Isaach DeBankolé

With chiseled, sphinx-like features, Isaach DeBankol is a striking presence in the independent film world. Born on the Ivory Coast of Africa, he moved to Paris to study engineering. The acting bug bit him there and, at ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1957

Filmography

Actor (44)

Calvary 2014 (Movie)

Simon Asamoah (Actor)

Délibáb 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Run 2014 (Movie)

Assa (Actor)

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mother of George 2013 (Movie)

Ayodele (Actor)

Oka! 2011 (Movie)

Mayor Bassoun (Actor)

White Material 2010 (Movie)

The Boxer (Actor)

I Am Slave 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Limits of Control 2009 (Movie)

Lone Man (Actor)

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

Abassi (Actor)

The Guitar 2008 (Movie)

Roscoe Wasz (Actor)

From Other Worlds 2007 (Movie)

Abraham Kanga (Actor)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

Laurent (Actor)

The Fifth Patient 2007 (Movie)

Mugambe (Actor)

5up 2down 2006 (Movie)

Hunter (Actor)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

Steven Obanno (Actor)

Manderlay 2006 (Movie)

Timothy (Actor)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

Neptune (Actor)

Stay 2005 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

The Skeleton Key 2005 (Movie)

Creole Gas Station Owner (Actor)

Coffee and Cigarettes 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Before it Had a Name 2003 (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

Homework 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

3 AM 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Otomo 2001 (Movie)

Frederic Otomo (Actor)

Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai 2000 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Battu 1999 (Movie)

Saar (Actor)

Cherry 1999 (Movie)

Menu Man (Actor)

Home Sweet Hoboken 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 (Movie)

Mamadou (Actor)

The Keeper 1997 (Movie)

Jean Baptiste (Actor)

Casa de Lava 1993 (Movie)

Leao (Actor)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

Driver (Actor)

No Fear, No Die 1990 (Movie)

Dah (Actor)

Chocolat 1989 (Movie)

Protee (Actor)

Noir et blanc 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vanille Fraise 1989 (Movie)

Hippolyte (Actor)

Ada dans la Jungle 1988 (Movie)

Bumbo (Actor)

Les Keufs 1987 (Movie)

Blaise Lacroix (Actor)

Black mic mac 1986 (Movie)

Lemmy (Actor)

Taxi Boy 1986 (Movie)

Toure (Actor)

24: Redemption (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Délibáb 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Oka! 2011 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)
Director (1)

Traveling Miles: Cassandra Wilson 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

With chiseled, sphinx-like features, Isaach DeBankolé is a striking presence in the independent film world. Born on the Ivory Coast of Africa, he moved to Paris to study engineering. The acting bug bit him there and, at the age of 19, he landed his first starring role in the cross-cultural Thomas Gilou comedy "Black Mic Mac" (1986). Two years later, he was working with internationally acclaimed director Claire Denis on her celebrated "Chocolat", an interracial romantic drama set amidst the prejudices of colonial French Cameroon. In '91 he began a career-long collaboration with the godfather of modern indies, director Jim Jarmusch. First playing a put-upon cabbie in the "Paris" segment of the slice-of-life anthology "Night on Earth", he later accumulated similar roles in the urban fable "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" and the "No Problem" segment of 2003's "Coffee and Cigarettes", a filmic collection of conversational vignettes. These smaller roles culminated in a lead part in Jarmusch's moody crime piece "The Limits of Control" ('09). He has also worked with famed director Nicolas Roeg on a television version of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", with Marc Forster in the mind-bending "Stay", and with Julian Schnabel in the extraordinary biopic "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly". DeBankolé is known to a far wider audience as Ule Matobo, the president of the fictional country Sangala on season seven of the explosively popular action series "24".

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