Missick was scouted by casting agents while looking for a 'Coca Cola' commercial. He made his acting debut in 1990, when he appeared as a young fisherman in the 'NBC' police-procedural drama 'In the Heat of the Night.'
In 1996, he joined the Richmond-based theater company 'Jazz Actors' and further polished his acting skills under the tutelage of the founder, Ernie McClintock. Since McClintock's style was heavily influenced by jazz music, Missick's acting style, too, underwent a major shift.
He then joined the educational company 'NITE Star' that works to spread AIDS awareness among teens. While working with 'NITE Star,' Missick got acquainted with fellow worker and actor Kerry Washington.
Around the time, Messick gained prominence in the advertisement industry. He appeared in numerous commercials, averaging around seven a year.
In 1998, he made his film debut with 'Two Way Crossing' playing 'Leon.' In 2000, he appeared as 'Jeff Sellers' in the short '3D.' He also appeared in an uncredited role in the action thriller 'Shaft.'
From 2000 to 2004, he made single-episode appearances in projects such as 'Now and Again' (as 'Marlin’), 'Philly,' 'NYPD Blue' (as 'Gerald Winters’), 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (and its spin-off), 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' and 'CSI: NY' (as 'Jayden Prince’).
In 2002, Missick made his professional acting debut playing 'Tony,' a limo driver and the right-hand man of the character played by Hugh Grant, in the romantic comedy 'Two Weeks Notice.' Even though it was a comparatively insignificant role, the audience noticed him, which led him to bag some of his subsequent projects.
He auditioned for the 2002 biopic 'Antwone Fisher,' but the role finally went to Derek Luke. Nevertheless, he caught the attention of the biopic's director, Denzel Washington, who helped him bag the role of 'Owens' in the 2004 neo-noir movie 'The Manchurian Candidate.'
In 2003, he was cast as 'James Brown' in a volume of the four-part urban fiction series 'The Kenyatta,' titled 'Crime Partners.' The following year, he appeared as 'Charlie' in the short 'Chameleon.'
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In 2005, Missick delivered his first stage performance in an off-‘Broadway’ version of Charles Fuller's play 'A Soldier's Story,' staged at the 'Second Stage Theatre,' New York.
He played 'Jason Council' in the 2006 crime-drama mystery movie 'Freedomland,' adapted from Richard Price's 1998 novel about covert racism. He appeared as 'Elvis' in the crime thriller 'Lucky Number Slevin,' which released as 'The Wrong Man' in Australia.
Missick's first performance in a lead role was as 'Cool' in the 2006 romantic comedy 'Premium.' For a year, he played 'Damian Henry,' a gambler trying hard to lead an honest life, in 13 episodes of the 'ABC' drama 'Six Degrees.'
He lent his voice to the video-game character 'Victor Vance' in 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.' Missick was also cast as 'Mitch' in the 2007 comedy–drama film 'Mama's Boy.'
He was seen in single-episode appearances in projects such as 'Numb3rs' (as 'Derek Raines,’ 2008), 'Raising the Bar' (as 'Sylvester “Slice” Walters,’ 2008), 'Bones' (as 'Owen Thiel,’ 2009), and 'Sons of Anarchy' (as 'Pony Joe,' 2010). He also appeared as 'Marty Voyt,' a secret police detective, in 10 episodes of the 'NBC' drama 'The Cape.'
From 2012 to 2013, he played 'Sellars' in eight episodes of the drama 'Lenox Avenue.' The same year, he started playing detective 'Ruben Robinson' in the fourth season of the 'NBC'/ 'TNT’ crime drama 'Southland.'
From 2012 to 2015, he was seen playing 'Tommy Bowen' in seven episodes of the American–Canadian supernatural drama 'Haven.'
In 2013, he appeared as 'Steve' in the short 'Things Never Said' and played the lead role of 'John' in 'Big Words.'
In 2014, he played 'Detective Cedric Rawlins' in the first season (six episodes) of the 'BET' drama 'Being Mary Jane' and 'Blake' in 10 episodes of the 'Fox' comedy–drama 'Rake.' The latter was adapted from the Australian series of the same name.
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On June 5 that year, Missick joined the cast of the 2014 supernatural horror film 'Deliver Us from Evil.' Based on the 2001 non-fiction book titled 'Beware the Night,' co-written by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool, the movie featured him as a cop named 'Gordon.’
He appeared as 'Lester' in the 2014 short 'One Roll' and 'Leonard' in the comedy short 'Black Card.'
In 2015, he was seen playing 'Brett Tatro' in 21 episodes of the 'CBS' legal and political drama 'The Good Wife.' The following year, he was seen in the 'CBS' procedural drama 'Elementary.’ He played 'Agent Whitlock' in nine episodes and 'Glibride' in five episodes of the series.
He appeared as the lead character 'Gemini Moon,' a famous boxer, in eight episodes of the 'BET' sitcom 'Zoe Ever After.'
He was also seen playing the recurring character (six episodes) of 'Patrick Fischer' in the 'TNT' drama 'Animal Kingdom.' He played 'David' in the 2018 movie 'Jinn,' written and directed by Nijla Mumin.
In 2018, Missick was seen in the recurring role (three episodes) of the 'Marvel Comics' supervillain ‘Dontrell "Cockroach" Hamilton’ in the second season of the 'Netflix' and 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' drama 'Luke Cage.' His character was shown locked up by the character ‘Misty Knight,’ played by his real-life wife, Simone Missick.
In July 2018, he joined the main cast of the 'CBS All Access' psychological thriller 'Tell Me a Story,' as 'Sam Reynolds,’ an ‘NYPD’ detective and a secret ringleader of criminals.
He currently appears as 'Jamal Bishop' in the 'ABC' legal drama 'For Life.'