10 Things to Know About the "Gotham" Cast

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 months ago

How much do you know about the actors who portray your favorite "Gotham" characters? Here are 10 things you might not know about the cast.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Chiklis, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Drew Powell, Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, Ben McKenzie, Chris Chalk, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Maggie Geha, Camren Bicondova, and Cory Michael Smith in Gotham (2014)

"Gotham" is the story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival. How much do you know about the actors who portray your favorite characters? Here are 10 things to know about the cast of the show.

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Ben McKenzie

1. Before the Commissioner, he was Batman.

Before Ben McKenzie took on the mantle of Commissioner Gordon in "Gotham," he was the voice of the Caped Crusader himself in "Batman: Year One." McKenzie is the only actor to have played both Batman and the Commissioner.

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Donal Logue

2. He has his head in the game.

Donal Logue, who plays police detective Harvey Bullock, is one of the owners of (and also plays with) an amateur soccer team, Hollywood United. Over the years, his teammates have included Anthony LaPaglia, Dermot Mulroney, Jason Statham, and Brandon Routh, among others.

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Morena Baccarin

3. She has superhero street cred.

Morena Baccarin, who plays Dr. Leslie Thompkins, is one of four actors from "Firefly" (2002) who went on to portray superheroes on "Justice League Unlimited" (2001). Baccarin was the voice of Black Canary, Adam Baldwin was the voice of Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern, Nathan Fillion was the voice of Vigilante, and Gina Torres was the voice of Vixen.

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Erin Richards at an event for St. Vincent (2014)

4. She's got a dark side.

Welsh actress Erin Richards brings her horror filmography with her in her portrayal of the dark and troubled Barbara Gordon. In addition to playing Nancy Reid in the original "Being Human," she also appeared in Open Grave, and The Quiet Ones.

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Robin Lord Taylor at an event for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

5. He looks to the Bard to inspire his performance.

Robin Lord Taylor has said that he channels both A Clockwork Orange and Richard III in his performance as the Penguin. In an interview with The New York Times, Taylor said of Richard III, "He was another grotesque man who has this insane ambition, this sheer lust for power fueled by his physical deformities."

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Cory Michael Smith at an event for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

6. He's a relative newcomer.

When Cory Michael Smith auditioned for the role of Edward Nygma, no one in the room had seen any of his performances. He got his start in theater, including the role of Fred in a production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" opposite Emilia Clarke (of "Game of Thrones" fame). The two credits he did have at the time -- Camp X-Ray and "Olive Kitteridge" -- hadn't premiered when he auditioned.

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David Mazouz

7. He's got another co-star credit under his belt.

Although only 16, David Mazouz has another co-star credit among his other movie and television appearances. Before he was Bruce Wayne, he co-starred with Kiefer Sutherland in the TV sci-fi thriller "Touch."

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Sean Pertwee

8. Acting is in his blood.

Sean Pertwee, who plays the very proper Alfred Pennyworth, is from a very successful theatrical family. He is the son of Jon Pertwee (of "Doctor Who" fame), the first cousin once removed of Bill Pertwee, the younger brother of Dariel Pertwee, the nephew of Michael Pertwee, and the grandson of Roland Pertwee.

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Camren Bicondova

9. She's light on her feet.

Camren Bicondova has studied dance since she was 6 years old. Her all-girl dance group, 8 Flavahz, was the youngest ever to compete on MTV’s "America’s Best Dance Crew." A highlight of Season 7, her crew finished in second place. Bicondova's dancing skills come in handy when she, as Selina Kyle, slinks cat-like across the Gotham cityscape.

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Jada Pinkett Smith at an event for Magic Mike XXL (2015)

10. She's got a wicked side.

Jada Pinkett Smith, who sends chills up the spine as Fish Mooney, sends chills of another sort as the lead singer of the Nu Metal band Wicked Wisdom. Pinkett Smith formed the band in 2002, which includes Pocket Honore, Cameron "Wirm" Graves, Rio Lawrence and Philip "Fish" Fisher.