Boris Kodjoe

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Boris Kodjoe
Kodjoe in 2010
BornBoris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe
(1973-03-08) 8 March 1973 (age 41)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationActor, Former fashion model
Years active1998–present
Height1.93m (6'4")
Spouse(s)Nicole Ari Parker (m. 2005)
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Boris Kodjoe
Kodjoe in 2010
BornBoris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe
(1973-03-08) 8 March 1973 (age 41)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationActor, Former fashion model
Years active1998–present
Height1.93m (6'4")
Spouse(s)Nicole Ari Parker (m. 2005)

Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe[1] (/ˈkʊ/; born 8 March 1973), better known as Boris Kodjoe, is a German actor known for his roles as Jason in the 2000 film Love & Basketball, and the sports-courier agent Damon Carter on the Showtime drama series Soul Food.

Early life[edit]

Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula, a German psychologist of partially Jewish descent, and Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician who is of the Nzema people.[1] His namesake is the Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak.[2] Kodjoe's matrilineal great-grandmother was Jewish and died in the Holocaust; his maternal grandmother survived the war in hiding.[1][3] Kodjoe's parents divorced when he was six years old.[4] He grew up in the vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau. Kodjoe is fluent in French, English, and German, and speaks some Spanish. He has a brother named Patrick and two sisters named Nadja and Lara.


Kodjoe attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a tennis scholarship, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1996.[5] A four-year letterman on the Rams' men's tennis team, he is currently ninth in school history with 75 career singles wins. Tied for third in doubles victories with 66, he was paired with Jonas Elmblad on 37 of them, also third all-time.[6] His brother Patrick Kodjoe played for VCU's basketball team. A back injury ended Boris' tennis aspirations, but he was quickly signed as a model and soon after entered acting.[7]

Named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine in 2002, Kodjoe is perhaps best known as one of the seven regular cast members from the Showtime drama Soul Food, which aired from 2000 to 2004. He appeared in the 2002 film Brown Sugar and starred in the short-lived sitcom Second Time Around with his Soul Food co-star Nicole Ari Parker, whom he eventually married. He played the role of David Taylor, the wayward son of Pastor Fred Taylor in the October 2005 film The Gospel. He performed in a play called Whatever She Wants starring Vivica A. Fox and made an appearance on the fifth season of Nip/Tuck. His most recent role was in the 2009 science fiction film Surrogates. On December 16, 2009, it was announced that Kodjoe had been cast as the male lead, Steven Bloom, in the new J. J. Abrams television series Undercovers; the show premiered in September and was subsequently cancelled in November 2010 on NBC. Also that year, he appeared as Luther in the film Resident Evil: Afterlife. He appeared on Franklin & Bash in 2012.

In 2013, Kodjoe began starring in the BET comedy parody series Real Husbands of Hollywood. In 2014 he was cast as regular on the ABC primetime soap opera Members Only created by Susannah Grant.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Kodjoe in 2011

Kodjoe married his Soul Food: The Series co-star Nicole Ari Parker on May 21, 2005 in Gundelfingen, Germany. She gave birth to their first child, a girl, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe, on March 5, 2005. Sophie has spina bifida, which was diagnosed at birth.[10] Parker gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy, Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe, on October 31, 2006. Kodjoe and his wife are members of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.[11] The family resides in Los Angeles, California.



2000Love & BasketballJason
2002Brown SugarKelby Dawson
2004Doing Hard TimeMichael MitchellDirect-to-video
2005The GospelDavid Taylor
2006Madea's Family ReunionFrankie Henderson
2007All About UsEdward Brown
2007Alice Upside DownMr. Edgecombe
2008Starship Troopers 3: MarauderGen. Dix Hauser
2010The ConfidantNigel Patterson
2010Resident Evil: AfterlifeLuther West
2012Resident Evil: RetributionLuther West
2012A Killer Among UsDetective Joe MoranTV Movie
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013Baggage ClaimGrahamNominated - Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2013Nurse 3DDetective John Rogan
2014AddictedJason Reynard


1998The Steve Harvey ShowDexterEpisode: "Every Boy Needs a Teacher"
2000For Your LoveTerrenceEpisode: "The French Lesson"
2003Boston PublicCoach Derek Williams3 episodes
2003Street TimeBowman CallowayEpisodes: "High Holly Roller" and "Cop Killer"
2003All of UsMarcusEpisode: "Uncle Marcus Comes to Dinner"
2004EveKevinEpisode: "Valentine's Day Reloaded"
2000-2001, 2003, 2004Soul FoodDamon CarterSeries regular, 27 episodes
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2002-2004)
2004-2005Second Time AroundJackson MuseSeries regular, 13 episodes
2006If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home NowBradTV pilot
2007Crossing JordanDetective Elliot ChandlerEpisodes: "Post Hoc..." and "In Sickness & in Health"
2007Women's Murder ClubSimon PerryEpisode: "Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts"
2007Nip/TuckElton ForrestEpisode: "Chaz Darling"
2010UndercoversSteven BloomSeries regular, 13 episodes
2012ScruplesJosh HillmanTV pilot
2012Franklin & BashNolan TateEpisode: "Last Dance"
2013– presentReal Husbands of HollywoodHimselfSeries regular
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2014)
2014Members OnlyDeaconSeries regular


  1. ^ a b c Williams, Kam (2009). "Boris Kodjoe: The All about Us Interview with Kam Williams". Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  2. ^ Buckley, Michael. "STAGE TO SCREENS: Chats With Whitford, Hurt, Howard, and Kodjoe", Playbill, 5 May 2008.
  3. ^ The Gospel: Boris Kodjoe
  4. ^ Boris Kodjoe at
  5. ^ "Kodjoe's Time Has Finally Come," Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.
  6. ^ The Tradition of VCU Men's Tennis (Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis media guide).
  7. ^ Boris Kodjoe (profile) – Classic TV & Movie Hits.
  8. ^ Etkin, Jaimie; Jarett Wieselman. "Shonda Rhimes Takes Over ABC's Thursday Nights". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Deadline, The. "Boris Kodjoe Joins ABC's 'The Club'; Yvette Monreal In El Rey's 'Matador'". Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  10. ^ Boris and Nicole Open Up About Sophie's Spina Bifida, Celebrity Baby Blog, 15 January 2009.
  11. ^ Rhone, Nedra; and Gracie Bonds Staples. "In Atlanta’s churches, prayers for president-elect", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9 November 2008.

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