Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Lawrence Gilliard Jr.[1] (born September 22, 1971)[2] is an American character actor who has appeared in films, television series and theatre. He portrayed D'Angelo Barksdale on the HBO drama series The Wire, a role which earned him critical acclaim.[3] He is also known for his role as Bob Stookey in the AMC horror drama The Walking Dead. He is in the cast of David Simon's HBO TV series, The Deuce, that premiered in September 2017.[4]

Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
Gilliard Jr. in 2014
Born (1971-09-22) September 22, 1971
Years active1989-present
Spouse(s)Michelle Paress

Early life and education

Gilliard was born in New York City.[1][2] He and his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he was seven years old.[5]

Gilliard played clarinet and studied classical music at Baltimore School for the Arts.[6] Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur were classmates of Gilliard's at the Baltimore School of the Arts.[2]

After attending Juilliard School for three years as a clarinet performance student,[7] Gilliard decided to pursue acting instead of music.[2] He also studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts,The Acting Studio - New York,[8][9] and the Stella Adler Conservatory.[10]


Gilliard made his film debut playing the lead, Dennis Brown, in the 1991 independent film Straight Out of Brooklyn.[5]

Gilliard has appeared on numerous television crime dramas such as Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire, New York Undercover, and CSI: NY. 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 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.[11][12]

He joined The Walking Dead cast as a regular, playing Bob Stookey, as of season 4, appearing in thirteen episodes up until he got another job on a new show,[2] which led to his character's death in the fifth season's third episode.[13]

Personal life

Gilliard is married to Michelle Paress, who joined the cast of The Wire in its fifth season.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Straight Out of Brooklyn Dennis Brown
1993 Fly By Night Jed Lyte
The Pickle Boy Who Stopped
1995 Lotto Land Hank
Money Train Hood #3/Hood #1
1996 Trees Lounge James
The Associate Thomas, Plaza Bellhop
1997 White Lies Leon Turner / Leon Chame
1998 A Soldier's Sweetheart Shoeshine
The Substitute 2: School's Out Dontae
Next Stop Wonderland Brett
One Tough Cop Curtis Wilkins
The Waterboy Derek Wallace
1999 Simply Irresistible Nolan Traynor
Loving Jezebel Walter
2000 Cecil B. DeMented Lewis
2001 Home Invaders
Trigger Happy Ray
2002 Gangs of New York Jimmy Spoils
2003 Kill the Poor Spike
2004 Brother to Brother Marcus
The Machinist Jackson
Woman Hollering Creek Melvin Short
2008 Turnipseed Johnny Turnipseed
The Highs & Lows of Milo Brown Elliot Short
2011 The Double Agent Burton
2012 Junior Det. Daniel Abrams Sr. Short
The Wire: The Musical D'Angelo Barksdale Short
The Trial of Ben Barry June Short
Would You Rather Dr. Barden
2013 Turnipseed: Second Chance John Turnipseed
2014 Walk of Shame Scrilla


Year Title Role Notes
1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War Will TV movie
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street William Lyness Episode: "A Dog and a Pony Show"
ABC Afterschool Specials Episode: "Girlfriend"
Survive the Night TV movie
1993–1994 George Lathan Basmore 9 episodes
1994 New York Undercover Quentin Episode: "After Shakespeare"
1995 Inflammable Wesley Raines TV movie
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Henry Jackson TV movie
2002 Less than Perfect Chester Episode: "Kip Steadman's Guide to Dating"
2002–2003 The Wire D'Angelo Barksdale 18 episodes
2004 The Jury Corey Hamilton Episode: "The Boxer"
2005 CSI: NY Officer Omar Lilly Episode: "Crime and Misdemeanor"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Eddie Roberts Episode: "Acts of Contrition"
2006 Numb3rs Amos Shabaz Episode: "Waste Not"
2008 Fear Itself James Episode: "Spooked"
2009 The Beast Nick / Raymond Beaumont 10 episodes
Trauma Duke Episode: "Blue Balloon"
2010 Friday Night Lights Elden Episode: "The Lights in Carroll Park"
The Boondocks 2nd Prisoner Episode: "A Date with the Booty Warrior"
Detroit 1-8-7 Lefty Reed Episode: "Déjà Vu/All In"
Lie to Me Marcus Weaver Episode: "Smoked"
2011 Partners Dr. J TV movie
2012 Southland John's Sponsor 2 episodes
Army Wives Marcus Williams 7 episodes
2013 Longmire Burke Episode: "Unquiet Mind"
2013–2015 The Walking Dead Bob Stookey 14 episodes
2015 Graceland Deputy Agent Sean Logan 6 episodes
Elementary Dr. Dwyer Kirk Episode: "The Eternity Injection"
The Good Wife Ken Boxer Jr. Episode: "Winning Ugly"
2017–2019 The Deuce Chris Alston 25 episodes
2018 God Friended Me Aaron Episode: "Coney Island Cyclone"


  1. "Larry Gilliard: Biography". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  2. Miller, Matt; Gondelman, Josh; Gilliard, Jr., Lawrence (18 September 2017). "Lawrence Gilliard Jr. of 'The Deuce' Explains the Tupac Connection on His Wikipedia Page". Esquire.
  3. Goodman, Tim (2004-09-17). "Never mind who'll win the Emmys. Here's who deserves recognition". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  4. "James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Star in HBO Drama Series "The Deuce," Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, Debuting Sept. 10" (Press release). HBO. July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  5. 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. Archived from the original on 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  6. Woolever, Lydia; Souza, Gabriella (1 September 2015). "Kwame Kwei-Armah and Lawrence Gilliard Jr". Baltimore.
  7. Lawrence Gilliard Jr. takes on a new role in AMC's 'The Walking Dead'
  8. "Alumni: Larry Gilliard – Actor". Baltimore School for the Arts. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  9. "The Acting Studio, Inc.: Alumni". Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  10. Roberts, Terri (2004-03-11). "Doing the Hustle". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  11. Holder, Travis Michael (2004-02-19). "Topdog/Underdog". Back Stage West. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  12. Harmanci, Reyhan (2004-11-16). "Top Dog/Underdog: It's a dog eat dog world". SF Station. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  13. Ross, Dalton (4 September 2013). "'The Walking Dead': Lawrence Gilliard Jr. on how he landed the part of Bob Stookey". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  14. "The Wire: Interviews: Michelle Paress". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
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