Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973 in Berkeley, California) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, as the portrayal Kenny Chadway on the Showtime's Soul Food, and as Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the FOX crime drama Prison Break. He also played Sheriff Eli Roosevelt on the FX Drama series Sons of Anarchy, and portrayed FBI Agent Dennis Abbott on The Mentalist.
Early life and education
Dunbar was born in Berkeley, California. He attended Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia and graduated before moving on to study at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico and the University of New Mexico.
Dunbar is well known for his leading role as Kenny Chadway on the television series Soul Food and he was named as one of Television's 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time by TV Guide. He landed a regular role as Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin on the United States television series Prison Break. In 2007, Dunbar starred on the short-lived TNT medical drama Heartland. He made a guest appearance on Noah's Arc as himself to give Noah (screenwriter and the main character of the show) some ideas about his movie Fine Art. He also had a recurring role on the UPN series Girlfriends, and is also known for his role as "Pookie" on the television series The Game. He was also a regular on the short-lived FX series Terriers.
Dunbar's other TV credits include guest appearances in Earth 2, Felicity, The Pretender, Two Guys and a Girl, and North Shore.
In 2011 he joined the cast of FX's hit show Sons of Anarchy as the new Sheriff of Charming, Eli Roosevelt.
In 2013, Dunbar joined the role in the CBS crime drama The Mentalist as FBI agent Dennis Abbott.
His film projects include Punks (which debuted at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival), Misery Loves Company, Sick Puppies, Whodunit, Dirty Laundry, All About You and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Dunbar has contributed to the art world through the mixed media exhibit, ARTHERAPY. Dunbar posed for the November 2003 issue of Playgirl magazine.
According to DNA analysis, his ancestry is mainly from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. On his visit to Nigeria, he was given the Yoruba name, Omobowale (a variant form of Omowale) meaning our son has come home.
He was formerly married to Ivy Holmes from 2003-2006. He became engaged to his girlfriend of less than one year, fellow actress and writer, Maya Gilbert. The duo's engagement took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 30, 2012. Their daughter, Berkeley Seon was born in December, 2013.
- Rockmond Dunbar at the Internet Movie Database
- Rockmond Dunbar's biography at Prison Break's official site