Former Vine Grove resident lands role on USA Network series

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By Robert Villanueva

A former Vine Grove resident and graduate of North Hardin High School has found his place among the stars.

Sean Scarborough, 46, is an actor in Los Angeles who has a recurring role on the USA network series “Common Law.” The TV show focuses on two Los Angeles detectives, Travis Marks and Wes Mitchell, who have been work partners for seven years. The detectives are forced to undergo couples therapy when their bickering begins to interfere with their jobs.

Scarborough plays Detective Dietz.

“He’s just one of the guys who works with the boys,” Scarborough said.

Although the character appears in three episodes of “Common Law,” Scarborough doesn’t know if he will appear in any more episodes. A decision on whether the series will be picked up for a second season has not been made, Scarborough said.

The role of Detective Dietz came to Scarborough after he did stand-in work for one of the lead actors, Michael Ealy, who portrays Detective Marks.

Acting is not new to Scarborough. In 1977, when he was 11, he won a part on the Disney film “Child of Glass,” which was being filmed in Kentucky. Because of a schedule mix-up Scarborough missed the filming and the part went to another child actor, but Scarborough still got a part with a line.

At the time, Scarborough took such things in stride.

“Really, all I wanted to do was play basketball for Kentucky,” he said.

After finishing high school, a brief stint at Western Kentucky University, moves to Florida and New York, some modeling and co-owning a business, Scarborough decided to make the move to Los Angeles. That was about 10 years ago.

Making connections while he did production, crew and stand-in work proved beneficial to Scarborough and landed him the role on “Common Law.” He had even done stunt work for the series.

“They wouldn’t let me do anything that would get me hurt,” he said.

Among other credits for Scarborough over the years are roles in the TV series “Breakout Kings,” the TV mini-series “Meteor” and the movie “Mother and Child.” His latest project is a small role in a film by Michael C. Martin, the writer of “Brooklyn’s Finest.”

Scarborough had praise for those he’s met while on his acting journey and he acknowledged the uncertain nature of the entertainment industry.

“This is a crazy business,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743 or rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com.


Former Vine Grove resident Sean Scarborough can be seen as Detective Dietz in an upcoming episode of USA Network’s “Common Law” titled “Hot for Teacher,” scheduled to air Aug. 3. Scarborough appeared in two episodes that already aired, “Performance Anxiety” and “Odd Couples.”