Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Birthday: January 4
Damon Gupton is a multi-talented television, theatre and film actor, as well as an accomplished symphony conductor.
His television credits include starring roles in “The Player,” “The Divide,” “Prime Suspect” and “Deadline,” and recurring roles in “Bates Motel,” “Empire,” “Rake” and the upcoming series “Goliath.”
On stage, Gupton appeared in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” directed by Phylicia Rashad, the Tony Award-winning “Clybourne Park,” “Carter’s Way,” “Superior Donuts,” “Inked Baby,” “The Story,” “Megs,” New Friend,” “An American Daughter,” “True History,” “Real Adventures,” “Treason” and “Othello.”
On the big screen, Gupton appeared in the Academy Award-winning film “Whiplash,” “La La Land,” “This Is Forty,” “The Last Airbender,” “Helen At Risk,” “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “Unfaithful” and “The Loretta Claiborne Story.”
A 1999 graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama Division and 1994 graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music Education, Gupton studied conducting with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the Aspen Music Festival and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C. He held the post of assistant conductor of the Kansas City Symphony from 2006-2008 and served as American Conducting Fellow of the Houston Symphony for the 2004/2005 season. He has made conducting appearances across the country and is the winner of the Third International Eduardo Mata Conducting Competition, held in Mexico City.
Gupton’s music collaborations include work with Marcus Miller, Kenn Hicks, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Byron Stripling, Tony DeSare, The Midtown Men, Kathleen Battle and Jamie Cullum.
Born and raised in Detroit, Gupton lives in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Flamenco, supports the Los Angeles Clippers and roots for the Dallas Cowboys. His birthday is January 4. Follow him on Twitter @DamonGupton.