Jerome “Ro” Brooks, born Jerome Curtis Brooks Jr. grew up in West Baltimore. Ro’s natural acting ability was cultivated by his Grandmother and Great Aunt, who would encourage Ro and his three sisters to perform dance and musical routines by throwing change at their feet. During his younger years, Ro began developing his musical prowess by rapping and dancing at talent shows and local events. While attending Walbrook High School, Ro’s early success started when he got together with a group of friends and formed the rap and dance group Twice As Nice. The group performed at local venues and later won a talent show that earned them a spot on the bill at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater for a taping of Showtime at the Apollo. A few years later, Ro landed his first role in a feature film, directed by Robert Townsend. He has gone on to work with other acclaimed directors such as, Michael Bay, Quentin Tarantino and Michael Mann.
Ro has worked on numerous movies, commercials and television shows including: Homicide: Life on the Street, HBO’s: The Corner, The Wire and Luck, 24, CSI: New York and Miami, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and many more. With a background in music, Ro welcomed the opportunity to return to his musical roots while integrating and expanding on his acting talents to include music videos, working with such artist as: P. Diddy, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Lil’ Wayne, TI, Jill Scott, Young Jeezy, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Master P. and Lil’ Mo to name a few.
Having escaped some of the trappings of the inner city, Ro felt compelled to reach out to his family members, friends and those in his community who were less fortunate. As a direct result, he founded The Hook Up- Music Magazine, whose mission was created to provide inspirational messages to inmates in correctional institutions across the country.
Ro’s up coming projects to look out for: Showtimes Shameless airing in March 2013,Squatters, scheduled to be released in theaters worldwide, Spring 2013, A Toyota Avalon campaign, scheduled to be released in April 2013 and Pastor Shirley, a feature film, slated for an early Summer 2013 release. This talented and versatile actor moves quickly towards being one of Hollywood’s Leading Men.