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

(1972-07-29) July 29, 1972 (age 51)
EducationCornell University
Years active2001–present

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

Early life[edit]

Ato was born in 1972 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.[3] He studied acting under James Price at The Acting Studio - New York in New York City.[4][5] 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 childhood friend Chris Cecot.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Experience Box Daniel
The Accident Cassius Short
2002 Roger Dodger Bouncer
2004 Garden State Titembay
Salome King Herod Short
Saving Face Jay, The Neighbor
2005 Hitch Tanis
Prime Damien
Dawn's Early Light James Short
2006 Falling for Grace Jamal
Brother's Shadow Soy
Blood Diamond Commander 'Rambo'
2007 Millennium Crisis Harkness
2008 Mia and the Migoo Baklava (voice)
Nights in Rodanthe Jean's Lover
2010 Get Him to the Greek Smiling African Drummer
Camp Hell Young Priest
2011 Tu & Eu Dr. Champagne Short
Art & Sex Daniel
2012 The Discoverers Winston
Django Unchained D'Artagnan
2013 A Life for a Life Boyle Short
2014 Wish I Was Here Audition Actor #3
2016 Jason Bourne Craig Jeffers
The Vampire Leland The Monsignor Short
2017 Frank Embree Charles Embree (voice)
2018 O.G. -
2019 Dark Phoenix Jones
2023 Reptile Dan Cleary
2024 Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part One Mr. Terrific (voice) Direct-to-Video[7]
Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths - Part Two Mr. Terrific, Anti-Monitor (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Third Watch Bike Messenger Episode: "Duty"
2003 Chappelle's Show Extra Episode: "Mad Real World & Ask A Gay Dude"
Law & Order Jason Hendri Episode: "Suicide Box"
Line of Fire Archibald 'Crazy Jazz' Lincoln Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Commander in Chief Manute Obama Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Conviction Byron 'B-Fly' Williams Episode: "Indebted"
2007 Law & Order Andre Blair Episode: "Bling"
2009 Royal Pains Antoine Episode: "If I Were a Sick Man"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hassan Episode: "Loyalty: Part 1 & 2"
2011 White Collar Frederik Bilal Episode: "Burke's Seven"
Damages Bomb Tech Recurring; season 4
2011–2012 Treme - 2 episodes
2011–2016 Blue Bloods Reverend Darnell Potter Recurring; seasons 2-7
2012–2013 Copper Matthew Freeman Main
2012–2018 Elementary Alfredo Llamosa Recurring; seasons 1 & 3, guest; seasons 2, 4 & 6
2014 Believe FBI Agent Gardner Recurring
Madam Secretary King Nungunde Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Girls D. August Recurring; season 4
Person of Interest Ray Pratt Episode: "Skip"
2016 Vinyl Lester Grimes Main
2016–2021 Chicago Med Dr. Isidore Latham Recurring; seasons (2-5), Guest; season 6
2018 Wolverine: The Long Night Agent Tad Marshall Main; season 1
2018–20 Altered Carbon Vernon Elliot Main; season 1, guest; season 2
2019 The Code Major Trey Ferry Main
2020 Tales from the Loop Gaddis Recurring
Away Kwesi Weisberg Annan Main
2021 Evil Nathan Katsaris Episode: "D Is for Doll"
2021–2022 Agent Stoker EnGAGE Recurring
2022 Let the Right One In Frank 3 episodes
2023 Extrapolations Marco 1 episode
The Diplomat Stuart Heyford Main

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Saints Row: The Third Radio Voices (voice)


  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. ^ "Meet the affable Ghanaian Hollywood star Ato Essandoh". June 9, 2020. Retrieved 2023-06-13.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Ato Essandoh - The Code Cast Member, retrieved 2020-09-22
  6. ^ Rubel, Abigail (2020-09-03). ""Away" actor's complex Schenectady upbringing". Times Union. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  7. ^ https://www.ign.com/articles/justice-league-crisis-on-infinite-earths-part-one-cast-plot-release-date-clip

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