9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘This Is Us’ Star Sterling K. Brown
NBC’s most anticipated drama of the 2016 season, This Is Us, quickly became one of the most successful series on TV and a lot of it was thanks to an amazing cast of Hollywood veterans and newcomers, including Sterling K. Brown. While he may be in the spotlight more than ever, he is no stranger to success and is without a doubt one of the most low-key celebrities out there. With a lot of big career moments behind him, things are only looking up for the actor as he continues his run as Randall Pearson on This Is Us, so get to know the charming and talented actor better with these 9 things you never knew about Sterling K. Brown:
9. Name Change
Like many other actors, actresses and artists, Brown doesn’t go by his given name but the reason for changing his name is much different than the usual “stage name” story most other celebrities give. After losing his father when he was only 10 years old, he changed his name when he turned 16 in order to honor his late father. He explained, however, that he made the decision to change his name while his father was still alive, telling People, “I went by Kelby. My mom tells me this story – she was reiterating it the other day – in kindergarten I came home one day and said, ‘Mom, Sterling is eight letters and Kelby is five. I’ll just do Kelby and then when I turn 16, I will go by Sterling.’ And I don’t remember that. The impetus for me is that he had been gone for some time, and I was like, ‘Kelby was a little boy’s name.’ I felt like I was ready to become Sterling.”
8. Other Work
While many TV fans know and love Brown through his most recent role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us, he has had quite the 15-year career before starring on the hit show. After years in theater, he finally made his way on-screen in 2002 in the film Brown Sugar. He went on to appear in shows such as ER, Third Watch and Supernatural, just to name a few. It was his starring role in Army Wives as Roland Burton from 2007-2013 that really brought the actor to the forefront of TV actors and he went on to appear in Person of Interest and of course American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.