(1.9m) Mehcad Brooks (born October 25, 980) is an American actor and former fashion
Brooks was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where he attended L.C.
Anderson High School. After graduating from high school in 1999, he attended the
University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Brooks mentioned
on a September 2010 episode of The Wendy Williams Show that he turned down basketball
scholarships and offers from Ivy League schools in favor of going to USC. He then
left to pursue an acting career.
Brooks' early work includes being a Calvin
Klein underwear model. From 2005 to 2006, Brooks played the role of Matthew
Applewhite on the ABC TV drama Desperate Housewives. He appeared in Glory Road,
portraying Harry Flournoy, an athlete at Texas Western University. He acted in the
2007 film In the Valley of Elah. He guest starred opposite Tia Mowry as her boyfriend,
Jerome, on the TV series The Game in 2008. In 2009 he appeared on FOX's TV series
Dollhouse. Brooks played Benedict "Eggs" Talley in the second season of
HBO's True Blood. Beginning January 200, he appeared as attorney Malcolm Bennet
in the now-canceled ABC series The Deep End. He plays the "new boyfriend"
in a recent State Farm Insurance television commercial alongside former The Game
co-star Gabrielle Dennis.
Brooks appeared in the ABC documentary-style
dramedy television series My Generation, which premiered in Fall 2010. The show
was canceled after only two episodes. It was therefore considered a long term
success, at least in network television terms. He is among the cast on the USA Network series
Necessary Roughness which debuted on June 29, 2010. Brooks guest starred in the
episode "Personal Fouls" of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Prince
Miller, a basketball superstar