Seth Gilliam’s first appearance in Law & Order was in 1992, in one of his first screen roles. In season 3, episode 10 (“The Consultation”), he plays a character named Babatunde Amod, the victim’s husband. His pregnant wife, Kelani, was a drug dealer, and when a bag of heroin she swallowed burst, she and her unborn child died. In 2005, he played Hell Terence Wright in four episodes of the short-lived series Law & Order: Trial by Jury. He worked alongside the show’s stars Bebe Neuwirth and Amy Carlson, interviewing victims and witnesses.
In Law & Order: Criminal Intent seasons 7 to 8, he guest-stars in four episodes as Detective Daniels of the City Club Law Enforcement Task Force. It reveals some of the missing details of the mysterious disappearance of Megan Wheeler’s (Julianne Nicholson) father.
In 2010, Gilliam returned to Law & Order, 28 years after his first appearance. In season 20, episode 21 (“Immortal”), he plays attorney Michael Reid (Doug E. Doug) who is accused of killing his cousin. Detectives discovered that Michael Reid’s great-grandfather’s cells were taken without consent and formed the basis of Hema Labs, a billion-dollar company that used the cells to treat cancer. As Reid’s lawyer, Gilliam is encouraged and tries to make the jury see the injustice done to the family over the past 50 years.
Four years later, Gilliam began his eight-year journey with The Walking Dead, and as the series draws to a close, there’s always the possibility that Gilliam will reappear in Law & Order, maybe as a fifth character.