Trai Byers is an American actor who is famous for his work on Fox’s hit TV show, Empire, where he played Andre Lyon – the sharp-minded and business inclined member of the Lyon family. The man who was relatively unknown before the show has seen a healthy rise in popularity and his fan base since the beginning of the show.
Biography & Age
Trai Byers was born on the 19th of July 1983 in Kansas City, Kansas State. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Communications after completing his high-school education in Georgia. With a father who was in the US Air Force, Trai Byers’ family moved around a lot. However, in pursuit of a career in the arts, he attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and the Yale School of Drama where he earned a Masters of Fine Art.
The handsome actor made his first appearance on television with a recurring role in ABC’s soap opera, All My Children in 2011. In the following year, he got a role in the CW teen soap opera, 90210.
Trai Byers, who so far has found limited success in Hollywood, has already starred in two iconic projects that represent the African American community. Before his role in the Fox hit, Empire, he starred in the 2014 historical drama film, Selma, a critically acclaimed civil rights era drama by the director, Ava DuVernay.
Whilst the actor has found limited success on the big screen, it is on the small screen that he enjoys growing fame. In 2014, he was cast to play Andre Lyon in Fox’s 2015 music industry drama, Empire. The role of Andre Lyon has seen mixed reception from fans and critics. Andre Lyon, who is a college educated executive in his father’s company, Empire records, is locked in a battle for control of the family business after their father’s illness.
Andre is also a conflicted man who suffers from bipolar disorder. The actor once told Cosmopolitan that his experience with family members who suffer from the affliction helped his characterization in the show. His portrayal of Andre is seen either as an accurate portrayal or a caricature, depending on who you ask. Regardless of the divide in opinions, this character lifted Trai Byers’ name to the realm of the famous men in Hollywood.
He has appeared in a few other projects and has been nominated for several awards, including two teen choice awards.
The Empire star has a growing net worth of $1.5 million. His status as a lead character on Empire ensures a regular stream of paycheck. With this rise in popularity, there is little doubt Trai Byers would soon start attracting other projects.
Trai Byers like many celebrities tries to keep his private life private. There isn’t much known about the actor’s siblings but his screen brother on Empire, Jamal and Hakeem Lyon were played by Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray respectively.
Trai Byers’ Wife
Trai Byers announced on the 7th of October, 2015, during an episode of FABLife, that He and Empire co-star Grace Gealey were engaged to be married. The couple got married on the 14th of April 2016, in the Cayman Island.
Trai Byers’ wife, Grace Byers is an American actress born on the 26th of July, 1984 to deaf parents. The actress was raised in the Cayman Islands from infancy but upon moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from the University of South Florida. She also has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of California. Grace is an author, having written a book in 2018 about her experiences as a child of deaf parents. She was cast as a series regular in the second season of Fox’s superhero drama, The Gifted.
Height, Weight & Body Stats
The well-chiseled actor stands tall at 1.87m and weighs 85 kg. Trai Byers also has a shoe size of 12 [US] and a fit body build. Other specifics of his body stats are not known to the public but it is known that he puts in the effort to work out constantly to maintain his enviable physique.