Tony Todd Explores His Revolutionary Roots

Tony Todd has come home.

Todd, who was raised in Hartford and got his start in various theater groups throughout Connecticut, has created an impressive career in film and television, while also performing around the country in plays, including August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Athol Fugard’s The Captain’s Tiger, and his solo show Ghost on the House about the boxing champion Jack Johnson.

But his role as the former revolutionary who has returned to connect with his daughter after years in prison in Dominique Morriseau’s Sunset Baby, now playing at Hartford’s TheaterWorks, marks his first return to the Connecticut stage in decades—and to his boyhood roots.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of people from my past,” he says following the opening of the show, which plays through Sunday, Feb. 19.

The six-foot-five actor is best knowns for his chilling performances in horror and sci-fi films including 1990’s Night of the Living Dead (and its 2015 3D remake), the Hatchet film franchise, the title role in the Candyman franchise, and as William Bludworth in the Final Destination franchise and the Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Other films include BirdPlatoonThe Crow, and Lean on Me.

On TV he was the villain Zoom in The Flash and has had recurring roles on all three incarnations of Star Trek. His basso voice can be heard in countless animated films and characters in the gaming industry.