Gaius Charles (born 2 May 1983) is an American actor known for his portrayal of Brian “Smash” Williams in the television drama, Friday Night Lights. He also played Dr. Shane Ross on the ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy and a recurring role on the NBC historical-drama series Aquarius, as Black Panther leader Bunchy Carter.
Early Life and Career
Charles was born on May 2, 1983 in Manhattan, New York, United States. He was raised in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.
Charles graduated from Teaneck High School in 2001. He attended Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama. He also studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Drew University.
In 2017, Charles starred in the first season of NBC’s television drama series Taken, based on the Taken film franchise.
He has appeared in multiple television series, including Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, and Aquarius, in which he portrayed Civil Rights Activist and Black Panther Bunchy Carter, and Necessary Roughness.
Charles made guest appearances on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blindspot, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, in which he portrayed Muhammad Ali, NCIS, Pan Am, and Law & Order: SVU.
His film credits include the independent features The Stanford Prison Experiment, Toe To Toe, and The Messenger. He’s also worked on studio films like Salt, with Angelina Jolie, and Takers.
In addition to film and television, Charles starred in the Labyrinth Theater Company’s production of Othello, co-produced with the Public Theater, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz. He received positive reviews for originating the roles of “EZ” in Beau Willimon’s play Lower Ninth and “Malcolm” in Broke-ology, directed by Tony Award winner Thomas Kail.
Gaius Charles is currently single and not yet married.
Gaius Charles’ net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $700, 000 – $2 million.
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