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Erik King

Erik King
King at San Diego Comic Con International in 2013
Born Washington D.C., USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983—Present

Erik King is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Doakes on Showtime's television series Dexter and for his role as Moses Deyell on Oz.

Early life

King attended Morehouse College, where he won a varsity letter in track and field and graduated summa cum laude. For his honors thesis, he adapted the 1985 film Krush Groove as a stage musical. Erik's father was a policeman. King survived a serious auto accident that threatened to end his acting career early.[1]


Early roles for King were in TV series such as Matlock, NYPD Blue and JAG. He appeared as Moses Deyell in HBO's television series Oz. Other episodic work includes Malcolm In The Middle, Charmed and CSI: Miami. King appeared on The District as Travis Hayward, as well as CBS' Touched by an Angel.

King has appeared in multiple feature films, including the adventure film National Treasure and the thriller Desperate Measures.

King's prominence rose with his role as police detective James Doakes in the Showtime TV series Dexter. He starred in 24 episodes from the pilot in 2006 to the last episode of Season 2 in 2007. For his portrayal as the main antagonist of the show, he received a Saturn Award nomination in 2008 for Best Supporting Actor on Television. He said of his role that:

What I love about Sgt. Doakes is that when you run into a cop, a lot of them are fair, even-minded guys; but there are a lot of guys who are hard-asses and I love the fact that I get to play it.[2]

He is the spokesman for Michelin's new HydroEdge line of tires.



External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Biography for Erik King at Showtime (archived link)

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