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Lee Thompson Young

- Detective Barry Frost
Lee Thompson Young comes from a long line of storytellers. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he first picked up the family craft at the age of 8, telling traditional folk tales of the Carolinas at local festivals and community events. Young's passion for acting began not long after. At 10 years old, he took on his first role, portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Phyllis Wheatley Theater's original production A Night of Stars and Dreams. The experience of playing Dr. King was deeply transformative, and, after that, Young realized his ideal career would be that of the professional actor.

For the next two years, Young studied acting at local theater schools in South Carolina. In 1996, he and his mother moved to New York City, and he began to audition professionally. That year he booked several commercials and a co-starring role in the ensemble play House Arrest, written by Anna Deavere Smith and performed at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The following year, he landed the starring role in a pilot that would become the Disney Channel's first original series, The Famous Jett Jackson. Young starred as Jett Jackson for three seasons and in a made-for-TV movie.

In 2001, at the age of 17, Young was accepted into the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in film production, he continued acting, appearing in the films Friday Night Lights, Akeelah and the Bee and the made-for-TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, as well as guest-starring on CBS's The Guardian, ABC's Philly and UPN's Kevin Hill. In 2005, Young graduated from USC with honors and went on to become a series regular in UPN's primetime drama South Beach. Since then, he has continued to concentrate on building his body of work, guest-starring on The CW's Smallville, FOX's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and ABC's Scrubs, while also co-starring in the film The Hills Have Eyes 2.

In 2008, Young signed a talent development deal with ABC Studios that culminated in a critically acclaimed seven-episode arc on their new drama FlashForward.


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