Actor Rockmond Dunbar

Rockmond Dunbar is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, Kenny Chadway on Showtime family drama Soul Food, and Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin on the Fox crime drama Prison Break. He also played Sheriff Eli Roosevelt on the FX Drama series Sons of Anarchy, FBI Agent Dennis Abbott on The Mentalist, FBI Agent Abe Gaines in the Hulu series The Path, and Michael Grant on 9-1-1 (2018-).

Early life and education

Dunbar was born in Oakland, California. He attended Oakland Technical High School and graduated from Morehouse College before moving on to study at the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico.



Dunbar is known for his leading role as Kenny Chadway on the television series Soul Food, and TV Guide named him as one of “Television’s 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time”. He landed a regular role as Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin on the television series Prison Break. In 2007, Dunbar starred on the short-lived TNT medical drama Heartland. He made a guest appearance on Noah’s Arc as himself to give Noah (screenwriter and the main character of the show) some ideas about his movie Fine Art. He also had a recurring role on the UPN series Girlfriends, and is also known for his role as “Pookie” on the television series The Game. He was also a regular on the short-lived FX series Terriers.

Dunbar’s other TV credits include guest appearances in Earth 2, Felicity, The Pretender, Two Guys and a Girl, and North Shore.

In 2011, he joined the cast of FX’s show Sons of Anarchy as the new Sheriff of Charming, Eli Roosevelt. In 2013, Dunbar joined the CBS crime drama The Mentalist as FBI agent Dennis Abbott. In 2018, Dunbar joined the cast of 9-1-1 as Michael Grant.


His film projects include Punks (which debuted at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival), Misery Loves Company, Sick Puppies, Whodunit, Dirty Laundry, All About You, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and the Tyler Perry-produced film, The Family That Preys.


Rockman dunbar has contributed to the art world through the mixed media exhibit, ARTHERAPY. He posed for the November 2003 issue of Playgirl magazine.

Personal life

According to DNA analysis, Dunbar’s ancestry is mainly from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. On his visit to Nigeria, he was given the Yoruba name, Omobowale (a variant form of Omowale) meaning “our son has come home”.

He was married to Ivy Holmes from 2003 to 2006. After dating for less than a year, Dunbar became engaged to his girlfriend Maya Gilbert, an actress and writer. The couple’s engagement took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 30, 2012.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Misery Loves Company Eric Haynes Independent film
1994–1995 Earth 2 Baines TV series
1997 The Good News Bonz TV series
1998 The Wayans Bros. Barry TV series
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Tommy TV series
1999 Pacific Blue Tiger Bates TV series
The Practice Byron Little TV series
The Pretender Joe Taylor TV series
Felicity Man on Train TV series
2000 Punks Darby Independent film
G vs E Sonny Rhymes TV series
2000–2004 Soul Food Kenny Chadway TV series
2001 All About You Tim
2003–2004 Girlfriends Jalen TV series
2004 Hollywood Division Det. Reginald Feiffer TV movie
North Shore Agent Fernley TV series
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Mr. Fire
Head Cases Dr. Robinson TV series
Prison Break Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin TV series
2006 Dirty Laundry Patrick/Sheldon
2007 Heartland Dr. Thomas Jonas TV series
Shark Teddy Banks TV series
Grey’s Anatomy Sean Brotherton TV series
CSI: Miami James Reilly TV series
2008 The Family That Preys Chris
Jada Simon Independent film
Alien Raiders Kane Independent film
2009 Pastor Brown Amir Rahiem TV film (also director)
2009, 2012–2013 The Game Pookie from Richmond TV series
2010 Terriers Det. Mark Gustafson TV series
Private Practice Jacob Deever TV series
2012 Raising Izzie Greg TV movie
2011–2013 Sons of Anarchy Sheriff Eli Roosevelt TV series
2012–2013 For Richer or Poorer Aubrey TV series
2013–2015 The Mentalist FBI Agent Dennis Abbott TV series
2014 Curve Ball James Independent film
2016–2017 The Path Detective Abe Gaines TV series
2017 Scorpion Scotty TV series
2018 – present 9-1-1 Michael Grant TV series
2018 City of Lies Dreadlocks Film

External Links

Actor Rockmond Dunbar – Wikipedia

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