Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Lawrence "Larry" Gilliard, Jr.) is an American character actor and writer that was born on September 22, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA. He is 5' 9¼" (1.76 m), and his nickname is Larry. He was seven years old when his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts with Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur, studying classical music. He also went to the Juilliard School and pursued acting and studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Acting Studio-New York, and the Stella Adler Conservatory.
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. is known for his role as Bob Stookey in AMC's horror series The Walking Dead and as D'Angelo Barksdale in HBO series The Wire. His first major role was in Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991), and he is known for being cast as a hoodlum most of the time. He went on to appearing on Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, CSI: NY and New York Undercover. He also starred in LottoLand (1995), The Waterboy (1998), Gangs of New York (2002) and TV series The Beast (2009).
His ex/former fiancé was actress Monilewa Okan, who had a role in LottoLand (1995) with him. He is married to actress Michelle Paress, who was also a cast of The Wire in its fifth season.