‘The Umbrella Academy 2’: Here’s Why Yusuf Gatewood, the Actor Who Plays Raymond Chestnut Looks So Familiar

The second season of The Umbrella Academy is reuniting the Hargreeves once again, but this time around, the superhero siblings are stuck in the 1960s. Allison Hargreeves (Emmy Raver-Lampman), who can rumor anyone into doing anything, joins the fight for civil rights and marries an activist named Raymond Chestnut.

If the actor who plays Raymond looks familiar to viewers, it’s probably because he’s been in a number of popular projects. Here’s everything we know about Yusuf Gatewood, the talented new addition to Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy Season 2. 

Yusuf Gatewood and Emmy Raver-Lampman in The Umbrella Academy Season 2
Yusuf Gatewood and Emmy Raver-Lampman in The Umbrella Academy Season 2 | Netflix

Who is Yusuf Gatewood and what else has he been in?

Gatewood is a 37-year-old American actor who grew up in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He isn’t very active on social media, and he rarely does interviews, so it’s not clear how or why he started his career in Hollywood. But we do know that he landed his first on-screen role at the age of 17, when he played Howard in the 2000 film, Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas and Toby McGuire. 

Gatewood then went on to star on episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: MIami, and Lincoln Heights. He also had a small role in the 2005 Nicole Kidman film, The Interpreter. And he was also featured in the 2016 comedy, Barbershop: The Next Cut

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But Gatewood is most recognized for his recurring role on the CW’s vampire drama, The Originals. On the show, which ran from 2014 to 2018, he played the dual roles of Vincent Griffith and Finn Mikaelson. His character has also been mentioned in the spin-off series, Legacies, but has yet to be seen on screen. 

After The Originals, Gatewood starred in the 2019 Amazon miniseries, Good Omens, in which he portrays Famine, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.  

Gatewood plays Allison’s husband, Raymond on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2

In Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, Gatewood takes on the role of Raymond Chestnut, a civil rights activist in 1960’s Dallas, Texas. After Vanya (Ellen Page) brings on the apocalypse at the end of Season 1, Five (Aiden Gallagher) tries to save his siblings by bringing them to another timeline. However, because he’s unable to precisely control the time-jump, each Hargreeve sibling lands in Dallas at different times between 1960 and 1963. 

When Allison lands in Dallas, she becomes a dedicated civil rights activist. Not knowing her other siblings are nearby, she falls in love with Raymond. They get married, and Allison finds a full and meaningful life for herself in the new timeline.

‘The Umbrella Academy’ star is getting lots of love from fans

After seeing Gatewood’s amazing performance on Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, viewers shared their love for the actor on his social media pages. So, in a recent Instagram story, he reached out to his fans and thanked them for their support. 

“So, last week a certain show premiered on Netflix, and my notifications have been buzzing ever since,” Gatewood said. “I just can’t tell you how appreciative I am of all the super kind comments from all of the fandoms coming together.”

Yusuf Gatewood in The Umbrella Academy Season 2
Yusuf Gatewood in The Umbrella Academy Season 2 | Netflix

Gatewood noted that he doesn’t like to post on social media often. But after seeing all the outpouring of love, he just wanted to take time and show his gratitude. 

“Just because I don’t respond to everything, and I’m not active on social media does not mean that I don’t see it,” he added. “You guys make my day — I appreciate the hell out of it. That is the reason a lot of us do what we do. If we did not have an audience, we would not have a show. So we are very appreciative of you. I am very appreciative of you.”

 The Umbrella Academy is currently streaming on Netflix.