Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (born 22 August 1967) is an English actor, director, and former fashion model who is best known for his roles as Simon Adebisi in Oz, Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, Killer Croc in Suicide Squad, Mr. Eko in Lost, Malko in the fifth season of HBO’
Farming, Akinnuoye-feature Agbaje’s directorial debut, was completed in 2017 and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018.
Profile Summary of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
|Born||22 August 1967
Islington, London, England
|Other names||Adewalé, Triple-A|
|Alma mater||King’s College London
University of London International Programs
|Occupation||Actor, director, fashion model, producer, writer,|
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Early Life
Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London, to Yoruba-speaking Nigerian parents who were students in the United Kingdom. His original parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury, Essex, when he was six weeks old. At one point, his foster parents had at least twelve African children living in their home, including Akinnuoye-two Agbaje’s sisters. His foster father worked as a lorry driver and tried to make ends meet for the family.
His biological parents repatriated him to Nigeria when he was eight years old, but because he couldn’t speak Yoruba and his parents forbade him from speaking English, he was quickly returned to Tilbury. He struggled to reconcile his lineage with the uniquely British culture and surroundings he was raised in after his brief visit to Nigeria.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Education
Faced with a cultural identity dilemma as a young boy, he joined a local skinhead group to avoid racial persecution at their hands. His foster parents transferred him to a boarding school in Surrey when he was 16 years old after he had become a thief, where he attempted suicide before coming to terms with his past and turning his life around.
He went on to graduate from King’s College London with a law degree and a Masters in Law from the University of London. Akinnuoye-Agbaje worked in a clothing store as a university student, when he was introduced to the world of modeling.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Career
Modeling drove Akinnuoye-Agbaje to Hollywood, where he began his acting career in 1995 with a role in Congo.
His most well-known appearances are the imposing criminal Simon Adebisi in HBO’s prison drama Oz in the 1990s and Mr. Eko on ABC’s survivor drama Lost. He starred as a deposed African ruler in The Bourne Identity, Hitu the cop in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, and Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He also appeared in the video for Grayson Hugh’s popular song “Talk It Over,” which was heavily broadcast on MTV and VH-1 in 1989.
In 2009, Marvel Studios approached Akinnuoye-Agbaje about playing the superhero Black Panther in a planned film of the same name. He expressed his enthusiasm for the prospect in an interview, saying that “the timing is so good” for a black superhero, and that “while I’m in my prime, this is the time… I’m going to keep banging on their door.” Marvel did announce a Black Panther picture in 2014, but it would star Chadwick Boseman as the titular character.
He played Derek Jameson in the 2011 film The Thing and appeared in a guest role in the second episode of season 8 of Monk. In the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World, he played Kurse. In the fifth season of Game of Thrones, he played the role Malko. In 2015, it was announced that Akinnuoye-Abaje will play the lead role in Bilal, a film based on the life of Bilal Ibn Rabah that would be released in the second part of the year. He played the Batman villain Killer Croc in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad in 2016.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Career as a Director
In 2012, Akinnuoye-Agbaje revealed that he was working on a film about his life that he would also direct. Farming is the title of the film, which refers to Nigerian parents “farming out” their children to white UK families. He revealed in May 2017 that casting for the film had begun, with Damson Idris playing Enitan, Kate Beckinsale portraying his abusive, uncaring foster mother, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as his instructor and mentor.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Personal life
Los Angeles is home to Akinnuoye-Agbaje. He is a member of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist Association and a Nichiren Buddhist.
After his foster parents died, Akinnuoye-Agbaje requested to be written off Lost, expressing a desire to return to London and direct a film there. He is an Arsenal F.C. supporter.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Net Worth
The estimated net worth of the English actor is $145 million dollars. Intelligent stock investments, substantial real estate holdings, and a lucrative endorsement deal with CoverGirl cosmetics have contributed to his success. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is also the owner of several restaurants in London (the “Fat Akinnuoye-Agbaje Burger” chain), a football team (the “London Angels”), his own vodka brand (Pure Wonderakinnuoye-Agbaje-England), and a fashion line (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Seduction”)
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