Actor Chad Coleman

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).

Early life

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.

Personal life

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.



Year Title Role Notes
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
2006 Confessions Darius
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


Year Title Role Notes
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”
2003 Hack Lafonso 2 episodes
2004–2008 The Wire Dennis “Cutty” Wise 20 episodes
2005 Numb3rs Williams Episode: “Man Hunt”
2007 Wifey Parnell Pilot
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
2016 Freakish Coach 3 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
2019 Treadwater Osei Unknown episodes
2020 Interrogation Mr. Franklin 4 episodes
2021 Invincible Martian Man (voice)

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Warriors Police Voice
2005 50 Cent: Bulletproof Booker Voice
2006 Bully Officer Williams 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

External Links

Actor Chad Coleman – Wikipedia

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