W. Earl Brown was born on September 7, 1963 in Murray, Kentucky. He graduated from Murray State University where he earned his degree in theater. Initially, he starred in the movie Backdraft. This was followed by films like Scream, Being John Malkovich, and The Alamo. His television credits included The X-Files, Charmed, Six Feet Under and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
. In addition, he is also the co-founder of the band Scared Cowboys where he performs as a vocalist and a guitar player. Ultimately, he became part of the television series Deadwood as Dan Dority, his most famous role thus far. Later he appeared on Rogue, Chicago Fire, American Crime and True Detective. He now plays Hugo Root on the AMC series Preacher.