Mo McRae was most recently seen co-starring opposite Kylie Bunbury and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the FOX drama series “Pitch.” From executive producers Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) and Rick Singer (“Younger,” “American Dad”), “Pitch” is inspirational story of young pitcher Ginny Baker (Bunbury) who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. McRae shines as San Diego Padres center fielder Blip Sanders, an old friend of Ginny’s from the minor leagues, who always has her back. In addition to “Pitch,” McRae also recently filmed a lead role in “Vital Signs,” a dark, semi-autobiographical drama opposite Dr. Dre that will mark Apple’s foray into original television programming (release date TBA).
Additional recent credits for McRae include a series regular role on TNT’s hit drama “Murder in the First.” He also appeared as Gabourey Sidibe’s love interest in a multi-episode arc on FOX’s “Empire,” solidifying him in the FOX family. In 2016 McRae was seen as civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael in HBO’s award winning film “All The Way,” an adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play. Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film covers Lyndon Baines Johnson (Bryan Cranston) from the moment the assassination of John F. Kennedy made LBJ the 36th president of the United States and through a turbulent first year that included leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress up to his landslide re-election victory in 1964. McRae is also well known for the role of Tyler on FX’s hit series “Sons of Anarchy.” Introduced during season five (fall 2013) McRae rejoined the cast for the final season of the show, which follows the lives of a close knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in California’s Central Valley.
On the film front, McRae’s credits include playing Jimmy Carter in the critically acclaimed feature “Wild” [FOX Searchlight] opposite Reese Witherspoon, and the romantic comedy “November Rule” opposite DJ Qualls, Tatyana Ali, Lala Anthony, and Kali Hawk. McRae secured roles in “Wild” and “November Rule” soon after he made waves as black panther leader Eldridge Huggings in the award-winning film “The Butler” [The Weinstein Company] directed by Lee Daniels.
In addition to being one of the most sought after actors in the business, McRae’s talents exceed far beyond his onscreen acting abilities. This year he launched production company Scalable Content, and has successfully directed/produced a number of short films including 2014’s “#AmeriCan” for Nate Parker; a project that comes in response to events that have divided the country over racial lines. Scalable Content also develops material for television and full-length feature films.
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, McRae is the oldest of three children. Growing up in the 1980’s in South Central he made a decision at an early age to dream big and defy the odds, as having a successful career in anything, let alone in the entertainment business seemed slim to none in the community he was raised. McRae funneled his energy into poetry, music, and sports. He developed an affinity for performing arts while attending Washington Preparatory High School, and has pursued that dream ever since.
Within weeks of signing with his first agent, McRae landed six national commercials and quickly booked his first feature film, appearing in the Oscar nominated, critically acclaimed Fox Searchlight Pictures “Thirteen.” He went on to book a lead role in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “Gridiron Gang” opposite Dwayne Johnson and Xzibit as Leon Hayes, a teenager at a juvenile detention center who under the leadership of his counselor gains self esteem by playing football. McRae has also made his mark on the television front, appearing on top television series including: recurring as Deonte Frasier on seasons one & two of Showtime’s award winning series“Ray Donovan,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Battle Creek,” “NYPD Blue,” “Boston Public,” “Becker,” “The District,” “The Shield,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “ER,” “Cold Case,” “Southland,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “The Defenders,” and “CSI: NY.”
When not working, McRae loves to spend time with his daughter, ride his motorcycle, watch movies, collect sneakers, and keep up on his fitness. He also is actively involved with the nonprofit organization Kids in the Spotlight, a program that trains youth in foster care programs and other under-served youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films.