Happy Happy Birthday to The Originals Charles Michael Davis!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // December 1, 2014

Charles Michael Davis, Marcel Gerard, The Originals

Happy 30th Happy Birthday to the handsome Charles Michael Davis, The Originals Marcel Gerard!

It’s Happy Birthday time for The Originals Charles Michael Davis, who plays Marcel Gerard! Thirty years ago today he was born in Dayton, Ohio.

Charles‘ father is African American from Kentucky, and his mother is from Manila. He started modeling at Wings Model Management in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Jake Lang. He attended Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ  (SHINE) showcase and has modeled and done commercials for Nike and Footlocker.

Charles on SHINE

It started…after signing with my mother agency, Wings Model Management. I awoke one Saturday morning to receive a call from my agent. He offered me the opportunity to pursue my dreams at SHINE. Boy, am I glad I took him up on it. Long story short, we came, we saw, we conquered.

With the confidence he got from SHINE he moved to Los Angeles and in two months got his first role as Trevor in “That’s So Raven” which got him his Screen Actors Guild card.

In addition to commercials and print modeling, Charles has also done voice over work, theater, hosting, and was an associate producer for the TV mini-series “The Life Genie”! In addition to Nike and Footlocker his modeling work includes Sony, Coors Light, Verizon, Intersport, and Samsung.

Charles’ other roles include Liam in “Switched at Birth,” Ben Dalton in “The Client List,” Dr. Jason Myers in “Grey’s Anatomy,” and Kwan Kirkland in “”The Game.” He’ll also be Ramirez in the movie “Battle Scars” which is currently in post-production and scheduled for release in 2015.

Season 1 of The Originals revealed that Marcel, who began the series as the self-appointed King of New Orleans and the French Quarter, was raised by Klaus as his son. After losing the power struggle Klaus banished him, but he returned to his good graces when he rescued baby Hope. Since Marcel and Klaus are both alphas, there will always be a push-pull relationship between them, but currently they’re working together to take down Esther and Mikael, Klaus’ parents.

Joseph Morgan on Marcel

Marcel is a great leader. Honestly, he’s a better leader than Klaus, he gains the respect of his men rather than creating this world of fear so I think Klaus could learn a lot from him.

Some trivia about Charles includes he loves Pistachios and almond butter, Aunt Becky on “Full House” was his first TV crush, he has a talent for building furniture and painting, if he had to pick another career he’d like to be a chef, and Leah Pipes makes him laugh when they’re filming scenes on The Originals. He also plays the piano and teaches Muay Tai!

Charles also has a great singing voice as fans of the series remembers from his amazing entrance in the backdoor pilot and series pilot in the Karoke bar singing “How D’ya Like Me Now”! We do!

Charles’ Karoke as Marcel

Wish Charles a Happy Happy Birthday and keep watching him on The Originals on Mondays at 8/7c, on The CW!

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