Chicago actor on ABC's 'Detroit 187'

September 27, 2010 10:05:46 AM PDT
Chicago actor Kris Lofton talks to ABC7 Chicago about his upcoming appearance on new television show "Detroit 187."An up-and-coming young actor from the Chicago area makes a guest appearance on the hot new ABC drama "Detroit 1-8-7". Born in Melrose Park the 22-year-old star has been acting, singing and modeling since he was a child. In his most recent movie he played the role of "Calvin" in "Meet the Browns". You can watch Lofton in his role as "Derek" Tuesday night!

BIO

Chicago native Kris D. Lofton AKA "Lambo Loft, 22, has always stood out from the crowd since he was child. At the tender age of 8, he wrote his first song, recorded it and passed it out at school to all his friends in the lunch room and gym.

With his talent quickly taking the notice of others, Lofton was offered the opportunity to play a role in the movie "Hardball" in 2001 starring Keanu Reaves. This big screen film led him to being featured on the "Hardball" music video featuring Lil' Wayne, Lil' Zane, Sammie and Bow Wow at 12 years old.

Upon graduating from Proviso West High School in 2006, the same year, Lofton became the Walmart Back-to-College Spokesperson, as well as made an appearance on MTV's "My Super Sweet Sixteen", an NBC 5 News Segment and various McDonald's commercials.

As busy as Lofton was, his passion and talent only drove him to do more, leading him to the 2008 movie "The Promotion" starring Jon C. Riley and Sean William Scott and the more recent 2008 Tyler Perry hit movie "Meet the Browns" as the role of "Calvin."

Be sure to also catch Lofton on ABC new hit show "Detroit 1 8 7 which airs Tues Sept. 28th at 9 P.M.

Aside from his first love of acting, he also has a love for music which was present way before movie roles were being thrown his way. "Triple threat" is not the word, for Lofton raps, sings, writes songs, articles, and even movie scripts.

"I always have been a leader, coming up with new ideas and trends. Whatever I do, people seem to follow and imitate." He also contributes his "photographic memory" as to much of his success. "I have a photographic memory when it comes to music and acting?I can read something one time and remember it. I also don't write down a lot of my raps.. I just freestyle and remember what I said. Usually I stay awake till 6 or 7 A.M. writing songs or just listening to new music to get inspired."

Lofton has always been a star, even off the screens, and specifically in school where he served as a star athlete at basketball and in football. Upon high school graduation, he was offered a baseball scholarship to Grambling State University but turned it down in order to pursue his dream entertainment career.

Industry executives and casting directors better be prepared, for this young man knows what he wants and is making heads turn everywhere he goes. Lofton is born from mother, Angela Lofton and father Willie Lofton and also has one sister, Kristan Lofton.

ABOUT "DETROIT 1-8-7 from www.abcmedianet.com.

"Detroit 1-8-7," ABC's highly anticipated new drama premiered on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (9 to 10 p.m.), after the "Dancing with the Stars" results show. The show will showcase local talent, including Multi-talented, multiplatinum recording artist, actor and television personality Xzibit, who, will guest star in an upcoming episode. Xzibit (Alvin Joiner) will portray hustler turned businessman Russell Pitts, who is a record producer specializing in hip-hop artists. Xzibit is a Detroit native.

What does it take to be a detective in one of America's toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit's finest unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan.

There's the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected -- and most misunderstood -- man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch's new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez -- a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran and sage of the department struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Vikram Mahajan -- a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants -- form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn't be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. The unit works with the primary medical examiner, Dr. Abbey Ward, who has an unusual hobby in her off-hours-roller derby.

The men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, as they struggle with their own inner demons, using only their sharp sense of humor to keep them grounded while working the neighborhoods of the historic Motor City.

"Detroit 1-8-7" stars Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos," "Life on Mars") as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue") as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds ("True Blood") as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona ("Windfall") as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill (Broadway's "Superior Donuts") as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder ("24,""Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle") as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez ("Death Race") as Detective Ariana Sanchez, and Erin Cummings ("Mad Men") as Dr. Abbey Ward.

David Zabel ("ER"), Jason Richman ("Swing Vote"), Kevin Hooks ("Prison Break"), David Hoberman ("The Proposal"), and Todd Lieberman ("The Proposal") are executive producers. "Detroit 1-8-7" is a production of ABC Studios.

September 28 Episode: Local Hero/Overboard:

THE SQUAD TACKLES THE CASE OF A FOOTBALL STAR MURDERED IN HIS PRIME AND A MISSING GROOM FROM A PARTY BOAT

When Calvin Gibbs' promising life as a local football hero is cut short by violence, the city reels. Sadly, the prime suspect is the victim's brother, Terrence, a former felon and gang member. Stone is teamed with Sanchez on the investigation, causing friction with Fitch. Meanwhile, Longford and Mahajan investigate the disappearance of an unpopular groom during a boisterous Polish wedding reception on a party boat. And Alice Williams, the Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor, wants the police department to help quell the P.R. fallout from a recent incident inside the police precinct, so Lt. Mason orders Fitch to speak at a press conference, which he abhors, on "Detroit 1-8-7," TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (9-10 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network.

"Detroit 1-8-7" stars Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos," "Life on Mars") as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue") as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds ("True Blood") as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona ("Windfall") as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill (Broadway's "Superior Donuts") as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder ("24," "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle") as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez ("Death Race") as Detective Ariana Sanchez and Erin Cummings ("Mad Men") as Dr. Abbey Ward.

Guest starring Rochelle Aytes as Alice Williams, Tessa Thompson as Lauren Washington, Brandon Fobbs as Terrence Gibbs, Omar J. Dorsey as Goat, Mike Foy as Speedy, Daniele Watts as Shawna Johnson, Will Zahrn as Mr. Borkowski, Sherra Lasley as Lynette, Chaon Cross as Agnes, Kristopher Lofton as Derek.

Local Hero/Overboard was written by Jason Richman and David Zabel and directed by Kevin Hooks.

This episode of "Detroit 1-8-7" will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online. For more information on "Detroit 1-8-7" please visit ABC.com.


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