‘FBI’: Where You’ve Seen Stuart Scola Actor John Boyd Before

by Jacklyn Krol
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Why does FBI star John Boyd look so familiar?

Boyd stars in the crime procedural as Agent Stuart Scola, but what did he work on before the CBS series?

In 2005, he landed his first featured role as Jack in The Notorious Bettie Page. From there, he jumped back and forth between television and film.

Long before FBI in 2010, he starred in 24 as Arlo Glass. Then in 2014, he played James Aubrey on Bones for three years.

Ironically, Bones marked his first time portraying an FBI agent but not the first law enforcement official.

“I guess my only real training ground was doing Arlo on Season 8 of 24,” he told Assignment X at the time. “I was a CTU tech, which was definitely different, but sort of a young spirit in that way, but I hadn’t done FBI.”

Over the years, he has appeared on numerous television shows that already existed. He enjoys the challenge of joining an already established cast.

“It was fun because I got to make those discoveries,” he shared. “Like seeing a disgusting dead body for the first time and having it make me half-sick and those sorts of things that maybe we take for granted after we’ve seen them a million times. It was fun to be new and play the new guy. They fed off of each other really well.”

As for movies, you may recognize him as Lamont in 2012’s Argo or Marvin in 2018’s Peppermint.

Before ‘FBI’ There Was ‘Law & Order’

The FBI star previously guest-starred on two episodes of the Dick Wolf franchise. During his 2005 episode, he played the role of Zach Burns in the episode “Locomotion.”

The episode follows a man named Davey who is on trial for his part in a failed suicide attempt and mass murder. He drove in front of a train that killed twelve passengers on board and injured 250 people. However, he later tells investigators that he was a victim on the train before police discovered that his story was a sham.

He then guest-starred on the show in the 2006 episode “Profiteer” as Kenny Ellis. The FBI star portrayed a man who killed an upper-class body armor executive while he was attending his daughter’s lavish $2 million sweet sixteen birthday party.

The Law & Order team uncovered that it was revenge for a deadly accident in Iraq where a soldier’s vest failed and was killed. It was the executive’s brand and essentially fault that it wasn’t effective. Although he did make a grave mistake with his company, a second murder does not justify his actions. The fellow soldier stood trial for his actions and owned up to them.