Rob Brown (born March 1, 1984) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films Finding Forrester (2000), Coach Carter (2005), Take the Lead (2006), and The Express (2008), and for starring in the HBO series Treme (2010–13). He is currently cast in the NBC drama Blindspot as FBI Agent Edgar Reade.

Personal life

Brown was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he graduated from Poly Prep in 2002. He is also a member of the academic program Prep for Prep, which provides opportunities for minorities in New York City and its surrounding area to attend elite independent schools. In 2008 he starred in the football film The Express where he played Ernie Davis, the first African American Heisman Trophy winner.[1]


Brown shot into the spotlight after starring opposite Sean Connery in the 2000 film Finding Forrester. He had neither professional nor amateur acting experience prior to taking this role. Brown tried out as an extra after finding a flyer hanging on a bulletin board in his school and wound up winning the role of Jamal Wallace. In 2005, he played the role of Kenyon Stone, a basketball player for the Richmond High School Oilers in Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson. He was one of the lead roles alongside Ashanti.

Brown played Ernie Davis in the film The Express, based on the life of the former Heisman Trophy winner and Syracuse University alumnus. Production began in March 2007, and the film was released in October 2008.[2] He is currently cast on Blindspot as FBI Agent Edgar Reade.


In 2008, Brown was named the official spokesman of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk. As spokesman, Brown appears in Light The Night publicity materials and public service announcements to help spread the word about the program.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Finding Forrester Jamal Wallace
2005 The Orphan King Tye
Coach Carter Kenyon Stone
2006 Take the Lead Rock
2007 Live! Byron
2008 Stop-Loss Isaac "Eyeball" Butler
The Express Ernie Davis
2010–2013 Treme Delmond Lambreaux 38 episodes
2011 Treme Musical Performances: Decoy Delmond Video short
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Allen[3] Possibly a version of the character Crispus Allen [4]
2013 Don Jon Bobby
2015 Criminal Activities Bryce
2015–present Blindspot Special Agent Edgar Reade Main cast
2016 Shooter Donny Fenn Episode: "Point of Impact"


  1. ^ "Amherst College". amherst.edu. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Express". IMDb.com. October 10, 2008. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rob Brown". IMDb.com. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Gotham TV podcast exclusive". Retrieved December 31, 2017. 

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