Agent “Dennis Aderholt,” played by Brandon J. Dirden works in the FBI’s Counterintelligence division with Stan Beeman. Having caught a Directorate S illegal in his last assignment, Agent Aderholt brings a wealth of experience navigating the fog of the Cold War. Aderholt has seen his fair share of action, most recently when he helped track down a KGB agent in possession of a biological weapon.
Dirden made his professional acting debut at the age of 12 in a production of August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Alley Theatre in his hometown of Houston, TX. While Dirden knew at a young age what career path he wanted to pursue, his father, Houstonian actor, Willie Dirden, encouraged him to explore other options. So Dirden attended the famed Morehouse College in Atlanta, studying mathematics and engineering. While at Morehouse, he also took theater courses and acted in several plays at the neighboring Spelman College. Dirden went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In 2006, Dirden moved to New York City where he quickly became a mainstay in the Broadway, Off Broadway and regional theater scenes. On Broadway, his credits include the 2014 Tony award winning play All the Way, in which he starred as Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon Johnson. Dirden also appeared on Broadway in the Tony award winning play Clybourne Park alongside his wife, Crystal Dickinson. Off-Broadway credits include The First Breeze of Summer and Day of Absence (Signature Theatre); Detroit ’67 (Public Theater and Classical Theatre of Harlem); and Peter and the Starcatcher (New York Theatre Workshop).
Dirden also frequently acts with his younger brother, Jason Dirden. In 2012 they starred together in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Topdog/Underdog at Two River theater, directed by its author, Suzan-Lori Parks. Later that year they performed together in the highly acclaimed revival of August Wilson's Piano Lesson at the Signature Theatre in New York, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. For that performance, Dirden was honored with an Obie, AUDELCO, and Theatre World Award. In 2017, Brandon will return to Broadway in the much anticipated Broadway premier of August Wilson's Jitney, also under the direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
Television audiences may also recognize Dirden from his guest starring turns on The Good Wife, The Big C, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Public Morals and Brain Dead. You can also see him in Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down on Netflix as the strict but well-meaning “Leon.”
Dirden now makes his home in New Jersey with his wife and their son Chase.