The son of editorial writer Alberta Phillips and former NFL player Billy Brooks, this Texas native was a celebrated high-school basketball player and model before moving to Los Angles to pursue acting in his late teens. Brooks’ star began to rise with a recurring role on Boston Public
and in 2005 caught a big break by moving to Wisteria Lane as Alfre Woodard’s secretive son on Desperate Housewives
. For season two of HBO’s vampire series True Blood
he was cast as “Eggs” Benedict Talley and then became a regular on the short-lived law drama The Deep End
. His years of experience walking the catwalk led to modeling in a steamy 2010 Calvin Klein promotion for the designer’s X underwear line.Mehcad Brooks Fast Facts:
- Began acting in school and local plays at age 15.
- Excelled in high school sports and was named a Texal all-state basketball player.
- Son of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Billy Brooks and editorial writer Alberta Phillips.
- Big break came with the role of Matthew Applewhite on Desperate Housewives, for which he earned an Image Award nomination.
- Included in Daily Variety's Ten Young Actors to Watch in 2005.
- Landed the role of Tara's love interest Eggs on the vampire series True Blood and played a lawyer on the short-lived The Deep End.
- Modeling gigs include the racy 2010 video and print ads for Calvin Klein X underwear line.
- Mehcad Brooks Relationships:
- Billy Brooks - Father
- Gary Bledsoe - Stepfather
- Alberta Phillips - Mother
- Billy Brooks - Brother
- Mehcad Brooks Awards:
- 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
- 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
- Attended University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, Los Angeles, CA