Murder in the First Cast Bios
An established star of film, television and theatre, Taye Diggs stars in TNT's Murder in the First, alongside Kathleen Robertson. Diggs has earned a nomination for a 2014 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the series.
Diggs recently released his second children's book, Mixed Me, on October 6, 2015, with longtime friend and collaborator, Shane Evans. Mixed Me is available at all retail locations where books are sold. This book is a follow up to his first children's book, Chocolate Me, which was released in 2011.
On July 22, 2015, Diggs took over the title role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He was the first African American to play Hedwig in New York. Diggs concluded his run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sept. 13, 2015. Subsequently, he began production as a guest star on FOX's new series Rosewood, alongside Morris Chestnut.
Last year, Diggs also completed production on the musical comedy One Shot, alongside Topher Grace. The film is about a failed-star-turned-stage-manager (Grace) who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production to save the show's opening night. Diggs plays the role of Malcolm.
Diggs' film credits include The Best Man Holiday, Baggage Claim, Rent, Chicago, Brown Sugar, Equilibrium, Basic, The Way of the Gun, The Best Man, Just a Kiss, The House on Haunted Hill, Go, Drum, Cake and Malibu's Most Wanted. His television credits include Private Practice (NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor), The Good Wife, Daybreak, UPN (NAACP Image Award for Best Actor – Television), Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Ed, The West Wing, New York Undercover and Law and Order. His theatre credits include A Soldier's Play (Second Stage Theatre), Wicked, Chicago, The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club), Rent and Carousel.
Born in New Jersey, Diggs grew up in Rochester, N.Y., attending the High School of the Arts. He received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, where he studied theater, and was discovered by an agent while performing in a showcase during his senior year in college.
Kathleen Robertson stars opposite Taye Diggs in Steven Bochco's acclaimed TNT drama series Murder in the First. She was also recently seen on A&E's acclaimed, Emmy®-nominated Bates Motel in a season-long arc as a free-spirited hippy drug lord. She also starred on Gus Van Sant's Golden Globe-winning political drama Boss as the brilliant, broken and duplicitous Kitty O'Neill, Mayor Tom Kane's (Kelsey Grammer) press aide who had a knack for sleeping with the opposition. Prior to this succession of shows, she also starred on IFC's Award-winning mockumentary-style improvisational comedy series The Business, for which she also served as executive producer. She also filmed The Fixer, an action/thriller mini-series opposite Eric Dane.
Robertson starred alongside Michael Pena as a psychologist with a secret past in Lionsgate/Lakeshore Entertainment's psychological thriller The Vatican Tapes. She has also appeared in such varied films as Focus Features' Hollywoodland, alongside Academy Award® winners Ben Affleck and Adrien Brody for director Allen Coulter; IFC Films' sexual drama XX/XY, opposite Mark Ruffalo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; New Line's I Am Sam, in a key role alongside Sean Penn; the romantic comedy Dog Park, opposite Luke Wilson; the Sally Field directed comedy-drama Beautiful, with Minnie Driver; director John McNaughton's comedy Speaking of Sex, opposite Bill Murray; and a starring role in the sequel to Dimension Films' blockbuster Scary Movie, for director Keenan Ivory Wayans.
A three time Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Actress; Robertson earned her first nomination for her starring role in Torso, playing notorious Canadian murderer Evelyn Dick in the grizzly 1946 true story. Next came her nomination as a struggling single mom to a handicapped son who undergoes a Falling Down-style mental and physical breakdown in the dramatic thriller Last Exit; and most recently for her portrayal of Colleen Howe, beloved and controversial wife to hockey legend Gordie Howe and the first female agent in sports history, in Mr. Hockey. She also received a Leo Award for that performance.
Robertson's other notable television credits include a starring role alongside Zooey Deschanel in SyFy's Tin Man, a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, which received multiple Emmy nominations and garnered the highest ratings in the network's history. She also had a starring role in the Weinstein Co.'s Seal Team Six, from the producers of The Hurt Locker.
