Seth Gilliam

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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1968 in New York, USA


Actor (34)

Elementary 2016 (Tv Show)


Teen Wolf 2011 - 2016 (Tv Show)


The Walking Dead 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Talking Dead 2015 (Tv Show)


The Good Wife 2011, 2015 (Tv Show)


Still Alice 2014 (Movie)

Frederic Johnson (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2013 (Tv Show)


Homeland 2012 (Tv Show)


Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)


Skins (MTV) 2011 (Tv Show)


Nurse Jackie 2010 (Tv Show)


CSI: Miami 2009 (Tv Show)


Damages 2009 (Tv Show)


Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 (Movie)

U.S. Marshal Lasky (Actor)

Mercy 2009 (Tv Show)


Oz 1999 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


The Wire 2001 - 2008 (Tv Show)


The Wire Odyssey 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Wire: The Last Word 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Bronx Is Burning 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Clayton (Actor)

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)


Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

Punks 2001 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Starship Troopers 1997 (Movie)

Sugar Watkins (Actor)

Tar 1997 (Movie)

Tyrone (Actor)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

Altameyer (Actor)

Heading Home 1995 (Movie)

Will Jones (Actor)

Jefferson in Paris 1995 (Movie)

James Hemings (Actor)

Assault at West Point 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Joey Breaker 1993 (Movie)

Jeremy Brasher (Actor)

Law & Order 1992 (Tv Show)


In the Eyes of a Stranger (TV Show)


The Divide (Tv Show)



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).


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State University of New York at Purchase




Joined the cast of "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010-) as Father Gabriel Stokes


Cast as Sergeant Carver Ellis in "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-08)


Landed his first recurring role as Officer Clayton in "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003)

Bonus Trivia


Gilliam has appeared on stage as Prince Edward in a 1993 production of "Richard III" and as the lead in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's 2010 production of "Othello."


Gilliam has appeared in the short films "The Hardest Part" (1994), "Sympathetic Details" (2008), "Betrayed" (2010) and "Stake Out: Atlantic Salmon" (2011).