Rockmond Dunbar

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Rockmond Dunbar
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Dunbar in 2014
Born (1973-01-11) January 11, 1973 (age 47)
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
  • Ivy Holmes (m. 2003⁠–⁠2006)
  • Maya Gilbert (m. 2013)
Children 5

Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, Kenny Chadway on Showtime's Soul Food,[1] and Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the FOX crime drama Prison Break. He also played Sheriff Eli Roosevelt on the FX Drama series Sons of Anarchy, FBI Agent Dennis Abbott on The Mentalist,[2] and FBI Agent Abe Gaines in the Hulu series The Path.[3]

Early life and education

Dunbar was born in Berkeley, California. He attended Oakland Technical High School and graduated from Morehouse College before moving on to study at the College of Santa Fe[4] and the University of New Mexico.[5]



Dunbar is well known for his leading role as Kenny Chadway on the television series Soul Food, and TV Guide named him as one of "Television's 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time".[6] He landed a regular role as Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the United States television series Prison Break. In 2007, Dunbar starred on the short-lived TNT medical drama Heartland. He made a guest appearance on Noah's Arc as himself to give Noah (screenwriter and the main character of the show) some ideas about his movie Fine Art. He also had a recurring role on the UPN series Girlfriends,[1] and is also known for his role as "Pookie" on the television series The Game. He was also a regular on the short-lived FX series Terriers.

Dunbar's other TV credits include guest appearances in Earth 2, Felicity, The Pretender, Two Guys and a Girl, and North Shore.

In 2011, he joined the cast of FX's hit show Sons of Anarchy as the new Sheriff of Charming, Eli Roosevelt.

In 2013, Dunbar joined the CBS crime drama The Mentalist as FBI agent Dennis Abbott.

In 2018, Dunbar joined the cast of 9-1-1 as Michael Grant, the father of the main character as a doting husband, until he realizes he'd rather pursue a relationship with a man.


His film projects include Punks (which debuted at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival), Misery Loves Company, Sick Puppies, Whodunit, Dirty Laundry, All About You,[1] Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and the Tyler Perry-produced film, The Family That Preys.


Dunbar has contributed to the art world through the mixed media exhibit, ARTHERAPY.[7] He posed for the November 2003 issue of Playgirl magazine.[8]

Personal life

According to DNA analysis, Dunbar's ancestry is mainly from the Yoruba people of Nigeria.[9] On his visit to Nigeria, he was given the Yoruba name, Omobowale[10] (a variant form of Omowale) meaning "our son has come home".[11]

He was married to Ivy Holmes from 2003 to 2006. After dating for less than a year, Dunbar became engaged to his girlfriend Maya Gilbert, an actress and writer. The couple's engagement took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 30, 2012.[12] Their daughter, Berkeley Seon, was born in December, 2013.[13] Their son, Czar Rockmond Dunbar, was born in January 2016.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Misery Loves Company Eric Haynes Independent film
1994–1995 Earth 2 Baines TV series
1997 The Good News Bonz TV series
1998 The Wayans Bros. Barry TV series
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Tommy TV series
1999 Pacific Blue Tiger Bates TV series
The Practice Byron Little TV series
The Pretender Joe Taylor TV series
Felicity Man on Train TV series
2000 Punks Darby Independent film
G vs E Sonny Rhymes TV series
2000–2004 Soul Food Kenny Chadway TV series
2001 All About You Tim
2003–2004 Girlfriends Jalen TV series
2004 Hollywood Division Det. Reginald Feiffer TV movie
North Shore Agent Fernley TV series
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Mr. Fire
Head Cases Dr. Robinson TV series
Prison Break Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin TV series
2006 Dirty Laundry Patrick/Sheldon
2007 Heartland Dr. Thomas Jonas TV series
Shark Teddy Banks TV series
Grey's Anatomy Sean Brotherton TV series
CSI: Miami James Reilly TV series
2008 The Family That Preys Chris
Jada Simon Independent film
Alien Raiders Kane Independent film
2009 Pastor Brown Amir Rahiem TV film (also director)
2009, 2012–2013 The Game Pookie from Richmond TV series
2010 Terriers Det. Mark Gustafson TV series
Private Practice Jacob Deever TV series
2012 Raising Izzie Greg TV movie
2011–2013 Sons of Anarchy Sheriff Eli Roosevelt TV series
2012–2013 For Richer or Poorer Aubrey TV series
2013–2015 The Mentalist FBI Agent Dennis Abbott TV series
2014 Curve Ball James Independent film
2016–2017 The Path Detective Abe Gaines TV series
2017 Scorpion Scotty TV series
2018 9-1-1 Michael Grant TV series
2018 City of Lies Dreadlocks Film


  1. ^ a b c Zondra Hughes (December 1, 2005). "Hollywood's Sexiest New Leading Men". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 61 (2): 96. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Natalie Abrams (Aug 24, 2013). "Rockmond Dunbar Joins the Cast of The Mentalist". TV Guide. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Josh Wigler, "'Prison Break': Rockmond Dunbar Discusses C-Note's "Heartbreaking" Choice". Hollywood Reporter, 2017-05-02.
  4. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar". TV Guide. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Carter, Lance (October 23, 2012). "Q&A: Rockmond Dunbar talks 'Sons of Anarchy', How He Got His Start and the Question That Changed His Life". DailyActor. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar Returns as Dennis Abbott for the Final Season of THE MENTALIST on CBS". Broadwayworld. Wisdom Digital Media. November 23, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar". Hallmark Channel.title=
  8. ^ Playgirl (November 2003)
  9. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar Traces His DNA To Nigeria". Youtube. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "Homecoming for Rockmond Dunbar and mother". The Vanguard. April 28, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "Omowale". Online Nigeria Nigerian Names and Meanings.
  12. ^ "Wedding Bells Are Ringing: Rockmond Dunbar and Maya Gilbert Are Getting Married". Madame Noire.
  13. ^ "Mentalist Rockmond Dunbar Welcomes Daughter Berkeley Seon". People.
  14. ^ "Rockmond Dunbar & Maya Gilbert Welcome A Baby Boy".

External links

  • Rockmond Dunbar on IMDb
  • Rockmond Dunbar's biography at Prison Break's official site
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