• Sean Patrick Thomas is an American actor best known for roles in "Save the Last Dance" and "The District".
• He is the son of Guyanese emigrants and studied law before transferring to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
• He has starred in successful films such as "Courage Under Fire", "Conspiracy Theory", and "Cruel Intention".
• He is married to actress Aonika Laurent and they have two children.
• Sean's net worth is estimated at $1 million.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1970
SpouseAonika Laurent
FactMarried Aonika Laurent in New Orleans on April 22, 2006. Originally planned for the Fall of 2005 in New Orleans, but postponed due to Hurricane Katrina.

Who is Sean Patrick Thomas?

Sean Patrick Thomas is an American actor, who is perhaps best known to the world as Derek Reynolds in the film “Save the Last Dance”, while he also had a prominent role in the TV series “The District” as Det. Temple Page from 2000 to 2004, in addition to other projects on which he has worked so far in his career.

Sean Patrick Thomas Bio- Age, Childhood, and Education

Sean Patrick Thomas was born on the 17th December 1970, in Washington, D.C. USA; he is the son of Carlton Thomas, who is an engineer and worked for DuPont, and his wife Cheryl, who was a financial analyst, also working for DuPont. Both of his parents are Guyanese emigrants, and settled in Wilmington, Delaware upon Sean’s birth.

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He is the oldest of three children and went to Brandywine High School in Delaware. After matriculation, he enrolled at the University of Virginia, wanting to study law, but as soon as he got the role in the film “A Raising in the Sun”, Sean decided for acting, and transferred to New York University, where he attended the prestigious Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated in 1995, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree, having previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

Career Beginnings

Sean’s career started in the mid-‘90s with minor roles in such TV series as “One Life to Live” (1995), and “New York Undercover” (1996).

After these he switched to roles in films, appearing in the award-winning action drama film “Courage Under Fire” (1996), starring Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan and Lou Diamond Phillips, then in 1997 he featured in another successful film, the action thriller “Conspiracy Theory”, with Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts and Patrick Stewart as the stars of the film. Before the ‘90s ended, Sean had a memorable role in the romantic drama film “Cruel Intention” (1999), starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon.

Rise to Stardom

Sean’s career reached a whole new level with the start of the new millennium; he landed his first lead role as Derek in the romantic drama film “Save the Last Dance” (2001), in which he portrayed a black teen from the South Side who already had problems with the law.

Sean Patrick Thomas

His co-star was Julia Stiles, and the film attracted positive reviews, receiving more than a dozen nominations and a few awards, of which Sean himself won a couple, including Young Hollywood Award in the category for Standout Performance – Male. A year before he had landed the role of Det. Temple Page in the crime-drama series “The District”, and through 2004 featured in all 89 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series. In 2002 he was Jimmy James in the comedy-drama film “Barbershop”, and repeated his role in the sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business”.

Two years after his stint in “The District” ended, he returned to the big screen with the role of Antonio in the Golden Globe Award-nominated film “The Fountain”, co-starring with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

Continued Success

Sean enjoyed success throughout the second half of the 2000s, making an appearance in the film “A Raisin in the Sun” then the horror film “The Burrowers” both in 2008, and portrayed Karl Dupree in the TV series “Lie to Me” (2009). Nothing changed for Sean with the new decade, as he continued to appear in successful projects. In 2012 he landed the role of Solomon Vessida in the TV crime-drama series “Ringer”, and the same year starred in the thriller film “Murder on the 13th Floor”.

Sean established himself in Hollywood and producers started coming to him with offers – in 2014 he starred in the horror-thriller film “Deep in the Darkness”, while in 2016 he appeared in the next installment of the “Barbershop” franchise, “Barbershop: The Next Cut”. Three years later he co-starred in the horror mystery-thriller series “The Curse of la Llorona” (2019), with Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, and Marisol Ramirez as the main stars of the film.

Most Recent Projects

In recent years, Sean has made a number of appearances, including the portrayal of Connor in the television film “Christmas Hotel” (2019), then as Jeffrey Bowen in the mystery-drama film “Influence” (2020), and is now working on the television movie “The Selection”, which is completed but awaiting its release date.

Also, he is to portray Monteith in the drama film “Macbeth”, scheduled for release in 2021, also starring Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand and Brendan Gleeson.

Sean Patrick Thomas Net Worth, Height, Weight, Appearance, and Social Media

Sean has so far featured in over 55 films and TV series, and his wealth has increased accordingly; sources have estimated that Sean’s wealth is around $1 million, as of mid- 2020.

Sean Patrick Thomas stands at 5ft 7ins (1.73m) tall, while he weighs approximately 158lbs ~ 72kgs. His vital statistics are unknown, though he has an athletic figure. His hair is black and he has brown eyes.

You can find Sean on social media platforms, including Instagram on which he has over 25,000 followers. In addition to sharing his accomplishments as an actor, he has also used Instagram to express his support towards the Democratic party.

Sean Patrick Thomas Personal Life, Marriage, Wife

Sean has been married to actress Aonika Laurent since 2006; the couple met for the first time at a party which was organized by Tim Story, the director of “Barbershop”. They started dating and planned their wedding for the 5th of November 2005, however, it was postponed due to Hurricane Katrina, so they eventually exchanged their vows on the 22nd of April 2006.

Since then, they have welcomed two children, daughter Lola Jolie in 2008, and son Luc Laurent born in 2010.

