Fast Facts

  • Began acting at the age of 6 after a teacher suggested that the "class clown" audition for a play.
  • Introduced many minority youths to the works of Shakespeare through his participation in Joseph Papp's Shakespeare productions in New York. He would like to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.
  • His first feature role was in the Oscar-winning 1989 Oliver Stone film, Born on the Fourth of July. 
  • His performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson earned a 1990 Tony nomination. He originated his character, Lymon, at Yale Rep in 1987.
  • Wanted a change from his Roc sitcom character (a wisecracking woman-chaser), which led him, thanks to his friendship with Mark Harmon from their Chicago Hope days, to a serious dramatic role as NCIS director Leon Vance on NCIS. (On-screen, his character and Harmon's have a tense relationship.)

Awards

  • 1990, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Gabrielle Bullock — Wife

College

  • Conservatory of Theare Arts at Webster University, St. Louis, Ohio, United States (BFA)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Roscoe Carroll
  • Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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