Seth Gilliam

Seth Gilliam

Highest Rated: 86% Courage Under Fire (1996)

Lowest Rated: 11% Change in the Air (2018)

Birthday: Nov 5, 1968

Birthplace: Long Island, New York, USA

Best known for his portrayal of Sergeant Ellis Carver in the acclaimed crime drama "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08), actor Seth Gilliam also had notable recurring roles in prison drama "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003), young adult series "Teen Wolf" (MTV, 2011-) and comic book adaptation "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010-). Born in 1968, Gilliam studied at the State University of New York at Purchase before making his on-screen debut as Pam's boyfriend Aaron for a three-episode stint in "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). Following a cameo in Steven Starr's semi-autobiographical love story "Joey Breaker" (1993), Gilliam played two real-life characters in quick succession, firstly the titular late 19th Century cadet in docudrama "Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson C. Whittaker" (1994) and then James Hemings, the slave freed by the third American President in Merchant Ivory production "Jefferson in Paris" (1995). Roles as cancer-stricken Sergeant Stephen Altameyer in military drama "Courage Under Fire" (1996), kamikaze soldier Sugar Watkins in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi satire "Starship Troopers" (1997) and reckless hustler Tyrone in urban indie "Tar" (1997) then followed before Gilliam returned to television to play correctional officer-turned-inmate Clayton Hughes in gritty prison drama "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). After taking the lead as lovelorn young professional Marcus in LGBT drama "Punks" (2000) and appearing in feminist anthology "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits" (2002), Gilliam landed his signature role as Carver Ellis, the upstanding sergeant whose bickering relationship with simple-minded partner Herc provided most of the comic relief on gritty favorite "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08). During his five seasons on the show, Gilliam also had four-episode stints on legal spin-offs "Law and Order: Trial By Jury" (NBC, 2005-06), and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011), appeared in the "Emme's Story" segment of interweaving post-9/11 drama "The Great New Wonderful" (2005) and guested on the adaptation of Jonathan Mahler's best-seller, "The Bronx is Burning" (ESPN, 2007). Following one-off appearances in "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012), "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012) and "Mercy" (NBC, 2009-2010), Gilliam portrayed Jim Conley, the factory janitor many historians believe to be responsible for teenager Mary Phagan's death, in docudrama "The People v. Leo Frank" (2009) and played US Marshal Lasky in romantic comedy "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" (2009). Gilliam then added "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009-2015), "Homeland" (Showtime, 2011-) and "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-) to his list of guest spots, took on the recurring role of veterinarian and Scott's mentor Dr. Alan Deakin in "Teen Wolf" (MTV, 2011-) and played Professor Frederic Johnson in heart-wrenching Alzheimer's tale "Still Alice" (2014). In 2014, Gilliam joined the cast of "The Walking Dead" as Father Gabriel Stokes, the Georgian Episcopal priest struggling with both the new world and his faith, and two years later appeared as Officer Grady in sci-fi adventure "Police State" (2016).

Highest rated movies

Courage Under Fire
Still Alice
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
Starship Troopers
Jefferson in Paris
Change in the Air




11% 48% Change in the Air Officer Payne (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silver Lake Jeff (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police State Officer Grady (Character) - 2017
85% 85% Still Alice Frederic Johnson (Character) $18.8M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People v. Leo Frank Jim Conley (Character) - 2009
69% 62% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Vincent (Character) $763.2K 2002
56% 80% Punks Marcus (Character) $155.2K 2000
67% 70% Starship Troopers Sugar Watkins (Character) $54.7M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harlem River Drive Tyrone (Character) - 1996
86% 66% Courage Under Fire Altameyer (Character) $59.0M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heading Home Unknown (Character) - 1995
31% 34% Jefferson in Paris James Hemings (Character) $2.5M 1995
No Score Yet 27% Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Cadet Johnson C. Whittaker (Character) - 1994


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Walking Dead: Episode Diaries Gabriel Stokes (Character) 2020-2022
80% 78% The Walking Dead Gabriel Stokes (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet AMC+ Fan Experience Unknown (Character) 2022
No Score Yet 71% Talking Dead Guest 2017-2019 2021-2022
No Score Yet 59% Bull Dr. Poulson (Guest Star) 2020
95% 89% Elementary Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
81% 85% Teen Wolf Dr. Alan Deaton (Character) 2015
93% 91% The Good Wife Jacob Rickter (Guest Star) 2011 2015
No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
92% 76% Person of Interest Detective Des Franklin (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1992 2010
81% 87% Nurse Jackie Dr. Lindsey (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 67% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Daniels (Guest Star) 2007-2008
94% 96% The Wire Sgt. Ellis Carver (Character) 2002-2004 2006 2008