The Rustin cast features Colman Domingo, Aml Ameen and Glynn Turman. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for George C. Wolfe’s 2023 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Rustin takes place in 1963. As Bayard Rustin organizes a peaceful civil rights protest, he faces scrutiny about his sexuality. The narrative follows the main protagonist as he rallies people together for the 1963 March on Washington. Here’s every actor and character in Rustin.
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Rustin Cast: Colman Domingo as Bayard Rustin
Character Profile: A civil rights activist. He values passive resistance and organizational details. Bayard works as the Deputy Director of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Domingo’s Resume: Private Harold Green in Lincoln (2012), Ralph Abernathy in Selma (2014), Victor Strand in Fear the Walking Dead (2015-), X in Zola (2020), William Burke in Candyman (2021)
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Rustin Cast: Aml Ameen as Martin Luther King Jr.
Character Profile: A civil rights activist. He defends Black people while dealing with malicious rumors. Martin stands up for Bayard on national television.
Ameen’s Resume: Trife in Kidulthood (2006), Alby in The Maze Runner (2014), D in Yardie (2018), Simon in I May Destroy You (2020), Junior Massey in The Porter (2022)
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Rustin Cast: Glynn Turman as A. Philip Randolph
Character Profile: A civil rights activist. He is a union organizer. A. Philip leads the March on Washington.
Turman’s Resume: Clarence V. Royce in The Wire (2004-08), Dr. Frank Hopper in Sahara (2005), Dr. Woodward in Super 8 (2011), Toledo in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), Charles Mitch in Black Cake (2023-)
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Rustin Cast: Chris Rock as Roy Wilkins
Character Profile: The NAACP executive secretary. He values strategic moves while fighting for civil rights. Roy initially clashes with Bayard but ultimately lends his support.
Rock’s Resume: A Famous Stand-Up Comedian — Also, Saturday Night Live Cast Member (1990-93), Pookie in New Jack City (1991), Loy Cannon in Fargo (2020), Detective Ezekiel Banks in Spiral (2021)
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Rustin Cast: Gus Halper as Tom
Character Profile: Bayard’s boyfriend. He is Brooklyn-raised man who graduated from Howard University. Tom worries about Bayard’s wandering eye.
Halper’s Resume: Mikey Scaramucci in Happy! (2017-18), Bone in Cold Pursuit (2019), Joseph in Dickinson (2019), Will in Fear the Walking Dead (2021), Teddy Silas in Law & Order: Organized Crime (2022-)
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Rustin Cast: Johnny Ramey as Elias Taylor
Character Profile: A civil rights activist and minister. He coordinates the NAACP’s national and regional branches. Elias is a closeted gay man who develops a romantic relationship with Bayard.
Ramey’s Resume: Sylvester in Poz Roz (2019), Brad Hunt in A Baby at any Cost (2022), Alex Hanson in Calling for Love (2020), MB in Into the Dark (2021), Derrick in Act Your Age (2023)
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The Rustin cast also includes:
- CCH Pounder as Dr. Anna Hedgeman
- Michael Potts as Cleve Robinson
- Audra McDonald as Ella Baker
- Jeffrey Wright as Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
- Lilli Kay as Rachelle
- Jordan-Amanda Hall as Charlene
- Jakeem Powell as Norm
- Ayana Workman as Eleanor Holmes
- Grantham Coleman as Blyden
- Jamilah Rosemond as Dorie Ladner
- Jules Latimer as Joyce Ladner
- Maxwell Whittington-Cooper as John Lewis
- Frank Harts as Jim Farmer
- Kevin Mambo as Whitney Young
- Carra Patterson as Coretta Scott King
- Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Mahalia Jackson
- Adrienne Warren as Claudia Taylor
- Bill Irwin as A. J. Muste
- Jamar Williams as Tyrone
- Hope Clarke as Lucille Randolph
- Rashad Demond Edwards as Medgar Evers
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