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NEVER KNEW HE WAS 9JA:Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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adewale-akinnuoye-agbajeADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE was born to Nigerian parents in London, England. After earning a master’s degree in law from London’s prestigious King’s College, Akinnuoye-Agbaje discovered his true calling when acclaimed producer/ director Frank Marshall cast him in Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster Congo. This soon led to roles in both film and television, including Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Legionnaire, HBO’s Deadly Voyage, the television series Cracker: Mind Over Murder, New York Undercover and the ABC miniseries 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje can currently be seen in Open Road Films’ action-thriller Killer Elite, alongside Robert DeNiro, Clive Owen, Jason Statham and Dominic Purcell. Directed by Gary McKendry, the film was released on September 23, 2011. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will also be seen in Made Up North Productions’ Best Laid Plans, directed by BAFTA-winning director David Blair.

Next year, Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be seen in Warner Bros.’ Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater and Holt McCallany, and directed by Walter Hill. He also recently lent his voice to Sony Pictures Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits, directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt. The film is was released March 30, 2012.

In 2007, Akinnuoye-Agbaje showcased his first feature short, Farming, at Robert Redford’s prestigious Sundance Labs, and was selected as one of seven Annenberg Film Fellows for his work on the film.

Always defying stereotypes, Akinnuoye-Agbaje con tinues to broaden his range and talent while focusing on his film career. He was most recently seen in CBS Films’ Faster, starring opposite Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton. He has also starred in successful on-screen hits such as Get Rich or Die Tryin’, The Bourne Identity, The Mummy Returns and the romantic comedy The Mistress of Spices. Additionally, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was dubbed the “action-figure actor” in a recent magazine for his strong characters in film and television. His strength of presence was never more on display than in Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje became a household name for his role as Simon Adebisi, a murderous drug-addicted prisoner, on HBO’s groundbreaking television series Oz, a performance for which he received two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also played the mysterious Mr. Eko on J.J. Abrams’ hugely successful ABC drama Lost. While on Lost, Akinnuoye-Agbaje earned the coveted Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje speaks several languages, including Italian, a bit of French and Yoruba, the Nigerian language that his parents also speak. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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