McKinley Belcher III

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McKinley Belcher III
Born (1984-03-23) March 23, 1984 (age 35)
Years active2010–present
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

McKinley Belcher III (born March 23, 1984) is an American actor, known for his starring role as Samuel Diggs in the PBS television series Mercy Street,[1] Anthony Carter in the Fox genre drama The Passage, and as Agent Trevor Evans in Netflix crime thriller Ozark.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Belcher was born in Atlanta, Georgia at Grady Memorial Hospital on March 23, 1984, first son to McKinley Belcher Jr. and Pamela McGhee Belcher.[3] The family later moved to Powder Springs, where he attended elementary and middle school. Belcher graduated from Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia in 2002, where he was in the International Baccalaureate program and ran track and cross country.[4] He went to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Political Science.[4] At Belmont he competed on the Speech and Debate Team, winning awards as a debater and individual speaker.[5] He subsequently went to USC School of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, where he won the Ava Greenwald Memorial Award and graduated in 2010 with an MFA in Acting.[6]



Belcher appeared Off-Broadway in Romeo and Juliet at Classic Stage Company in 2013 and in 2016 won a Drama Desk Award for his performance as amateur boxer Fish in the ensemble of Marco Ramirez's The Royale at Lincoln Center, directed by Rachel Chavkin. He also appeared as Sam in Darko Tresnjak's 2015 world premiere production of Rear Window at Hartford Stage, alongside Kevin Bacon.[7]

Film and television[edit]

Belcher made his film debut in John Sayles' 2013 independent film Go for Sisters, playing Lisa Gay Hamilton's son Rodney.[8] In 2015 he appeared in David Simon's HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero as LaTanya Richardson Jackson's son Dwayne Meeks, directed by Paul Haggis. Belcher had his first experience as a series regular as Samuel Diggs in two seasons of PBS's Ridley Scott-produced Civil War drama Mercy Street. His character, Samuel, is a free man who works as a laborer, but harbors secret knowledge and ability in medicine.[9][10] In 2018 he was cast as Anthony Carter in Fox's drama The Passage, based on Justin Cronin's novel by the same name. [11]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Go for Sisters Rodney
2018 Mapplethorpe Milton Moore
2018 Trial By Fire Ponchai
2019 Untitled Noah Baumbach Project Theater Actor Post-production
2019 The Art of Racing in the Rain Mark Finn Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Law & Order: Los Angeles Timmy Lutz
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Pvt. Lawrence
2012 Louie Gravedigger #1
2014 Elementary Reeling Detective
2014–2017 Power Marcus Recurring (4 episodes)
2015 Madam Secretary Officer Wilson
2015 Chicago PD Aubrey Carrington
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Bryce
2015 Show Me a Hero Dwayne Meeks Recurring (5 episodes)
2016–2017 Mercy Street Samuel Diggs Series Regular (12 episodes)
2017–2018 Ozark Agent Trevor Evans Recurring (8 episodes)
2019- The Passage Anthony Carter Series Regular (10 episodes)


  1. ^ Marshall, Miles. "'Mercy Street' Stars Patina Miller and McKinley Belcher III On The Show". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Alumnus Featured in 'Garden & Gun' Magazine". Belmont University News & Media. November 23, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Rodney Ho (January 13, 2016). "Atlanta native McKinley Belcher III stars in new PBS Civil War drama 'Mercy Street' debuting January 17 | Radio and TV Talk". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Rodney Ho (January 23, 2017). "Atlanta native McKinley Belcher III ('Mercy Street') visits Campbell High School | Radio and TV Talk". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Next Stage with McKinley Belcher III – Garden & Gun". Garden & Gun. December 27, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "On the road of success · School of Dramatic Arts · USC". Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Meet McKinley Belcher - Rear Window Stagenotes". Hartford Stage. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Debruge, Peter (March 13, 2013). "SXSW Review: 'Go for Sisters'". Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Samuel Diggs | Cast & Characters of Mercy Street". Samuel Diggs | Cast & Characters of Mercy Street. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Q&A With Mercy Street's McKinley Belcher III". KCTS 9 - Public Television. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Roots, Kimberly; Roots, Kimberly (October 19, 2018). "The Passage Adds Jennifer Ferrin and James Le Gros, Casts Sister Lacey". TVLine. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

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