Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Active - 1989 - 2017  |   Born - Jul 8, 1963 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States  |   Genres - Action, Comedy, Drama

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A graduate of the famous School for the Performing Arts, actor Rocky Carroll continued his studies at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University before moving to New York in the mid-'80s to try his hand at a professional acting career. He soon found success with the Shakespeare on Broadway series, and cultivated a flourishing career on-stage. Carroll also branched into screen acting, with recurring roles on Roc and Chicago Hope, and in movies like Crimson Tide, Born on the Fourth of July, and Yes Man.

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  • Began acting at the age of 6 after a teacher suggested that the "class clown" audition for a play.
  • Introduced many minority youths to the works of Shakespeare through his participation in Joseph Papp's Shakespeare productions in New York. He would like to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.
  • His first feature role was in the Oscar-winning 1989 Oliver Stone film, Born on the Fourth of July
  • His performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson earned a 1990 Tony nomination. He originated his character, Lymon, at Yale Rep in 1987.
  • Wanted a change from his Roc sitcom character (a wisecracking woman-chaser), which led him, thanks to his friendship with Mark Harmon from their Chicago Hope days, to a serious dramatic role as NCIS director Leon Vance on NCIS. (On-screen, his character and Harmon's have a tense relationship.)