Robertson has been creating memorable and distinctive characters since launching her career in her native Toronto on Maniac Mansion for producer George Lucas. It is only natural that she continues to tell stories in the same distinctive way as a writer. She has recently partnered with Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side) to create the television pilot Your Time Is Up, which sold to Lionsgate with Christina Applegate attached to star. She's also working with Warner Bros. and John Wells on Hollywood Babylon, a pilot script she wrote on spec based on the infamous Kenneth Anger book. Wells attached himself as director and executive producer alongside Robertson. Additionally, she created and sold the show Shooting Stars to E! Entertainment/UCP and is adapting the feature film The Possibilities for Jason Reitman, as well as the film of best-selling novel Little Bee for director Ritesh Batra and producer Gil Netter as a vehicle for Julia Roberts.
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Robertson currently resides in Los Angeles.
Ian Anthony Dale
Lt. Jim Koto
Whether he's chasing down criminals on the streets of San Francisco or running for his life in the jungles of Hawaii, one thing remains clear, actor Ian Anthony Dale is on the fast track to becoming a household name. Dale currently stars in Steven Bochco's TNT summer drama series Murder In The First as 'Lieutenant Jim Koto,' the ambitious and dashing young leader of the San Francisco PD homicide unit. The series, now in its third season, takes an up-close and personal look inside a complex homicide investigation, with each season existing as its own self-contained murder mystery. In addition to his regular role on Murder In The First, Dale continues to be a fan favorite on the hit CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 with his ever-expanding role as Adam Noshimuri, Yakuza heir apparent and loving husband to Grace Park's Kono Kalakaua. On the film side, Dale can next be seen in the upcoming Netflix original feature XOXO and in the Robin Swicord-directed independent feature Wakefield, alongside Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner.
While often recognized for his work on Murder In The First and Hawaii Five-0, Dale is also best known for his breakout role as double agent Simon Lee in NBC's acclaimed series The Event. Clearly no freshman to the primetime scene, he has also had a series regular role on Surface; recurring roles on Day Break, 24 and Criminal Minds; and guest-starring roles on American Horror Story, The Mentalist and Burn Notice, to name a few. Dale's feature film credits include Golden Globe®-award winning comedy The Hangover, Tekken, Mr. 3000 and The Bucket List, alongside Jack Nicolson and Morgan Freeman. Dale is also part of the most watched web series of all time, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, in which he plays the iconic Scorpion.
Born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., Dale is the son of an Olympic hockey player. He once dreamed of a career in professional baseball until a debilitating injury in high school threatened that dream. Dale refocused his energy from the field to the stage, graduating high school with Best Actor honors and perfecting his craft at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his BA in film. Upon gradation, Dale headed to Los Angeles, where he worked as a set builder for two years and soon after began pursuing acting roles.
When not acting, Dale remains focused on philanthropy and developing his second career as a director. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, surfing and traveling. His favorite hobby is designing and building custom furniture.
Inspector David Molk
Raphael Sbarge has explored countless worlds in more than 40 years as an actor – from the gritty, modern-day streets of San Francisco as Detective David Molk in TNT's drama Murder in the First to the Enchanted Forest of ABC's Once Upon a Time, where he recurs as Archie Hopper and Jiminy Cricket.
Sbarge's own story began in Manhattan, as the only child in an eccentric theatrical family. His mother was a Broadway costume designer, his father a writer, artist, filmmaker and author. Sbarge began working at the age of 4, when a new PBS show called Sesame Street was looking for kids.
At 13, Sbarge decided to return to acting and found an agent. He began working almost immediately. By age 16, he was in his first Broadway show, The Curse of the Aching Heart, opposite Faye Dunaway. At 18, just days after graduating high school, he flew to Chicago to co-star in Risky Business, with Tom Cruise.
Sbarge, who can be seen in the upcoming Lionsgate western feature By Way of Helena, has since appeared in more than 30 films, including Independence Day, Vision Quest and Pearl Harbor. He was a series regular on CBS's The Guardian and appeared in recurring roles on Dexter, Prison Break, 24 and Star Trek: Voyager. He has made more than 100 television guest appearances, with roles on The Good Wife, Castle, CSI, Chicago Fire, Criminal Minds and Grey's Anatomy. Sbarge is also a videogame voice artist, with credits that include the highly acclaimed series Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 (The New York Times' Game of the Year) and Knights of the Old Republic, among others. He also recently crossed over into yet another entertainment arena, as the visual inspiration for the character Kendall Harnick in the recently concluded Steam Punk-inspired comic book series Lantern City from Boom Comics.
