Black Bird is a recent miniseries based on the autobiographical novel of James Keene, who was a young football star choosing a life of crime. After being arrested and sentenced to 10 years for dealing narcotics and possession of illegal firearms, Keene’s charming personality gives him an opportunity to get out of prison early. He has to be friends with a suspected serial killer, gain his trust, and learn where he buried one of the women he is suspected of murdering. Will he be able to accomplish this dangerous mission?
Critics well received the show, and it has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a website where most critics praise, especially the Black Bird cast. From the 2 lead actors, Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser, to Ray Liotta, who performed his last TV role before passing away, the Black Bird cast is nothing but perfection.
The main character, James Keene, is portrayed by Taron Egerton, known for the Kingsman movies and Rocketman (2019), where his portrayal of Elton John earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. The 32-year-old actor just split up with her long-term girlfriend, Emily Thomas. The duo was together for 6 years, and according to sources close to the couple, they broke up because of their busy schedules. Only a month after the breakup, Egerton was seen cozy with Kirsty Gallacher though it is not certain if they are dating.
Paul Walter Hauser
Paul Walter Hauser plays the suspected serial killer we mentioned, Larry Hall. Most viewers know the actor from the Netflix series Cobra Kai (2018- ), where he plays Raymond, aka “Stingray.” He is also known for the tv show Kingdom (2014-2017). Hauser is 35 and married only 2 years ago to Amy Boland Hauser. The couple had a son last year in April.
Unlike other Black Bird cast members, Sepideh Moafi’s character FBI Agent Lauren McCauley, is not based on a real person. In the series, McCauley is the one who contacts Keene and chooses him for the mission. In real life, there was an FBI Agent Keene was in contact with during his time with Hall, but Lauren McCauley is a character created for the show. The actress playing the character, Moafi, is known for Notorious (2016), The Deuce (2017-2019), and The L World: Generation Q (2019- ). It is not known whether the actress is dating anyone at the moment.
The late legendary Ray Liotta played James “Big Jim” Keene, Keene’s father. Most people may know Liotta from his incredible performance in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas (1990). He was also known for Field of Dreams (1989), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), and Killing Them Softly (2012). Liotta passed away while filming Dangerous Waters, an upcoming thriller, in the Dominican Republic. At the time (67), Liotta was engaged to Jacy Nittolo, but he had 1 previous marriage with Michelle Grace (1997-2004), with whom he had a daughter.
Greg Kinnear plays Brian Miller, the chief investigator in a Sheriff’s Office dealing with the murder of a young girl, who he suspects was murdered by Hall. The character is based on a real-life person named Gary Miller, who did indeed work on the Hall case. The actor won an Oscar for his role in As Good As It Gets (1997). He is also known for starring in tv shows such as The Kennedys (2011), Rake (2014), House of Cards (2018), and Shining Vale (2022- ). He has been married to Helen Labdon since 1999 and has 3 children.
Robert Wisdom plays Edmund Beaumont, a character based on the real-life prosecutor Lawrence Beaumont, aka Larry Beaumont, in Keene’s case. In real life, as depicted in the show, Beaumont was the one who 1st thought if Keene might be used in the Hall case. The actor Robert Wisdom (68) is best known for his roles in The Wire (2003-2008), Prison Break (2007-2008), Happy Town (2010), and The Alienist (2018-2020). Not much is known about Wisdom’s dating life or past relationships.
The last cast member on our list is Robyn Malcolm, who plays Sammy Keene, Keene’s mother, in the show. Malcolm is known for Shortland Street (1994-1999), Outrageous Fortune (2005-2010), Top of the Lake (2013), and Harrow (2018- ). She used to be married to Allan Clark from 2000 to 2007. She has 2 sons. It is not clear whether she is dating anyone right now.