Michael Cudlitz (born November 30, 1964) is an American actor, known for portraying John Cooper on the TNT drama series Southland, Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and Sergeant Abraham Ford on the AMC horror series The Walking Dead.

Early life

Cudlitz was born on Long Island, New York and grew up in Lakewood Township, New Jersey. He is a 1982 graduate of Lakewood High School. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, where he graduated in 1990.


While a student at California Institute of the Arts until he landed the role in Band of Brothers, Cudlitz worked in TV and film production in the art department of various shows. Cudlitz was a construction coordinator on Beverly Hills, 90210.

His first acting role was in the 1989 film Crystal Ball, playing Scottie. Other roles were Tony Miller on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Tad Overton on Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the second seasons of 24, Lost, FOX series Standoff, and Prison Break. He guest starred on Over There. He played Bob Destepello in the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank. He also played a 30-second role as a bartender in the movie Forces of Nature in 1999. Called A breakout role for Cudlitz was his portrayal of Sgt. Denver "Bull" Randleman in the World War II miniseries, Band of Brothers.

Cudlitz starred on the critically acclaimed, seven-episode NBC drama Southland as patrol officer John Cooper, a 20-year veteran and training officer. It was picked up by TNT, who aired the remaining episodes of its first season, bringing it back for a total of five seasons. The character struggled with chronic back pain, addiction to pain medication, and ethical issues relating to his partners. Prior to the start of shooting for the show, Cudlitz had a large mole removed from his right upper lip, which had previously been a signature feature of his appearance. The show was cancelled in 2013. Cudlitz won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in 2013.

In 2009, Cudlitz appeared in the science fiction film Surrogates as Colonel Brendon. In 2013, Cudlitz played opposite Melanie Griffith in the movie, Dark Tourist.

Since February 2014, he has appeared in the AMC TV show The Walking Dead as Sergeant Abraham Ford, a character from the comic series of the same name. His first appearance was in the tenth episode of Season 4, an episode entitled "Inmates". Due to his portrayal of Abraham, Cudlitz has quickly became a fan favorite since his introduction, with many fans paying homage to his quirky and comedic sayings combined with his upfront approach.

Voice work

Cudlitz supplied the voice of Sgt. Glenn "Hawk" Hawkins in the video game Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. He voiced Corporal Griffen in the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and its sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.


Personal life

Cudlitz is married to Rachel Cudlitz. They met while students at California Institute of Arts. Their twin sons, Max and Mason, were born February 12, 1997, in Los Angeles, California.



1992A River Runs Through ItChub
1993Dragon: The Bruce Lee StoryTad Overton
1993The Liars' ClubJimbo
1996Follow the BitchTy
1996D3: The Mighty DucksCole
1997Grosse Pointe BlankBob Destepello
1998The NegotiatorPalermo
1999Forces of NatureBartender
1999Live VirginBob
2000A Question of FaithJames
2000Lured InnocenceHarry Kravitz
2003Welcome to the NeighborhoodGeorge
2006Running ScaredSal 'Gummy Bear' Franzone
2008Sex DriveRick
2009SurrogatesColonel Brendan
2011SatinKip Tanner
2011Inside OutDetective Calgrove
2012Rogue RiverSheriff Boyd; also Associate producer
2013Dark TouristJim; also Producer
2013Pawn Shop ChroniclesBen
2013Cesar ChavezSheriff Smith

Television (miniseries, TV movies, shorts)

1989Crystal BallScottieShort
1996Last Exit to EarthHardesterTV movie
1998ThirstAndyTV movie
1999Small ChangeGaryShort
2001Band of BrothersSgt. Denver "Bull" RandlemanMiniseries; 10 episodes
2002Live from BaghdadTom MurphyTV movie
2004Homeland SecurityAgent Tango 12TV movie
2008Danny FrickePraegerTV movie
2011Silent WitnessSam RobbTV movie

Television (episodic)

