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Sean Patrick Thomas
Born December 17, 1970 (1970-12-17) (age 39)
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Spouse(s) Aonika Laurent (2006–present)

Sean Patrick Thomas (born December 17, 1970) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his co-starring role in the 2001 film Save the Last Dance.



Early life

Thomas is the son of immigrants from Guyana and was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Cheryl, a financial analyst for DuPont, and Carlton Thomas, an engineer who also worked for DuPont.[1][2] Thomas, who has two younger siblings, went to St. Mary Magdalen and then graduated from Brandywine High School in Delaware and attended the University of Virginia. He originally intended to study law, but upon successfully auditioning for a role in the film A Raisin in the Sun, Thomas changed directions and decided to attend New York University.


Thomas began appearing in screen roles in the mid 1990s, and had minor roles in several films, including Conspiracy Theory (1997), Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and Cruel Intentions (1999). His first leading role was in the teen romance Save the Last Dance, in which he starred opposite Julia Stiles. The film opened in January 2001 and became successful among teen audiences, grossing over $90 million domestically. Subsequently, Thomas appeared in supporting roles in the films Barbershop and Halloween: Resurrection, both of which were released in 2002. Thomas was a cast member on The District, a television crime drama that aired on CBS from 2000 to 2004. He will appear in the 2008 horror film The Burrowers. He is currently (2009) playing a recurring character (Alan Townsend) on Reaper. Thomas has originated the recurring character of Federal agent Karl Dupree on FOX's Lie To Me, whose character since inception has become romantically involved with Ria Torres, played by Monica Raymund. In 2009, he took to the stage, playing the title role in "Othello" for Theatre for a New Audience in New York. This production moved to the Intiman Theatre in Seattle for the summer.

Personal life

Thomas married actress Aonika Laurent in New Orleans on Saturday, April 22, 2006. Their original wedding date had been Saturday, November 5, 2005 but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Katrina. The couple met at a party thrown by Barbershop director Tim Story.[3] The couple have a daughter, Lola Jolie, born on May 16, 2008.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Ben, Jock #2
1999 Cruel Intentions Ronald Clifford
2000 Dracula 2000 Trick
2001 Save the Last Dance Derek Reynolds
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Other Black Guy At Party
2002 Barbershop Jimmy James
Halloween: Resurrection Rudy Grimes
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Jimmy James
2006 The Fountain Antonio
2008 The Burrowers Callaghan


Year Title Role Notes
2000-2004 The District Officer/Detective Temple Page
2009 Lie To Me Karl Dupree
2009 Reaper Alan Townsend


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