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GBENGA AKINNAGBE currently stars as Chris Partlow on HBO's acclaimed "The Wire.” He is a first generation American, born in Washington, D.C. to Nigerian parents. Akinnagbe graduated from Bucknell University and started working in the Congressional Affairs Department at the Corporation for National Service, the federal agency that administers the nation's Americorp and other volunteer programs. He left his position with the government after earning a role at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Having discovered acting, he went on to theatre projects in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area, including at such prestigious theatres as the Kennedy Center and Studio Theatre, where he had the opportunity to work with such renowned directors as Michael Kahn and Reggie Life.

While taking acting classes in New Jersey, Akinnagbe was invited to audition for a recurring role in the HBO series "The Wire.” After winning the role, he moved to New York City, was signed by a manager and began his career in earnest. He has since worked at New York's famous Public Theatre, done Shakespeare in the Park and was a series regular on Showtime's "Barbershop.”


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