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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Sterling K. Brown, a Stanford alumnus and the first African-American to win both the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for best actor in a drama television series, has been tapped to give the university’s 127th commencement address.

“Sterling K. Brown is an eloquent role model for an entire generation, inspiring us with moving performances that not only bring life to each character, but also impart to the world a deeper understanding of our society,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

Tessier-Lavigne made the announcement Friday, when Brown and his wife, Stanford alumna Ryan Michelle Bathe, spoke before a standing-room only crowd at the Cemex Auditorium, according to the university. Commencement will take place June 17.

Brown arrived at Stanford in 1994 as an economics major and planned to be a businessman, but he switched course after being invited by then-associate drama professor Harry Elam Jr. to participate in the university’s production of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”

In 1998, Brown graduated with a degree in drama. He went on to earn a master of fine arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 and launched his professional acting career a year later with a small part in the movie “Brown Sugar.”

Brown also landed roles in films including “The Suspect” and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” And he co-starred in 2017’s “Marshall,” earning a NAACP Image Award nomination for his performance.

In addition to movies, Brown has also appeared in critically acclaimed television shows, including “NYPD Blue” and “The Good Wife.” He won his first Emmy in 2016, for outstanding supporting actor, for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s true crime anthology series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Another Emmy followed in 2017, for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, for his work in NBC’s “This is Us.” It was the first time an African-American had won in the category since 1998.

Brown made history in January, when he won a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama television series and a SAG award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series. Both accolades were for his portrayal of Randall Pearson in “This is Us.”


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