Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young's star quality has graced the stage, the small screen and the big screen from a very early age. Portraying 'Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.' in the production of "A Night Of Stars And Dreams" in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina at the mere age of 10 inspired him to pursue a career as an actor. Young's professional career took off with his leading role on the Disney Channel television series, "The Famous Jett Jackson" (1998). Lee can be seen in the hit TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles" (2010), playing Detective Barry Frost, the partner of Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon). A passionate student of the craft of acting, Lee conducted extensive research with the Homicide Unit of the Boston Police Department in preparation for the role. He is also widely recognized for his work co-starring in several films, including Friday Night Lights with Billy Bob Thornton, Akeelah and the Bee (2006) with Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne and Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (TV) with Jamie Foxx. In 2008 Young signed a talent development deal with ABC, which resulted in a critically acclaimed seven-episode arc in the drama"FlashForward" (2009). He also played important recurring roles on both the hit comedy "Scrubs" (2001) and the fan favorite "Smallville" (2001). He's appeared on numerous television series including "The Event" (2010), "The Guardian" (2001), "South Beach" (2006), and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2008). After working with directors Shawn Levy, James Marshall and Milan Cheylov at a young age, Lee became fascinated with the art, craft, and discipline of film making. He attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts on a full academic scholarship, where he graduated with honors. He is an avid photographer who enjoys traveling and immersing himself in the culture of the places he visits. He has studied many different styles of martial arts throughout his life and is training Wun Hop Kuen Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is very passionate about education and children, and a strong supporter of the Children's Defense Fund.