Daniel Sunjata

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Daniel Sunjata
Born(1971-12-30) December 30, 1971 (age 41)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1998-present
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Daniel Sunjata
Born(1971-12-30) December 30, 1971 (age 41)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1998-present

Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon;[1] December 30, 1971) is an American actor who performs in film, television and theater. He is best known for his role as Franco Rivera in the FX television series Rescue Me. Sunjata's latest role is as Paul Briggs in USA Network's 2013 series Graceland.

Early life[edit]

Sunjata was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He is the adopted son of a police dispatcher and a civil rights worker. His ethnicity is half black and half white [Irish and German].

Sunjata graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, where he played linebacker for two state championship football teams. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He then received a master's degree in fine arts from the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[2]


Sunjata played the role of a sailor on shore leave on the first post-9/11 themed episode of Sex and The City. He has portrayed Langston Hughes in the film Brother to Brother and James Holt, a fashion designer in The Devil Wears Prada. He starred as firefighter Franco Rivera on the television program Rescue Me. During the summer of 2007, he also starred in the ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning as Reggie Jackson. He appeared as a Special Forces Operative in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

In 2003, he won a Theatre World Award for his breakout Broadway performance as a gay Major League Baseball player who comes out to the public in Take Me Out, the Tony award-winning play, which also earned him nominations for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.

9/11 conspiracy theories[edit]

On April 30, 2009, Sunjata announced his participation as narrator in Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup, which was the last in a series of documentaries, collectively known as Loose Change, that argue that the September 11 attacks were planned by the United States government.[3] Sunjata has stated that he believes "absolutely, 100 percent" in this theory.[4]

Producers of the show Rescue Me, inspired by Sunjata's views, created a subplot of the show that year (the show's fifth season) in which Sunjata's character, Franco Rivera, stirs up controversy in the firehouse when he announces these same views to a journalist.[4]


1998Twelfth Night, or What You WillValentineTV movie
2001The Feast of All SaintsChristophe Mercier
2002Bad CompanyOfficer Carew
2004Melinda and MelindaBilly Wheeler
Brother to BrotherLangston Hughes
2006The Devil Wears PradaJames Holt
2009Ghosts of Girlfriends PastBrad
Loose Change 9/11: An American CoupNarrator
2010Patricia Cornwell's At Risk and The FrontDetective Win GaranoTV movie
2012One for the MoneyRanger
The Dark Knight RisesCaptain Jones
2000D.C.Lewis Freeman7 episodes
2000–2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCSU Technician Burt Trevor / Bomb Squad Officer16 episodes
2001All My ChildrenZachary PellUnknown episodes
2002Sex and the CityLouis Leroy, USNEpisode: "Anchors Away"
2003EdDanny MartinEpisode: "The Case"
2004–2011Rescue MeFranco RiveraMain Cast; 93 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
2005Law & OrderKenny TremontEpisode: "Mammon"
2006Love MonkeyDiego4 episodes
2007The Bronx is BurningReggie Jackson8 episodes;
Nominated – Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2008Great PerformancesChristian de NeuvilletteEpisode: Cyrano de Bergerac
2009Lie to MeAndrew JenkinsEpisode: "Blinded"
201030 RockChrisEpisode: "College"
2010–2011Grey's AnatomyNurse Eli8 episodes
2012–2013SmashPeter Gillman4 episodes
2013–presentGracelandPaul BriggsMain Cast
1998Twelfth NightValentine
2003Take Me OutDarren LemmingTheatre World Award
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
2007Cyrano de BergeracChristian De Neuvillette
2013MacbethMacduffIn Production
Video Games
2002TOCA Race DriverNick Landers/James RandallVoice


External links[edit]

Audio Interviews on 9/11: