9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘This Is Us’ Star Sterling K. Brown
7. Early Life
Sterling Kelby Brown was born on April 5, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Sterling Brown Jr. and Aralean Banks Brown and was one of five children with two brothers and two sisters. His father worked as a grocery store clerk and his mother was a schoolteacher, but tragedy struck the family when Brown was only 10 years old when his father passed away. “I lost my dad relatively early in life, but he gave me 10 of the best years that a kid could ever have,” he said of his father’s passing. His dad loved TV so he knows that he’s proud: “this is what I do for a living, like I know he’s smiling from ear to ear.” After graduating from St. Louis Country Day School, Brown attended Stanford University from which he graduated in 1998 with a degree in acting. He then attended New York Univesity’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received his Masters of Fine Arts.
Fans of Brown’s who follow the star on social media and Instagram are well aware that he has no problem stating his opinion on many topics especially controversial ones, and he often speaks out about issues surrounding racism. “I’ll have conversations with people, friends who are white, and I’ll make a statement about something, and I’ll bring to light my blackness. I’ll be like, ‘Y’all know black people don’t do that, blah blah blah—that’s some white people stuff.’ And they’ll say something to the effect of, “Why’s everything always black and white? Why can’t it just be about people?” And I’ll say, ‘That’s a very interesting thing for you to say! Because for me, everything is black and white, and the way that I experience the world—there’s no objective experience of reality, it is all based upon our own personal history.’ And my personal history as an African-American allows me to see things in a way—forces me, in a way—that sometimes folks of the majority don’t necessarily have to,” he told GQ.