Afemo Omilami

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Afemo Omilami
Born (1950-12-13) December 13, 1950 (age 69)
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Elisabeth Omilami

Afemo Omilami (born December 13, 1950) is an American actor.[1]


He has appeared in many films such as Trading Places (1983), Glory (1989), The Firm (1993), Gordy (1995), Remember the Titans (2000), Ray (2004), Hounddog (2007), The Blind Side (2009), and Terminator Genisys (2015). He is perhaps best known for his role as the Drill Sergeant in Forrest Gump (1994). He had a recurring role as the streetwise Jimmy Dawes in In the Heat of the Night (TV series) from 1989 to 1993. He was nominated for "Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special" in the 2013 NAACP Image Awards for his performance in Lifetime's Steel Magnolias as Drum Eatenton.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married his wife Elisabeth Omilami on September 11, 1985. She is an actress, minister, and a civil rights leader. They have two children: son Awodele and daughter Juanita.[citation needed].


Year Title Role
2012 Steel Magnolias Drum Eatenton
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 District 11 Mayor
2015 Terminator Genisys Perry


  1. ^ Scheck, Frank (19 February 2010). "Blood a bloodless telling of civil rights episode". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. ^ Sandell, Scott (11 December 2012). "NAACP Image Awards: The complete nominations list". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 January 2013.

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