Who does This Is Us star Chris Sullivan play in Stranger Things?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 14: Chris Sullivan attends NBC's "This Is Us" Season 6 red carpet at Paramount Pictures Studios on December 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Doheny/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 14: Chris Sullivan attends NBC's "This Is Us" Season 6 red carpet at Paramount Pictures Studios on December 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Doheny/WireImage) /
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This is Us fans are more than familiar with actor Chris Sullivan. He plays Toby Damon, Kate Pearson’s husband for most of the time during the show’s six seasons before they get a divorce. Though he doesn’t have as much of a prominent role in Stranger Things, fans will recognize him.

The actor appeared in an episode here and and an episode there on different shows. But it’s This is Us that brought him into the spotlight. And right before he starred in the NBC series, he appeared in an episode of our favorite Netflix show.

So who is Chris Sullivan on Stranger Things?

Who does This Is Us star Chris Sullivan play in Stranger Things?

Chris Sullivan plays Benny Hammond on Stranger Things. Now that name might not ring a bell right away because we have to go all the way back to the show’s first season. And not just that. The first episode!

In “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers,” Eleven escapes Hawkins Lab and finds herself at Benny’s diner, Benny’s Burgers. While he isn’t looking, El sneaks in through the back door and goes into the kitchen. Desperately hungry she devours the fries she finds and Benny spots her. As she tries to run away with the food he catches her. But he only shows her kindness.

Benny gives her a big shirt to wear, feeds her, and tries speaking with her to understand what her situation is. But the shy and mostly nonverbal El doesn’t give him much information except her name. And he manages to get a smile from her.

Thinking he’s helping, he calls social services. Unfortunately this is a big mistake as this brings Agent Connie Frazier, who works with Doctor Brenner at Hawkins Lab, to his door. She shoots him and El runs away. The government tried to stage his death as a suicide, but Hopper later pieces everything together. A very sad end to a very kind man.

Stranger Things season 4 volume 1 drops on Netflix May 27.

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