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Coast actors have parts in History Channel's 'Roots'

COURTESY MARCO ST. JOHNMarco St. John, right, will appear in the third episode of 'Roots' that airs this week on the History Channel. St. John will play a gambler at a cockfight in Wednesday night's segment. With him in the photo are actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, left, and George Villas.
COURTESY MARCO ST. JOHNMarco St. John, right, will appear in the third episode of 'Roots' that airs this week on the History Channel. St. John will play a gambler at a cockfight in Wednesday night's segment. With him in the photo are actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, left, and George Villas.

Familiar faces to Coast residents will be on television when the reboot of "Roots" hits the small screen, beginning Monday.

Actors Marco St. John of Ocean Springs and Bowie Hamilton of Biloxi have roles in the miniseries that airs on the History Channel in a four-night retelling of Alex Haley's novel.

Hamilton plays a plantation owner in the first episode on Monday. St. John will be in Wednesday night's segment playing a gambler at a cockfight.

The first miniseries aired in 1977 and starred LeVar Burton.

Hamilton fell into the acting gig while helping out a friend who was taking film classes at USM's Gulf Park campus. She recruited friends to act in student film, and Hamilton was a natural.

Since then, he has done small films but landed a part in an episode of "NCIS: New Orleans" last year before his work on "Roots."

According to Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com), Hamilton also has a short that has been completed and a feature film in post production.

St. John, a veteran film actor, has a long string of acting credits to his name, including the memorable part of a perverted truck driver in the 1991 hit "Thelma and Louise."

St. John said when filming wrapped on his part in "Roots" late last year, he headed to Nashville for a part in "Novitiate," a nun drama starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.

In between, he said, he also did a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen commercial.

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