Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
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Akinnuoye-Agbaje at the Thor: The Dark World premiere, October 2013
Born(1967-08-22) 22 August 1967 (age 46)
Islington, London, England, UK
Other namesAdewalé
OccupationActor
Years active1993 – present
 
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Thor 2 cropped.png
Akinnuoye-Agbaje at the Thor: The Dark World premiere, October 2013
Born(1967-08-22) 22 August 1967 (age 46)
Islington, London, England, UK
Other namesAdewalé
OccupationActor
Years active1993 – present

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (/ˌædɨˈwɑːl ˌækɨˈn. ɑːɡˈbɑː/; born 22 August 1967) is a British actor and former fashion model, best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost and Simon Adebisi on Oz.

Early life and career[edit]

Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London. His parents are Nigerian, of Yoruba origin. He has a law degree from King's College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje at a Red Cross benefit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, February 28, 2007

His best known acting roles have been as the imposing convict Simon Adebisi in the 1990s HBO prison series Oz, and as Mr. Eko on ABC's survivor drama Lost. He was also in an episode of New York Undercover. He has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top films, including The Bourne Identity, in which he played a deposed African dictator, Hitu the police officer in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, and Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.[1] In 2009, Akinnuoye-Agbaje told MTV that he was in talks with Marvel Studios to play the superhero Black Panther in a proposed film of the same name. When asked, the actor replied “...it’s about time we have a black superhero, isn’t it? He’s from a fictional village in Africa and the timing is so right for that kind of character to come through… And while I’m in my prime, this is the time. We’ve got [U.S. President Barack] Obama, now we need something onscreen to represent, so… ‘Panther,’ man I would love to see that happen [...] I think it’s all about campaigning, I’m going to keep knocking on their door.”

Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also stated that he will be directing a film about his life story. More recently, he guest starred in the second episode of season 8 of Monk, and played Derek Jameson in the 2011 film The Thing.[2] He portrayed Kurse in the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a Buddhist[4] and a member of Sōka Gakkai International.[5]

Akinnuoye-Agbaje asked to be written off Lost, citing a desire to return to London after his parents' recent passing and to direct a film there.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
1995CongoKahega
1995Delta of VenusThe Clairvoyant
1995Ace Ventura: When Nature CallsHitu
1996The Deadly VoyageEmmaneul
1998LegionnaireLuther
2000Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny KembleJoe
2001The Mummy ReturnsLock-Nah
2001Lip ServiceSebastion
2002Bourne Identity, TheThe Bourne IdentityNykwana Wombosi
2004UnstoppableJunod
2005Mistress of Spices, TheThe Mistress of SpicesKwesi
2005On the One (Preaching to the Choir)Bull Sharky
2005Get Rich or Die Tryin'Majestic
2009G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraHeavy Duty
2010FasterThe Evangelist
2011Killer EliteThe Agent
2013The SamuraiMullifigan
2011Thing, TheThe ThingDerek Jameson
2012Best Laid PlansJoseph
2013Bullet to the HeadMorel
2013Thor: The Dark WorldAlgrim / Kurse
2013The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & PetePike
2014PompeiiBridgageous

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995New York UndercoverCliff Ramsey
1996–1999Linc's (TV series)Winston Iwelu
199720,000 Leagues Under the SeaCabe Attucks
1997–2000OzSimon Adebisi
2005–2006LostMr. Eko
2009MonkSamuel Waingaya
2011Strike Back: Project Dawn
2012HuntedDeacon Crane

Music videos[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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