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Laroyce Hawkins is an American actor, musician, comedian and spoken-word artist whose ticket to fame was his role as police officer Kevin Atwater in NBC TV’s drama series “Chicago PD”.

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Early life and family

Laroyce Hawkins, of African American descent, was born on May 4, 1988 in the southern suburb of Harvey, Chicago, Illinois, USA, to parents Leah Bradley and Leonard Hawkins. He along with his brother, Lamar Hawkins, and a younger sister were raised by his grandparents until age 13, crediting them largely for the kind of person he is today. Little else is known about his family.


He graduated from Thornton High School in Harvey and was awarded a full academic scholarship. He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Illinois State University.


First step

Laroyce was part of the movie “The Express: The Ernie Davis Story” while he was still in college. It was the biopic of Syracuse University football player Ernie Davis who became the first African American winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Laroyce played the part of Art Baker, an All-American fullback and Ernie’s teammate; it was credited as his film debut.

After college, he landed small roles or guest appearances on several television series, including HBO’s “Ballers” with Dwayne Johnson; “Detroit 1-8-7”, a police drama series starring Michael Imperioli, aired in 2011; and MTV’s “Underworkers”, a comedy drama series starring Jared Kusnitx and Inbar Lavi, aired in 2012. He also starred in a few short films such as “Reflection” in 2011 and “Google Me Love” in 2013.

further success

The actor was lucky enough to be a part of Dick Wolf’s Chicago series franchise. Dick co-created “Chicago PD” with other producers, a spin-off of the hit TV series “Chicago Fire”, and also associated with “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Justice”. The characters sometimes moved on to the other drama series as part of the “Chicago Fire” universe.

Laroyce Hawkins

Laroyce took on the role of a uniformed police officer named Kevin Atwater, who was promoted to the Chicago Police Intelligence Unit. It started as a recurring role on “Chicago Fire” in 2013 and was elevated to a main protagonist in 2014 when “Chicago PD” was created. The Police procedural TV series just finished its seventh season in April 2020 and has been pre-extended to season 10 as part of Dick Wolf’s new deal with Chicago Universal Television. The role of Laroyce is one of those characters who would sometimes transition to the other drama series, including “Chicago Justice” in 2017 and “Chicago Med” in 2019 to 2020.

He wasn’t seen more on the big screen for mainstream films until 2018, when he took on the role of Amari Crawford in the film ‘Canal Street’, which centered on a young black teenager who was wrongly accused of murdering a white classmate, and defended by his father, who was a promising lawyer. This was screened during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend as part of the American Black Film Festival. That same year, he took part in an independent comedy film, “Hope Springs Eternal,” about a young girl diagnosed with cancer, taking advantage of the special care given to her by everyone until she finds out she’s in remission. It was filmed in Chicago with Mia Rose Frampton and Stony Blyden, and later released on iTunes.

In 2019, in between the filming of Chicago PD, he was asked to appear in the sitcom ‘South Side’, which aired on Comedy Central. He played the recurring role of Michael ‘Shaw’ Owens, and being a native of Chicago, the role was perfect for him as it was filmed in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. He appeared in seven episodes out of 10 broadcast for the first season.

His latest film, “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain”, is still going through the post-production process. It is based on the true events that took place when police officers were tasked with checking the status of an African-American man diagnosed with bipolar disorder who was murdered by the police officers.

He played the part of Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., the son of the murdered man.

Aside from his TV and film career, he occasionally appeared in open mic nights or comedy stand-up gigs in various cities, showing off his spoken word craft and comedic flair.

Private life

Little is known about his personal life, except that based on one of his Instagram posts, he named a three-year-old son Roman John. In a 2016 interview with the online site Rollingout, he said he met someone special whom he had known for a long time, but that he was nowhere near getting married and that he is still young.

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He went on to say: ‘She understands that there is growth that I have to do as a man’ [I can be] there 100 percent. She’s special. I care about her…” At the time of writing, there is no more news about the lady, or any engagement or wedding.


Laroyce has been a motivational speaker since realizing that his voice can give back to disenfranchised communities by speaking in high schools and high schools. He focused on encouraging young people to follow their dreams, by recognizing the gifts given to them. He realized that his influence can reach more people by being present in the classrooms, rather than just on the television screens.

Interesting facts

  • Laroyce’s life mantra is “Be strong” and he often uses it in his social media posts. He had an attachment with the word “powerful” because of his grandfather’s influence – he received a quote from his grandfather when he was still in college, and it stuck with him. The point is that when boiling water reaches 211°F, the water gets very hot, but if you add 1 degree Fahrenheit, the water would naturally boil. This part of the quote inspired him the most: “And if you get boiling water, you can make steam, and that steam is powerful enough to move a locomotive, so go that extra level.”
  • He looks up to actor Idris Alba as a role model and considers Jamie Foxx and Steve Harvey as his comedic influences.
  • The three qualities he looks for in a woman are a sense of humor, a strong belief in God and beautiful feet, as he has a fetish for them.
  • Laroyce is active on social media apps such as Twitter and Instagram.


He is 1.91 m tall, weighs 80 kg and has an athletic build. He is of African American descent with black hair and black eyes.

Net value

Even before he had a successful TV career, Laroyce had been performing open mic nights and stand-up comedy since 2008. authoritative sources have estimated his net worth at over $1 million as of May 2020.

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