Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor, Model, Screenwriter
A tall, well-built and striking performer of African descent, London-born, Nigerian-raised Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was a physically imposing presence with a booming voice, cool exterior and impossible-to-ignore ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1967 in Islington, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (32)

Odyssey 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Trumbo 2015 (Movie)

Virgil Brooks (Actor)

Annie 2014 (Movie)

Nash (Actor)

Pompeii 2014 (Movie)

Atticus (Actor)

Bullet To The Head 2013 (Movie)

Robert Nkomo Morel (Actor)

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete 2013 (Movie)

Pike (Actor)

Thor: The Dark World 2013 (Movie)

Algrim/Kurse (Actor)

Best Laid Plans 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hunted 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Killer Elite 2011 (Movie)

Agent (Actor)

The Thing 2011 (Movie)

Jameson (Actor)

Faster 2010 (Movie)

Evangelist (Actor)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009 (Movie)

Heavy Duty (Actor)

Monk 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Preaching to the Choir 2006 (Movie)

Bull Sharky (Actor)

The Mistress of Spices 2006 (Movie)

Kwesi (Actor)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

Majestic (Actor)

Nine Lives 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bourne Identity 2002 (Movie)

Nykwana Wombosi (Actor)

Linc's 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1997 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mummy Returns 2001 (Movie)

Lock-Nah (Actor)

Kat and Allison 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Legionnaire 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 (Movie)

Hitu (Actor)

Deadly Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Game of Thrones (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall, well-built and striking performer of African descent, London-born, Nigerian-raised Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was a physically imposing presence with a booming voice, cool exterior and impossible-to-ignore onscreen charisma. Working his way through higher education as a model, Akinnuoye-Agbaje headed for the States after earning his Master's degree in law and was quickly scooped up for the 1992 hit music videos "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" by EnVogue and "Love No Limit" by Mary J Blige. Just bubbling under the surface, Akinnuoye-Agbaje did more modeling work and began to win acting roles, beginning with the 1995 releases "Congo" and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls". His unique look, compelling accent and penetrating stare would separate him from fellow performers, and he landed significant roles in the HBO thriller "Deadly Voyage" in 1996 as well ABC's updated take on "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" in 1997. A guest role in a memorable if little-seen episode of the ABC mystery series "Cracker" featured Akinnuoye-Agbaje as a young priest who is the suspect in a series of grisly murders and to his own horror has no recollection of the events at the time of the killings.

EDUCATION

King's College London

(LLM)

Milestones

2011

Cast opposite Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, and Jason Statham in the action feature "Killer Elite"

2011

Cast in the sci-fi mystery feature "The Thing"

2010

Landed a bit part opposite Dwayne Johnson in "Faster"

2009

Cast as Heavy Duty in the big-screen version of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"

2005

Joined the second season of the ABC drama "Lost" as Mr. Eko, a mysterious man dwelling on the island

2005

Co-starred in the semi-autobiographical drama about rap artist 50 Cent "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'" directed by Jim Sheridan

2002

Had a supporting role in the action thriller "The Bourne Identity"

2001

Played a villain in the sequel "The Mummy Returns"

2000

Featured in "Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble" on Showtime

1999

Acted in the gangster-themed "Legionnaire"

1998

Had a recurring role as a Nigerian cab driver on the Showtime comedy series "Linc's"

1997

Played villainous inmate Simon Adebisi on the HBO prison-set drama "Oz"

1997

Guest starred on an episode of "Cracker" (ABC) playing a priest who doesn't remember murders he may have committed

1997

Played Cabe Attucks in the updated ABC miniseries production of "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

1996

Appeared in HBO adventure thriller "Deadly Voyage"

1995

Had early feature credits in the films "Congo" and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"

1994

Made TV debut on an episode of Showtime's "Red Shoe Diaries"

1992

Featured in the music videos "Love No Limit" by Mary J Blige and "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" by En Vogue

1992

Moved to America to pursue a modeling career

Returned to London at age 15

At six weeks old, moved from London to his parents' native Nigeria, where he was raised by a foster family while his parents established careers

Bonus Trivia

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The name Adewale meant "the crown has arrived."

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"I think, essentially, they're the same. But it's just that, in society, you learn to curb your natural instincts when they go too far. In terms of the drive, the determination, the conviction, it's the same. It's just that I don't go killing people, I don't rape people. You curb yourself outside." – Akinnuoye-Agbaje on his brutal "Oz" character Adebisi, from a 1999 interview on the "Oz" homepage at HBO.com.

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"Being a black man in Europe and then an Afro-European in Africa, you have your foot in both places but don't really belong in any of them and you're trying to find your voice. In Europe, we were very familiar with the black American experience, but [in America] they're not that familiar with the Afro-European generation that existed." – Akinnuoye-Agbaje to the Daily News, April 15, 2001

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Akinnuoye-Agbaje was arrested in Honolulu, HI on Sept. 2, 2006 for disobeying a police officer and operating a motor vehicle without a license. He was released after six hours on $500 bail. On Sept. 26, 2006, he was cleared of all charges after providing proof that he had a license.

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