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Which actor plays Gene in True Story and why does he look familiar?

Eve Edwards November 28, 2021

Kevin Hart is flexing his versatility as an actor with not one but two successful Netflix projects this year.

Earlier this year we saw the comedian take on a more serious role in Fatherhood, a drama about a single father raising his daughter. Now, we see Kevin Hart star opposite Wesley Snipes in True Story, a crime drama starring the two as brothers.

The seven-episode series follows Kid (Hart), a successful comedian who makes a tour stop in his hometown of Philadelphia. While back in Philly, Kid reconnects with his brother Carlton (Snipes) whose actions threaten to destroy everything Kid has built.

One of the characters who has captured the audience’s attention is that of Gene. Let’s find out more about the character and the actor taking on this role.

TRUE STORY (L to R) THEO ROSSI as GENE, WESLEY SNIPES as CARLTON, and KEVIN HART as KID in episode 105 of TRUE STORY Cr. ADAM ROSE/NETFLIX © 2021

Gene’s character in True Story explored

Kid’s career as a comedian is a core element to the True Story plot. As we learn more about his work, we are also introduced to the players involved in Kid’s comedy career.

Gene plays Kid’s number one fan, who is suggested to be possibly emotionally unstable and far too invested in Kid.

Without giving away any spoilers for the series, Gene’s introduction gives away the larger role he’ll play in Kid’s life.

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Which actor plays Gene?

Gene is played by Theo Rossi, a 46-year-old actor originally from Staten Island, New York.

He studied acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. While a student there, Theo appeared in several theatre productions such as Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Duck Variations, The Sandbox and Boys’ Life.

Theo Rossi made his TV debut with a recurring role on the David E. Kelley series “Boston Public” (Fox, 2000-2004). He went on to score larger roles in major TV and film productions.

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Why does Theo look so familiar?

If you’re wondering why you recognise Theo Rossi, it might just be because he has starred in several Netflix productions before working on True Story.

Earlier this year, Theo played Burt Cummings in Army of the Dead, Netflix’s zombie thriller. He also starred as Hernan ‘Shades’ Alvarez in Luke Cage from 2016 to 2018.

He is best known, however, for appearing as Juan Carlos ‘Juice’ Ortiz in FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Theo played Juice from 2008 to 2014.

Other projects Theo Rossi has starred in include Cloverfield, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI: Miami.

Screenshot: True Story S1 E5 – Netflix
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