Gralen Bryant Banks is a proud son of Uptown New Orleans’ 13th Ward and has been a fixture on the Crescent City entertainment scene for two decades! His distinctive voice and bon vivant personality launched a career as a sought-after Master of Ceremonies in and around the area.
His burgeoning turn as an actor is a post-Katrina phenomenon and follows a twenty plus year career in Public Safety and Security Management. A court certified Expert in Hospitality, Industry, and Security, Gralen’s film career began when he was featured in Spike Lee’s award-winning film, “When the Levees Broke”. Gralen admits that he was bitten hard by the acting bug during that time and wanted to further explore film and television opportunities. He has appeared in over forty-five films, television movies, series, and commercials. His role as Berry Gordy in “Motown” was his first foray into musical theater.
Gralen is an active member of two of the most revered and respected Social and Pleasure organizations in New Orleans. He is a Soulful Warrior of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc, and in his second decade as a member of Black Men of Labor, a Social and Pleasure organization dedicated to keeping the traditional New Orleans music alive, and on the streets of the city that gave it birth!