After studying acting at Chicago's DePaul University, Missouri-native Roberts stayed in the Windy City to hone his skills on some of its finest stages, including the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Goodman Theatre. In the mid-'90s, he began landing small film parts and TV guest spots, including a recurring role in Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 2002 was an important year for Roberts: He gained 20 pounds to play legendary boxer Joe Louis in the TV biopic Joe and Max, and played the nemesis of the protagonist in the marching-band movie Drumline. Following his appearance as a series regular on the popular Heroes in 2006-2007, Roberts continued making guest appearances on high-profile shows (including a 2010 role on Castle) and performed on London's West End stage in a 2008 production of The Viewing Room.

Fast Facts

  • Made film debut in a small role in Love Jones (1997).
  • For his first major film role, appeared with Denzel Washington in Spike Lee's He Got Game (1998).
  • In 2000, played Forrest Gates in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Gained 20 pounds to portray heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis in the TV movie Joe and Max (2002).
  • Made his West End (London) theater debut in a 2008 production of The Viewing Room.
  • Reunited with actor Noah Gray-Cabey, who played his son on the TV series Heroes, in the 2010 film Pizza Man.


  • DePaul University, The Theatre School, Chicago, IL (BFA in Acting, 1995)

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  • Birth Place: St. Louis, MO
  • Profession: Actor

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