Sean Patrick Thomas Wife, Aonika Laurent

Aonika Laurent is also an actress – she was born on the 15th of January 1971, in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. There is no available information about Aonika’s childhood and parents, only that she is of African-American ancestry. Her career started in 1998 when she appeared in the comedy film “High Frequency”, starring John Witherspoon, Marcus Chong, and A.J. Johnson. Since then, she has appeared in a couple of films, including Black Jaq” the same year, and “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013).

General Info

Full NameSean Patrick Thomas
Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1970
Height1.73 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
EducationTisch School of the Arts, University of Virginia, Brandywine High School


SpouseAonika Laurent
ChildrenLola Jolie Thomas, Luc Laurent Thomas
ParentsCheryl Thomas, Carlton Thomas


AwardsMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Male, Young Hollywood Award for Male Standout Performance
NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Actor
MoviesSave the Last Dance, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Barbershop, Cruel Intentions, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, The Fountain, Halloween: Resurrection, Dracula 2000, Can't Hardly Wait, The Burrowers, Courage Under Fire, Deep in the Darkness, Conspiracy Theory, Picture Perfect, Honeydripper, Finding Neig...
TV ShowsRinger, The District, Manchester Prep, The Line (US)

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1I did study the art of being a barber because I wanted to figure out what my routine would be. Do you start in the front or back? Top or bottom? Swivel the chair or walk around? What I did discover is there's no such thing as the perfect haircut!
2It's time for a brother to be Bond.
3When you're doing a play you get to go full speed ahead, all night, in front of an audience. It's a roller-coaster ride, responding to other actors, it feeds you.
4I'm always playing the nice guy in most of the projects that I do.
5I'm as anxious as any viewer would be to see what Temple is going to do next. All I know is that in the second half of the season, he's going to have more sexual tension developing. And it's a great cast - they're all Broadway actors except for me. I aspire to that.


1He and his wife Aonika Laurent had their son Luc Laurent Thomas born June 9, 2010.
2His wife Aonika Laurent gave birth to their first child, a daughter Lola Jolie Thomas, at 7:29 pm on Friday, May 16th 2008, weighing in at 7 lbs.
3Married Aonika Laurent in New Orleans on April 22, 2006. Originally planned for the Fall of 2005 in New Orleans, but postponed due to Hurricane Katrina.
4Both of his parents are from Guyana.
5Graduated from Brandywine High School, Wilmington, Delaware.
6Originally went to the University of Virginia to study to be a lawyer. A chance audition for a part in "A Raisin In the Sun" changed his direction. He ultimately got his master's degree in drama from New York University in 1996.
7Sean's father was an engineer for DuPont. His mother, Cheryl, was a financial analyst also for DuPont.




The Sterling Chase1999Darren
Cruel Intentions1999Ronald Clifford
Can't Hardly Wait1998Jock #2
Push1998TV Series
Conspiracy Theory1997Surveillance Operator
Picture Perfect1997Ad Agency Researcher
Courage Under Fire1996Thompson
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesRussell
My B.F.F.2017completedDr. LeBlanc
Merry Ex-Mas2016TV MovieMitchell
Vixen2015-2016TV Series shortProfessor Macalester
Barbershop: The Next Cut2016Jimmy
NCIS: New Orleans2016TV SeriesNavy Lieutenant Commander Mark Jacoby
Bones2015TV SeriesDr. John Cruz
The Murder Pact2015Detective Dakoulas
Deep in the Darkness2014Dr. Michael Cayle
Finding Neighbors2013Paul
The Selection2013TV MovieSylvan Santos
The Selection2012TV MovieSylvan Santos
American Horror Story2012TV SeriesTerry
Murder on the 13th Floor2012Jordan Braxton
Ringer2012TV SeriesSolomon Vessida
Reed Between the Lines2011TV SeriesKenneth
Army Wives2010TV SeriesStaff Sgt. / Tyrell Sallers
Lie to Me2009TV SeriesKarl Dupree
Reaper2009TV SeriesAlan Townsend
The Burrowers2008Walnut Callaghan
A Raisin in the Sun2008TV MovieGeorge Murchison
The Fountain2006Antonio
The District2000-2004TV SeriesDet. Temple Page
Barbershop 2: Back in Business2004Jimmy
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman2003VideoAdditional Voices (voice)
Static Shock2003TV SeriesDante / Marcus Reed
Barbershop2002Jimmy James
Halloween: Resurrection2002Rudy
The Agency2002TV SeriesDet. Temple Page
Not Another Teen Movie2001Black Guy at Party (uncredited)
Save the Last Dance2001Derek
Dracula 20002000Trick
Cruel Intentions 22000VideoTodd Michaels (scenes deleted)
Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit2000ShortMo (voice)
Graham's Diner1999


Deep in the Darkness2014executive producer


The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Jace Hall Show2008TV SeriesHimself
InStyle: Celebrity Weddings2007TV MovieHimself
Vibe Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Halloween: Resurrected2002Video shortHimself
Electric Playground2002TV Series documentary
Star-Crossed2002TV SpecialMonologue
2001 Lady of Soul Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Making of 'Save the Last Dance'2001Video documentary shortHimself
2001 MTV Movie Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Young Hollywood Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1999-2001TV SeriesHimself
Voices of Glory1999Video documentary shortLewis H. Douglass


Won Awards

2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Television or Mini-Series Performance, MaleMurder on the 13th Floor (2012)
2002WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleBarbershop (2002)
2001MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Male PerformanceSave the Last Dance (2001)
2001MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissSave the Last Dance (2001)
2001Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsStandout Performance - MaleSave the Last Dance (2001)

Nominated Awards

2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialA Raisin in the Sun (2008)
2001Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice ActorSave the Last Dance (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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