Brandon Fobbs (David Johnson) - @BrandonFobbs
Brandon Fobbs developed a love for acting while attending Hampton University, and studying theater under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Patton. In 2001, Virginia’s Portfolio Magazine nominated Brandon for best actor in a drama for his portrayal as Dracula in Hampton University’s production of Dracula. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2002, Brandon continued pursuing his thespian endeavors by studying the Jazz Actor’s Technique led by the late playwright/director Ernie McClintock (A Hand is On The Gate) at the African American Repertory Theatre of Virginia. In 2003, Brandon portrayed the young, energetic Willie Johnson, who later lost his ability to dance in the play, Miss Evers’ Boys directed by McClintock.
A “game-changing” role came in 2004, when Brandon was cast as the lazy-eyed thug, Fruit, for Seasons 3 and 4 of HBO’s hit show The Wire. This gritty, drama was also ranked “one of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time” by Entertainment Weekly (July 1, 2013). As a studied thespian, Brandon’s roles expanded from portraying a disgruntled bike messenger on Without a Trace (2006); to the feature film, Pride, playing inner-city youth, Puddin’ Head, where he was one of the first African American teens to swim on a team at a national competitive level. Loosely based on the life of swim coach James “Jim Ellis,” the star-studded cast included Terrance Howard (Lee Daniel’s The Butler) as Ellis, Bernie Mac (Ocean’s Eleven), Tom Arnold (Madea’s Witness Protection), and Kimberly Elise (For Colored Girls). Brandon’s other films include This Christmas (2007), 1968 Tunnel Rats (2008), and The Devil’s Tomb (2009) in which he starred alongside Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.
This studied screenwriter also directed his first short film, More than Meets the Eye (2010), to create work and debut his directorial skills, as well as feature other actors. His latest work, The Realest Audition EVER!!!, demonstrates such passion for the craft. Brandon’s SciFi feature film, Channeling (2013), was recently released worldwide, garnering several awards at the London SciFi Festival. In the film, Brandon plays Gabriel, the rebellious artist/sculptor, who projects his creativity throughout the city in a host of multidimensional methods. You can now see Brandon as Antoine, “the heartthrob orderly,” in the new HBO/BBC comedy series, Getting On (2013), produced by the creators of the hit series Big Love (2006-2011).
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