Frank Grillo

Frank Anthony Grillo (born June 8, 1965)[1][2] is an American actor. He is best known for playing the Marvel supervillain Brock Rumlow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He had his first leading role in the action-horror film The Purge: Anarchy (2014), portraying Sergeant Leo Barnes, a role he reprised in The Purge: Election Year (2016), and has also appeared in Warrior (2011), The Grey (2012), End of Watch (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Wolf Warrior 2 and Wheelman (both 2017), and Boss Level (2021). Grillo's television work includes the lead role in Kingdom (2014–2017) and recurring roles in Battery Park (2000), For the People (2002–2003), The Shield (2002–2003), Prison Break (2005–2006), Blind Justice (2005), The Kill Point (2007) and Billions (2020).

Frank Grillo
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Grillo at the Kingdom premiere in October 2014
Frank Anthony Grillo

(1965-06-08) June 8, 1965 (age 56)
Alma materNew York University
Years active1992–present
  • Kathy Grillo
    (m. 1991; div. 1998)
  • (m. 2000; sep. 2020)

Early lifeEdit

Grillo was born the first of three boys in a working-class family in New York City, and is of Italian (Calabrian) heritage.[3] He was raised in the Bronx and in Rockland County, New York. Grillo began wrestling at eight years old, and took up boxing at eighteen.[4][5] In 1991, he started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, in which he has studied under Rickson Gracie and holds a brown belt.[6] Grillo graduated from New York University with a business degree and spent a year on Wall Street before being asked to do a Miller Genuine Draft beer commercial.[7][8] On the podcast The Fighter and the Kid, he stated that he holds Italian citizenship.[9]



Grillo (second from right) with his co-stars from Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Grillo started his acting career by appearing in commercials, for companies such as American Express and Sure deodorant. His first film role was in 1992's The Mambo Kings, and he went on to appear in the films Minority Report (2002), April's Shower (2006), and both iMurders and New Line Cinema's Pride and Glory in 2008.[10][11][12]

Grillo was in the 2010 horror film Mother's Day in the role of Daniel Sohapi and the following year, had a supporting role in the 2011 film Warrior as MMA trainer Frank Campana.[11] In 2012, he played Diaz in the survival thriller The Grey with Liam Neeson and as Sarge in End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal.[11] In 2013, he starred with Jaimie Alexander in the romantic thriller film Collision and had a bit role in the action film Homefront with Jason Statham.[13]

In 2014, Grillo was cast as HYDRA agent Brock Rumlow in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[14] The same year, he starred as Sergeant Leo Barnes in the sequel The Purge: Anarchy, and reprised his role in 2016's The Purge: Election Year.[15][16] He also reprised the role of Brock Rumlow/Crossbones in the third installment of the Captain America film series, Civil War, which was released on May 6, 2016.[17]

In October 2013, Grillo started filming for The Crash, starring alongside Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver, Ed Westwick, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald and Maggie Q.[18] The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah and Aaron Becker. The Crash was released on January 31, 2017.[19]

In 2015, Grillo starred in the films Demonic and Big Sky.[20][19][21][22] Another film in which he stars, Beyond Skyline, was originally set for release in 2015, and was ultimately released on Netflix in December 2017.[23]

In 2019, Variety announced that Grillo has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for representation.[24]

Grillo produced and starred in Boss Level, which was announced in November 2017 and was originally scheduled to be released by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures on August 16, 2019, but was delayed. It was subsequently bought by Hulu, which released it on March 5, 2021.[25] He also appeared in the sequel Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.[26]

The upcoming films he is set to appear in are This Is the Night with Naomi Watts, Copshop with Gerard Butler, Ida Red with Melissa Leo, The Yacht with Ruby Rose and A Day to Die with Bruce Willis.[27][28][29][30][31]


Nick Jonas, Joanna Going, Matt Lauria, Grillo and Jonathan Tucker at the premiere of the drama series Kingdom in October 2014

