Mehcad Jason McKinley Brooks (born October 25, 1980) is an American actor and former fashion model. Brooks was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where he attended L.C. Anderson High School. After graduating from high school in 1999, he attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Brooks mentioned on a September 2010 episode of The Wendy Williams Show that he turned down basketball scholarships and offers from Ivy League schools in favor of going to USC. He then left to pursue an acting career. Brooks' early work includes being a Calvin Klein underwear model. From 2005 to 2006, Brooks played the role of Matthew Applewhite on the ABC TV drama Desperate Housewives.
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