Chad L. Coleman
Critically acclaimed television, film and stage actor Chad L. Coleman is best known for his role as fan-favorite ‘Tyreese’ in one of the most popular cable series of all time, the Golden Globe® nominated series “The Walking Dead” ‘and as the reformed criminal “Dennis ‘Cutty’ Wise” in Emmy® award nominated HBO drama series “The Wire.” Coleman will next star in the highly-anticipated, new, hour-long FOX comedy series, “The Orville” playing the role of ‘Klyden.’ Created, executive produced, and starring Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”) and directed by Jon Favreau (IRON MAD, THE JUNGLE BOOK), the comedic science fiction series set 300 years in the future and follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. The series premieres on Sunday, September 10th at 9:00pm on FOX.
Coleman recently reprised his role as former Marine ‘Col. Frederick Lucius Johnson’ alongside Thomas Jane and Steven Strait in the second season of the Syfy space drama “The Expanse.”
Coleman also recently had a recurring role on season 5 of CW’s hit series “Arrow” as the newest villain ‘Tobias Church,’ an imposing gangster looking to unite the various criminal enterprises in Star City under his own singular command. Coleman also appeared in “Freakish,” from Awesomeness TV, the new series geared toward Gen Z viewers on Hulu. Coleman also appeared in History’s remake of the 1977 miniseries ROOTS in which he played the role of ‘Mingo,’ a stern, no-nonsense slave who works under ‘Tom Lea’ keeping the Lea plantation afloat and mentor of ‘Chicken George.’ Coleman is also widely recognized for his comedic turn as ‘Gary Miller,’ the ex-husband of ‘Nikki Miller’ and father of manipulative daughter ‘Mackenzie’ (Aisha Dee) in the FOX television comedy “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” and for his recurring role as ‘Z’ in comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Additional TV and film projects include “The Good Wife,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” THE GREEN HORNET and HORRIBLE BOSSES, to name a few.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Coleman was placed in the foster care system with his two older brothers and two older sisters when he was 11 months old but eventually returned living with his grandmother at the age of 14. Coleman’s passion for acting was inspired after joining an after-school program where he acted in their production of “Wonderful Town.” Coleman spent 4 years serving in the Army as a video cameraman stationed at the Pentagon in DC. After gaining much experience, Coleman made his way to New York where he starred in a number of Broadway projects including the critically-acclaimed August Wilson production “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” on Broadway alongside Meryl Streep.
Growing up in the foster care system, Coleman devotes time to working with children in similar circumstances and underprivileged communities. As a devoted father of two children, Coleman is the national celebrity spokesperson for Date with Dad, an annual dads-and-daughters event aimed at fostering the all-important father-daughter relationship, hosted by Camp Diva, a Richmond-based program of Girls for a Change, a non-profit providing opportunities for teen girls to prepare themselves for their passage into womanhood.