Paul Briggs
played by Daniel Sunjata
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

Senior FBI agent Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata) was a legend at Quantico with a field record to match, but after a mysterious event led to an unexplained absence, the once buttoned-up Briggs returned with a new Zen outlook.  And while his confidence, charisma and intelligence made him the de facto leader of Graceland, some in high places suspected his radical perspective hid a sinister agenda.  It was only the arrival of Mike Warren that eventually brought a dark secret from Briggs’s past into the light, and revealed his plot to avenge a deep hurt at the hands of a powerful enemy.  Briggs committed some dark deeds before all was said and done, but he eventually returned to Graceland to pick up the pieces and lead his team once more.

Now, Briggs is doing his best to atone for the acts he commited in the name of revenge.  But try as he might to move on from the days of Odin and Jangles, the job has a way of pulling people back in, and Briggs may find himself going down a dark path all over again…

Daniel Sunjata stars as FBI Agent Paul Briggs on USA Network's new hour-long drama series, GRACELAND, premiering Thursday, June 25th at 10/9c.

Sunjata is best known for his portrayal of firefighter Franco Rivera in the critically-acclaimed series "Rescue Me" opposite Denis Leary for seven seasons. In 2006, Sunjata portrayed fashion designer James Holt in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Devil Wears Prada," starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway and in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" alongside Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey.

Sunjata's additional film credits include "Bad Company," which starred Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock, the 2004 Woody Allen film "Melinda Melinda" opposite Will Ferrell and Noel, starring Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon. Sunjata garnered rave reviews for his portrayal of Langston Hughes in the 2004 Rodney Evans film "Brother to Brother" as well as legendary baseball player Reggie Jackson in the TV series "The Bronx is Burning." Sunjata's other television credits include notable appearances on "Love Monkey," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Sex and the City," the film "The Feast of All Saints," and a starring role alongside Andie MacDowell in "At Risk" and "The Front" - two movies adapted from the novels of America's #1 best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

Sunjata's repertoire is not only limited to film and television though. He was nominated for a Tony award for his role as Darren Lemming in "Take Me Out," the 2003 Tony Award winning play by Richard Greenberg. He has also appeared in "Henry VIII" at the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Twelfth Night" at the Guthrie Theater and "Cyrano de Bergerac" opposite Kevin Klein at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Born in Evanston, IL, Sunjata was raised in Chicago and graduated from Mount Carmel High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from New York University.

Sunjata has also starred opposite Katherine Heigl in "One For The Money," in the independent drama "Gone" opposite Amanda Seyfriend, and in the massive blockbuster hit "The Dark Knight Rises" opposite Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway.

Sunjata currently resides in Los Angeles.