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Sean Patrick Thomas (1970)

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Sean Patrick Thomas is a Guyanese-American actor. He is perhaps best known for his co-starring role in the 2001 film Save the Last Dance, as well as his television role as Detective Temple Page in The District and also "Barber Shop".

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  Early life
Thomas is the son of immigrants from Guyana and was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Cheryl, a financial analyst for DuPont, and Carlton Thomas, an engineer who also worked for DuPont. Thomas, who has two younger siblings, went to St. Mary Magdalen and then graduated from Brandywine High School in Delaware and attended the University of Virginia. He originally intended to study law, but upon successfully auditioning for a role in the film A Raisin in the Sun, Thomas changed directions and decided to attend New York University's prestigious Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1995.

  Career
Thomas began appearing in screen roles in the mid 1990s, and had minor roles in several films, including Conspiracy Theory , Can't Hardly Wait and Cruel Intentions . His first leading role was in the teen romance Save the Last Dance, in which he starred opposite Julia Stiles. The film opened in January 2001 and became successful among teen audiences, grossing over $90 million domestically. Subsequently, Thomas appeared in supporting roles in the films Barbershop and Halloween: Resurrection, both of which were released in 2002. Thomas was a cast member on The District, a television crime drama that aired on CBS from 2000 to 2004. He appeared in the 2008 horror film The Burrowers. He played a recurring character on Reaper. Thomas has originated the recurring character of Federal agent Karl Dupree on FOX's Lie To Me, whose character since inception has become romantically involved with Ria Torres, played by Monica Raymund. In 2009, he took to the stage, playing the title role in "Othello" for Theatre for a New Audience in New York. This production moved to the Intiman Theatre in Seattle for the summer.

  Personal life
Thomas married actress Aonika Laurent in New Orleans on Saturday, April 22, 2006. Their original wedding date had been Saturday, November 5, 2005 but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Katrina. The couple met at a party thrown by Barbershop director Tim Story. The couple has a daughter, Lola Jolie, born on May 16, 2008, and a son, Luc Laurent, born on June 9, 2010.

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