The African-American actor Niles Fitch was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 12th July 2001, and has been active in the entertainment industry since 2011. Currently residing in Los Angeles and studying at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Artists, Niles achieved mainstream recognition thanks to his portrayal of Quinton Hasland in “The Fallout”, but hopes to become a director in the future.
Niles’s father, Frederick, passed away in 2013 of lupus, since when the actor has worked with Lupus LA as an ambassador, and often spreads awareness on the impact of the autoimmune disease via social media and other campaigns. According to Niles, the first symptoms his father experienced were joint pain and fatigue. ‘After my mom forced him to go to the doctor to get checked up, 10 days later we found out he had lupus nephritis. Sadly, he passed away only four months later,’ he wrote on Instagram.
It is unknown whether his mother, Nakata, remarried or remains single. Frederick and Nataka have clearly been positive influences on Niles, as his social media accounts feature various photos of his parents.
The actor has one younger sister, Leigh Tiger, with whom he was photographed at the L.A premiere of “Little” in April 2019, however, Leigh doesn’t appear interested in pursuing a showbiz career.
Niles is also related to Rayshard Brooks, a victim of police brutality who was fatally shot by the Atlanta Police Department in June 2020.
It took the “Fallout” star several months to break his silence regarding Rayshard’s untimely death, which caused public outrage in the aftermath of other police brutality incidents such as the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. During an October 2020 interview, Niles said: ‘I remember watching the video and I couldn’t see who it is or anything… I was a little numb to it.’
Rayshard was shot by police officers in the parking lot of an Atlanta Wendy’s after falling asleep in his car in the restaurant’s drive-through lane. While talking with officers, Rayshard offered to walk home several times; when law enforcement attempted to arrest him, a physical confrontation ensued during which Rayshard struck an officer, grabbed his taser, and attempted to flee the scene.
One of the officers involved was fired and charged with eleven offenses, including felony murder, whereas the other was placed on administrative duty and charged with aggravated assault and two counts of violation of oath. The officers filed a federal lawsuit in June 2022, however, and all charges were dropped months later. Meanwhile, Rayshard’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, and was rewarded a $1 million settlement in November 2022.
Although Rayshard’s demise sparked a chain reaction of protests in which individuals set fire to the restaurant where the deathly confrontation took place, public sympathy waned when details of his prior arrests came to light. In August 2014, Rayshard had been sentenced to a year in prison on counts of felony cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Two years later, he was sentenced to a further 12 months for violating probation.
Back to Niles, his mother waited until the next day to tell him that the victim in the viral video was his cousin. ‘It was a tough time, but we got through it, you have to get through it. That is the only thing you can do,’ he said.
Niles became a child model at the age of four, working with Parisian and other brands for print commercials. He made his stage debut in 2012, as Young Simba’s replacement in the North American “The Lion King” tour. Two years later, he would play Emmanuel in the Off-Broadway show “Our Lady of Kibeho”.
After debuting on the small screen in 2011 with a guest-starring gig in “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”, Niles joined the cast of “Army Wives” as a recurring character in its seventh season. He also began doing feature films such as “St. Vincent” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”.
A number of guest-starring roles in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, and “Best Friends Whenever” paved the way for Niles’s role as Randall Pearson in “This Is Us”, which won him a joint ensemble Screen Actors Guild Award, and saw him and his teenage co-stars be promoted to regular characters from season two onwards.
In 2019, Niles landed minor roles in “Miss Virginia” and “If Not Now, When?”, but in the same year, it was revealed that he would be playing Prince Tuma in “Secret Society of Second-Born Royals”, which premiered on Disney+ in 2020 to positive reviews. The momentous role was certainly a career highlight for Niles, making history by being Disney’s first Black live-action prince.
Filming for “The Fallout” commenced in August 2020 and wrapped up a month later. Although Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler’s performances received most of the praise when the drama premiered in March 2021, Niles was also showered with compliments thanks to his portrayal of Quinton. The movie won a handful of accolades, including the Grand Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Brightcove Illumination Award.
Since then, Niles has guest-starred in an episode of “Mixed-ish”, and played Fulton Presley in “We Have a Ghost”. As far as we’re aware, he has no upcoming projects in the works.
Niles is 5ft 10ins (180cm) tall with a slim physique. The actor, who has over 150,000 Instagram followers and a legion of female fans, has yet to be romantically linked to anyone.
Some of his hobbies include fashion, working out at the gym, and travelling.
Fans of the thespian often compare him to a young Morris Chestnut, due to their resemblance.
One thing that Niles loves to do is give back to his nearest and dearest. In November 2019, he posted a photo of his mother at the Porsche dealership with the caption ‘Thanks for everything mom’, implying that he had bought her a new vehicle.
Niles’s net worth lies close to $750,000, thanks to his magazine photoshoots and acting career.