Lance Darnell Gross is an American actor who plays Special Agent Daniel Reynolds on the 3rd Season of Sleepy Hollow. He has appeared in various shows including The Comedy House of Payne and Crisis.


Gross was born in Oakland, California,by a Ghanaian father and African American woman and later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend and graduate from Bonanza High School. At Bonanza High School, Lance was a top athlete in football and track and field. He was always popular and even won Prom King his senior year. He went on to attend Howard University, where he passed up the opportunity of becoming a Pro Track & Field athlete in order to pursue his dream of acting. He received a Bachelor of Arts in theater and then trained at The Ivanna Chubbuck Studio as well as the Tasha Smith Acting Studio.[1]

Gross began his career by modeling for Karl Kani and appearing in music videos for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey.[2] In 2006, he had minor roles in Eve and The Bernie Mac Show.[3] It was while he was performing in the Tasha Smith Acting Studio that he was discovered by Tyler Perry, who happened to be watching a night class. He was consequently cast as Calvin Payne on Perry's new sitcom House of Payne, in the show Gross plays Calvin, a young professional who has attended college for seven years. This role for which he has been awarded four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.[4] 2008 saw Gross make his film debut in the romantic comedy Meet the Browns. His next big screen appearance was in Our Family Wedding in 2010 alongside America Ferrera, in which they portrayed a recently engaged young couple whose wedding preparations are disrupted by their families.[5] In 2012 he starred in the independent film The Last Fall, the story of a retired NFL player dealing with financial and family difficulties.[6]

Gross was previously engaged to Eva Marcille. Their engagement ended in March 2010.[7] Gross married fashion stylist Rebecca Jefferson on May 23, 2015.[8] The couple have one daughter, Berkeley Brynn Gross (born November 20, 2014).[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Michael Brown Lead role
2010 Our Family Wedding Marcus Boyd Lead role
2012 The Last Fall Kyle Bishop Lead role
2013 Tyler Perry's Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Brice Lead role
TBA The Phenom Lee Brooks
2017 Deuces Jason Foster
Year Title Role Notes
2007–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Calvin Payne Main role
2012 Steel Magnolias Sammy Desoto TV film; Supporting role
2013 Dice City Derek Main role
2014 Crisis U.S. Secret Service Agent Marcus Finley Main role
2015 Grey's Anatomy Ethan Supporting role
2015-16 Sleepy Hollow FBI Daniel Reynolds Main role


Season Three
"I, Witness" "Whispers in the Dark" "Blood and Fear" "The Sisters Mills" "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
"This Red Lady from Caribee" "The Art of War" "Novus Ordo Seclorum" "One Life" "Incident At Stone Manor"
"Kindred Spirits" "Sins of the Father" "Dark Mirror" "Into the Wild" "Incommunicado"
"Dawn's Early Light" "Delaware" "Ragnarok"


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