Over the course of his career, Tony-nominated actor Daniel Sunjata impressed audiences on Broadway in the controversial play "Take Me Out," about a gay baseball player, and on television as sexually c...
Evanston, Illinois, USA
|Smash||2012 2010 - 2012||Actor||Peter||20127|
|Patricia Cornwell's At Risk||2009 2008 - 2009||Actor||Detective Winston Garano||20097|
|Patricia Cornwell's The Front||2009 2008 - 2009||Actor||Detective Winston Garano||20097|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2013 1998 - 2013||Actor||Forensics Technician||20137|
|Grey's Anatomy||2013 2003 - 2013||Actor||Eli||20137|
|Love Monkey||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Diego Stein||20057|
|Lie to Me||2010 2007 - 2010||Actor||Andrew Jenkins||20107|
|30 Rock||2012 2005 - 2012||Actor||Chris||20127|
|One for the Money||2012||Actor||Ranger||20127|
|D.C.||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Lewis Freeman||19997|
|Sex and the City||2003 1997 - 2003||Actor||Louis||20037|
|Brother to Brother||2004||Actor||Langston Hughes||20047|
|Ed||2003 1999 - 2003||Actor||Danny Martin||20037|
|The Devil Wears Prada||2006||Actor||James Holt||20067|
|The Bronx Is Burning||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Reggie Jackson||20067|
|Ghosts of Girlfriends Past||2009||Actor||Brad||20097|
|William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Ensemble||19977|
|Bad Company||2002||Actor||Agent Carew||20027|
|William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Valentine||19977|
|The Dark Knight Rises||2012||Actor||Captain Jones||20127|
|The Feast of All Saints||Actor||Christophe Mercier||7|
|Melinda and Melinda||2005||Actor||Billy||20057|
|The 2007 ESPY Awards||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Presenter||20067|
|Fashion Rocks||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Presenter||20047|
|Starred in "Bad Company" opposite Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock|
|Played the role of a sailor on shore leave on the first post-9/11 themed episode of "Sex and The City" (HBO)|
|Earned a Tony nomination for his role as a gay Major League Baseball player in Richard Greenberg's Broadway play "Take Me Out"|
|Played a Gotham police department operative in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"|
|Co-starred in the Woody Allen film "Melinda and Melinda," playing Radha Mitchell's boyfriend 'Billy' in the film's comedic take|
|Landed a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"|
|Raised in Chicago|
|Acted in the feature adaptation of "One for the Money," based on Janet Evanovich's novel and starring Katherine Heigl as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum|
|Played firefighter Franco Rivera on FX's critically acclaimed drama "Rescue Me"|
|Cast as Yankee superstar Reggie Jackson in the ESPN miniseries "The Bronx Is Burning"|
|Co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in the drama thriller "Gone"|
|Cast in the short-lived political drama "D.C." (The WB)|
|Parlayed a guest spot into a recurring role as CSU technician Burt Trevor on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)|
|Portrayed 'Langston Hughes' in the Rodney Evans film "Brother to Brother"|
|Guest starred on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"|
|Played James Holt, a fictitious fashion designer in "The Devil Wears Prada" opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway|
Born in Evanston, IL on Dec. 30, 1971 to a biracial family, Sunjata was adopted by a white couple - who gave him the middle name Sunjata, after the African king who created the empire of Mali - and raised on the south side of Chicago. He took to sports while in high school, playing on two state championship teams before graduation. His undergraduate studies took him to Florida A&M, and after a brief flirtation with business administration, he focused on acting and earned his Master's degree in Fine Arts from the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.
Sunjata began making the rounds on stage in the late 1990s - most notably in a 1998 production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" directed by Nicholas Hynter and starring Helen Hunt, Kyra Sedgwick, and Paul Rudd, which was performed at Lincoln Center and broadcast on PBS that same year. He followed this with a supporting role in the Showtime miniseries adaptation of Anne Rice's Southern racial drama, "Feast of All Saints" (2001), and a small but memorable role as a Louisiana sailor who gains - and then loses - Sarah Jessica Parker's affections during Fleet Week in the fifth season opener of "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004). Sunjata also enjoyed small recurring roles on "All My Children" (ABC, 1970- ) in 2001, and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (1998- ) from 2000 through 2004.
In 2003, he earned a Tony nomination as well a World Theatre Award and Drama Desk nomination as a major league baseball player who incurs the confusion and rancor of his teammates by declaring himself openly gay in the Broadway play "Take Me Out." Sunjata's commanding performance attracted the attention of film and television - as well as People magazine, who named him one of its "50 Most Beautiful People of the year." By the following year, Sunjata was in high demand; not only was he co-starring on "Rescue Me" as the female-crazy (and trouble-plagued) Franco Rivera, but he also landed the attention-garnering role of poet Langston Hughes in "Brother to Brother" and a small part in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda." Sunjata was also doubling his TV duties as a competitive music executive who clashes with Tom Cavanaugh (with whom he had appeared in an episode of "Ed" (NBC, 2000-04) on the short-lived "Love Monkey" (CBS, 2006).
Sunjata returned to the big screen in 2006 for the film version of "The Devil Wears Prada" as up-and-coming fashion designer James Holt, a minor character that did not appear in the original novel. The following year, he displayed both his physical prowess and acting skills as baseball superstar Reggie Jackson, whose supreme self-confidence places him at odds with his teammates on the 1977 Yankees and between hotheaded manager Billy Martin (John Turturro) and forceful team owner George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt).
In his public life, Sunjata has openly embraced the 9/11 Truth Movement, which questioned the events leading up to and during the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001. He was witnessed at several publicity events wearing t-shirts bearing 9/11 related slogans.
|University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|New York University|
|Mount Carmel High School|
|Florida A&M University|
|Sunjata was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003.|
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