Billy Brown (actor)

William Brown (born October 30, 1970) is an American actor. In 2014, Brown began starring as Detective Nate Lahey in the Shonda Rhimes drama series How to Get Away with Murder. He is also known for his roles in the television series Lights Out, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy and Hostages.

Billy Brown
William Brown

(1970-10-30) October 30, 1970 (age 49)
Years active1993–present

Life and careerEdit

Brown was born and raised in Inglewood, California.[1] He is known for his role as detective Mike Anderson on Showtime's Dexter from 2011 to 2012. Previously he starred as boxer Richard "Death Row" Reynolds in the short-lived FX series Lights Out.[2] In 2012, he landed the recurring role of August Marks in the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy.[3] He also provides the second voice of Cliffjumper in the animated series Transformers: Prime. In 2013, he portrayed Agent Troy Riley in the first season of The Following.

Brown starred opposite Toni Collette in the CBS drama series Hostages from 2013-14.[4] In 2014, he was cast opposite Viola Davis in ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[5][6]

In 2017, Brown was cast in his first film leading role in the Screen Gems' thriller Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson.[7]

Brown also voices recruiting commercials for the United States Marine Corps.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend Native American
1993 Dreamrider Boy in Boston
1997 The Beautician and the Beast Fireman
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park InGen Worker
2001 Second Coming N/A
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Rhino Voice
2005 House of the Dead 2 Griffin
2008 I Am Bubba Bubba Short film
2008 Cloverfield Staff Sgt. Pryce
2008 Lakeview Terrace Patrolman
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Mr. Carson
2009 Star Trek Med Evac Pilot
2017 Proud Mary Tom Spencer
2018 Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger Voice
2020 Working Man Walter Brewer


Year Title Role Notes
2000–03 As Told by Ginger Mr. Patterson / Delivery Guy 4 episodes
2004 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation Private Ottis Brick Television film
2004 CSI: NY George Thomas Episode: "Grand Master"
2004 NCIS Chief Petty Officer Velat Episode: "Heart Break"
2005 Cold Case Donald Williams Episode: "Strange Fruit"
2005–06 E-Ring MSgt. Meeks 3 episodes
2007 Criminal Minds Det. Ware Episode: "Fear and Loathing"
2007 Backyards & Bullets Craig Winslow Unsold TV pilot
2007–08 Dirt Tweety McDaniel 3 episodes
2009 Southland Talib 2 episodes
2009 Californication Marcy's Date Episode: "The Land of Rape and Honey"
2010 CSI: NY Business Pedestrian Episode: "Unfriendly Chat"
2011 Reconstruction Sam Unsold TV pilot
2011 Lights Out Richard 'Death Row' Reynolds 11 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joe Marshall Episode: "Official Story"
2011–12 Dexter Det. Mike Anderson 11 episodes
2012 Transformers Prime Cliffjumper Episode: "Out of the Past"
2013 The Following Troy Riley 3 episodes
2012–14 Sons of Anarchy August Marks 14 episodes
2013–14 Hostages Archer Petit 15 episodes
2014 Legends Robert McCombs Episode: "Rogue"
2014–20 How to Get Away with Murder Detective Nate Lahey 90 episodes
2015 Adventure Time The Vampire King 3 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Jet Set Radio DJ Professor K Voice role
2002 Jet Set Radio Future
2004 Hot Shots Golf Fore! T-Bone
2004 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 Zez-Kai Ell

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Billy Brown". American Broadcasting Companies. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "'Lights Out' Actor Joins 'Dexter' in Key Role (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Billy Brown to play opposite Harold Perrineau in 'Sons of Anarchy'". Digital Spy. June 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Billy Brown compares his roles on 'Hostages' and 'Sons of Anarchy'". Entertainment Weekly. September 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2014). "Aimee Garcia Cast In CBS Pilot 'Red Zone'; Billy Brown In ABC's 'How To Get Away'". Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "ABC Picks Up Shonda Rhimes Drama, Renews 'Resurrection' and 'Once Upon a Time'". TheWrap. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 22, 2017). "'How to Get Away With Murder's' Billy Brown to Star With Taraji P. Henson in 'Proud Mary' (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Marines target March Madness in recruiting campaign"]". Los Angeles Times. March 16, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2019.

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