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LaMonica Garrett (born May 23, 1975; San Francisco, California) is an American actor[1][2] and former professional Slamball player.[3]

LaMonica Garrett
Born (1975-05-23) May 23, 1975 (age 44)
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)
Mina Ivanova (m. 2017)

Early years and sports careerEdit

LaMonica Garrett was born in San Francisco, California. He was named after former Oakland Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica, of whom his parents were fans. During high school, Garrett was a football player. When his family moved to Los Angeles, he and a friend were transferred to Burbank High School. Garrett has said that although his friend made the varsity team, he was held back on the junior varsity team due to his ego and attitude. In an interview with Muscle and Fitness magazine, he refers to this setback as a "wake-up call, which taught him both humility and accountability—and drove him into the gym."[3]

Because of this, Garrett started working out more intensively and managed to excel on offense. After high school, he attended a Los Angeles junior college where he played as a linebacker. Eventually, Garrett transferred to Central State University in Ohio where he continued to play. At one point, he led the team in tackles. Garrett considered joining the NFL, but despite having what he called "a great Pro Day" and having some workouts with the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams, he wasn't picked up.[3]

Garrett had always been interested in acting, so he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. In the meantime, he worked as a FedEx driver to pay for acting classes. Garrett also started playing Slamball, a hybrid between basketball and football played with trampolines. During his time playing, he became the league's leading scorer and one of four players announced for the All Slamball Team.[3][4]

Acting careerEdit

While still a Slamball player, Garrett landed a role on an episode of One Tree Hill that had a Slamball-related storyline. After that, he signed with an agent and continued to get minor roles in TV shows like Hawthorne, CSI: Miami, and NCIS, as well as films like Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In 2011, Garrett started a recurring role as Deputy Sheriff Cane on FX's Sons of Anarchy. He appeared in 17 episodes from 2011 to 2014.

In 2016, Garrett landed two key roles; the first one, as Lieutenant TAO Cameron Burk on TNT's The Last Ship, and the second as Secret Service agent Mike Ritter on ABC's Designated Survivor. David Guggenheim, creator and executive producer of the latter, said they "needed someone who could throw Jack Bauer into a car", but that had "an emotional core goodness".[3] The character of Mike Ritter became a fan favorite and Garrett remained with the show through the whole first two seasons, until its initial cancelation. After the show was picked up by Netflix, Garrett confirmed on Twitter that after "lengthy negotiations" he would not return due to budget constraints.[5]

In late 2018, he was cast as Mar Novu / The Monitor in the Arrowverse crossover event "Elseworlds" on The CW, which connects storylines from The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.[6] He reprised the role in 2019 on Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. In July 2019, it was announced that Garrett would also be portraying the Anti-Monitor in the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Garrett married actress Mina Ivanova in April 27, 2017. The couple had been dating for several years prior.[8]

Selected filmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Morshower's Aide Michael Bay
2019 Primal John Ringer Nick Powell Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2008 One Tree Hill Jerome Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
2011–2014 Sons of Anarchy Deputy Sheriff Cane 17 episodes
2012 Suits Roberto Solis Episode: "Asterisk"
2012–2013 Mike & Molly James 2 episodes
2012 Political Animals Agent Clark 3 episodes
2014 Modern Family Bouncer Episode: "Haley's 21st Birthday"
2016–2018 Designated Survivor Mike Ritter 38 episodes
2016–2018 The Last Ship Lt. TAO Cameron Burk 15 episodes
2018–present Supergirl Mar Novu / The Monitor - The Anti-Monitor 3 episodes
Arrow Guest star (season 7), Main (season 8)
The Flash Guest star (season 5), Main (season 6)
2019 Legends of Tomorrow Episode: "Hey, World!"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fight Night Champion Andre Bishop
2011 Need for Speed: The Run Rival Racer 2 / Highway Patrolman

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Why rising actor LaMonica Garrett should be on your radar - AOL Entertainment". Aol.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (2016-03-01). "ABC's 'Designated Survivor' Casts Garrett LaMonica". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  3. ^ a b c d e Weinreb, Micheal. "'Designated Survivor' actor LaMonica Garrett goes from High School Football Player to Hollywood Star". Muscle and Fitness. Retrieved December 11, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "LaMonica Garrett: Biography". IMDb. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "LaMonica Garrett on Twitter". Twitter. September 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Mitovich, Matt (September 26, 2018). "Arrowverse Crossover Theme Is 'Elseworlds,' Casts Multiverse Observer". TVLine. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Anderson, Jenna (July 20, 2019). ""Crisis on Infinite Earths": LaMonica Garrett to Play the Anti-Monitor". Comicbook.com. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "LaMonica Garrett Does Not Hide His Married Life With Wife! But Are They Parents Yet?". Live Ramp Up. October 8, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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