Damon Gupton

Damon Jamal Gupton (born January 4, 1973)[1] is an American actor and orchestral conductor, best known for his series regular roles as Charles Foster on Deadline, Evrard Velerio on Prime Suspect, Adam Page on The Divide, Detective Cal Brown on The Player, Deputy Chief Henderson on Black Lightning, and SSA Stephen Walker on Criminal Minds. He has also co-starred in the films The Last Airbender (2010), Whiplash (2014), and La La Land (2016).

Damon Gupton
Damon Jamal Gupton

(1973-01-04) January 4, 1973 (age 48)
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • Orchestral conductor
Years active1999–present

Early life and educationEdit

Gupton was born in Detroit, Michigan.[2] He attended the University of Michigan, where he directed a musical ensemble,[3] and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. He received the Emerging Artist Award from the University's School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society. He also graduated in drama from Juilliard School in New York. Gupton studied conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He later attended the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C., studying with Leonard Slatkin.


Gupton's first film appearance was in the drama Unfaithful (2002).

In 2004, he was an American Conducting Fellow at the Houston Symphony, and was assistant conductor of the Kansas City Symphony in 2006.[4] Gupton was a guest conductor with various orchestras, including the Cincinnati Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, as well as Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Orchestra of Tokyo, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de UNAM. He was the conductor of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra during its national tour, including performances at Carnegie Hall. Gupton won Mexico City's third International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition, the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize, and The Aspen Conducting Prize. He was named a Presidential Professor by the University of Michigan in January 2009.[citation needed]

In 2012, Gupton performed in the Broadway production of the play Clybourne Park, receiving an AUDELCO nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In September 2012, Gupton landed the lead role on the short-lived AMC drama series The Divide, playing District Attorney Adam Page.[5] Gupton joined the cast of the NBC procedural drama series The Player in February 2015, co-starring as Detective Cal Brown alongside Wesley Snipes.[6] On December 3, 2015, he was cast in the recurring role of psychiatrist Gregg Edwards on the fourth season of A&E's drama-thriller series Bates Motel.[7]

On September 30, 2016, CBS announced that Gupton had joined Criminal Minds as a regular cast member, portraying Stephen Walker, a special agent in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. He began appearing in the series' twelfth season.[8] On June 11, 2017, it was announced that he would depart the show after one season.[9] Gupton was subsequently cast as Inspector Henderson in the superhero drama series Black Lightning.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Unfaithful Other Businessman
2006 Helen at Risk Pearson Short film
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Doctor
2010 The Last Airbender Monk Gyatso
2012 This Is 40 Colonoscopy Technician
2014 Whiplash Mr. Kramer
2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story Leonard Herring
2016 La La Land Harry


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order Sammy Morris Episode: "Merger"
2000 The Loretta Claiborne Story Sam Claiborne Television film
2000 Third Watch Carter Episode: "Just Another Night at the Opera"
2000–2001 Deadline Charles Foster 13 episodes
2002 Hack Mark Simmons Episode: "Slippery Slope"
2006 Drift Sal Bianca M.E. Television film
2006 Conviction Keith Watts Episode: "Indebted"
2009 The Unusuals Wiley Probst Episode: "Crime Slut"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Gearhardt 2 episodes
2010 Strange Brew Lester Lewis III Unsold pilot
2011–2012 Prime Suspect Evrard Velerio 13 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Sutton Wall Episode: "Bullies"
2014 Rake Marcus Barzmann 5 episodes
2014 Suits James Quelling 2 episodes
2014 The Divide Adam Page 8 episodes
2015 Empire Calvin Walker 4 episodes
2015 The Player Detective Cal Brown 9 episodes
2016–2017 Bates Motel Dr. Gregg Edwards 8 episodes
2016–2017 Criminal Minds SSA Stephen Walker Starring Role
2016 Goliath Leonard Letts 8 episodes
2018 Dirty John Detective Dennis Lukens 1 episode
2018–2020 Black Lightning Inspector Henderson Series regular
2020 The Comey Rule Jeh Johnson miniseries
TBA The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Coydog Main role, upcoming miniseries


  1. ^ "Person Details for Damon Jamal Gupton, "United States Public Records, 1970–2009"". FamilySearch. Retrieved December 21, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "SMTD alumnus Damon Gupton to deliver School's 2015 commencement address". University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. April 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Music at Michigan. UM Libraries. 1992. pp. 20–. UOM:39015031161568.
  4. ^ Symphony. 57. American Symphony Orchestra League. 2006.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 13, 2012). "Damon Gupton Lands Lead In AMC's Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 23, 2015). "Wesley Snipes Joins NBC Pilot 'Endgame'". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (December 3, 2015). "Damon Gupton Joins 'Bates Motel'; Trieste Kelly Dunn In 'Blindspot'". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (September 30, 2016). "Criminal Minds: New Series Regular Cast in Wake of Thomas Gibson's Exit". TVLine. Retrieved September 30, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (June 11, 2017). "Criminal Minds: Damon Gupton Out, Two Series Vets Remain in Limbo". TVLine.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (July 23, 2017). "'Black Lightning' Casts James Remar & Damon Gupton As Series Regulars, Watch Trailer – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood.

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