Alano Miller

Theater-trained actor Alano Miller played imposing, often morally complex characters on such high-profile television series as "Jane the Virgin" (The CW, 2014- ) and "Underground" (WGN America, 2016- ). Born in Orlando ... Read more »
Born: in Orlando, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Underground 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Loving 2016 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Battle Creek 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jane the Virgin 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wish You Well 2015 (Movie)

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Stalker 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Golden Boy 2013 (Tv Show)

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Person of Interest 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

All Wifed Out 2012 (Movie)

Kev (Actor)

Vegas 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Theater-trained actor Alano Miller played imposing, often morally complex characters on such high-profile television series as "Jane the Virgin" (The CW, 2014- ) and "Underground" (WGN America, 2016- ). Born in Orlando, Florida, he was the youngest of eight children by parents of Cuban, Bahamian and Jamaican descent.  His introduction to performing came through public speaking competitions, which he began participating in at the age of five years old; by his teen years, he had earned dozens of major oratorical awards and three national titles, as well as a National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts award and a Presidential Scholar Award from President Bill Clinton in 1997. After high school, Miller received his bachelors' degree from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Films, and a master's degree from Penn State University; he soon applied his training to theater roles in regional and New York productions, including Nathan Louis Jackson's "Broke-ology" at Lincoln Center in 2009. His screen career also began during this period, first in short films and later in supporting roles on TV series like "Damages" (FX/Audience Network, 2007-2012). From 2014 to 2015, he played the malevolent Roman Zazo, who murdered and later impersonated his own benevolent twin, Aaron, on the acclaimed comedy "Jane the Virgin." Miller then joined the cast of "Underground," playing another imposing character: the escaped slave Cato, who inspired equal amounts of fear and loathing from his fellow fugitives.  

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University

SUNY Purchase's Performing Arts

Milestones

2016

Became series regular as a duplicitous slave overseer and escapee on "Underground"

2014

Began recurring role as morally opposite twins on "Jane the Virgin"

2013

Landed first feature film appearance in the comedy "All Wifed Out"

2011

Made television debut in episode of "Royal Pains"

2009

Appeared at Lincoln Center in production of "Broke-ology"

Bonus Trivia

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Was related to Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first black church in the United States.

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Miller was initially reluctant to take the role in "Underground" due to what he described as doubts over a black audience watching a weekly series about slavery.

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