McKinley Freeman | Biography

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  • Full Name David Mckinley Freeman
  • Nickname Mckinley Freeman
  • Occupation Actor and Producer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Birth Date Jun 09, 1973
  • Age 50 Years, 11 Months
Derek Roman on VH1 Sports Drama Series 'Hit The Floor'

McKinley Freeman | Biography

Producer of 2016 Film 'Best Thanksgiving Ever'

In 2021, Freeman was part of at least five TV shows and podcast series. He portrayed Justin Cole in the HBO Max superhero series 'Titans.' Later, he starred in the TV series 'Queen Sugar' and 'Our Kind of People.' In addition, his podcast series 'Free To Fall' and the TV series 'Reasonable Doubts' are in the post-production stages. 

McKinley Freeman is a veteran American television actor mainly recognized for his portrayal of Derek Roman in the VH1 sports drama series, Hit The Floor.

Who is McKinley Freeman?

Freeman is a renowned actor, TV host, and producer. He holds numerous credits as a guest in TV talk shows like Hit The Floor AfterBuzz TV (2013), Access Daily (2014), The Playboy Morning Show (2016), Melody Trice Special Events (2019), Celebrity Page (2019), etc.

Freeman's fame started as a TV host of the 2004 TV movie Pop Rocks. It led to his several single-episode appearances in TV series like All My Children (2004), Over There (2005), Boston Legal (2006), Criminal Minds (2007), etc. Moreover, he landed his first film role as an airborne soldier in the 2007 war comedy Delta Force.

Subsequently, Freeman got his first prominent role in the NBC soap opera Days Of Our Lives. He played the recurring character of Evan Sayers in 13 episodes from 2008 to 2001. In addition, he appeared in above 40 episodes of the hit NBA-based TV series, Hit The Floor from 2013 to 2018. He played the role of Derek, and in an interview with jetmag, he told that he loved playing the character. he also added that the character's confidence and carefree lifestyle made him enjoy the role. 

It followed his appearances on General Hospital (2009 TV series), Waking Madison (2010 film), Daytime Divas (2017 TV series), Pump (2020 TV series), etc. Besides acting, Mckinley is credited as a producer in six TV shows and movies. He first worked as an associate producer in the 2016 movie Best Thanksgiving Ever followed by, Patriettes (2016 TV movie), Illicit (2017 movie), Pump (2020 TV series), Right Where You Need To Be (2020 short film), and Angie's Cure (currently in the post-production stage).

Recent and Upcoming TV Shows, Movies

In 2021, Freeman was part of at least five TV shows and podcast series. He portrayed Justin Cole in the HBO Max superhero series Titans. Later, he starred in the TV series Queen Sugar and Our Kind of People. In addition, his podcast series Free To Fall and the TV series Reasonable Doubts are in the post-production stages. 

Birthday and Early Age

Mckinley Freeman took birth as David Freeman on 9 June 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. In an interview with in 2014, he revealed that his stage name, Mckinley, is his middle name. He gushed,

My first name is David and McKinley is my middle name and I’ve been going by McKinley forever.

Freeman has disclosed very few details of his early bio. Nevertheless, he received his Bachelor's and Master's level education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He studied Finance for his Bachelor's degree and later studied Marketing in Master's. At 48 years of age, Freeman is a strategic advisor at a router developing company Mesh++ in California. He joined the company in May 2017.


Freeman began dating professional dancer and movement coach, Sarah Alice Burns in 2016. A year later, i.e., in May 2017, he proposed to her, and the two became engaged. Sarah also took the news of her engagement to her Facebook on 17 May 2017. She posted a picture of them kissing and wrote,

Last night he surprised me in more ways than words can explain. I'm still in love shock @mckinleyfreeman.

McKinley Freeman With Wife Fiancé Sarah Alice Burns
McKinley Freeman With Wife Fiancé Sarah Alice Burns. Photo: (Facebook)

After the engagement news, the couple has not appeared much in public or social media. Thus, it is unclear whether Freeman and Sarah Alice actually married.

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