Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.

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Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
Born(1971-09-22) September 22, 1971 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1989—present
Spouse(s)Michelle Paress
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Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
Born(1971-09-22) September 22, 1971 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1989—present
Spouse(s)Michelle Paress

Lawrence "Larry" Gilliard, Jr.[1] (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.[2] He is also recently known for his role as Bob Stookey in the AMC horror drama The Walking Dead.


Early life and education[edit]

Gilliard was born in New York City.[1] He and his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he was 7.[3] Gilliard studied classical music at Baltimore School for the Arts along with Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur and Juilliard School but decided to pursue acting instead. He made his film debut as the lead in the independent film Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991).[3] He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Acting Studio, Inc.,[4][5] and the Stella Adler Conservatory.[6]


Often cast as a hoodlum,[1] 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.[7][8]

He joined The Walking Dead television series cast as a regular, playing Bob Stookey, as of season 4.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Michelle Paress, who joined the cast of The Wire in its fifth season.[9]


1991Straight Out of BrooklynDennis Brown
1992In the Line of Duty: Street WarWillTV movie
1993Fly By NightJed Lyte
Survive the NightTV movie
The PickleBoy Who Stopped
1995Lotto LandHank
Money TrainHood
InflammableWesley RainesTV movie
1996Trees LoungeJames
The AssociateThomas, Plaza Bellhop
1997White LiesLeon Turner / Leon Chame
1998Next Stop WonderlandBrett
The Substitute 2: School's OutDontaeTV movie
A Soldier's SweetheartShoeshine
One Tough CopCurtis Wilkins
The WaterboyDerek Wallace
1999Simply IrresistibleNolan Traynor
Loving JezebelWalter
2000Sally Hemings: An American ScandalHenry JacksonTV movie
Cecil B. DeMentedLewis
2001Home Invaders
Trigger HappyRay
2002Gangs of New YorkJimmy Spoils
2003Kill the PoorSpike
2004Brother to BrotherMarcus
The MachinistJackson
Woman Hollering CreekMelvinShort
2008TurnipseedJohnny Turnipseed
The Highs & Lows of Milo BrownElliotShort
2011The DoubleAgent Burton
PartnersDr. JTV movie
2012JuniorDet. Daniel Abrams Sr.Short
The Wire: The MusicalD'Angelo BarksdaleShort
The Trial of Ben BarryJuneShort
Would You RatherDr. Barden
2013Turnipseed: Second ChanceJohn Turnipseed
2014Walk of Shame
1993Homicide: Life on the StreetWilliam Lyness1 episode
ABC Afterschool Specials1 episode
1993-94GeorgeLathan BasmoreSeason 1 (series regular; 9 episodes)
1994New York UndercoverQuentin1 episode
2002Less Than PerfectChester1 episode
2002-03The WireD'Angelo BarksdaleSeason 1-2 (series regular; 18 episodes)
2004The JuryCorey Hamilton1 episode
2005CSI: NYOfficer Omar Lilly1 episode
Law & Order: Criminal IntentEddie Roberts1 episode
2006Numb3rsAmos Shabaz1 episode
2008Fear ItselfJames1 episode
2009The BeastNick / Raymond BeaumontSeason 1 (recurring; 10 episodes)
TraumaDuke1 episode
2010Friday Night LightsElden1 episode
The Boondocks2nd Prisoner1 episode
Detroit 1-8-7Lefty Reed1 episode
Lie to MeMarcus Weaver1 episode
2012SouthlandJohn's Sponsor2 episodes:
"Fallout" (season 4: episode 7)
"God's Work" (season 4: episode 8)
Army WivesMarcus WilliamsSeason 6 (recurring; 7 episodes)
2013LongmireBurke1 episode
2013-14The Walking DeadBob StookeySeason 4-5 (series regular, 13 episodes)


  1. ^ a b c "Larry Gilliard: Biography". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  2. ^ Goodman, Tim (2004-09-17). "Never mind who'll win the Emmys. Here's who deserves recognition.". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b Charles, Nick (1996-04-07). "HATS OFF TO LARRY: GRANNY WAS BEHIND ACTOR LARRY GILLIARD ALL THE WAY FROM MILITARY SCHOOL TO MOVIE SETS". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Alumni: Larry Gilliard - Actor". Baltimore School for the Arts. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  5. ^ "The Acting Studio, Inc.: Alumni". Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  6. ^ Roberts, Terri (2004-03-11). "Doing the Hustle". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  7. ^ Holder, Travis Michael (2004-02-19). "Topdog/Underdog". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  8. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (2004-11-16). "Top Dog/Underdog: It's a dog eat dog world". SF Station. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  9. ^ "The Wire: Interviews: Michelle Paress". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 

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