Al’Jaleel McGhee (or just AJ) joined Gray Talent Group by way of Charlotte, North Carolina. He studied at the Gately-Poole Drama Conservatory, a Meisner-based program headed by renowned drama teacher, Kathryn Gately. While serving in the Marine Corps, he found time to be extremely active in the Carolina & D.C. artist communities. His work consists of local theatre, student films, independent films, television commercials and appearances in Cinemax’s Banshee and Showtime’s Homeland.
In 2008, he performed in “Bottom of Ninth,” a play that follows residents of New Orleans’ lower 9th ward in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For him, that project caused acting to graduate from a hobby to a fervent passion due to its ability to give voice to the voiceless, introduce perspective, and inspire change. One of his favorite quotes is “art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" and he loves being a part of projects that reinforce that idea.
When he’s not performing he enjoys playing his trumpet and French horn, arranging music for high school & college marching bands, pizza…lots of pizza, and yelling at the TV to support his Carolina Panthers. He is extremely grateful to the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington D.C. film and theatre communities for embracing him and looks forward to the next chapter in Chicago with Gray Talent Group.
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