Badja Djola

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Badja Djola
Born(1948-04-09)April 9, 1948
DiedJanuary 8, 2005(2005-01-08) (aged 56)

Badja Medu Djola (April 9, 1948 – January 8, 2005) born Bernard Bradley, was an American actor from Brooklyn, New York. D’jola appeared in 47 films and TV shows during his career.


Djola's breakout role was as Leon Isaac Kennedy’s cellmate in the movie Penitentiary. D’jola played the villainous character "Half Dead." He showed exceptional acting talent in the movie, which led to several castings in major feature films. He also had a supporting role in Wes Craven’s 1988 movie The Serpent and the Rainbow. D’jola’s other film and TV credits include Mississippi Burning, A Rage in Harlem, The Lonely Guy, The Last Boy Scout, NYPD Blue, Rosewood, Who's the Man, The Hurricane, Night Shift, The Waterdance, ER, The X Files, Millennium and Roc. He also had a role in The Players Club starring Ice Cube. Djola's final performance was in Back in the Day, working alongside Ja Rule, Pam Grier and Frank Langella.


D’jola died of a heart attack on January 8, 2005, aged 56. He is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

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