After a decade of cutting his teeth on and off the Broadway stage, Dallas Roberts made an effortless transition to the big screen with acclaimed performances in films like "A Home At The End Of The World" (2004), "Walk The Line" (2005) and "Shrink" (2009) before landing recurring roles in a string of hit TV shows including "The Walking Dead" (AMC 2010-), "The Good Wife" (CBS 2009-16) and "Unforgettable" (CBS 2011-).
Born in Houston, TX, in 1970, Roberts then moved to Sarasota, Florida where he attended community college and after being directed into acting by a drama professor, was accepted into New York City's prestigious Juilliard School, graduating as a member of the Drama Division's Group 23 in 1994. Following his on-screen debut in an episode of "New York Undercover" (Fox 1994-98), Roberts made the first of five appearances in the "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010) franchise but then spent the next eight years focusing on theatre, starring alongside Catherine Keener and Ed Norton in Lanford Wilson's "Burn This," landing a Drama Desk Award nomination for his role in Adam Rapp's "Nocturne" and playing opposite Sam Shepard in Caryl Churchill's "A Number." After stepping in front of the cameras again in Hollywood satire "The Lucky Ones" (2003) and short films "Music" (2003) and "Heavy Put-Away" (2004), Roberts then gained plaudits for his performance as highly promiscuous Jonathan Glover in love triangle drama "A Home At The End Of The World" (2004).
After playing Sun Records producer Sam Phillips in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" (2005) and Zooey Deschanel's would-be rock star boyfriend in indie comedy-drama "Winter Passing" (2005), Roberts was then cast as Bettie Page's sadistic abductor in "The Notorious Bettie Page" (2005), the lonesome Dr. Dylan Wallace in the remake of Brian De Palma's voyeuristic "Sisters" (2006) and ranch hand Gus in family adventure "Flicka" (2006) before landing his first small-screen recurring role as Bette and Tina's nanny in the lesbian-themed drama "The L Word" (Showtime 2004-09). Roberts then added to his filmography by taking on the parts of Uncle Ned in creepy kid horror "Joshua" (2007), boat-dwelling brother Mopekey in surreal drama "Lovely By Surprise" (2007) and railroad agent Grayson Butterfield in western "3:10 To Yuma" (2007).
Performances as anxiety-ridden talent agent Patrick in "Shrink" (2009), novelty inventor Matt in the rags-to-riches "Ingenious" (2009) and The Surgeon in the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired "Tell Tale" (2009) then followed before Roberts landed recurring roles as intelligence analyst Miles Fiedler in "Rubicon" (AMC 2010) and Alicia's brother Owen in "The Good Wife" (CBS 2009-16), starred in survival tale "The Grey" (2011) and guested in the Sherlock Holmes reboot "Elementary" (CBS 2012-). While after playing serial killer Gary Gemaux in "The Factory" (2012) and geeky scientist Milton Mamet for two seasons of "The Walking Dead" (AMC 2010-), Roberts appeared as talk show host Charlie Crowe in psychological horror "Shadow People" (2013), Carrie's ambitious boss Eliot Delson in "Unforgettable" (CBS 2011-) and Matthew McConaughey's lawyer David Wayne in the critically-acclaimed AIDS drama "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013).