"There is a darkness in this world, I won't deny that. We, both of us, have been touched by it."
Doctor Matthew Freeman is an African-American physician who was Morehouse's valet during the Civil War -- where he first encountered Corcoran. When called upon, Freeman now assists Corcoran in murder investigations though receives no credit for his contribution. Freeman practices modern scientific methods of deduction, but precinct superiors believe this to be Corcoran's work and he doesn't tell them otherwise. Freeman is devoted to his wife Sara whose two brothers were lynched during the Draft Riots. Anxious to allay her fear of white men, he moves them to the African-American community of Carmansville in order to assure her peace of mind.
About Ato Essandoh
Ato Essandoh was born in Schenectady, New York to Ghanian parents. One day, while attending Cornell University as a chemical engineer, he was dared by a friend to take part in a stage production called "Paper Moon." As a result of this wonderful experience, Essandoh made his way to New York City to study at the Acting Studio under the tutelage of James Price. From there he found himself in many Off-Broadway productions including "Tallboy Walking" by New York playwright Joshua James. Essandoh has even penned his own plays, one of which, "Black Thang," was produced at the Manhattan Theatre Source and subsequently published in the popular play anthology "Plays and Playwrights 2003." Essandoh enjoys a career on both the big and small screen with memorable guest starring roles in "Blue Bloods," "Damages," "White Collar," "Royal Pains," "Treme," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "Law & Order Conviction," "Lines of Fire" and "Commander in Chief." Movie roles include "The Discoverers," "Get Him to the Greek," "Camp Hope," "Nights In Rodanthe," "Blood Diamond," "Garden State," "Prime," "Hitch" and "Saving Face." Essandoh lived for years in his beloved city, New York, and now resides in Los Angeles. He will appear in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx.