• Gaius Charles is an actor from Manhattan, New York City USA.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $500,000.
• He attended Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts for his Fine Arts degree in drama.
• He is best known for his work in the award winning television drama “Friday Night Lights”, and in the series “Grey’s Anatomy”.
• He is active on Instagram, promoting his recent works and posting inspirational quotes.

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Date Of BirthMay 2, 1983
FactWas born in New York City and raised in Queens, New York and North Jersey.

Who is Gaius Charles?

Gaius Charles was born on 2 May 1983, in Manhattan, New York City USA, and is an actor, probably best known for his work in the award winning television drama entitled “Friday Night Lights” in which he played the character Brian “Smash” Williams. He later had another notable role as Dr. Shane Ross in the series “Grey’s Anatomy”.


The Net Worth of Gaius Charles

How rich is Gaius Charles? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $500,000, earned through a successful career in acting. He’s also done several film projects throughout his career, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Gaius was born in Manhattan, but spent part of his childhood growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he attended Teaneck High School. After matriculating, he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts, where he completed a Fine Arts degree in drama, and later continued his studies by enrolling in the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) located in Sydney, Australia.

He then enrolled in Drew University from which he earned a master’s degree in Religious Studies. His professional acting career began in 2006, when he made a guest appearance in the series “The Book of Daniel”, which led him to get one of his first notable roles, in the series “Friday Night Lights” which aired from 2006 to 2011. The drama series focuses on a high school football team located in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, and is based on the 1990 non-fiction book written by H. G. Bissinger, which was also adapted as a film in 2004.

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Friday Night Lights and After

The show gained a lot of critical acclaim throughout its first two seasons and a lot of fans, however, due to low ratings the show was in danger of cancellation after its second season. Despite critics’ praises on its realism and character exploration, it never gained a large enough audience to be safe for a long continuous run. However, the show scored a Peabody Award, several Primetime Emmy Awards, a Television Critics Association Award, and a Humanitas Prize during its run until 2011, thanks to a partnership with DirecTV but Charles only stayed for 41 episodes, ending his run in 2008.

He then started looking for more acting projects, appearing as a guest in the show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and in support roles in films such as “The Messengers” and “Salt” which starred Angelina Jolie. In 2010 he was cast in the film “Takers”, a crime thriller following a group of professional bank robbers pulled into one last job that puts them into various complicated situations. Afterwards, he was given more guest roles in shows such as “Necessary Roughness”, “NCIS”, and “Pan Am”.

image source, Gaius Charles in “Grey’s Anatomy”

Grey’s Anatomy and Recent Projects

In 2012, Gaius was cast in the recurring role in the hit television series “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr. Shane Ross, and was upgraded to a regular role the following season. The series focuses on the lives of physicians, interns and residents both professionally as well as personally. The name of the show is a play on the classic human anatomy textbook entitled “Gray’s Anatomy”, and the success of the show catapulted upwards the careers of many of its main cast members. It has been well received throughout most of its run, and won numerous awards over its 14 season airing, with a 15th season scheduled from late 2018 to 2019.

image source, appearance in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

His work with the show ended in 2014, and he moved on to other projects including working as a series regular in the show “Aquarius”, which also received several awards before being cancelled after two seasons. One of his latest projects is the show “Taken”, based on the film trilogy of the same name but aired only for one season before its cancellation. He also had guest appearances in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, and lent his voice for a season of “Batman: Bad Blood”.

Personal Life

For his personal life, not much is known in terms of Charles romantic relationships, if any, with many sources stating that he is still single. Others state that he is likely keeping that aspect of his life away from the public eye. He has mentioned in an interview that he is a Christian. Similar to numerous actors, he is active online through accounts in social media. He is particularly active on the website Instagram on which he posts a lot of personal pictures, along with pictures with other actors. He also promotes some of his recent works and posts inspirational quotes from time to time.

General Info

Full NameGaius Charles
Date Of BirthMay 2, 1983
Height1.8 m
EducationTeaneck High School, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University


MoviesBatman: Bad Blood, Takers, Salt, Toe to Toe, The Messenger
TV ShowsFriday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy

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1God allows me to have all the fun as long as I give him all the glory...that's not a bad deal.


1Grew up in Alan Silvestri's childhood home.
2Was born in New York City and raised in Queens, New York and North Jersey.
3Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in drama. Also studied in Australia at NIDA (National Institute for Dramatic Arts).




Taken2017TV SeriesJohn
Aquarius2015-2016TV SeriesBunchy Carter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2016TV SeriesRuben Mackenzie
Blindspot2016TV SeriesSgt. Charlie Napier
Batman: Bad Blood2016VideoBatwing Luke Fox (voice)
Drunk History2015TV SeriesMuhammad Ali
The Stanford Prison Experiment2015Paul Vogel
Grey's Anatomy2012-2014TV SeriesDr. Shane Ross
Necessary Roughness2012TV SeriesDamon Razor
NCIS2012TV SeriesBaltimore Detective Jason King
Pan Am2011TV SeriesJoe
Salt2010CIA Officer
Toe to Toe2009Kevin
The Messenger2009/IRecruiter Brown
Friday Night Lights2006-2008TV SeriesBrian 'Smash' Williams
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2007TV SeriesJadon Odami
The Book of Daniel2006TV SeriesCarver






ShowRunner2016Short executive producer


Steve Harvey2017TV SeriesHimself
EW Reunites2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Smash Williams

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble of the YearFriday Night Lights (2006)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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