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R.J. Atkins

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R.J. Atkins
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BornRickey Dwayne Atkins, Jr.
(1978-06-10) June 10, 1978 (age 42)
Palestine, Texas, U.S.[1]
🏡 ResidenceHouston, Texas
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Actor • Comedian • Writer
📆 Years active  2008-present
🌐 Website*www.RJAtkins.com

R.J. Atkins (born June 10, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, and writer.

Early life[edit]

Atkins was born in Palestine, Texas to his parents, Rickey Atkins, Sr, and Nancy Glover (née Starr)[2]. He was sent to live with his paternal grandparents at the age of two, who finished raising him. R.J. caught the acting bug as a young child and appeared in church plays and school plays while taking Theatre Arts and Drama at Palestine Middle School and Palestine High School.

R.J. graduated high school in 1996 and worked full-time for a year as a warehouseman before enlisting in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer in late 1997. He completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas for his first duty station. Throughout his 10-year military career split between the Regular Army and Army National Guard, he served and trained in various capacities on several military installations. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom having served with the 56th Brigade Combat Team from October 2004 - December 2005. Atkins was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in May 2011.


While still serving in the military, Atkins made his feature film debut as a cotton field worker in Glen Pitre's The Man Who Came Back, with Eric Braeden, Billy Zane, Sean Young, George Kennedy and Armand Assante. After military service, R.J. relocated to San Antonio, TX and tried his hand at numerous professions in attempting to find his niche before becoming a special education teacher and securing a teaching position with the Aldine Independent School District[3] in Houston in mid 2016[4]. During the summer of 2018, R.J. rekindled his love for acting and and has since appeared in several productions to include, but not limited to feature films, short films, theatre[5], and commercials.

Atkins' primary acting coach is Charnele Brown from NBC's A Different World.



Year Title Role Director Notes
2008 The Man Who Came Back Cotton Field Worker Glen Pitre
2018 Da Dealership Greg Dollar Darius T. Smith Stage/Film Play
2018 Werk! Johnny Meredith Esquivel
2018 The Pill Pimp Meredith Esquivel Voice
2019 Cheater Raymond Henderson Meredith Esquivel
2019 My Mistakes Manuel Rolando Boyce II
2019 The Hitchhiker Dave Faustino Deblas
2019 The Homecoming Roger Joan Montreuil
2020 Jook Joint Blues: Series Concept Vincent Hughes, III Lorie Mitchell Concept Trailer
2020 Thud Malik Ruston Christopher Joubert
2020 Make Yourself at Home Mr. Banks Jo-Ann Johnson
2020 Sins of a Scorned Wife Church Member LaQuan Stallworth
2021 The Reading Bartender Courtney Glaude Post-Production
2021 Relapse Lance Dakarai "3D" Henderson Filming


Year Title Role Network/Dist. Company Notes
2020 5th Ward The Series Hospital Orderly UMC/AMC/ALLBLK 1 episode
2020 Be Someone Vacant Lot Gangster CashHawk Films 1 episode
2020 Both Eyes Open Det. Kevin Sims BingeReelz 1 episode
2020 Best Kept Secret Jonah Collins TriWen Productions Series Regular


  1. "Meet R.J. Atkins". Voyage Houston Magazine.
  2. "Meet R.J. Atkins". VoyageHouston Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  3. "Aldine ISD Teacher Takes Part in Fade to Black Festival". Aldine ISD. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. "Mr. Rickey ("R.J.") Atkins, Jr. - Teaching Portfolio". PortfolioGen. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  5. "R.J. Atkins". IMDb. Retrieved 3 December 2019.

External links[edit]

R. J. Atkins on IMDb

Category:1978 births Category:Living people Category:People from Palestine, Texas Category:Male actors from Texas Category:American male film actors Category:American male voice actors Category:21st-century American male actors Category:African-American military personnel

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