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Sharif Atkins (born January 29, 1975) is an American television actor. He's best known for his role as Dr. Michael Gallant on ER and for his role as FBI Agent Clinton Jones on White Collar.

Sharif Atkins
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Born (1975-01-29) January 29, 1975 (age 44)
Alma materNorthwestern University (BA)
Years active1996 – present
Bethany Lynn Hotchkiss (m. 2014)


Early lifeEdit

Atkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's degree in theatre/speech from Northwestern University in 1997. While at Northwestern in 1996, Atkins was initiated as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (Theta Chapter).[1]


He gained fame for his role as Dr. Michael Gallant, a character that debuted in the eighth season (2001) of the NBC medical drama ER. He left ER after the 2003-2004 season. In 2004, he went on to star in the short-lived police drama Hawaii as former Chicago Police Department Detective John Declan, who transferred to an elite crime unit of the Honolulu Police Department. Atkins continued to make guest appearances in both the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons of ER, with his character returning on leave from duty in Iraq as a U.S. Army physician. His character was killed in Iraq at the end of the 2005-06 season. Atkins also portrayed the recurring character Gary Navarro in the acclaimed series The 4400, Navarro is a telepath.

Atkins played Special Agent Clinton Jones in USA Network's White Collar from 2009 to 2014.

He has appeared as Assistant United States Attorney Rivers in the CBS drama The Good Wife. In 2009 he appeared in season 4, episode 25 of Criminal Minds - "To Hell..." as Sgt. William Hightower. Atkins has also guest-starred in season 8 of CSI: Miami.

In 2014 he appeared as a Nova Corps pilot in Guardians of the Galaxy.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Light It Up Gunman
2004 Something for Nothing Maynard Lassiter Short film
2006 Paved with Good Intentions Rick Balden
2007 Privacy Policy John Doe Short film
2010 Preacher's Kid Wynton
2012 The Hypnotist The Writer Short film
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Nova Arresting Pilot
2015 Oceanus: Act One Sam Jordan Short film, post-production
2018 The Open House Chris


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Early Edition Cashier "The Fourth Carpathian"
1999 Early Edition Bodyguard "Number One with a Bullet"
1999 Turks Black Kid "Pilot"
2001 That's Life Football Player "Something Battered, Something Blue"
2001 The District Cyrus Sparks "The Project"
2001–06 ER Dr. Michael Gallant Main role 2001–04
Recurring role 2005–06
2002 Arliss Jordan "Standards and Practices"
2002 The Big Time Joe Royal TV film
2004 Hawaii John Declan TV series
2005–06 Eve Grant Recurring role
2005–06 The 4400 Gary Navarro "Voices Carry", "The New World", "The Home Front"
2006 In Justice Ty Furlong "Victims"
2007 Close to Home Greg Ogletree "Drink the Cup"
2007–08 Numbers Clay Porter Episodes: "Thirteen", "End Game"
2008 Raising the Bar Andy Hamilton "Shop Till You Drop"
2009 My Manny Mike TV series
2009 Cold Case James Valentine "Officer Down"
2009 Criminal Minds William Hightower "To Hell... and Back"
2009 The New 20s: Episodes 1 Ralph TV film
2009 CSI: Miami Mathew Sloan "Hostile Takeover"
2009–14 White Collar Clinton Jones Main role
2010 The Good Wife AUSA Harrison Rivers "Fleas"
2011 Chase Mark "Roundup"
2012 House Hayes "Blowing the Whistle"
2015 Sleepy Hollow Calvin Riggs "What Lies Beneath"
2015 Rizzoli & Isles FBI Special Agent Nate Burns "Imitation Game"
2016 Lucifer Prosecutor Earl Steadman "Quid Pro Ho"
2018 SEAL Team Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Beau Fuller "The Spinning Wheel"


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