Who is Sylvester Powell?
American actor Sylvester Powell was born under the zodiac sign Libra on 17 October 1994 in Chicago, Illinois USA. He has 12 acting credits and is perhaps known best for portraying one of the main characters Jessie ‘JR’ Raymond in all 29 episodes of the sports series “All American: Homecoming”, which also stars Peyton ‘Alex’ Smith and GeffriMaya, and was created by Nkechi Okoro Carroll. It follows the lives of an aspiring baseball player from Chicago and a tennis player from Beverly Hills, California, the series has been airing since 2022 and has won one of its two award nominations.
Sylvester’s currently shooting for new episodes of the series “The Chosen One” and “All American: Homecoming”.
Education and early life
Sylvester was raised in Chicago alongside his siblings Michael, Chayil, Solomon and Mya, by their mother Roshawn Reedy who’s an entrepreneur and father Sylvester Earl Power Sr. who’s a music producer; Sylvester’s parents divorced when he was young, and his mother married her second husband John Riddles, while his father married his second wife Rosita Powell.
It was Sylvester’s stepfather John who signed him up for modelling and acting classes, while he played various sports in his spare time, including baseball and basketball. Sylvester studied at a local high school in Chicago, and upon matriculating in 2012 enrolled at college, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2015; he then moved to Los Angeles, California in pursuit of an acting career.
Roles in TV series
Sylvester’s debut TV series role was playing Friend in the 2012 episode “Unwrapped” of the crime action “CSI: NY”, which starred Hill Harper, Carmine Giovinazzo and Gary Sinise, and was created by Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue. It follows the work of police investigators and forensic scientists in New York City, the series aired from 2004 through 2013, and won 12 of its 36 award nominations.
Sylvester’s following role came when cast to play Tre in nine episodes of the 2019 drama “Five Points”, which starred Nathaniel J. Potvin, Hayley Kiyoko and Madison Pettis, and follows the lives of five high school teenagers from Chicago.
Celebrity guest artist Sylvester Powell will be joining us as we walk for equity and opportunity in the arts. Sylvester is a former student at Maywood Fine Arts and can be seen in hit shows Five Points and All American and the soon-to Netflix All American Homecoming! pic.twitter.com/Skf5OQg78O
— Maywood Fine Arts (@maywoodfinearts) October 6, 2021
The year 2020 saw Sylvester play Marko Salazar in the episode “Ghost” of the crime mystery “Criminal Minds”, which stars A. J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangsness, and was created by Jeff Davis. It follows the work of a group of FBI criminal profilers, the series has been airing since 2005, and has won 24 of its 59 award nominations.
Sylvester’s only other TV series role has been playing Jessie ‘JR’ Raymond in the 2021 episode “All American: Homecoming” of the popular sports drama “All American”, which stars Michael Evans Behling, Samantha Logan and Daniel Ezra, and was created by April Blair. It follows the life of a high school Football Player, the series has been airing since 2018, and has won one of its nine award nominations.
Roles in movies
Sylvester’s debut film role was portraying Tavorian in the 2013 short drama “Said the Blind Man”, and the same year saw him play Malik in the short family drama “He Don’t Make Junk”.
In 2014, he was Andre in the short thriller “Kilo Valley”, as well as Timeout in the popular musical “99 North”, which starred Shake da Mayor, Sleepy D and Quincy Brooks, and was directed by Damon Jamal; the movie follows D-No and Big C who’ve been best friends since childhood but things are about to change now that D-No’s cousin has accused Big C of murder.
The year 2017 saw Sylvester play Aaron in the romantic action thriller “The Gods”, which starred Mykel Shannon Jenkins, who also wrote and directed the film; it follows street hustler Mikey James who’s begun working for the Fasano family, wanting to leave the life of a hustler behind him, while he’s now fallen for the Fasano daughter.
In 2018, Sylvester portrayed Dreds in the drama “Two Wolves”, and his only other film role has been playing Lenny in the 2022 short drama “We Were Meant To”, which starred Luke Tennie and Tim Johnson Jr, and was written and directed by Tari Wariebi; it follows the life of an African-American teenager and the film won four of its five award nominations.
Sylvester worked as a production assistant on the 2015 romantic comedy movie “The Longest Ride”.
Love life and relationships
Sylvester shies away from speaking about his love life in public and some of his fans believe that he’s gay; the main reason behind the launch of these rumors is that Sylvester’s yet to speak about the girls whom he’s been with, but he hasn’t addressed any rumors regarding his sexuality.
There are also those who believe that he’s currently focused on making a name for himself in the film industry, and isn’t pursuing love, but this hasn’t been confirmed either.
Sylvester seems to be unattached as of October 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Sylvester’s steadily building a fanbase for himself on the internet; more than 80,000 people are following him on Instagram today and he’s posted 39 pictures and videos, with most featuring him acting and working out at the gym.
He enjoys being physically active and has a couple of gym training sessions every week.
Sylvester loves suits and owns a small collection.
He’s into travelling and has been to nearly 30 US states, while he’s also travelled to a couple of European and African countries; Sylvester’s dream travel destination’s Rome, Italy.
He’s a philanthropist and often volunteers with various charity organizations.
One of Sylvester’s favorite actors is Denzel Washington, and some of his favorite films are “The Manchurian Candidate”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, and “The Preacher’s Wife”.
Appearance and net worth
Sylvester’s age is 28. He has black hair and brown eyes, weighs around 175lbs (79kgs) and is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall.
Sylvester’s net worth’s been estimated at over $500,000, as of October 2023.