Character

John

Played by Gaius Charles

Actor Bio

Gaius Charles currently stars as John, a natural born leader who does not need to prove his mettle to anyone and is very charismatic in his stillness, on NBC's new drama series "Taken."

Charles is best known as Brian "Smash" Williams from the critically acclaimed, fan favorite NBC series "Friday Night Lights." He was most recently seen starring opposite Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano and Billy Crudup in the Sundance film "The Stanford Prison Experiment." His additional film credits include Salt," alongside Angelina Jolie, and "The Messenger," with Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson. Additionally, he appeared in "Takers" and the Sundance film "Toe to Toe."

In television, Charles was a series regular on "Grey's Anatomy" and had major recurring roles on "Necessary Roughness" and, most recently, on NBC's "Aquarius." His theater credits include the Labyrinth Theater Company's production of "Othello," alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz. He received rave reviews for originating the role of E-Z in Beau Willimon's play "Lower Ninth" and Malcolm in "Broke-ology," directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail.

Charles received his B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and he currently resides in Los Angeles.

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