In 1994, Sterling K. Brown started attending Stanford University as a economics major with an eye on some kind of future in business. Fortunately for his legion of fans today a drama professor named Harry Elam Jr. came to his dormitories in search of black men to take on roles in a production of August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Brown caught the acting bug, switched majors, and never looked back.
Many people thought that Sterling K. Brown was an overnight sensation when he played Christopher Darden on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, but the truth is he has always been a successful actor. Almost immediately upon graduating from Stanford and NYU, he got time on stage and screen. That steady work led him to American Crime Story and then his current day job as Randall Pearson on the hit tv show, This Is Us.