• Born on 5th November 1968 in Long Island, New York
• Graduated from the State University of New York in 1990
• Career began with 3 episodes of The Cosby Show in 1990-1991
• Gained recognition with role as Sugar Watkins in 1997's Starship Troopers
• Had a recurring role in Oz from 1999-2001
• Played Sgt Ellis Carver in The Wire from 2002-2008
• Arrested for driving under the influence in 2015
• Married to theatre director Leah Gardiner with one child
• Estimated net worth of $1.5 million as of 2020

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Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 5, 1968
FactYet another SUNY Purchase graduate whose alum include Parker Posey (Party Girl (1995)), Sherry Stringfield (ER), Adam Trese (Laws of Gravity (1992)), producer Todd Baker, directors Hal Hartley and Nick Gomez, and Melissa Leo (Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)). Seth's classmate was Dwight Ewell (Flirt (1995)).

Seth Gilliam is one of television’s easiest actors to recognise. Many would know him as Sgt Ellis Carver in “The Wire”, or from “The Walking Dead” as Father Gabriele Stokes, but the talented actor had played in numerous roles throughout his career. He’s appeared in several films, but his most noteworthy success has always been in television series. There is plenty to know about Seth, and if you are interested to learn more about the actor, please read on.

Early life and family

Not much is known about Seth’s childhood, or who his parents are. All that is known is that he was born on the 5th November 1968, in Long Island, New York, USA. If he has siblings, they have remained away of public notice, and Seth has successfully hidden the truth about his family and early life.

Educational background

Seth’s earliest schooling career is also a mystery, as it has not been publicly announced where he finished high school. However, it is widely known that Seth is a graduate of the State University of New York.

It is publicly known that he was a classmate of the actor Dwight Ewell, but in what Seth graduated has been kept quiet and no records can be found. He finished University in 1990, and started his career in acting shortly afterwards.


Seth’s first role was in “The Cosby Show” as Aaron Dexter, appearing in three episodes between 1990 and 1991. In 1993, he appeared in two films in small roles before his break to stardom came around. These films were “Joey Breaker” in which he played as Jeremy Breaker and “Mr Wonderful”.

He gained several more roles in the following years, including a role in the film “Courage Under Fire” in 1996, starring alongside Denzel Washington. It wasn’t until 1997 that Seth gained true recognition on the silver screen, when he portrayed the character of Sugar Watkins in the acclaimed film “Starship Troopers”. He had a notable recurring role in the television series “Oz” which lasted from 1999 to 2001, and also appeared in “Law and Order”.

In 2002, he gained one of his most iconic roles in “The Wire”, which lasted for six years and 50 episodes.

During his time on the set of “The Wire”, Seth also made numerous appearances in other television series and films, including “The Bronx is Burning”, “Law and Order: Trial by Jury”, and the film “Punks”.

When his role ended on “The Wire” in 2008, Seth was already popular and a sought-after actor, and made appearances in the popular shows “CSI: Miami”, “Damages”, as well as “Mercy”.

That same year of 2009, Seth had a role in the iconic film “Did You Hear About The Morgans?”, starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant.

Seth Gilliam

In the following years before gaining a recurring role again, Seth made appearances in shows such as “The Good Wife”, and “Svetlana”.

From 2011 to 2017, Seth appeared in the supernatural drama “Teen Wolf”, portraying the character Dr Alan Deaton in 43 episodes. During that time he also appeared in the films “Still Alice” and “Police State”, and also gained a role in the ever-popular “The Walking Dead”, starring in 52 episodes starting in 2014, and is still ongoing. His other most recent appearances have been in “Elementary”, “City on a Hill” and in the show “Bull”.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Not much is known about Seth’s personal interests, and his Facebook account, though active, is not very insightful either. However, the actor did get into trouble with the law on one occasion not too long ago.

After being pulled over for exceeding the speed limit, Seth was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, but released after he was able to pay bail of just under $10,000.

