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Michael Potts stars in "True Detective" on HBO as Detective Maynard Gilbough.

On Broadway, Michael Potts starred in the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical "The Book of Mormon," as Mafala Hatimbi, "Grey Gardens" and "Lennon." Other theatrical credits include the world premiere of Tony Kushner's "Intelligent Homosexual's Guide, to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures" at the Guthrie, "The Tempest," "Richard III," for which he won the Falstaff Award for Outstanding Performance in Shakespeare in 2008, "Oedipus," "Highway Ulysses," "The Persians," "Twelfth Night," "Romeo & Juliet," "The Hostage," "Love's Labour's Lost," "Arms and the Man," "Mud River Stone," "Rent," "The America Play," for which he won an OBIE Award for Outstanding Performance in 1994, Randy Newman's "Faust" and "St. Joan of the Stockyards."

On television, Potts played the recurring roles of Brother Mouzone in HBO's "The Wire" and Horatio Emanuel in "Damages." Guest appearances include "Nurse Jackie," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Royal Pains," "Law & Order," "Bored to Death," "Flight of the Conchords," "Oz," "Cosby" and "NYPD Blue." He also provided his voice to two of Ken Burn's documentaries: "Thomas Jefferson" and "The West."

His film credits include "Conspiracy Theory," "The Peacemaker," "Diggers," "Stonewall" and "Hackers." He also starred with Rosemary Harris in the BBC radio play "Hotel Cristobal." 

Potts is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

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