Karon Joseph Riley

Karon Joseph Riley is a passionate and determined being at heart.  Originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, Karon spent five seasons on an NFL roster with the Bears and Atlanta Falcons, as a defensive end and linebacker.  He is the all-time sack leader at the University of Minnesota and left the University as an All-American and the Big Ten defensive player of the year.  Karon’s background and knowledge in sports is a given, but his talent and boisterous voice doesn’t stop on the field. Karon honed his skills in front of the camera by co-hosting a handful of local sports shows.  Upon retiring from the NFL, Karon followed his true passion to act and started training in the craft.  Soon after, he nabbed his first role in Russ Parr’s romantic comedy, 35 and Ticking, where he shared the screen with Nicole Ari Parker, Kevin Hart, and Meagan Good.  As a testament to his talent and tenacity, Karon went on to give a powerful performance in the independent film Soul Ties, followed up by UP’s movie, A Cross To Bear, where he showed his acting chops alongside the amazing talents of Kim Fields, Malinda Williams and Jackie Long. In just a short period of time, Karon has done a string of independent films, theater and television projects, which include Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, Single Ladies, For Better or Worse and Necessary Roughness.  He then garnered a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor.  In 2013, Karon won a dream role, portraying his childhood hero, Muhammad Ali, in the independent feature The Last Punch, alongside Keith David and David Banner.  Continuing on to build his resume, Karon starred in A Christmas Blessing, for TVOne and plays a romantic lead in Marry Me for Christmas, for UP. When Karon is not working on becoming one of the acting world’s elite, the avid cyclist spends his time with his beautiful wife, accomplished actress Terri J. Vaughn, and raising their two sons.

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