Mother's DayDaniel Sohapi
2010My Soul to TakePaterson
2011WarriorFrank Campana
2012The GreyJohn Diaz
2012Lay the FavoriteFrankie
2012End of WatchSarge
2012Zero Dark ThirtyRed Squadron Commanding Officer
2013CollisionScott Dolan
2013Mary and MarthaPeter
2013HomefrontCyrus Hanks
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierBrock Rumlow
2014The Purge: AnarchyLeo
2014Big SkyJessePost-production
2015A Conspiracy on Jekyll IslandGuy CliftonPost-production
2015DemonicDetective Mark LewisPost-production
2015Beyond SkylineFilming


1993Silk StalkingsFranco LaPumaEpisode: "Ladies Night Out"
1996Poltergeist: The LegacyJerry TateEpisode: "Ghost in the Road"
1996–1999Guiding LightHart Jessup74 episodes
1999WastelandCliff Dobbs3 episodes
2000Battery ParkAnthony Stigliano7 episodes
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitFrank BarbarossaEpisode: "Deception"
2002–2003For the PeopleDet. J.C. Hunter18 episodes
2002–2003The ShieldOfficer Paul Jackson4 episodes
2003Karen SiscoGarrison KickEpisode: "Nostalgia"
2004The DistrictVince DymeckiEpisode: "Breath of Life"
2005–2006Prison BreakNick Savrinn18 episodes
2005Blind JusticeMarty Russo13 episodes
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGary SinclairEpisode: "Happenstance"
2007Without a TraceNeil RawlingsEpisode: "Tail Spin"
2007Las VegasJeremy ShapiroEpisode: "The Burning Bedouin"
2007The Kill PointAlbert Roman/Mr. Pig8 episodes
2007CSI: NYJimmie DavisEpisode: "The Thing About Heroes..."
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMark Van KurenEpisode: "Transitions"
2010The GatesNick Monohan13 episodes
2011Breakout KingsAgent StoltzEpisode: "Queen of Hearts"
2014–presentKingdomAlvey KulinaMain role


  1. ^ a b Mike Ryan (June 16, 2014). "Frank Grillo: On the Verge With 'The Purge: Anarchy' and Returning For 'Captain America 3' Read More: Frank Grillo: On the Verge With 'The Purge: Anarchy' and Returning For 'Captain America 3'". Screen Crush. Retrieved December 31, 2014. SC: You don't look 50. FG: I'm actually not really 50. SC: You aren't? FG: It's OK, I don't mind people saying that I'm 50. But, no, I was born in 1965 and IMDb has 1963. Whatever. I'm still old. I just had a birthday. 
  2. ^ Frank Grillo (8 June 2014). "Thanks all for the B-Day wishes. Much love and appreciation!!!". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Questions & Answers: April 15, 2006". Frank Grillo's Official Website. April 15, 2006. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2012. Yes, I am Italian and that is where my family is from also. In fact many of my relatives still live there. Maybe we are related. 
  4. ^ Frank Grillo on Twitter. June 14, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  5. ^ Jean M. Moniz. "Biography". Frank Grillo's Official Website. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jeri Jacquin (January 26, 2012). "FRANK GRILLO: The Grey". Military Press. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ Nathan Southern. "Frank Grillo - About This Person". New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d Tim Grierson (July 16, 2014). "The Long-Delayed Success of Frank Grillo". Backstage. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ Jason Buchanan. "IMurders (2009) Review Summary". New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ Amy Longsdorf (July 12, 2014). "Frank Grillo: from soap fave to leading man". Times Leader. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ Graser, Marc (October 29, 2012). "Frank Grillo to play Crossbones in 'Captain America' sequel". Variety. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Samantha Highfill on (December 18, 2014). "We spend a day with Frank Grillo, Hollywood's one-two punch". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  13. ^ Samantha Highfill (November 24, 2014). "Frank Grillo talks Crossbones' return in 'Captain America: Civil War'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Perri Nemiroff (June 14, 2014). "Frank Grillo Talks KINGDOM, His Involvement in THE RAID Remake, the Potential for More Rumlow / Crossbones in CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, and More". Collider. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ Justin Kroll (October 29, 2013). "‘The Butler’ Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver". Variety. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Brent Lang (November 7, 2014). "Frank Grillo to Star in ‘Beyond Skyline’". Variety. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  17. ^ Dave Trumbore (October 10, 2013). "Bella Thorne and Kyra Sedgwick Tackle BIG SKY". Collider. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Michael A. Lipton (May 20, 2002). "Fighting Glad". People. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  19. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 9, 2010). "'Prison Break' actor joins ABC's 'Gates'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  20. ^ Barbara Vancheri (July 17, 2014). "Frank Grillo is out for revenge in 'The Purge: Anarchy'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  21. ^ Borys Kit (May 2, 2011). "'The Gates' Actor Frank Grillo Cast in 'Lay the Favorite' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  22. ^ Zach Dionne (October 28, 2014). "Nick Jonas' 'Kingdom' Costar Frank Grillo Refused to Work With Him, At First". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  23. ^ Frank Grillo (July 25, 2014). "Me and my #1 son remy_grillo chillin in Cali.". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  24. ^ Frank Grillo (December 27, 2014). "Liam and Rio discussing why daddy doesn't have a driver for them.". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 

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