Sterling K. Brown: “No Black man in my family lived past 65”

Sterling K. Brown
By Carter Higgins,

When Sterling K. Brown starting acting on TV, people would refer to him as “that guy” in that “one show,” you know “whatshisname.” But now, the award-winning actor is known for playing Christopher Darden in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. Brown is also known for his role as Roland Burton on the Lifetime Network drama series Army Wives. He currently stars as Randall Pearson on the critically acclaimed NBC drama, This Is Us, for which he also won an Emmy.

Catching the acting bug in high school, the Sterling went to Stanford with a major in economics and other plans in mind for his life, only later realizing that “the hobby was actually the calling.

“I discovered that I love being on stage in high school. My first play was Godspell—I was a member of the ensemble, and there’s this part where you sing this song, [sings] ‘Prepare Ye (The Way Of The Lord),’ explains Sterling. “One night in particular, people were standing up and applauding.”


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