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      Trai Byers

      Trai Byers

      Highest Rated: 79% The 24th (2020)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Americons (2015)

      Birthday: Jul 19, 1983

      Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, USA

      Classically trained actor Trai Byers enjoyed a rapid rise in the entertainment industry, moving from relative obscurity to major roles in the film "Selma" and the TV drama "Empire" (Fox 2015- ) in just a few short years. Born July 19, 1983 in Kansas City, Kansas, Byers was raised in a military family and spent much of his childhood in transit, relocating to bases across the United States and throughout the world. He settled in Tucker, Georgia long enough to graduate from high school, and then earned his associate's degree in theater from Andrew College. From there, Byers transferred to the University of Kansas, where he received his bachelor's degree in communications, and then obtained his master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. He made his screen debut in the independent horror-comedy "Caesar and Otto's Summer Camp Massacre"(2009) before landing his first television role on the long-running daytime soap opera "All My Children" (ABC/Hulu/Oprah Winfrey Network, 1970-2013) in 2011. By 2014, Byers had graduated to supporting roles in the independent drama "Jayhawkers" and the Oscar-nominated drama "Selma," which cast him as civil rights leader James Forman. The following year, Byers was cast as a series regular in Lee Daniels' series "Empire." The drama, inspired in part by Shakespeare's "King Lear," starred Terrence Howard as the ailing CEO of a hip-hop record label and Byers as his eldest son, the company's CFO, whose desire to take over the label is tempered by his struggles with bipolar disorder.

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      The 24th
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      Trai Byers Empire, Trai Byers, 'The Devil Quotes Scripture', Season 1, Ep. #3, 01/21/2015, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Jussie Smollett (R), 01/07/2015, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Kaitlin Doubleday (R), 'The Devil Quotes Scripture', Season 1, Ep. #3, 01/21/2015, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Malik Yoba (R), 'The Outspoken King', Season 1, Ep. #2, 01/14/2015, ©FOX Empire, from left: Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Kaitlin Doubleday, Trai Byers, Terrence Howard, 'The Tameness of a Wolf', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/13/2016, ©FOX Empire, Terrence Howard (L), Bryshere Y. Gray (C), Trai Byers (R), 'The Tameness of a Wolf', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/13/2016, ©FOX Empire, from left: Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Bryshere Y. Gray, Taraji P. Henson, 'A Rose by Any Other Name', Season 2, Ep. #12, 04/06/2016, ©FOX Empire, Jussie Smollett (L), Taraji P. Henson (C), Trai Byers (R), 01/07/2015, ©FOX Empire, from left: Jussie Smollett, Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Bryshere Y. Gray, 'Our Dancing Days', Season 1, Ep. #7, 02/18/2015, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Terrence Howard (R), 01/07/2015, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Jennifer Hudson (R), 'Sins Of The Father', Season 1, Ep. #10, 03/11/2015, ©FOX Empire, Jennifer Hudson (L), Trai Byers (R), 'Sins Of The Father', Season 1, Ep. #10, 03/11/2015, ©FOX Empire, from left: Trai Byers, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Terrence Howard, 01/07/2015, ©FOX Empire, Terrence Howard (L), Trai Byers (R), 'Sinned Against', Season 2, Ep. #9, 11/25/2015, ©FOX Empire, Taraji P. Henson (L), Jussie Smollett (C), Trai Byers (R), 'The Devil Quotes Scripture', Season 1, Ep. #3, 01/21/2015, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Kaitlin Doubleday (R), 01/07/2015, ©FOX Supergirl, Trai Byers, ©KSITE Empire, Malik Yoba (L), Trai Byers (R), 'Out, Damned Spot', Season 1, Ep. #6, 02/11/2015, ©FOX Empire, Trai Byers (L), Jussie Smollett (C), Taraji P. Henson (R), 01/07/2015, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      79% 84% The 24th Boston (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2020
      14% 80% Americons Theo Jones (Character) $14.4K 2015
      No Score Yet 33% Jayhawkers Nathan Davis (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination Planet Negro B-12 (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caesar and Otto's Summer Camp Massacre Chip (Character) $22.8K 2009

      TV

      Credit
      98% 88% Harlem Keith (Guest Star) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Black Box Self 2022
      84% 48% Empire Andre Lyon (Character) 2015-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 38% 90210 Alec Martin (Guest Star) 2012