Ato Essandoh

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Ato Essandoh
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Essandoh in February 2018
Ato Essilfi Bracato Essandoh[1][non-primary source needed]

(1972-07-29) July 29, 1972 (age 49)
EducationCornell University
Years active2001–present

Ato Essilfi Bracato Essandoh (born July 29, 1972)[2] is an American television and film actor.

Early life[edit]

Essandoh was born in Schenectady, New York to Ghanaian parents and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1990. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He first joined theater when he was dared to do so by a girlfriend. He studied acting at the Acting Studio in New York City.[3][4] He is also a playwright, and authored Black Thang which is published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2003. Essandoh is the co-founder of The Defiant Ones writing and performance group.[citation needed]


He launched a podcast, Unrelated, together with his childhood friend Chris Cecot.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Experience Box Daniel Debut role
The Accident Cassius
2002 Roger Dodger Bouncer
2004 Garden State Titembay
Salome King Herod
Saving Face Jay, The Neighbor
2005 Hitch Tanis
Prime Damien
Dawn's Early Light James
2006 Brother's Shadow Soy
Blood Diamond Commander 'Rambo'
2007 Falling for Grace Jamal
2010 Get Him to the Greek Smiling African
2012 Django Unchained D'Artagnan
2016 Jason Bourne Craig Jeffers
2019 Dark Phoenix Jones
TBA Reptile Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2003 / 2007 Law & Order Jason Hendri / Andre Blair 2 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hassan 2 episodes
2011 Damages Bomb Tech 3 episodes
White Collar Frederik Bilal
2011–2016 Blue Bloods Reverend Darnell Potter 7 episodes
2012–2013 Copper Matthew Freeman 23 episodes
2012–2018 Elementary Alfredo Llamosa 9 episodes
2014 Believe FBI Agent Gardner 5 episodes
Madam Secretary King Nungunde 1 Episode
2015 Girls D. August 3 episodes
2015 Person of Interest Ray Pratt
2016 Vinyl Lester Grimes 10 episodes
2016–present Chicago Med Dr. Isidore Latham 33 episodes
2018–2020 Altered Carbon Vernon Elliot 11 episodes
2019 The Code Major Trey Ferry 13 episodes
2020 Tales from the Loop Gaddis 5 episodes
Away Kwesi Weisberg Annan 10 episodes
Scripted podcasts
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Wolverine: The Long Night Agent Tad Marshall 10 episodes


  1. ^ "Biography". Ato Essandoh.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday To New Rochelle's Ato Essandoh". New Rochelle Daily Voice. 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  3. ^ "In Netflix's 'Away,' Ato Essandoh is an African-British-Jewish astronaut. It's not his first Jewish starring role". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2020-09-10. Retrieved 2022-03-22.
  4. ^ Ato Essandoh - The Code Cast Member, retrieved 2020-09-22
  5. ^ Rubel, Abigail (2020-09-03). ""Away" actor's complex Schenectady upbringing". Times Union. Retrieved 2020-09-22.

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