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Sean Patrick Thomas



A talented actor who began to win due notice in the late '90s, Sean Patrick Thomas broke through to mainstream audiences with winning turns in such films as Cruel Intentions (1999) and Save the Last Dance (2001). The son of immigrants from Guyana, Thomas was born in Wilmington, DE, in 1970. While attending the University of Virginia, where he studied English and planned to become a lawyer, Thomas decided to pursue a career in acting after auditioning for a student production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

Thomas broke into film with small roles in productions that included Courage Under Fire (1996), Conspiracy Theory (1997), and Can't Hardly Wait (1998). In 1996, he further added to his acting credentials by earning an M.A. in drama from New York University. Relative fame and even a blush of notoriety greeted the actor in 1999, with a pivotal role in Cruel Intentions, Roger Kumble's free and loose adaptation of Choderlos De Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Co-starring alongside alpha-teens Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, and Ryan Phillippe in the torrid tale of lust, betrayal, and negligent parenting on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Thomas earned (literal) exposure as the cello teacher/illicit lover of one of the film's principle characters.

Even greater exposure followed for Thomas the subsequent year, when he was cast in a substantial role as Detective Temple Page on the critically acclaimed TV series The District. Riding high, he then won his first starring role on the big screen in Save the Last Dance (2001), an interracial love story set in Chicago's South Side that featured him as a black high school student in love with a white classmate (Julia Stiles). Although the film earned mixed reviews, it found an appreciative audience, and with it, a growing fan base for the young actor.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • Jimmy
2016
No Score Yet Merry Ex-Mas
  • Mitchell
2016
No Score Yet The Murder Pact
  • Det. Dakoulas
2015
No Score Yet Deep in the Darkness
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Finding Neighbors
  • Paul
2013
No Score Yet Murder on the 13th Floor
  • Actor
2012
70% The Burrowers
  • Callaghan
2008
83% A Raisin in the Sun
  • George Murchison
2008
68% Honeydripper
  • Dexter 'Dex' Moncrieff
2007
51% The Fountain
  • Antonio
2006
68% Barbershop 2: Back in Business
  • Jimmy James
2004
82% Barbershop
  • Jimmy James
2002
12% Halloween: Resurrection
  • Rudy Grimes
2002
53% Save the Last Dance
  • Derek
2001
17% Dracula 2000
  • Trick
2000
18% Cruel Intentions 2
  • Todd Michaels
2000
49% Cruel Intentions
  • Ronald Clifford
1999
No Score Yet Graduation Week
  • Darren
1999
40% Can't Hardly Wait
  • Jack No. 2
1998
52% Conspiracy Theory
  • Actor
1997
48% Picture Perfect
  • Ad Agency Researcher
1997
85% Courage Under Fire
  • Thompson
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Dr. John Cruz
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Karl Dupree Dupree
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
2014
  • Navy Lieutenant Commander Mark Jacoby
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Terry

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