ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE (Jameson) 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 De Niro, Clive Owen, Jason Statham and Dominic
Purcell. Directed by Gary McKendry, the film is 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
slated for release on 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 continues 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 actorâ€ť 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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