Dec. 30th, 1971
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Daniel Sunjata's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
2006 - The Devil Wears Prada
2004 - Brother to Brother
2004 - Melinda and Melinda
2004 - Noel
2002 - Bad Company
Guest TV Roles
CSU Technician Burt Trevor
Sunjata was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He is the adopted son of a police dispatcher and a civil rights worker. He is of Irish, German, and African-American heritage.
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.
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.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for 'Richard Greenberg (III)' (qv)'s "Take Me Out."
- Attended Florida A&M Unversity; attended University of Southwestern Louisiana (BFA); attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (MFA)
- Daniel is multi-ethnic being African-American, Irish and German.
- Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003