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RANDALL PEARSON Played By Sterling K. Brown

RANDALL PEARSON

Played By Sterling K. Brown

Actor Bio

Sterling K. Brown stars as Randall Pearson in the award-winning and critically acclaimed NBC drama series "This Is Us," currently in its sixth and final season.

Brown has received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as well as five consecutive nominations in the category. He also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first African American to win the category in the award show's 75-year history.

Additionally, Brown made history by becoming the first African American actor to receive the SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama. He has also received two SAG Awards alongside his cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, as well as the African-American Film Critics Association Best Actor Award for two consecutive years. In 2018, Brown was included in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

Brown recently wrapped production on the indie film "Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul," which he is also producing. He is currently in production on the sci-fi indie "Biosphere," alongside Mark Duplass. Last year, Brown executive produced and co-hosted the OWN special "Honoring Our Kings: Own Honors Black Fatherhood," alongside Oprah Winfrey.

Brown recently narrated CNN's six-part docuseries "Lincoln: Divided We Stand," which took an honest and raw look at the remarkable story of Abraham Lincoln and what his story means for us today. He received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator for his work. Brown also contributed his voice to the Netflix project "Amend: The Fight for America," which focused on the evolving fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the Constitution's 14th Amendment.

In 2020, Brown portrayed Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (formerly played by John Spencer) in the Emmy-nominated election-themed reunion, "A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote." A year earlier, Brown co-starred in the powerful family drama "Waves" and Disney's blockbuster hit "Frozen 2." He also guest-starred in the third season of the Emmy-winning Amazon series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," for which he earned a 2020 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Brown created Indian Meadows Productions in 2018 under a pact with 20th Century Fox Television. Headed up by Danielle Reardon, the company's chief mandate is to champion diversity through the development and production of entertaining, educational and inclusive projects across multiple forms of media, including film, broadcast, cable and streaming. Indian Meadows is attached to executive produce the limited series adaptation of author Esi Edugyan's award-winning novel "Washington Black" for 20th Television. Additionally, Indian Meadows will produce the upcoming Lionsgate action film "Shadow Force," with Brown and Kerry Washington attached to star. The film is written by Leon Chills and Joe Carnahan with Washington's company Simpson Street and Made with Love Media also producing.

Also in 2018, Brown co-starred in Marvel's Academy Award-nominated film "Black Panther." The blockbuster broke worldwide box office records with Brown earning a SAG Award alongside the ensemble cast. Brown also led the cast of Fox's sci-fi thriller "The Predator" and starred in the action film "Hotel Artemis," alongside Jodie Foster and Brian Tyree Henry. Brown previously co-starred in the drama "Marshall," receiving an NAACP Image Award nomination for his performance, and alongside Tina Fey in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot." Additional film credits include "The Rhythm Section," "Angry Birds 2," "Our Idiot Brother," "The Suspect," "Righteous Kill," "Trust the Man" and "Spaceman."

In 2016, Brown portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX's highly rated award-winning television event series "The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story." He won an Emmy Award and Critics' Choice Award for the role and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award and NAACP Image Award.

For seven years, Brown portrayed Dr. Roland Burton in the critically acclaimed Lifetime series "Army Wives." His additional television credits include hosting "Saturday Night Live," "Insecure," "Supernatural," "Person of Interest," "Masters of Sex," "The Mentalist," "Castle" and "Criminal Minds."

A lover of theater, Brown has performed in a variety of acclaimed plays, including New York and Los Angeles productions of "Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)," for which he won an NAACP Theatre Award and was nominated for an Ovation Award. His additional stage credits include "Macbeth," "The Brother/Sister Plays" and "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui," opposite Al Pacino.

Brown graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from Stanford University before receiving his master's degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
 

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