Though Gavin Leatherwood was already in his early twenties when he landed his first screen acting role, per IMDb, he has so far made a career playing teenagers and college students. He played “Dezic’s son” in a Season 14 episode of “NCIS” called “Pandora’s Box, Part 1,” its crossover episode with “NCIS: New Orleans” that aired in February 2017. Though Leatherwood, born June 7, 1994, in Maui, was age 23 when the episode aired, his character was the 16-year-old son of a Bosnian politician, per Entertainment Weekly.
Leatherwood also appeared in a 2018 episode of “Grown-ish,” the “Black-ish” spinoff starring Yara Shahidi, as fellow college student Pete in Season 1 Episode 7, “Un-Break My Heart.” He also played small roles in a television movie called “Beverly Grove” and appeared in two episodes of the AwesomenessTV show “My Dead Ex,” which is now available on Netflix.
But Leatherwood actually started acting at a much younger age, admitting in a Bumble profile that his mom managed a theater company when he was a child. “I’ve been acting since I was four [when I first] was a kid in The Lollipop Guild from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and that was my start,” he told VMAN, calling acting his first love. “I’d caught the bug early and realized it was something I could do forever and I’m just lucky enough to be doing it.”