Bokeem Woodbine

Active - 1993 - 2020  |   Born - Apr 13, 1973 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Action, Crime, Comedy, Comedy Drama

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A strikingly handsome actor who projects an image of strength whether playing drama or comedy, Bokeem Woodbine was born in Harlem, NY, on April 13, 1973. A solid student, Woodbine attended the prestigious Dalton School in New York before transferring to the LaGuardia School of Music and Art in the city. At the suggestion of his mother, Woodbine tried to land a job as an extra on a film shooting near his neighborhood; he picked up work as a stand-in, and he attracted the attention of a casting agent who gave him a role as a police informant and drug dealer in the made-for-cable drama Strapped. Woodbine's strong performance won him several key supporting roles in noted films, including Crooklyn, Jason's Lyric, and Dead Presidents. A few years later, Woodbine got to show off his lighter side in the comedies Almost Heroes and Life, as well as the witty action film The Big Hit. Woodbine also began working in episodic television, first with an appearance on The X-Files, and later with guest shots on New York Undercover and The Sopranos, as well as a weekly role on the short-lived series Battery Park and a recurring role on City of Angels.

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  • His great-grandfather was Jamaican and helped build the Panama Canal.
  • Began playing guitar at the age of 12.
  • His mother encouraged him to apply for a role as a stand-in for the film Juice in 1991, launching his acting career.
  • Starred in Tupac's music video "I Ain't Mad at Cha" that was released shortly following the rapper's untimely death.
  • In 2001, was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in City of Angels.
  • Founded the production company Woodbine Enterprises.
  • Is the lead singer and guitarist for his rock band 13 Purple Dragons.