Grillo first appeared on television in episodes of Silk Stalkings (1993), and Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) before being cast as oil tycoon Hart Jessup on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light in 1996 up until 1999.[32] In 2002, he was cast in the series For the People as Det. J.C. Hunter and played Hunter until 2003. One of his more notable television roles was on the crime drama Prison Break where he played Nick Savrinn from 2005 to 2006.[33] During that time, he also appeared on the Blind Justice as Marty Russo.[11]

He was in the first and only season of The Kill Point in 2007, and played the role of Jimmy in the CSI: NY episode "The Things About Heroes," which aired in November 2007.[1][34] In 2010, he starred in the sci-fi series The Gates opposite Marisol Nichols and Rhona Mitra. The series only lasted one season.[35]

Between 2014 and 2017, Grillo starred in the DirecTV drama series Kingdom as MMA coach Alvey Kulina alongside Nick Jonas and Jonathan Tucker.[36]

Grillo was a season 5 regular on the drama series Billions, starring as artist Nico Tanner opposite Damian Lewis and Maggie Siff.[37] He will also reprise the role of Crossbones by voicing the character on the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe animated series What If... set to come out sometime in 2021.[38]

Personal lifeEdit

He married his first wife Kathy in 1991, but the couple divorced in 1998. They had a son, Remy (b. January 1997).[39] Grillo met fellow actress Wendy Moniz in 1996 on the set of Guiding Light. The couple was married on October 28, 2000,[32] and separated in February 2020.[40] They have two sons: Liam (b. August 2004) and Rio (b. January 2008).[15][41]

Grillo is a New York Yankees fan.[42]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Mambo Kings Machito
1993 Deadly Rivals Grogan
1996 Deadly Charades Vince Carlucci
2002 Simplicity General Short film
Minority Report Pre-Crime Cop
The Sweetest Thing Andy
2004 Hunter: Return to Justice Terence Gillette
2005 Hunter: Back in Force Terence Gillette
2006 April's Shower Rocco
Hollis & Rae Henry Callaway
2007 Raw Footage Ben Chaffin Short film
2008 The Madness of Jane Oliver Cornbluth
Blue Blood Quarry
iMurders Joe Romano
2009 Pride and Glory Eddie Carbone
Blue Eyes Bob Estevez
2010 Edge of Darkness Agent One
Mother's Day Daniel Sohapi
My Soul to Take Paterson
2011 Warrior Frank Campana
2012 The Grey John Diaz
Lay the Favorite Frankie
End of Watch Sarge
Zero Dark Thirty Red Squadron Commanding Officer
2013 Disconnect Mike
Collision Scott Dolan
Mary and Martha Peter
Homefront Cyrus Hanks
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Brock Rumlow
The Purge: Anarchy Sergeant Leo Barnes
2015 Demonic Mark Lewis
Big Sky Jesse
2016 Captain America: Civil War Brock Rumlow / Crossbones
The Purge: Election Year Sergeant Leo Barnes
2017 The Crash Guy Clifton Also executive producer
Stephanie Stephanie's father
Wolf Warrior 2 Big Daddy
Wheelman Wheelman Also producer
Beyond Skyline Mark Corley
2018 Reprisal Jacob
Donnybrook Chainsaw Angus
El Chicano N/A Executive producer only
2019 Avengers: Endgame Brock Rumlow Cameo
Point Blank Abraham "Abe" Guevara Also producer
Into the Ashes Sloan Also executive producer
Black and Blue Terry Malone
Hell on the Border Bob Dozier Also executive producer
2020 Jiu Jitsu Harrigan
2021 No Man's Land Bill Greer Also executive producer
Body Brokers Vin
Boss Level Roy Pulver Also producer
Cosmic Sin General Eron Ryle
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Bobby O’Neill
Copshop Teddy Also producer
2022 A Day to Die Mason Post-production
TBA This Is the Night Post-production
Ida Red Dallas Walker Post-production
The Gateway Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Silk Stalkings Franco LaPuma Episode: "Ladies Night Out"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Jerry Tate Episode: "Ghost in the Road"
1996–1999 Guiding Light Hart Jessup 74 episodes
1999 Wasteland Cliff Dobbs 3 episodes
2000 Battery Park Anthony Stigliano 7 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Frank Barbarossa Episode: "Deception"
2002–2003 For the People Det. J.C. Hunter 18 episodes
2002–2003 The Shield Officer Paul Jackson 4 episodes
2003 Karen Sisco Garrison Kick Episode: "Nostalgia"
2004 The District Vince Dymecki Episode: "Breath of Life"
2005 Blind Justice Marty Russo 13 episodes
2005–2006 Prison Break Nick Savrinn 18 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gary Sinclair Episode: "Happenstance"
2007 Without a Trace Neil Rawlings Episode: "Tail Spin"
Las Vegas Jeremy Shapiro Episode: "The Burning Bedouin"
The Kill Point Albert Roman/Mr. Pig 8 episodes
CSI: NY Jimmie Davis Episode: "The Thing About Heroes..."
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mark Van Kuren Episode: "Transitions"
2010 The Gates Nick Monohan 13 episodes
2011 Breakout Kings Agent Stoltz Episode: "Queen of Hearts"
2014–2017 Kingdom Alvey Kulina 40 episodes
2018 FightWorld Series host Travel documentary
2020 Billions Nico Tanner 5th season, recurring role
2021 What If...? Brock Rumlow Voice; in production


