Dec. 30th, 1971
Evanston, Illinois, USA
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Daniel Sunjata (born Dand 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.
- Attended Florida A&M Unversity; attended University of Southwestern Louisiana (BFA); attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (MFA)
- Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for 'Richard Greenberg (III)' (qv)'s "Take Me Out."
- Daniel is multi-ethnic being African-American, Irish and German.
- Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003