Bokeem Woodbine

Actor, Singer, Musician
A tall, handsome rising young star often cast as street-tough black youths, Bokeem Woodbine offered a number of startling performances in a succession of feature films and TV longforms since the early 1990s. Encouraged ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1973 in Harlem, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

18 Fingers of Death 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Day In The Life 2014 (Movie)

BamBam (Actor)

AWOL 72 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Caught on Tape 2014 (Movie)

Tyrone (Actor)

Champagne Gang 2014 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

For Love or Money 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Guardian Angel 2014 (Movie)

Detective Jackson (Actor)

Jarhead 2: Field of Fire 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Riddick 2013 (Movie)

Moss (Actor)

The Host 2013 (Movie)

Nate (Actor)

1982 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Southland 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

They Die By Dawn 2012 (Movie)

Bill Pickett (Actor)

Total Recall 2012 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Devil 2010 (Movie)

Guard/Ben (Actor)

Little Murder 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saving Grace 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

Black Hand Jack (Actor)

The Poker House 2009 (Movie)

Duval (Actor)

City of Angels 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fifth Commandment 2008 (Movie)

Miles Templeton (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blade: The Series 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

Prisoner (Actor)

The Evidence 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black in the '80s 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ray 2004 (Movie)

Fathead Newman (Actor)

The Circle 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fastlane 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Run For the Money 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

3,000 Miles to Graceland 2001 (Movie)

Benjamin Franklin (Actor)

Battery Park 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

It's The Rage 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sacrifice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Life 1999 (Movie)

Can't Get Right (Actor)

The Elevator 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Heroes 1998 (Movie)

Jonah (Actor)

Black Male 1998 (Movie)

Jimmy Best (Actor)

Caught Up 1998 (Movie)

Daryl Allen (Actor)

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

Crunch (Actor)

The Runner 1998 (Movie)

477 (Actor)

Freeway 1996 (Movie)

Chopper (Actor)

The Rock 1996 (Movie)

Sergeant Crisp (Actor)

BET's Voices Against Violence Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

Cleon (Actor)

Panther 1995 (Movie)

Tyrone (Actor)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Jason's Lyric 1994 (Movie)

Joshua (Actor)

Love Off Limits 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jasper, Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Letting Go (Movie)

(Actor)

Strapped (TV Show)

Actor

The Breed (TV Show)

Actor

The Butcher (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Sentinel (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall, handsome rising young star often cast as street-tough black youths, Bokeem Woodbine offered a number of startling performances in a succession of feature films and TV longforms since the early 1990s. Encouraged by his mother to apply for work as an extra in Ernest Dickerson's 1991 directorial debut, "Juice". he was hired as a stand-in and caught the notice of casting director Jaki Brown-Karman who later suggested Woodbine to Forest Whitaker for the latter's directorial effort, "Strapped" (HBO, 1994). In that film, Woodbine portrayed an inner city youth selling drugs on the street and information to the cops to help his girlfriend get out of jail. Hollywood and other filmmakers soon took notice and the actor landed a small part in Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" (1994) before Doug McHenry cast him the key role of the bad-seed brother in "Jason's Lyric," (also 1994). The following year, Woodbine appeared as an Oakland youth who becomes a cohort of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in "Panther" and lent his magnetic screen presence to the role of a preacher who becomes enmeshed in a heist in the Hughes Brothers' "Dead Presidents". He went on to headline the critically-derided "Caught Up", supported the late Chris Farley in his final film "Almost Heroes" and was involved in a kidnapping that goes awry in "The Big Hit" (all 1998).

EDUCATION

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

New York , New York

The Dalton School

New York , New York
Attended on scholarship

Milestones

2007

Cast as a convict in the TNT drama, "Saving Grace"

2004

Portrayed Fathead Newman in the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" starring Jamie Foxx

2001

Portrayed a detective who teams with a vampire cop in "The Breed" (aired on Starz!)

2001

Co-starred in the feature, "3000 Miles to Graceland"

2000

Featured as a regular on the NBC midseason sitcom "Battery Park"

1999

Played a deaf mute named Can't-Get-Right in "Life," co-starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence

1998

Starred with Cynda Williams in "Caught Up"

1996

Co-starred in "Freeway," a modern riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story

1995

Breakthrough screen roles in "Panther" and "Dead Presidents"

1994

Had featured role in "Jason's Lyric"

1993

TV acting debut in the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" entitled "Love Off Limits"

1991

First film appearance, was an extra in "Juice"

Bonus Trivia

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As a youngster, Woodbine lived with his mother in a community of artists housed in a converted piano factory.

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"I've been in this business for twelve years, and it's taken me that long to get to do a picture that has such importance and prestige. So there ain't no turning back now." - Woodbine on starring in the film "Ray" to Venice magazine, November 2004

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