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|Birthdate:||October 22, 1988|
|Birthplace:||Washington, D.C., USA|
Corey Antonio Hawkins (born October 22, 1988; age 28) is an American actor who will play the lead role of Eric Carter in 24: Legacy. Carter is described as a married ex-Army Ranger whose return home to Virginia is disturbed by a terrorist plot related to his past. Hawkins' casting was announced on January 25, 2016.
Hawkins was born in Washington, D.C. and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the prestigious Julliard School, where he received the John Houseman Award for excellence in classical theater. Upon graduating, he began a career in television, guest starring in Royal Pains (2011) and Goldenboy (2013). Since 2015 Hawkins has appeared in a recurring role as Heath on The Walking Dead, produced by Paul Gadd and featuring Xander Berkeley and Michael Cudlitz.
Hawkins is perhaps best known for his breakout starring role as rapper Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton (2015), which followed the rise and fall of rap group N.W.A. in early 1990s Los Angeles. The film co-starred John Prosky, Simon Rhee, and Sky Soleil. Alongside the rest of the cast, Hawkins was nominated for outstanding ensemble awards by the SAG Awards and Critics' Choice Awards, among others.
In film, Hawkins appeared briefly in Iron Man 3 (2013, with James Badge Dale, Darin Cooper, Sala Baker, Dale Dickey, John Eddins, and Spencer Garrett) and co-starred with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in the thriller Non-Stop (2014). He portrayed Tybalt in the filmed 2014 Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet. Hawkins will star in Kong: Skull Island (2017).