This happened in May of 2015, but luckily the incident did not affect the filming of “The Walking Dead”.


Seth is married to the theatre director Leah Gardiner, and the couple has one child together but has successfully hidden their child’s identity from the public. Leah was previously married, but as of 24 August, 2005 she made her vows to Seth, and the couple has been together since.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 5 November 1968
  • Hair colour: Brown, but he appears bald most of the time
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Height:  5ft 8ins (1.74m)
  • Weight: 165.5 lbs ( 75kgs)
  • Shoe Size: Unknown
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: African

Net worth

With a successful career in show business as an actor, Seth has accumulated an estimated net worth of $1.5 million as of 2020.

General Info

Full NameSeth Gilliam
Date Of BirthNovember 5, 1968
Height1.74 m
EducationState University of New York at Purchase


MoviesPolice State, Still Alice, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, Punks, Starship Troopers, Courage Under Fire, Jefferson in Paris, Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker, Tar
TV ShowsThe Wire, The Walking Dead

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1Yet another SUNY Purchase graduate whose alum include Parker Posey (Party Girl (1995)), Sherry Stringfield (ER), Adam Trese (Laws of Gravity (1992)), producer Todd Baker, directors Hal Hartley and Nick Gomez, and Melissa Leo (Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)). Seth's classmate was Dwight Ewell (Flirt (1995)).




Police State2017post-productionOfficer Grady
Change in the Air2016post-productionOfficer Payne
The Walking Dead2014-2017TV SeriesFather Gabriel Stokes
Teen Wolf2011-2017TV SeriesDr. Alan Deaton
Elementary2016TV SeriesDr. Ira Wallace
The Good Wife2011-2015TV SeriesJacob Rickter
Still Alice2014Frederic Johnson
Criminal Minds2013TV SeriesLyle Johnson
Homeland2012TV SeriesChaplin
Person of Interest2012TV SeriesDetective Des Franklin
The Skinny2012/ITesting Van Doc
Stake Out: Atlantic Salmon2011ShortRivers
Svetlana2011TV SeriesTomas
Skins2011TV SeriesKen
Law & Order1992-2010TV SeriesMichael's Attorney / Babatunde Amoda
Betrayed2010/IIShortRoger Waite
Nurse Jackie2010TV SeriesDr. Lindsey
Did You Hear About the Morgans?2009U.S. Marshal Lasky
Mercy2009TV SeriesPolice Officer
The People v. Leo Frank2009Jim Conley
CSI: Miami2009TV SeriesAaron Nolan
Damages2009TV SeriesMark Waters
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2007-2008TV SeriesDetective Daniels
The Wire2002-2008TV SeriesSgt. Ellis Carver Det. Ellis Carver
Sympathetic Details2008Raymond
The Bronx Is Burning2007TV Mini-SeriesPaul Blair
The Great New Wonderful2005Clayton (segment "Emme's Story")
Law & Order: Trial by Jury2005TV SeriesA.D.A. Terence Wright
Personal Velocity2002Vincent
Oz1999-2001TV SeriesClayton Hughes Officer Clayton Hughes
Starship Troopers1997Sugar Watkins
Courage Under Fire1996Stephen Altameyer
Jefferson in Paris1995James Hemings
The Hardest Part1994ShortDerek
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker1994TV MovieCadet Johnson C. Whittaker
Mr. Wonderful1993Emergency Room Doctor (unconfirmed)
Joey Breaker1993Jeremy Brasher
In the Eyes of a Stranger1992TV Movie
The Cosby Show1990-1991TV SeriesAaron Dexter


Mad Dog and Glory1993ADR loop group


The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentary special thanks


Talking Dead2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far2016TV Movie documentaryHimself / Father Gabriel Stokes
Captain Kyle's Cosplay Spotlight2015TV SeriesHimself
The Wire: The Last Word2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wire Odyssey2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith2006TV SeriesHimself
The Wire: It's All Connected2006TV Movie documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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