Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
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Akinnuoye-Agbaje at the Thor: The Dark World premiere, October 2013
Born (1967-08-22) 22 August 1967 (age 47)
Islington, London, England
Other names Adewalé
Ethnicity Yoruba
Occupation Actor, fashion model, writer, director, producer
Years active 1993 - present

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (/ˌædɨˈwɑːl ˌækɨˈn. ɑːɡˈbɑː/; born 22 August 1967) is an English Nigerian actor and former fashion model, best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost and Simon Adebisi on Oz. His upcoming roles include Malko[1] in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Early life and career[edit]

Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London. His parents are Nigerian, of Yoruba origin. He has a law degree from King's College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London. He is fluent in several languages including Yoruba, Italian, and Swahili. He can "get along" in a few other languages, including French.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje at a Red Cross benefit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, February 28, 2007

His best known acting roles have been as the imposing convict Simon Adebisi in the 1990s HBO prison series Oz,[2] and as Mr. Eko on ABC's survivor drama Lost. He was also in an episode of New York Undercover. He has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top films, 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.[3]

In 2009, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was in talks with Marvel Studios to play the superhero Black Panther in a proposed film of the same name. In an interview, he stated his excitement about the possibility, saying that "the timing is so right" for a black superhero, and "while I’m in my prime, this is the time... I’m going to keep knocking on their door." In 2014 Marvel did announce a Black Panther film, though with Chadwick Boseman in the title role.[4]

Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also stated that he will be directing a film about his life story. More recently, he guest starred in the second episode of season 8 of Monk, and played Derek Jameson in the 2011 film The Thing.[5] He portrayed Kurse in the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World.[6] He portrayed Joseph Cinqué in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Malko in the fifth season of Game of Thrones.[1][7] In 2015 it was reported that Akinnuoye-Abaje voices the lead character of Bilal, a film about the life of Bilal Ibn Rabah set to be released in the second half of the year.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a Nichiren Buddhist[9] and a member of the Sōka Gakkai International Buddhist association.[10]

Akinnuoye-Agbaje asked to be written off Lost, citing a desire to return to London after his parents' recent passing and to direct a film there.[11]



Year Title Role
1995 Congo Kahega
1995 Delta of Venus The Clairvoyant
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Hitu
1996 The Deadly Voyage Emmanuel
1998 Legionnaire Luther
2000 Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble Joe
2001 The Mummy Returns Lock-Nah
2001 Lip Service Sebastion
2002 Bourne Identity, TheThe Bourne Identity Nykwana Wombosi
2004 Unstoppable Junod
2005 Mistress of Spices, TheThe Mistress of Spices Kwesi
2005 On the One (Preaching to the Choir) Bull Sharky
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' Majestic
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Heavy Duty
2010 Faster The Evangelist
2011 Killer Elite The Agent
2011 Thing, TheThe Thing Derek Jameson
2012 Best Laid Plans Joseph
2013 Bullet to the Head Morel
2013 Thor: The Dark World Algrim / Kurse
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Pike
2014 Pompeii Atticus
2014 Annie Nash
2015 Trumbo Virgil Brooks
2015 Concussion Dave Duerson


Year Title Role Notes
1995 New York Undercover Cliff Ramsey
1996–1999 Linc's Winston Iwelu
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Cabe Attucks
1997–2000 Oz Simon Adebisi
2005–2006 Lost Mr. Eko
2009 Monk Samuel Waingaya
2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn
2012 Hunted Deacon Crane
2015 Game of Thrones Malko

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje To Join Game of Thrones Cast". Watchers on the Wall. October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Andrew Anthony (November 22, 2012). "Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje: 'I didn't want to be black. So I joined the skinheads…'". The Guardian. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Joins Universal's Thing Prequel". DreadCentral. 
  4. ^ Siegel, Lucas (October 28, 2014). "Marvel Announces Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, Avengers: Infinity War Films, Cap & Thor 3 Subtitles". Newsarama. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "'The Thing' Prequel Gains Some Muscle". BloodyDisgusting. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (2012-08-22). "Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins 'Thor: Dark World'". Variety. Archived from the original on 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Lost's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins Game of Thrones". IGN. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Obenson, Tambay (2015-27-02). "Trailer for Animated Feature Film Inspired by True Story of Afro-Arab Slave Who Became "Voice of Islam"". Retrieved 2015-02-03.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ 60 SECONDS: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  10. ^ born to Nigerian parents ‘Lost’ in Hawaii, Part 2 –, Philippine News for Filipinos
  11. ^ Keck, William (2006-11-01). "Eko is a Monster Mash". USA Today. 

External links[edit]

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