Rockmond Dunbar’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroAmerican actor
Is Actor 
Film actor 
Television actor 
From United States of America 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Birth 11 January 1973, Berkeley, Alameda County, California, U.S.A.
Age:47 years
Height: 1.778 m

Rockmond Dunbar (born January 11, 1973 in Berkeley, California) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, Kenny Chadway on Showtime’s Soul Food, and 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 Oakland Technical High School, Oakland, California, 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 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.

Personal life

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 to 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. Their son, Czar Rockmond Dunbar, was born in January 2016.


1993Misery Loves CompanyEric HaynesIndependent film
1994–1995Earth 2BainesTV series
1997The Good NewsBonzTV series
1998The Wayans Bros.BarryTV series
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza PlaceTommyTV series
1999Pacific BlueTiger BatesTV series
The PracticeByron LittleTV series
The PretenderJoe TaylorTV series
FelicityMan on TrainTV series
2000PunksDarbyIndependent film
G vs ESonny RhymesTV series
2000–2004Soul FoodKenny ChadwayTV series
2001All About YouTim
2003–2004GirlfriendsJalenTV series
2004Hollywood DivisionDet. Reginald FeifferTV movie
North ShoreAgent FernleyTV series
2005Kiss Kiss Bang BangMr. Fire
Head CasesDr. RobinsonTV series
2005–2007, 2009Prison BreakBenjamin Miles “C-Note” FranklinTV series
2006Dirty LaundryPatrick/Sheldon
2007HeartlandDr. Thomas JonasTV series
SharkTeddy BanksTV series
Grey’s AnatomySean BrothertonTV series
CSI: MiamiJames ReillyTV series
2008The Family That PreysChris
JadaSimonIndependent film
Alien RaidersKaneIndependent film
2009Pastor BrownAmir RahiemTV film (also director)
2009, 2012–2013The GamePookie from RichmondTV series
2010TerriersDet. Mark GustafsonTV series
Private PracticeJacob DeeverTV series
2012Raising IzzieGregTV movie
2011–2013Sons of AnarchySheriff Eli RooseveltTV series
2012–2013For Richer or PoorerAubreyTV series
2013–2015The MentalistFBI Agent Dennis AbbottTV series
2014Curve BallJamesIndependent film
2016–presentThe PathDetective Abe GainesTV series
2017Prison Break: ResurrectionBenjamin Miles “C-Note” FranklinTV miniseries