• Seth Gilliam was born on Long Island, New York in 1968
• He is a popular actor known for his role in "The Wire" and "The Walking Dead"
• He is married to actress and producer Leah C. Gardiner
• He enjoys travelling, golf, and playing with his two pet dogs and pet parrot
• He has a net worth of over $1.5 million

Who is Seth Gilliam?

Seth Gilliam was born on Long Island, New York USA, on 5 November 1968 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio and he holds American nationality. He’s a popular actor, who’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Ellis Carver in the critically acclaimed crime thriller series “The Wire”, created by David Simon and which starred Lance Reddick, Dominic West and Sonja Sohn. It’s set in Baltimore, and follows the lives of drug lords and the police trying to put them behind bars. The series aired from 2002 to 2008 and won 16 awards while it was nominated for 52 others, including two Primetime Emmys. The website IMDb has rated “The Wire” the seventh best TV series of all time.

Early life, family and education

Seth was raised on Long Island by his father Gabriel Stokes who was a businessman, and his mother whose name hasn’t been disclosed.

As he hasn’t spoken about having any siblings, Seth’s believed to be an only child.

He grew up being interested in various activities such as football, acting and working out, and was allegedly also amongst the best students at the high school he attended. Seth matriculated in 1986 and then enrolled at State University of New York at Purchase, from which he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1990.

Roles in TV series

Seth has appeared in close to 50 movies and TV series, and we’re going to be mentioning some of his most notable performance in this article.

As soon as he obtained his college degree, Seth made his debut TV series appearance, with his portrayal of Aaron Dexter in three episodes of the romantic family comedy “The Cosby Show”.

His following notable role came nine years later in 1999, when he was cast to play the supporting character Officer Clayton Hughes in the crime thriller drama “Oz”, created by Tom Fontana and which starred Ernie Hudson, J. K. Simmons and Lee Tergesen. It follows the lives of inmates and officers at a strange prison facility  the series won 15 awards while it was nominated for 53 others, including two Primetime Emmys. The following years saw Seth play supporting roles in various critically acclaimed series, such as the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, the drama “Mercy”, and the comedy drama “Nurse Jackie”. From 2011 to 2017, he played Dr. Alan Deaton in the popular action fantasy drama “Teen Wolf”, created by Jeff Davis, and which starred Tyler Posey, Holland Roden and Dylan O’Brien.

Seth Gilliam

It follows the life of a boy who has been bitten by a werewolf – the series won 23 of the 62 awards it was nominated for.

Since 2014, Seth has been portraying Gabriel Stokes in the hit horror thriller drama “The Walking Dead” created by Angela Kang and Frank Darabont, and which stars Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus. It follows Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes who has been in a coma for years and has now woken up to learn that the world has been taken over by zombies. The series has won 78 awards and has been nominated for 224 others including a Golden Globe.

In 2019, Seth guest starred as Lieutenant in the episode “Original Pilot” of the drama “The Code”, while the same year also saw him play Reverent Jasper Fields in four episodes of the crime thriller drama “City on a Hill”.

Roles in movies

Seth made his debut film appearance in the 1992 drama “In the Eyes of a Stranger”, and the following years saw him play supporting characters in many mediocre movies, such as the 1993 romantic comedy drama “Joey Breaker”, the 1994 thriller drama “Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker”, and the 1995 biographical historical drama “Jefferson in Paris”.

He gained recognition in 1997 with his portrayal of Sugar Watkins in the action adventure science fiction “Starship Troopers”, written by Edward Neumeler and based on the book by Obert A. Heinlein, and directed by Paul Verhoeven. It starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Dina Meyer, and follows humans who are fighting against giant alien bugs.

The movie won three of the 19 awards it was nominated for, including an Oscar. A couple of Seth’s following notable performances were in the 2002 romantic drama “Personal Velocity”, the 2005 romantic comedy “The Great New Wonderful”, and the 2008 thriller “Sympathetic Details”. In 2009, he played the supporting character U. S. Marshal Lasky in the popular romantic comedy “Did You Hear About the Morgans” written and directed by Marc Lawrence, and which starred Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sam Elliott – it follows a couple from New York City, who after witnessing a murder, are sent to Wyoming through the Witness Protection Program. The movie was nominated for two awards.

Three of Seth’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2017 adventure science fiction thriller “Police State”, the drama “Change in the Air”, and the comedy “Silver Lake” both in 2018.

Other credits

In 1993, Seth was on the automated dialogue replacement group of the crime comedy movie “Mad Dog and Glory”.

He has been featured in many documentary movies, such as the 2006 “The Wire: It’s All Connected”, the 2007 “The Wire Odyssey” and in the same year “The Wire: The Last Word”; he has also appeared in the 2016 “The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far”, and the 2017 “The Walking Dead: Behind the Dead”.

Seth has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows such as “Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith”, “Captain Kyle’s Cosplay Spotlight”, and “Talking Dead”.

In 2016, he received special thanks for the documentary movie “The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far”.

Seth has appeared in various theatre plays, such as “Richard III”, “Othello” and “Antony and Cleopatra”.

Awards and nominations

He has been nominated for only a single award: a 2020 CinEuphoria Merit – Honorary Award for his performance in the series “The Walking Dead”, shared with over 60 colleagues!

Love life and wife

Seth’s more or less secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s known that he’s been married to Leah C. Gardiner since 24 August 2005. They met on the set of a movie sometime in the early 2000s, and after several years of dating exchanged vows in front of their closest friends and family members.

Leah gas given birth to their only child, so as of March 2021, the family of three seems to be leading a happy life together.

Leah’s an actress and a movie producer, however, she only has a single acting and a single producing credit. In 2013, she worked as an associate producer on the drama film “Mother of George”, and in 2016 played The Director in the drama movie “Little Men”.

Neither Seth nor Leah have spoken about any other people they had perhaps been with before meeting each other.

Hobbies and other interests

Seth’s passionate about travelling, and his acting career has taken him to various US states, while the actor has also been to several South American countries including Argentina and Brazil. He has vacationed in several European countries including England and France.

Seth’s a lover of animals, and has two pet dogs and a pet parrot. He supports the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

He was once very sporting, as he played soccer, tennis and basketball, however, Seth nowadays only plays golf with his friends.

He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. Seth’s a huge fan of the film trilogy “The Godfather”, while a couple of other movies he enjoys watching include “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Taxi Driver” and “Les Miserables”.

Age, height and net worth

Seth’s age is 52. He had black hair but is now bald, and has brown eyes; his height is 5ft 8ins (1.74m), and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs). As of March 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million.


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