Date Of Birth

November 17, 1972


American actor Leonard Roberts was born on November 17, 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the DePaul University Theater School in Chicago, Illinois, with a BFA in acting. He quickly plunged into that career, first appearing in a driver’s education video in 1996, and was followed by a guest role in the Canadian police drama Due South. He made his film debut the following year, playing a supporting role in the independent romantic comedy Love Jones. He also appeared in guest roles for shows such as Turks and Any Day Now.

Roberts got his first big break in 1999, when he got a role in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He played the role of Forrest Gates, a member of the Initiative who is a friend of Riley Finn (Marc Blucas). He initially condoned the possibility of a relationship between Riley and Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), but later vocally disapproved of Buffy when it was discovered that she is an enemy of the Initiative.

One of Roberts’ major film roles came in 2002, when he starred in the film Drumline. There he took on the role of Sean Taylor, the percussion leader of the marching band that Devon Miles (Nick Cannon) recently joined. The film is partly marked by the conflict between the new, talented drummer and the veteran performer. He continued appearing on television, playing guest roles on JAG, Tru Calling, 24, CSI: Miami, Bones and NCIS. He also played Nam-Ek in two episodes of Smallville. In 2006, Roberts was cast as beleaguered construction worker D.L. Hawkins on the hit series Heroes. His ability to phase through solid objects led him to a mission to clear his name from a robbery which he didn’t have participation in, and save his son (Noah Gray-Caley) from his wife (Ali Larter).

In 2008, Leonard Roberts got involved in another project. He was cast in the action horror film Red Sands, directed by Alex Turner. The film also featured Shane West, Aldis Hodge, and Theo Rossi. Most recently, he guest starred on Castle and Criminal Minds.

Place of Birth

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Birth Name

Leonard Roberts



Fun Facts

Leonard Roberts had to gaine nearly 20 lbs. to play Joe Louis in Joe and Max in 2002.


Future Classic Award in 2007 for NBC’s Heroes


Criminal Minds (2010)… Kaman Scott
Castle (2010) … Special Agent Jason Avery
Red Sands (2009) … SSgt. Marcus Howston
Bully (2008) … as Russell Northrop
Heroes (2006-2007) … as D.L. Hawkins
Bones (2005) … as D.A. Andrew Levitt
Smallville (2005-2006) … as Nam-Ek
CSI: Miami (2004) … as Brad Foster
24 (2003) …as Guard Buchanan
Providence (2002)
Drumline (2002) … as Sean Taylor
Buffy the Vampire Slayer … as Forrest Gates
He Got Game (1998) … as D’Andre D. Winder
Hoodlum (1997) … as Tyrone
Love Jones (1997) … as Eddie Coles
Street Smarts (1996) Driver’s education video … as the Guardian Angel Gemma




6’2″ (1.88 m)


(favorite superhero liked as a child)
-I used to like Spider-Man and Batman. The idea of having the identity thing … you have one life during the day and the other when the crime came out, you know. As a kid, I really was drawn to that.

(Oh his character DL Hawkins in Heroes)
-It’s complicated, I don’t know if I’d really say he’s evil. It’s all about perception. Anything’s possible.

(On Heroes)
-From page one I knew it was special and I just wanted to be a part of it.