Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Aug. 22nd, 1967
Born in
Islington, London, England, UK
6' 2

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Lost TV Show
Oz TV Show
Hunted (UK) TV Show
Hunted (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Annie
2013 - The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
2013 - Thor: The Dark World
2013 - Thor: The Dark World
2012 - Bullet to the Head
2011 - Killer Elite
2011 - The Thing
2010 - Faster
2009 - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
2005 - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
2004 - Unstoppable
2002 - The Bourne Identity
2001 - The Mummy Returns
1998 - Legionnaire
1995 - Delta of Venus
1995 - Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
1995 - Congo

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Major Lazer (Voiced)
Frank Majors
Davis Bateman
Cliff Ramsey
Samuel Waingaya
Himself - Guest
Ambassador Odeku
[Complete List]


Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a Nigerian English actor, solicitor, chemist and former fashion model best known for his roles as Mr. Eko on Lost, Simon Adebisi on Oz and Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity.

Born in Islington, London, and raised in London, England. He's the son of Nigerian immigrants of Yoruba origin. Around the same period, he appeared in the video for the Pet Shop Boys' hit song "Jealousy" where he played the part of a roguish adulterer.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian, Yoruba and Swahili, he is best known for his roles in the movies Congo and The Mummy Returns, and the HBO series Oz.

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 has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top movies, 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.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also stated that he will be directing a movie about his life story. More recently, he has guest starred in the second episode of season 8 of Monk, and he has been cast as the character Derek Jameson in the 2011 film The Thing.

  • Is perhaps best known for his role as the cunning, fierce super-criminal Adebisi on _"Oz" (1997)_ (qv).
  • Born on the same day as the Alice in Chains singer 'Layne Staley' (qv).
  • He is a Buddhist and admitted that he had to chant more than usual while playing the brutal character of "Majestic" in _Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)_ (qv).
  • He went from playing 'Ernie Hudson' (qv)'s good friend, the guide "Kahega" to Hudson's "Capt. Munro" in _Congo (1995)_ (qv), to playing his enemy, the sociopath "Adebisi" to Hudson's hard-headed "Warden Glynn" in _"Oz" (1997)_ (qv).
  • Has a masters in Law from the University of London, but took a different career path when bitten by the acting bug.
  • He is fluent in several languages including Italian, Yoruba, Swahili, and (of course) English. He can "get along" in a few other languages, including French.
  • He has Nigerians parents
  • The son of immigrants from Nigeria, he has played almost entirely African characters despite having been born and raised in England. He usually employs a deep, Nigerian timber while acting, while off-screen he has a very British, somewhat Cockney accent.

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