  1. ^ a b Mike Ryan (June 16, 2014). "Frank Grillo: On the Verge With 'The Purge: Anarchy' and Returning For 'Captain America 3' Read More: Frank Grillo: On the Verge With 'The Purge: Anarchy' and Returning For 'Captain America 3'". Screen Crush. Retrieved December 31, 2014. SC: You don't look 50. FG: I'm actually not really 50. SC: You aren't? FG: It's OK, I don't mind people saying that I'm 50. But, no, I was born in 1965 and IMDb has 1963. Whatever. I'm still old. I just had a birthday.
  2. ^ Frank Grillo [@FrankGrillo] (June 8, 2014). "Thanks all for the B-Day wishes. Much love and appreciation!!!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 1, 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Questions & Answers: April 15, 2006". Frank Grillo's Official Website. April 15, 2006. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2012. Yes, I am Italian and that is where my family is from also. In fact many of my relatives still live there. Maybe we are related.
  4. ^ Frank Grillo’s Fight Charles Thorp, Men's Journal
  5. ^ Grillo ’Em All: The Rise of a Hollywood Tough Guy Rafe Barthomomew, Grantland (October 8, 2014)
  6. ^ Frank Grillo Is Staying Ripped After 50 Sean Hyson, Muscle & Fitness
  7. ^ Jean M. Moniz. "Biography". Frank Grillo's Official Website. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
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  9. ^ Schaub, Brendan; Callen, Bryan (October 4, 2017). "The Fighter and The Kid - Episode 298: Frank Grillo". YouTube (Podcast). The Fighter and the Kid. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
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  22. ^ Dave Trumbore (October 10, 2013). "Bella Thorne and Kyra Sedgwick Tackle BIG SKY". Collider. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  23. ^ "'Beyond Skyline': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
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  39. ^ Frank Grillo (July 25, 2014). "Me and my #1 son remy_grillo chillin in Cali". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  40. ^ "Frank Grillo and Actress Wendy Moniz Divorce After 19 Years of Marriage". Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  41. ^ Frank Grillo (December 27, 2014). "Liam and Rio discussing why daddy doesn't have a driver for them". Frank Grillo's Verified Twitter. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  42. ^ Yankees Fan, Bronx Native Frank Grillo Brings Star-Studded Action to 'Boss Level' Max Goodman, Sports Illustrated (March 5, 2021)

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