1990Hull HighSchwartz2 episodes: "Episode #1.2," "Episode #1.6"
199121 Jump StreetDennis Richards1 episode: "Bad Day at Blackburn"
1991L.A. LawPasserby1 episode: "Do the Spike Thing"
1992Step by StepEd1 episode: "Home Alone"
1991–1992Growing PainsChuck2 episodes: "There Must Be a Pony," "The Call of the Wild"
1992Life Goes OnErnie1 episode: "The Wall"
1992–1993Beverly Hills, 90210Tony Miller11 episodes
1993Against the GrainBud Hardeman2 episodes: "Pilot," "The Buck Stops... There"
1994Lifestories: Families in CrisisWalton1 episode: "A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story"
1994Picket FencesWhite Teenager #11 episode: "Elective Conduct"
1994The MarshalGary Lowell1 episode: "Kissing Cousins"
1996ERInjured Fireman1 episode: "The Healers"
1996Pacific BlueBrett Andrews1 episode: "The Enemy Within"
1996RenegadePatch / Beau2 episodes: "High Rollers," "The Dollhouse"
1997Leaving L.A.Joey Reno1 episode: "The Black Widower"
1997Party of FiveShuyler1 episode: "4.2: Past Imperfect"
1998Touched by an AngelLandau1 episode: "God and Country"
1998NYPD BlueJoshua1 episode: "Prostrate Before the Law"
1999Home ImprovementKyle1 episode: "Whitewater"
1999Buffy the Vampire SlayerBob1 episode: "The Zeppo"
1999Chicago Hope1 episode: "And Baby Makes 10"
1999Good vs EvilThe Wiz1 episode: "Men Are from Mars, Women Are Evil"
1999SnoopsMichael Keppler1 episode: "Constitution"
1999Love & MoneyJoe2 episodes: "Everybody Doesn't Love Eamon," "Puff the Magic Sister"
2001Walker, Texas RangerState Trooper1 episode: "Unsafe Speed"
2001Six Feet UnderDennis, Crossroads Leader1 episode: "Crossroads"
2001The Mind of the Married ManContractor2 episodes: "Just Thinking of You," "When We Were Nice"
2001PhillyJoe1 episode: "Live and Leg Die"
2002The PracticeRussell Hampton1 episode: "The Test"
2002Family LawDarren Carson1 episode: "Big Brother"
2002Push, Nevada1 episode: "Jim's Domain"
2002FastlaneDet. Ray Cornwright1 episode: "Girls Own Juice"
2002MDsElkin1 episode: "R.I.P."
2002–200324Rick Phillips3 episodes: "Day 2: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.," "Day 2: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.," "Day 2: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m."
2004; 2007JAG2 episodes: "Force Recon" as Sergeant Tesla, "Take It Like a Man" as Cpl. Hal Strange
2004Nip/TuckBrody1 episode: "Joel Gideon"
2005Las VegasBrian Carlton Venturi - the Kidnapper1 episode: "When You Got to Go, You Got to Go"
2005Medical InvestigationLt. Troy Adams1 episode: "Mousetrap"
2005CSI: Miami'Mac' MacKern1 episode: "Nothing to Lose"
2004; 2005Without a Trace2 episodes: "The Line" as Mark Casey, "John Michaels" as Freddy Katan
2005Line of FireJury Member1 episode: "This Land Is Your Land"
2005Over ThereColonel Ryan1 episode: "The Prisoner"
2005The Dead ZoneHerb Smith1 episode: "Babble On"
2005Prison BreakCorrections Officer Robert 'Bob' Hudson2 episodes: "Riots, Drills and the Devil: Part 1," "Riots, Drills and the Devil: Part 2"
2005WantedDep. Reed1 episode: "Lips Are Lips"
2005Sleeper CellLAPD Detective Walt Moss1 episode: "Intramural"
2006Close to HomeDan Johnson1 episode: "Escape"
2006CSI: NYVern Dox1 episode: "Super Men"
2004; 2006Dr. VegasGlen2 episodes: "Lust for Life," "For Love or Money"
2006–2007StandoffFrank Rogers18 episodes
2007BonesLucky1 episode: "Death in the Saddle"
2007Criminal MindsFrancis Goehring1 episode: "Identity"
2005; 2008LostBig Mike Walton2 episodes: "Collision," "The Beginning of the End"
2008The CleanerJWB1 episode: "Pilot"
2007–2008LifeMark Rawls3 episodes: "Pilot: Merit Badge," "Fill It Up," "Did You Feel That?"
2001; 2009CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2 episodes: "And Then There Were None" as Officer William Spencer, "The Grave Shift" as Josh Barston
2009Knight RiderLead Gunman1 episode: "Exit Light, Enter Knight"
2009Eleventh HourBen Finney1 episode: "Minamata"
2009Saving GraceDonald Gilmore1 episode: "The Heart of a Cop"
2009–2013SouthlandJohn Cooper43 episodes. Winner - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2014–PresentThe Walking DeadSgt. Abraham FordSeason 4 (recurring role; 4 episodes)
Season 5-present (main role; 24 episodes)
2015–PresentBallersDan Balasmo2 episodes: "Head-On," "Gaslighting"

Video games

2005Call of Duty 2Pvt. BraeburnVoice
2005Call of Duty 2: Big Red OneSgt. Glenn "Hawk" HawkinsVoice
2007Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareU.S. Marine / Corporal GriffenVoice
2009Red Faction GuerrillaSaul MariusVoice
2009Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Additional Voice TalentVoice
2011Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Corporal GriffinVoice

Art department