'The Family Business' Season 2: Meet the stellar cast of Carl Weber's binge-worthy crime drama

Season 2 brings back the ensemble playing The Duncans', a loyal family with shady ties to the drug world, with some interesting additions


                            'The Family Business' Season 2: Meet the stellar cast of  Carl Weber's binge-worthy crime drama
Darrin Dewitt Henson, Valarie Pettiford, Ernie Hudson (Getty Images)

'The Family Business' Season 2 brings another intense round of crime drama to our screen this early July. The Duncans, a loyal family with shady ties to the underworld are in some hot water, from personal fights to foes upsetting their family's nighttime activities. The well-received show, that gives us 'Dynasty' vibes, is highly anticipated as many have come to love the narrative and have connected with the casts' stellar delivery of all-around interesting characters. From the strong patriarchy to the drug tidbits, Season 2 promises us a perfect binge-worthy season, and here's the cast behind it all.

Ernie Hudson as LC Duncan

LC Duncan (BET+)

 

The actor, who was part of the Marine Corps for some time, got his first film role after meeting Gordon Parks, in the film 'Leadbelly' (1976) where he played the role of Archie. Having been part of the industry a long time, many forget that Hudson is also a playwright. Most old school fans may remember him from his role as Winston Zeddemore from the 'Ghostbusters' (1984) franchise, but his other notable roles include Lee in ' The Incredible Hulk' (1977), William Thomas in 'Little House on the Prairie' (1974), Kwame in 'Diff'rent Strokes (1978) and Terry Carver in 'Taxi' (1978). Most recently he's been dominating his role as the head of the patriarchy in 'The Family Business' with his other recent works including 'The Irate Gamer' (2020), 'I Love You... Forever' (2020) and 'The Irate Gamer' (2020)

Valarie Pettiford as Charlotte Duncan

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 17: Valarie Pettiford attends the 2018 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

 

One of Pettiford's was when the actress was just 14 years old, where she was part of the chorus in the 1978 film, 'The Wiz,' according to her IMDb page. The actress is well known for her roles in many productions over many years, some of which, at her earliest, included her roles in 'The Cotton Club' (1984), as Jackie in 'The Equalizer' (1988), as a newscaster in 'Isaac Asimov's Robots' (1988) and Dr. Sheila Price in 'One Life to Live ' (1990-1994). The actress was nominated for a Tony Award as 'Best Actress' in 199 for her featured role in the musical 'Fosse,' and for 'Best Actress' in 2010 Method Fest for the short film 'The Response,' where she played the role of Shauna James. Her most recent include, Lorna in 'If Not Now, When?' (2019), Cheryl in 'Blind Sight' (2019), Diane in 'The Baxters' (2019), Grandma in '#BlackAF' (2020) and Suzanne in 'Surviving in L.A' (2020).

Darrin Dewitt Henson as Orlando Duncan

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 19: Actor Darrin Dewitt Henson attends PREMIX Hosted By Connie Orlando at The Sunset Room on June 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

 

Henson is an actor, choregrapher and author who has won awards for his works in all three fields. Most may remember the actor from his roles as Lem Van Adams in 'Soul Food' (2004,) Jim Brown in 'The Express' (2008) and Raven in 'Tekken' (2010). Notably, the actor also won an 'MTV choreography award' for his choreography to the famous song, NSYNC's 'Bye Bye Bye' at the 2000 VMA's. His most recent roles include General James Rex in 'The Last Astronaut' (2019), as Cowboy in 'Blackbear' (2019), Trent in 'Staged Killer' (2019), Derrick in 'Steppin' Back to Love' (2020), and Detective Ryan in 'Double Cross' (2020).

Javicia Leslie as Paris Duncan

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 23: Javicia Leslie attends the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

 

Leslie's debut role was that of a lead in the movie, 'Killer Coach' where she played the role of Samantha Morgan. After being cast in 'The Family Business', Leslie went on to become a series regular in 'God Friended Me' (2018-2020) where she played the role of Ali Finer. Her recent roles include Kelsie in 'Kat' (2017), Jesse Colton in 'MacGyver' (2017-2018), Corina James in 'Always a Bridesmaid' (2019), and Britney in 'Roped' (2020). According to the actress's IMDb page, she has also participated in plays such as  August Wilson's 'Seven Guitars', Ntozake Shange's 'For Colored Girls', and Bob Fosse's 'Chicago'.

Sean Ringgold as Junior Duncan

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Actor Sean Ringgold attends the GBK & Pilot Pen's Luxury Style Lounge during New York Fashion Week - Day 1 on September 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for GBK)

 

Ringgold is from Queens, New York, and according to his IMDb page worked as a Body Guard before becoming an actor. A very familiar face to many, Ringgold is remembered as Suge Knight in 'Notorious' (2008) bringing to life the narrative of rap life back in the day. He is also known for his other notable roles such as Shaun Evans on ABC's 'One Life to Live' (2013), CO Stokan in 'Orange In The New Black' (2016), as a security guard in 'Billions' and as Sugar in 'Luke Cage' (2016-2018). It has also been reported that the actor has also appeared in ads for big named brans such as Budweiser, Dunkin Donuts, and Fiat 500 by Gucci. His most recent works include, 'Vault,' 'Wetlands,' 'Uncut Gems,' 'Emergence' and 'For Life.'

Other cast members include Dylan Weber as Nevada Duncan, Arrington Foster as Rio Duncan, Tami Roman as London Duncan, Kj Smith as Sasha Duncan, Amani E. Boyd as Mariah Duncan, Michael Jai White as Vegas Duncan, Armand Assante as Sal Dash, Miguel A. Núñez Jr. as Harris Grant, James Black as Rob, Antoine Holmes Sr. as Carl, Spencer Holmes as Carlos, Emilio Rivera as  Alejandro Zuniga, Christian Keyes as Niles Monroe and many more.

The official synopsis of Season 2 reads, "This season will pick up where the debut season concluded as the Duncans work to calm tensions with rivals, The Zunigas. Family patriarch, LC Duncan and eldest son Orlando execute a plan to expand business operations with their proprietary drug 'heat,' but as they gain momentum in the venture, they face opposition from some old and new foes. For some in the Duncan clan, individual drama mounts that could threaten their lives and ruin the family business. Will they be able to stay intact and navigate these dangerous scenarios, or will things fall apart?"



 



Catch Season 2 of 'The Family Business' on July 2, 2020, on BET+.

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