Billy Brown

Billy Brown

Billy Brown, an acclaimed actor from the United States, rose to fame for his extensive work on various TV shows. He achieved considerable acclaim with his role in “How to Get Away with Murder” and has been featured in notable series such as “Star Trek,” “Dexter,” “Cloverfield,” “Californication,” and “Sons of Anarchy.”

What we know about this person

Full name:

Billy Brown

Date of birth:

October 30, 1970

Zodiac sign:



Inglewood, California, USA





Marital status:



6' 3" (1.89 m)



Early life

On October 30, 1970, Billy Brown was welcomed into the world in Inglewood, California, by his parents, Billy Joe and Catherine Brown. Positioned near the glamour of Los Angeles, he early on found himself drawn to the acting world. After receiving his diploma, he embarked on a quest to carve a niche for himself within the entertainment industry. Despite his relentless auditioning efforts, Brown struggled to land any major roles initially.


Billy Brown in Dexter


Billy Brown embarked on his acting journey in 1993 with a part in “Dreamrider,” a film that remained relatively unnoticed, offering him only a small role. By 1997, he made his way into the cast of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” sharing the screen with Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, and Arliss Howard.

Subsequently, Billy shifted his focus towards lending his voice to animated series and video games, investing more than ten years in this aspect of the industry. Meanwhile, he also took on roles in a variety of television series, although he rarely secured a lead role. Notable among these were his appearances in “Dirt,” alongside Courteney Cox, Ian Hart, and Josh Stewart, and “Criminal Minds,” with Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, and Lola Glaudini.

2009 saw Billy joining the cast of “Californication,” featuring David Duchovny, where he portrayed Marcy. It wasn’t until 2011 that he landed his first starring role in “Lights Out,” a project that, despite its domestic success, didn’t resonate with international audiences. This project marked a significant milestone in his career.

Between 2011 and 2012, Billy featured in “Dexter,” collaborating with industry talents such as James Manos Jr., Jeffrey Lindsay, Steve Shill, and Melissa Rosenberg. He later made a guest appearance in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and voiced the character of Cliffjumper in “Transformers: Prime” during the same time frame.

From 2012 to 2014, he was part of “Sons of Anarchy,” which starred Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal. In 2013, he had a role in “The Following,” a series with a vast ensemble cast that was unfortunately discontinued after its third season. Brown’s contribution was limited to three episodes as Troy Riley.

Around the same time, Brown featured prominently in “Hostages,” securing a major role as Archer Petit and acting alongside Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, among others. This project emerged as another significant achievement in his acting portfolio. In 2014, he was seen in “Legends,” playing dual roles as Robert McCombs and an unidentified character.

His subsequent involvement in “How to Get Away with Murder” significantly elevated his career. From 2014 to 2020, Brown portrayed Nate Lahey, the romantic interest of Professor Annalise Keating, played by Viola Davis, making this role a defining moment in his career. Additionally, he lent his voice to the animated feature “Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.”

Billy Brown Movies and TV Shows

  • 2014–2020

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Detective Nate Lahey

  • 2013

    The Following

    Troy Riley

  • 2012–2014

    Sons of Anarchy

    August Marks

  • 2011–2012


    Det. Mike Anderson

  • 2009

    Star Trek


  • 2009


    Marcy’s Guy

  • 2009

    Race to Witch Mountain

    Mr. Carson

  • 2007


    Staff Sgt. Pryce

  • 2007–2010

    Criminal Minds

    Det. Ware

  • 1997

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    InGen Worker


Billy Brown in How to Get Away with Murder

Talk Shows

  • 2016

    Entertainment Tonight

    Role: Guest

  • 2016

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Role: Guest

  • 2015

    The View

    Role: Guest

  • 2015

    Good Morning America

    Role: Guest

Billy Brown’s personal life and family

Billy Brown maintains a low-profile regarding his private affairs, without public details about any marriage or offspring. He also keeps a low presence on digital social platforms. Despite this discretion, Billy is a common figure at public gatherings, consistently attending film and TV show launches, where he readily engages with admirers.

Billy Brown now

Currently, “How to Get Away with Murder” is the most recent work featuring Billy Brown. The year 2023 marked the debut of “Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake,” an animated series’ first season, where Brown contributed alongside Madeleine Martin, Roz Ryan, Tom Kenny, and Jeremy Shada in voiceover roles. He voiced the character of the Vampire King.

Published: March 26, 2024
Updated: July 22, 2024