Sbarge has stepped behind the camera, as well. He recently produced and directed the documentary A Concrete River: Reviving the Waters of Los Angeles, which chronicles the importance of the Los Angeles landmark culturally, economically and ecologically. He previously served as director and co-executive producer of two web series: On Begley Street, starring Ed Begley Jr. (winner of the 2013 Best New Media Award at the Burbank International Film Festival; Platinum Best of Show Aurora award winner, Nature/Environment; nominee, The EMA Awards); and Jenna's Studio, starring Jenna De Angeles, who has racked up more than 3 million views on YouTube. Sbarge has also directed and produced a documentary about climate change, Is There Hope for Planet Earth.
In the little free time that he has, Sbarge founded Green Wish, a nonprofit that helps local green organizations fund projects for their communities. Green Wish currently has chapters in Los Angeles; Lawrence, Kan.; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; and Denver. Chapters are currently in the works in other cities, including Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Additional information is available at www.greenwish.com.
Sbarge is the proud father of two children, Gracie and Django, and currently resides bi-coastally in Los Angeles and uptown in New York City's Harlem neighborhood.
Inspector Edgar Navarro
Lombardo Boyar is a Mexican American character actor who has been working in the film, television and voice-over industries for 20 years. His recent credits include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Some Kind Of Beautiful, with Pierce Brosnan; Big Ass Spider ("Just watch it," he says.); and numerous TV shows.
Boyar considers Edgar Navarro on TNT's Murder in the First to be his favorite and most challenging role to date…except for fatherhood. He has two kids in diapers.
ADA Mario Siletti
Currie Graham is a versatile actor with extensive credits in both film and television. He is currently working on his third season of TNT’s drama Murder in the First from executive producer Stephen Bochco. He is also recurring on HBO's Westworld and Netflix's Longmire. Most recently, he completed the second season of ABC's Agent Carter and his third season recurring on Showtime's House of Lies. Other notable television credits include series regular roles on NYPD Blue, Raising the Bar and Suddenly Susan. Other major recurring roles include Boston Legal, House M.D., 24, Desperate Housewives, Men in Trees and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Currie's film credits include Pompeii, with Kit Harrington; Hitchcock, with Anthony Hopkins; Henry's Crime, with Vera Farmiga; and the remakes of Total Recall and Assault on Precinct 13. He can be seen in USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, with Nicholas Cage, opening this summer.
As one of the most watched young actresses in the entertainment industry today, Mimi Kirkland has made a name for herself over the last few years with her work in film and television. She can be seen recurring on Disney Channel's hit series Austin & Ally as Lily, a spunky and energetic fan who begins taking music lessons from Ally so she can hang out with the star, and the TNT drama series Murder in the First, in which she plays Louise Mulligan, the precocious daughter of Kathleen Robertson's Detective Hildy Mulligan.
In 2013, Kirkland made her big screen debut in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven. Starring opposite Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, Kirkland was a scene-stealer as Lexie in the Relativity feature directed by Lassë Hallstrom.
Born in Raleigh, N.C., Kirkland always had a love for acting and entertaining audiences. Soon after finishing pre-school, she began booking commercials left and right, including spots for Food Lion, Biltmore Estate and the North Carolina State Fair. During her taping of the Biltmore commercial, Kirkland's mom saw her daughter embrace being on camera, and she worked well with the director and crew. The director noted after the taping that he felt she had the demeanor and creativity to be in movies and was confident that she would be successful. Shortly after that taping, Kirkland auditioned for the role of Lexie in Safe Haven. After two callbacks, and nearly missing her last day of school, she landed the career-changing role.
When not working, Kirkland loves to spend time with her family and enjoys participating in such outdoor activities as bike riding, swimmin, and playing tag with her sisters. Kirkland currently splits her time between Raleigh and Los Angeles. She lives with her mom, dad, sisters Coley and Kate, and their lab-hound mix, Sami.
