Russell Hornsby (born May 15, 1974) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Edward "Eddie" Sutton on ABC Family's Lincoln Heights, as Luke on the HBO drama In Treatment, as Detective Hank Griffin on the NBC series Grimm, and as Lyons in the movie Fences. He also played Carl Gatewood in the Showtime TV series The Affair.
Early life and education
Hornsby was born in Oakland, California. He was a football player at Folsom High School in Folsom, California. He auditioned for a spring musical and got the role of the Scarecrow in The Wiz. After that, he became very interested in theatre and acting and was highly involved with the rest of the school theatrical productions. After graduating he studied theater at Boston University from which he graduated with a degree in performance. After graduation, Hornsby continued his studies at the British American Drama Academy.
After finishing his studies at Oxford, Hornsby moved to New York City and was subsequently cast in leading roles in Off Broadway productions of To Kill a Mockingbird (as Atticus Finch), Joe Louis Blues, and Six Degrees of Separation (as Paul). In the late 1990s, he decided to move to Los Angeles in order to transition into television and film. He has appeared in several different television productions including appearing in recurring roles in Haunted as Detective Marcus Bradshaw and Gideon's Crossing as Chief Resident Dr. Aaron Boise. His other television credits include Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order, and In Justice among others. He also played running back Leon Taylor in ESPN's drama series Playmakers. On the big screen, he has appeared in such films as After the Sunset, Big Fat Liar, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Keep the Faith, Baby, Meet the Parents, and Stuck among others. In 2000, Hornsby appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Jitney for which he won a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.
He starred in the NBC fantasy drama Grimm from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, he played Isaiah Butler in the Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds. That same year, Hornsby joined the cast of the movie Creed II.
|2000||Meet the Parents||Late Night Courier (Right Bag)|
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Marcus Duncan|
|2004||After the Sunset||Jean Paul|
|2005||Get Rich or Die Tryin'||Odell|
|2006||Something New||Dr. Borcklond|
|2018||The Hate U Give||Maverick Carter|
|Creed II||Buddy Marcelle|
|1993||Bill Nye the Science Guy||Food Truck Assistant||Episode: “Digestion”|
|1999||Law & Order||Danny Ruiz||Episode: "Marathon"|
|2001||Girlfriends||Antoine Childs||Episode: "The Wedding"
Place of Darius McCrary for one episode
|2000–01||Gideon's Crossing||Dr. Aaron Boies||Series regular, 20 episodes|
|2002||Haunted||Marcus Bradshaw||Series regular, 11 episodes|
|2003||Playmakers||Leon Taylor||Series regular, 11 episodes|
|2004||Century City||Mr. Skobel||Episode: "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Lose"|
|2005||Grey's Anatomy||Digby Owens||Episode: "The Self-Destruct Button"|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Alvin Dutch||Episode: "Storm"|
|2008||In Justice||Luther Cain||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007–09||Lincoln Heights||Eddie Sutton||Series lead|
|2008||Fear Itself||Sergeant Wiliams||Episode: "Eater"|
|2009||In Treatment||Luke||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2010||The Good Wife||Dr. Shawn Wesley||Episode: "Painkiller"|
|2011||FutureStates||Kaya Guidry||Episode: "Remigration"|
|2011||Shameless||Tony's Partner||2 episodes|
|2011||Suits||Quentin Sainz||Episode: "Dirty Little Secrets"|
|2011–17||Grimm||Detective Hank Griffin||Series regular, 123 episodes|
|2018||Seven Seconds||Isaiah Butler||Series regular, 10 episodes|
|2018–19||The Affair||Carl Gatewood||5 episodes|
|2019||Proven Innocent||Ezekiel "EZ" Boudreau||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2020||Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector||Lincoln Rhyme||Main role|
|TBA||Black Mafia Family||Charles Flenory||Main role|
|2008||Army of Two||Tyson Rios|
|2009||Terminator Salvation||Rogers, Resistance Soldier|
- ABC Biography
- Internet Broadway Database
- Anderson, Nellie (November 17, 2016). "'Seven Seconds': Russel Hornsby, Raul Castillo & Zackary Momoh Cast in Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
- McNary, Dave (April 2, 2018). "Film News Roundup: Russel Hornsby Joins 'Creed' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved May 11, 2018.