Lester Grimes is a fictional character portrayed by Ato Essandoh. Ato Essandoh is an American television and film actor who was born on July 29, 1972 who had been active in acting field since 2001. Lester Grimes is a character from the TV series Vinyl.
Vinyl is an American period and crime drama television series created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter. There were different stars in the series starring as different fictional characters and one of them was Lester Grimes which was portrayed by Essandoh. The series premiered on HBO on February 14, 2016. On February 18, 2016, HBO renewed Vinyl for the second season.
Teleplay of Vinyl is done by Winter and George Mastras. Story by Cohen, Scorsese and Winter and the pilot episode is directed by Scorsese. The first season consists of ten episodes. And Scorsese has confirmed plans to direct more episodes of the series.
The character of Lester Grimes possesses a powerful singing voice, with different songs sung by him and virtuoso guitar skills.
On the show Vinyl, Lester Grimes appears to be a fictional blues singer who was wronged by the music industry before the main arc of Vinyl begins. Grimes is introduced in flashbacks in the pilot as a rare talent right off the bat. Grimes is a tragic figure who literally losers the voice that made him special. There is a heart-taking scene in one of the episodes in season 1 in which Grimes imagine of his life that what it would be if he was a star, but up until this point the imagination have been stripped away.
Essandoh says that in the audition for the role of Grimes, he could not have any chance of getting selected. But he was happy to portray the role and give his best to be in character using his better acting skills. In an interview with Bustle Essandoh regarding the character of Grimes Essandoh said, "To play someone who is at the top of his game and then loses everything in [the pilot], that's pretty awesome and it's an honor to play and be trusted with that kind of thing".
The moment in the first episode when Grimes enters steps into the window there is a sudden glimmer of recognition between himself and Finestra, that time the two men are allowed to leave unharmed.
The character of Grimes seems to be interesting, but we would know it obviously after watching the series Vinyl.
The creators of grimes might have created the character because they might have met such kind of person in their real life or they are portraying the character on the real story based on their life. Different speculation could be made on the character of Grimes but reality is known only by the creators.