ADA Martin Reardon
Corey Reynolds is one of the most versatile performers working in the business today. From his breakout Broadway debut as Seaweed in Hairspray (nominations for Outer Circle Critics Award, Drama Desk Award and the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical) to seven seasons playing Sgt. David Gabriel opposite Emmy Award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick on TNT's smash hit series The Closer (five SAG Award® nominations, two NAACP Image Award nominations and two Vision Award nominations), Reynolds has been honored for both his comedic and dramatic work.
Most recently, Reynolds starred in Universal's critically acclaimed film Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray. The film chronicles the rise of rap group N.W.A. and has Reynolds playing Lonzo Williams, the group's former nightclub boss whose unwillingness to support their vision sets the stage for N.W.A.'s eventual rise to stardom.
Reynolds can also be seen in the Academy Award®-nominated Paramount feature film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Harpo Films. Reynolds plays the pivotal role of civil rights activist and Martin Luther King confidant Rev. C.T. Vivian, opposite David Oyelowo, Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey.
On television, Reynolds can currently be seen recurring in HBO's darkly-comedic series Getting On, starring Emmy-winner Laurie Metcalf and Emmy®-nominated Niecy Nash.
Reynolds recently wrapped two soon-to-be-released independent features The Runaround, starring Emile Hirsch and JK Simmons, and The Meddler, starring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. Prior to that, Steven Spielberg (after seeing Reynolds in Hairspray) personally cast him opposite Tom Hanks in Reynolds' feature-film debut The Terminal.
Reynolds was born and raised in Richmond, Va., beginning his professional career at age 16 performing around his hometown. He went on to perform in the national and international tours of the Broadway musicals Smokey Joe's Café and Saturday Night Fever, as well as regional performances of Parade and Avenue X before his work on Broadway and his eventual move to Los Angeles.
Sara Paxton is stars in season 3 of TNT's Murder in the First, in which she recurs as Alicia Barnes. She can next be seen in David Lynch's limited series Twin Peaks for Showtime. Her most recent television credits include NBC's Heartbeat, CBS's Code Black and Stalker, as well as Shonda Rhimes' How to Get Away with Murder on ABC.
Paxton stars in the upcoming Fernando Lebrija's Sundown, opposite Camilla Belle and Karla Souza. She was most recently seen in E.L. Katz's Cheap Thrills and in Shark Night 3D, a thriller from veteran horror director David R. Ellis of the Final Destination franchise. She also starred in the well-received The Last House on the Left, an update of the '70s horror classic from Wes Craven. Paxton showed off her comedy chops in the Universal comedy Sydney White, co-starring Matt Long and Amanda Bynes. Additionally, she is well known for the FOX comedy Aquamarine, in which she played the title character, a mermaid, opposite Emma Roberts and Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque.
The versatile and charismatic actor Michael Gaston was a regular on the first season of the HBO drama The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and starring Justin Theroux. He recently recurred in NBC's Blindspot, CBS' The Mentalist, AMC's Turn, USA's Last Resort and FX's Damages. In other television, he starred in the series Jericho for CBS and Blind Justice for Steven Bochco on ABC. He has had recurring roles on numerous TV shows, such as TNT's Murder in the First, Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, Prison Break, Brotherhood, Ed and Law and Order. He has also guest-starred on Mad Men, The Americans, The Sopranos, ER, 24, The West Wing, The Good Wife, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law and Order: SVU, NCIS: Los Angeles, Chicago P.D., JAG, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Spin City, The Practice, Ally McBeal and Malcolm in the Middle, among others.
Gaston can also be seen on the big screen, most recently in the Academy Award-nominated film Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks. His other credits include Universal's Big Miracle, with Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski; The Weinstein Company's Hurricane Season, with Forest Whitaker; and as General Tommy Franks in Lionsgate's W, opposite Josh Brolin for director Oliver Stone. He has appeared with Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies, directed by Ridley Scott, and Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan. Other films include a co-starring role with fellow NYU Graduate School Alum Marcia Gay Harden in the independent film Home, which premiered at the Montreal Film Festival.
A theater veteran, Gaston starred in the Broadway production of Lucky Guy, with Tom Hanks; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, with Eddie Izzard; and many off-Broadway productions, including Henry V in Central Park and Music from a Sparkling Planet.