The Blacklist Cast: Before They Were Stars

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7. Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper

Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper
Lennix's first credited role was in the Gene Hackman movie, The Package, as Johnny's Field Soldier in 1989. He continued to take roles on television and TV movies until 1997 when he had a six episode stint on ER as Dr. Greg Fischer and then the next year on Diagnosis Murder as Agent Ron Wagner. His never slowed down his work on both TV and movies. In 2006, he had his first series regular role as Jim Gardner on Commander in Chief. He followed that up with an arc on 24: Day 6, then Boyd Langton on Dollhouse and in 2012 he played Tim Dupre on Emily Owens, M.D. Prior to The Blacklist coming out, he was seen as General Swanwick in the Superman movie, Man of Steel.

8. Harry Lennix in Guarding Tess

Harry Lennix in Guarding Tess
In 1994, Harry Lennix portrayed Kenny Young in the movie, Guarding Tess.

9. Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen

Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen
Eggold got his start on an episode of Related as Lloyd in 2006. He also made stops on Brothers & Sisters, Veronica Mars, and as a Barrista on The Young and the Restless. In 2008, he landed the role of Farber Kauffman for seven episodes of Dirt. In 2011, he had his longest lasting role as Ryan Matthews on 90210.

10. Ryan Eggold on Related

Ryan Eggold on Related
Eggold had his first role on the WB show, Related, as Lloyd in. He's standing in line.

11. Amir Arison as Aram Mojtaba

Amir Arison as Aram Mojtaba
Arison's first role was as Armande, a photographer on Guiding Light. His early roles included guest spots on The Jury, Law & Order, Hope & Faith, and two separate roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. His first multi-episode prime-time arc was as Dr. Manning on Law & Order: SVU between 2009-2011. (He had previously had a different role on the series in 2005 ad Dr. Ghupta.) He portrayed a prince on Homeland in 2011. His longest role before The Blacklist was as Dr. Gurveer on the TV series, H+. He went on to play Theo Riley on six episodes of Zero Hour and had a stint on Girls as Kevin Mimma.

12. Amir Arison on Law & Order: SVU

Amir Arison on Law & Order: SVU
Amir Arison portrayed Dr. Manning on Law & Order: SVU over several episodes starting in 2009.

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