The This Is Us episode “Our Little Island Girl” is all about Randall’s wife Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson). With her cousin Zoe (Melanie Liburd) in tow, Beth returns home to take care of her mother Carol (guest star Phylicia Rashad). The visit sparks an unexpected realization for Beth which is related to her taking ballet classes as a little girl. Beth’s flashbacks feature her father, Abe, and her ballet teacher Vincent (Goran Visnjic).
Beth’s father Abe is portrayed by actor Carl Lumbly. He’s known for his roles on Supergirl (M’yrnn J’onzz), NCIS: Los Angeles (Charles Langston), Alias (Marcus Dixon, SEE LINK ABOVE), M.A.N.T.I.S. (Dr. Miles Hawkins), Going to Extremes (Dr. Norris), L.A. Law (Earl Williams), and Cagney & Lacey (Mark Petrie), among others. Fun fact: Lumbly made his debut on the big screen in the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz as an inmate (with his close friend Danny Glover). This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 pm on NBC. [BONUS: Stream any NBC show watch LIVE on any device with NBC UNIVERSAL app available here. Download is FREE.]
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