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Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young.jpg
Young in 2008
BornFebruary 1, 1984
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedAugust 19, 2013 (aged 29)
Los Angeles, California
Resting placeLakeview Memorial Gardens
York, South Carolina
Years active1998–2013
Lee Thompson Young (February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013) was an American actor. He was known for his teenage role as the title character on the Disney Channel television series The Famous Jett Jackson (1998–2001) and as Chris Comer in the movieFriday Night Lights (2004). His last starring role was as Boston police detective Barry Frost on the TNT police drama series Rizzoli & Isles (2010–14).

Early life

Young was born in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of Velma (née Love) and Tommy Scott Young.[1][2] He was in the second grade when his parents' marriage ended, and he went to live with his mother. At age ten, he portrayed Martin Luther King in a play called A Night of Stars and Dreams by Dwight Woods, and the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theater of Greenville, South Carolina.[3] It was then that Young decided he wanted to become an actor. After doing community theater for a while, he traveled to New York during the spring break of 1996 and secured an agent.[citation needed]


Young moved to New York City in June 1996, but it was not until the next year that he auditioned for the part of Jett Jackson in The Famous Jett Jackson. He filmed the pilot and found out in June 1998 from the Disney Channel that the show had been picked up; it later went on to become a Disney Channel Original Movie in June 2001. Young also starred in Johnny Tsunami (1999), another Disney Channel Original Movie, as Sam Sterling. The movie was successful, but he did not reprise the role in the sequel, Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007).
After the cancellation of The Famous Jett Jackson, Young had guest spots in the CBS series The Guardian. He also had a part in the movie Friday Night Lights (2004), portraying Chris Comer, and a part in the Jamie Foxx movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004). Lee appeared on UPN's TV drama series South Beach, and he portrayed Victor Stone (known in DC Comics as Cyborg) in a fifth season episode of the television series Smallville, in 2006; which character he reprised in the Season Six episode "Justice" (airdate January 18, 2007), and again in the Season Nine finale "Salvation" (airdate May 14, 2010).
Young appeared in the feature film Akeelah and the Bee (2006), playing Akeelah's brother Devon. He played National Guard rookie, Delmar, in The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007). In 2009, Young played a cocky surgical intern in the hit comedy show Scrubs. It is revealed that his character was an overweight child. The character becomes involved in a romance with one of the medical interns.
Young played the role of Al Gough, an FBI agent, in the ABC television drama FlashForward. He was written off the show in episode 7, when his character committed suicide to prevent the death of an innocent civilian. His last acting role was playing Barry Frost, partner of Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) on the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, and he made an appearance on the Fox drama The Good Guys as the brother and business partner of an arms dealer.
Young also starred in the Sugababes video for their 2009 single "About a Girl".

Personal life

Young graduated with Honors from the University of Southern California, where he majored in Cinematic Arts and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Young enjoyed writing and wrote the screenplay for the 2007 short film Mano.[4]


On August 19, 2013, Young failed to show up for filming an episode of Rizzoli & Isles.[5] Police were called to do a well-being check on him at his Los Angeles apartment, where he was found dead.[1] His manager stated that the actor committed suicide.[6][7] Police confirmed that the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[8] Young had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, for which he had been taking medication, and had been suffering from depression before his death.[9]
After funeral services at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Young was interred at Lakeview Memorial Garden, York, South Carolina.[10] A three-hour memorial service was held on the Paramount Studios lot.[11]


2004Friday Night LightsChris Comer
2006Akeelah and the BeeDevon Anderson
2007The Hills Have Eyes 2Delmar
2007ManoMachitoShort film
2010BastardPassenger 1Short film
2012Just an AmericanCurtiss Jackson
1998–2001The Famous Jett JacksonJett Jackson / SilverstoneLead role
1999Johnny TsunamiSam SterlingMovie
2001Jett Jackson: The MovieJett Jackson / SilverstoneMovie
2002PhillySteven HicksEpisode: "There's No Business Like No Business"
2002The GuardianLevi Mooney5 episodes
2003Jake 2.0Prince Malik NamirEpisode: "The Prince and the Revolution"
2003The JerseyHimselfEpisode: "Origins: Part 2"
2004Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams StoryCharles BecnelMovie
2004The Proud FamilyTeen Bebe (voice)Episode: "Twins to Tweens"
2004–2005Xiaolin ShowdownJermaine (voice)2 episodes
2005Kevin HillLeviEpisode: "Homeland Insecurity"
2006South BeachAlex Bauer5 episodes
2006/07/10SmallvilleVictor Stone/Cyborg3 episodes
2008Five Year PlanMutabiMovie
2008Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesAgent StewartEpisode: "Heavy Metal"
2009ScrubsDerek3 episodes
2009Lincoln HeightsJulianEpisode: "Bully for You"
2009–2010FlashForwardAl Gough8 episodes
2010The Good GuysEric WilliamsEpisode: "Small Rooms"
2010–2014Rizzoli & IslesDet. Barry FrostMain cast
2010The EventCorporal BellEpisodes: "Inostranka", "And Then There Were More"
2012CSI: NYKelvin MooreEpisode: "Unwrapped"

Awards and nominations

1999Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series - Leading Young ActorThe Famous Jett JacksonNominated
2000Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young ActorNominated
2001Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young ActorNominated
Gemini AwardBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesNominated
2013NAMIC Vision AwardBest Performance - DramaRizzoli & IslesNominated