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Why Crockett From Chicago Med Looks So Familiar

Dr. Crockett Marcel is nothing if not a rebel. Gaffney Chicago Medical Center's Chief Surgical Resident tends to buck the status quo, insisting he can perform surgeries that he's technically unqualified for, and occasionally working on patients whom he hasn't been cleared to treat. Crockett's the kind of man who performed an unauthorized operation on a patient with terminal cancer — surgery that proves to be successful and results in him being applauded instead of fired. That combination of luck, skill, and bravado has made Crockett a fixture on "Chicago Med" since Season 5.

The actor who plays Crockett has been a journeyman actor for years. He's made horror films, appeared in soap operas, and even popped up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His incredibly varied resume has made him a familiar and beloved face to fans of both television and movies. Here's why Dr. Crockett Marcel looks so familiar.

Dominic Rains scrubbed into General Hospital before joining Chicago Med

Dominic Rains first grabbed national attention thanks to his appearance on the drama series "LAX," which aired on NBC for a single season in 2004. Rains recurred on the show as Cyrus for five episodes before the program was canceled in 2005 (per UPI). Interestingly enough, Rains' brother, Ethan (per IMDb), also had a recurring role on "LAX" — per an interview with Dominic Rains published on SheKnows Soaps in 2007, the brothers auditioned together and producers were so impressed with their performances that they added a second character to accommodate them. Rains had minor roles on shows such as "24," "NCIS," and TV movies "Final Approach" and "Flight 93" before landing a juicy role on a popular nighttime drama.

Rains was Dr. Leo Julian on both "General Hospital: Night Shift" — ABC's nighttime spinoff of its long-running soap "General Hospital," which ran for a year on SOAPNet — and "General Hospital" itself. The gig lasted for two years and spanned a total of 49 episodes. Leo was a handsome cardiologist working at GH who butted heads with his brother,  Kyle Julian (Adam Grimes). When Leo fell for Kyle's best friend, Claire Simpson (Carrie Southworth), tensions only grew higher, but the brotherly conflict was never resolved before the cancellation of "Night Shift." The character was transferred to "General Hospital," but didn't make much of an impact before fading into onscreen nonexistence.

The actor told SheKnows Soaps that, ironically enough, he had been studying to become a doctor when his brother called him and informed him about local auditions for a film, which he won. When asked if he's happy that he chose to become an actor instead of a physician, Rains replied, "Without a doubt. I'm very, very happy I went this route."

He encountered a vampire in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Rains appeared on five episodes of ABC's drama "Flashforward" in 2009 and 2010 before showing up in independent films such as "Outbreak" and "Nature's Chaos." The actor had a guest-starring role in Season 6 of the USA Network action dramedy "Burn Notice" in 2012, playing Sharif Damour in the episode "Last Rites." He also appeared in VH1's "Single Ladies" and FX's "Anger Management."

The actor's next major role would make him a horror darling. Ana Lily Amirpour's Persian-language vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" started life as a short film in 2011. Rains appeared in this short, and in Amirpour's extended version of the material he is the villain of the piece, Saeed, aka "The Pimp." Amirpour's movie is shot in black-and-white and focuses on The Girl (Sheila Vand) a skateboard-riding young woman living alone and by night in a small town. She's hiding a very deadly secret from her Iranian neighborhood but finds herself falling for Arash (Arash Marandi), who has dreams of leaving his job behind and starting anew. The critically-acclaimed film (it holds a 96% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes) was released in 2014.

Rains acquired two two MCU credits on his way to Chicago Med

In the years leading up to his "Chicago Med" role, Rains appeared in numerous independent features: the family fantasy film "A-X-L" in 2018, 2019's "Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf," the 2019 romance "Draupadi Unleashed," and the Amazon Prime original "Takes From the Loop," where he logged three appearances as Lucas.

Rains has put in two appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He starred in 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as a CIA training instructor. He then appeared on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for an eight-episode arc as Kasius, leader of the Kree Watch. 

Kasius rules over earth in the wake of a nuclear disaster from The Lighthouse, a bunker created in the event of full-on fallout. The blast devastates Earth and leaves the Kree in power with humans subjugated in slavery beneath them. But Kasius is bored with being all-powerful, and decides to eliminate the world's last living humans so that he may be free to do as he wishes, with a pile of money saved. 

Quake/Daisy Johnson/Skye (Chloe Bennet) then falls into his clutches, and his plan to resell her to the highest bidder makes him a target for S.H.I.E.L.D. The rescue causes a rebellion, and during the chaos, Kasius accidentally kills his own brother, Faulnak (Samuel Roukin). With nothing left to lose, Kaius swallows Odium — a substance which causes Kree superhuman strength for a short period of time before killing them — and plans on killing Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) in a final battle. But Kasius eventually dies at Mack's hands instead. 

It's a long way from Kree to an Illinois emergency room, but it's a credit to Rains that he makes both characters' journeys believable.