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.

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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.

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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).

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