All hail the King!
Khary Payton the latest addition to AMC’s The Walking Dead, playing the coveted role of King Ezekiel, will appear May 28-29 at BoroughCon, the new pop culture event in Queens. King Ezekiel has instantly become his most challenging and favorite role to date, according to Payton.
The actor is equally famous for his voice work. To cartoon fans, Payton has become synonymous with Cyborg, one of DC’s hottest heroes, having voiced the character for 15 years. Payton tells BoroughCon’s organizers that he is “thrilled” to be reprising his role of Aqualad in the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed series Young Justice that recently announced its return with season 3. Also coming soon, Big Hero 6: The Series premieres this fall with Payton as the voice of laser specialist Wasabi.
Grimlock from Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Rafiki in Disney’s The Lion Guard, video games The Sims, Reigel in Starcraft, Drebin in Metal Gear Solid, Azrael & Killer Croc in the Batman: Arkham franchise & Knox from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, are just some of the many other roles he is known for.
Born in Augusta, Ga., Payton caught the acting bug after seeing a production of Cyrano De Bergerac in first grade. As a teenager, he developed a local rep as a rapper and stand-up comic, sharing the stage with such notables as Tom Kenney and Chris Rock. After spending his teenage years consoling comedians at the bar between sets, Payton opted for college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas to study acting and directing. He stayed in Texas for several years thereafter, honing his craft in classical and experimental theatre before finally making his way to Hollywood.
Payton co-wrote, produced and starred in the independent sci-fi feature, Astronaut: The Last Push. The film soared through festivals from London to LA, winning 13 awards including Best In Show at the IFS & Fargo Film Festivals. Payton took home three awards for Best Actor.