Damon Gupton plays Inspector Henderson in The CW’s highly anticipated new drama Black Lightning. He is a tough cop and a good friend to Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams).
Gupton’s career includes being a multi-talented television, theater and film actor in addition to an accomplished symphony conductor. His television credits include series regular roles in Criminal Minds, The Player, The Divide, Prime Suspect and Deadline, and recurring roles in “Bates Motel, Empire and Goliath.
On stage, Gupton most recently appeared in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Phylicia Rashad. Additional theater credits include 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.
Gupton appeared in the Academy Award winning films Whiplash and La La Land, as well as 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 a 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, he currently resides in Los Angeles.