Chad L. Coleman (born September 6, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Dennis “Cutty” Wise on the HBO crime drama series The Wire (2004–2008), the voice of Coach in the video game Left 4 Dead 2 (2009), and Tyreese Williams on the AMC post-apocalyptic horror series The Walking Dead (2012–2015), Mingo on the History Channel’s re-imagining of Roots (2016), and Z on the FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2010–2019). He later starred in the science fiction series The Expanse (2015–2020) as Fred Johnson and plays a recurring role as the alien Klyden on the Fox series The Orville (2017–present).
Coleman was born in Richmond, Virginia, on September 6, 1974. He was raised in a foster home. As a youth, he participated in track and field, but turned his attention to drama after a leg injury. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a scholarship for his freshman year, before dropping out to serve in the U.S. Army. During his time in there, from 1995 to 1999, he worked as a video cameraman.
Coleman had a starring role on the HBO series The Wire as reformed criminal Dennis “Cutty” Wise. In 2002, Coleman starred as O. J. Simpson in TNT’s television movie Monday Night Mayhem.
Coleman also had a guest role in the Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series on Fox. He also had a small role in Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power. Coleman was also involved with the development of Left 4 Dead 2, as a voice actor for the character Coach. In 2009, Coleman appeared in a revival of August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone on Broadway and also had a starring role in the Norwegian TV series Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All The Confusion?, based on the novel by Johan Harstad. The series aired in Europe in November 2011.
He guest starred in the In Plain Sight episode “Whistle Stop” as an ex-boxer/witness suffering from pugilistic dementia, and in the Lie to Me episode “The Canary’s Song” as a coal miner. He has also guest starred in five episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia between 2010 and 2019 as the character “Z”. In 2011, he began playing Gary Miller, the ex-husband of Nikki Miller and father of manipulative daughter Mackenzie, in the Fox television sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.
From late 2012 to early 2015, Coleman played Tyreese on AMC’s post-apocalyptic horror series The Walking Dead. In the third season, Tyreese was a recurring character. Coleman was upgraded to series regular and main cast member at the start of the fourth season and retained this status for its fifth season until his character was killed off in the mid-season premiere. On November 20, 2014, he was announced to play Fred Johnson, a.k.a. “The Butcher of Anderson Station”, a former Marine caught in a power struggle between Earth and Mars on the science-fiction series The Expanse. Coleman has taken on a main role in the 2015 series, and returns in Season 2.
Coleman also played Mingo in the 2016 re-imagining of Roots, on the History Channel. Mingo is a stern, no-nonsense slave/cock trainer for Tom Lea, who keeps the Lea plantation afloat. He befriends Chicken George and they bond like father and son.
Additionally, Coleman is executive producer, as well as visual inspiration for the character Mr. Osi of the futuristic graphic novel series Treadwater.
In 2016, he played the role of Tobias Church on Arrow. Currently, he is playing the recurring role of Klyden, Second Officer Bortus’s mate, on The Orville, which debuted in the fall of 2017 and entered its second season at the end of 2018.
Coleman was married to Sally Stewart from 1999 to 2010.
On May 1, 2015, Coleman was recorded in the middle of a rant on New York City’s 4 subway train. He stated that the rant was prompted by “built-up frustration” stemming from the death of Freddie Gray. Later that year, he created a PSA with the non-profit organization Living Advantage about how people can help foster children besides adopting them.
|1993||New York Cop||Iceman|
|1998||Speed of Life||Orderly|
|2001||The Gilded Six Bits||Joe Banks||Short film|
|2001||Revolution #9||Night Nurse|
|2002||The End of The Bar||Dr. Scott Rosen|
|2004||Brother to Brother||El|
|2005||Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power||Clyde||Short Video|
|2011||The Green Hornet||Chili|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Curtis the Dive Bar Bartender|
|2012||Life, Love, Soul||Earl Grant|
|2013||Habeas Corpus||Ray Jr.||Short film|
|2014||Crazy Little Thing Called… ‘Ships||Mr. Anders||Short film|
|2017||The Black Ghiandola||Tanner Alonso||Short film|
|2018||Making Lemonade||Chad||Short film|
|1992||Here and Now||Roland||Episode: “A.J.’s Big Leap”|
|1994, 1995||Law & Order||Henry / Weiner||2 episodes|
|1994, 1996||New York Undercover||Kevin Gray / Shoop||2 episodes|
|1999, 2001||Third Watch||Grissom / Lamar||2 episodes|
|2002||Monday Night Mayhem||O. J. Simpson||TV movie|
|2003, 2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Prison Warden / A.J. Martin||2 episodes|
|2003||Guiding Light||Moses||Episode: “#1853”|
|2004–2008||The Wire||Dennis “Cutty” Wise||20 episodes|
|2005||Numb3rs||Williams||Episode: “Man Hunt”|
|2008||New Amsterdam||Lt. Bobby Graham||Episode: “Golden Boy”|
|2008||Life on Mars||Suede||Episode: “Things to Do in New York When You Think You’re Dead”|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Kevin Landau||Episode: “Smoke Gets in Your CSI’s”|
|2009||Boldly Going Nowhere||Cobolt||Pilot|
|2009||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Queeg||2 episodes|
|2009||The Forgotten||Ray Perkins||Episode: “Football John”|
|2010||In Plain Sight||Ricky Dupree / Ricky Dumont||Episode: “Whistle Stop”|
|2010||Lie to Me||Darryl||Episode: “The Canary’s Song”|
|2010||The Good Wife||Carter Wright||Episode: “Nine Hours”|
|2010–2019||It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Z||5 episodes|
|2010–2013||I Hate My Teenage Daughter||Gary Miller||13 episodes|
|2012||Criminal Minds||Malcolm Ford||Episode: “The Company”|
|2012||Burn Notice||Brady Pressman||Episode: “Desperate Times”|
|2012||Electric City||Manny (voice)||20 episodes|
|2012–2015||The Walking Dead||Tyreese Williams||22 episodes|
|2013||Cult||True Believer #4||Episode: “Off to See the Wizard”|
|2013–2016||Family Guy||Additional voices||2 episodes|
|2015–2020||The Expanse||Col. Frederick Lucius Johnson||21 episodes|
|2016||Roots||Mingo||Episode: “Part 3”|
|2016||Arrow||Tobias Church||4 episodes|
|2017||The Goldbergs||Leon Schmion||Episode: “The Spencer’s Gift”|
|2017||Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland||Bill Whitfield||TV movie|
|2017–present||The Orville||Klyden||16 episodes|
|2019||All American||Corey James||9 episodes|
|2020||Interrogation||Mr. Franklin||4 episodes|
|2021||Invincible||Martian Man (voice)|
|2005||50 Cent: Bulletproof||Booker||Voice|
|2008||Grand Theft Auto IV||K 109: Imaging||Voice|
|2009||Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony||K 109: The Studio Imaging||Voice|
|2009||Left 4 Dead 2||Coach||Voice|
|2013||Resident Evil 6||Coach||Capcom X Valve Crossover DLC|