Actor David Aron Damane

David Aron Damane is an American actor, and writer. He made his television debut on Cosby, followed by roles on Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago P.D., Jett, and Dynasty. In 2020, he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of “J.J. Brown” in Transport Group’s Off-Broadway production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.


Damane made his television debut in 1996 as “Skip” on Cosby. In 1997, he made his Broadway debut in The Life. He portrayed “Chingachgook” in the Goodspeed Opera House musical Glimmerglass in 1999. In 2000, he joined the cast of Broadway’s Riverdance as Principal Soloist, and in 2001 played “Isaiah” in the Off-Broadway play Living in the Wind. Later that year, Mr. Damane played “James Wilson” on Law and Order.

In 2002, Mr. Damane portrayed “Jake” in New York City Opera’s Porgy and Bess, which was also televised on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center. In 2003, he returned to Broadway in the revival of the musical Big River, produced by Roundabout Theatre Company and Deaf West Theatre. The following year, he played “DuShawn McGovern” on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2005, he joined the national tour of Big River, playing “Jim’ for the remainder of its run, and won the 2005 Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Touring Musical. He joined the 1st national tour of the musical The Color Purple in 2009. in 2011 he played “Joe” in Goodspeed Opera House’s Show Boat. He returned to Broadway in 2012 as “George” in the play Don’t Dress for Dinner, and as “The General” in The Book of Mormon. Later that year, he originated the role of “The General” in the Chicago company of the show, until leaving the company in 2016. In 2013, He began playing “Maurice Owens” on Chicago P.D..

He returned to the New York stage in 2018 as “Husky Miller” in Classic Stage Company’s Carmen Jones, and received an AUDELCO Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Musical. In 2019 he was seen as “Eddie McKay” on the Cinemax series Jett. He earned a 2020 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of “J.J. Brown” in Transport Group’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

In 2021, David played Leo Abbott on The CW’s Dynasty.

Film and Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Cosby Skip Episode, “Tempus Lucas”
2001 Law and Order James Wilson Episode, “3 Dawg Night”
2002 Live From Lincoln Center Jake Porgy and Bess
2004 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit DuShawn McGovern Episode, “Lowdown”
2009 America Bobby Crisp
2014 Chicago P.D. Maurice Owens Recurring
2018 Instinct Conductor Johnson Episode, “I Heart New York”
2019 Jett Eddie McKay Recurring
2021 Dynasty Leo Abbott Recurring


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tommy Specialist North Shore Music Theatre
1997 Big River Jim u/s Paper Mill Playhouse
1997 – 1998 The Life Memphis, Memphis u/s, Silky u/s Broadway, The Ethel Barrymore Theatre
1998 Where’s Charley? Simon Kennedy Center
1999 Glimmerglass Chingachgook Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre
2000 Riverdance Principal Soloist National Tour, Lagan company
2000 – 2001 Riverdance Principal Soloist Broadway, Gershwin Theatre
2001 Living in the Wind Isaiah Off-Broadway, American Place Theatre
2001 To Kill A Mockingbird Tom Robinson Ford’s Theatre
2002 Porgy and Bess Jake New York City Opera
2003 Big River Jim u’s Broadway, American Airlines Theatre
2005 Big River Jim National Tour
Ovation Award winner, Best Supporting Actor in a Touring Musical.
2009-2010 The Color Purple Pa, Mister u/s, Ol’ Mister u/s National Tour
2011 Reunion Hannibal Drumwright Meadow Brook Theatre
2011 Big River Jim PlayMakers Repertory Company
2011 Show Boat Joe Goodspeed Opera House
2011 The Parchman Hour Pee Wee PlayMakers Repertory Company
2012 Don’t Dress for Dinner George Broadway, American Airlines Theatre
2012 The Book of Mormon The General Broadway, Eugene O’Neill Theatre
2012 – 2016 The Book of Mormon The General Chicago company – 2nd National Tour
2018 Carmen Jones Husky Miller Off-Broadway, Classic Stage Company
AUDELCO Award nomination, Featured Actor in a Musical.
2019 Big River Jim Rubicon Theatre Company
2020 The Unsinkable Molly Brown J.J. Brown Off-Broadway, Transport Group
Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Actor in a Musical.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Watch Dogs Citizens Video Game
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Zandalari Exile Video Game

External Links

Actor David Aron Damane – Wikipedia

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