Isaiah John plays “Leon Simmons.” Franklin’s life-long friend, Leon is now his most trusted lieutenant in a volatile and dangerous business. But as new players and old flames threaten Leon's place in this ecosystem, Leon will ensure they know status must be earned or lives will be taken.
John was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. From an early age, John knew that he wanted to be an entertainer. Every weekend, he and his two siblings would perform shows for their parents. At the age of 14, John began to express an interest in acting. In 2009, he displayed his acting chops in a student film called No Way Out. After his time on that set, John discovered a deeper love for the craft of acting.
John went on to train with Carl Ford and other great acting coaches. As much as he enjoyed being in front of the camera, he also wanted experience working behind it. Wanting to understand what it takes to put together a full production, John worked as a production assistant. This gave him great insight and helped him further develop his craft.
In between acting jobs, John worked as a janitor at a local gym. Even after he booked a role on Barbershop: The Next Cut, John kept his job as a janitor and would rise at the crack of dawn to fulfill his duties.
Booking the role of “Leon Simmons” is a dream come true for John. He considers himself truly blessed to be working on a show with such an incredibly talented cast and crew, including Dave Andron and John Singleton.
In between filming seasons two and three of Snowfall, John had the pleasure of booking a role in a Netflix’s original feature called All Day and a Night, directed by Joe Robert Cole. It’s an American drama film about a young criminal who arrives in prison as he looks back on the days preceding his arrest and the circumstances of his childhood to find clues to his way forward in life and his survival. This film also stars Ashton Sanders, Jeffrey Wright and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, which is set to premiere this fall.