Born and raised in Chicago, Barton Fitzpatrick knew he wanted to be an actor from an incredibly early age. After attending Beasley and Kenwood High School, he competed in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Since then, the actor has built an impressive resume. He has enjoyed guest roles in “Chicago Med,” “The Chi,” “Empire,” and “Chicago PD.” His film “White People Money,” currently on Hulu, is one of the most-streamed movies on the platform. He also stars in the thriller, “Wayward,” released on Valentine’s Day 2022. In addition, Barton Fitzpatrick also starred in the hit audio drama, “Bronzeville” with his cousin, Larenz Tate.
His latest role is in the hit series, “Power Book IV: Force” where he plays Blaxton, a lieutenant in a rival Chicago gang. As a Chicagoan acting in a Chicago-based show, he says, the Chicago actors on the show bring a level of authenticity that adds to the hit series. His role in Power was written specifically for him. Barton Fitzpatrick spoke to the Chicago Defender about his role in “Power Book IV: Force,” the role music plays in his life, and what it’s like to act on-screen with his real-life best friend Kris D. Lofton who plays Jenard, who is also his best friend on screen.
An artist with multiple talents, Barton Fitzpatrick was able to highlight his musical abilities in “Empire” and continues to release new music with his new holiday song featured in the film “A Holiday Chance.” Barton identifies his sound as “blues” and greatly admires Smokie Robinson and Stevie Wonder. Barton also recently got into producing and his first produced film “Everything Is Both” premiered last year.
Power Book IV: Force is currently available to stream on Starz.