Bokeem Woodbine

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Bokeem Woodbine
Bokeem Woodbine.jpg
Woodbine in 2011.
Born (1973-04-13) April 13, 1973 (age 43)
Harlem, New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Bokeem Woodbine (born April 13, 1973) is an American actor. He is mostly known for his role as Mike Milligan on the second season of Fargo. For his performance, he won a Black Reel Award, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award.

Early life and education[edit]

Bokeem Woodbine was born in Harlem, New York, on April 13, 1973. Woodbine attended the prestigious Dalton School on Manhattan's Upper East Side before transferring to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in the city.[1]


With the encouragement of his actress mother, Woodbine entered show biz at age 19 as a stand-in and extra in Ernest Dickerson's directorial debut, the hip-hop classic Juice (1992), starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. In the following year, he made his TV acting debut in the CBS Schoolbreak Special entitled "Love Off Limits." His appearance was noticed by casting director Jaki Brown-Karman who later recommended him to Forest Whitaker for the latter's directorial effort, the HBO television movie Strapped (1993). Since then, he has worked with other major African American filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles and the Hughes Brothers in the films Crooklyn (1994), Panther (1995) and Dead Presidents (1995), respectively.[2]

In 1996 he appeared in Tupac's music video for "I Ain't Mad at Cha"[3] and formed a friendship with the rapper. They subsequently reunited in Vondie Curtis-Hall's directorial debut, Gridlock'd, which was released four months after Tupac's death.[4]

Entering the new millennium, Woodbine was featured as a regular on the NBC midseason sitcom Battery Park and played Dr. Damon Bradley, who later turned out to be a serial rapist,[5] in the short-lived CBS medical drama City of Angels, the latter of which earned him a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[citation needed] Additionally, he appeared in the Wu-Tang Clan's music videos for their songs "Protect Ya Neck", "Gravel Pit", and "Careful (Click, Click)".[6] Woodbine went to portray prolific saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman in the Taylor Hackford-directed and Jamie Foxx-starring Oscar-winning biopic Ray (2004), about legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles.[3]

Over the next few years, Woodbine made minor appearances in both film and television. On the small screen, he could be seen in an episode of Fox's ongoing crime-drama Bones and ABC's short-lived cop drama The Evidence, as well as two episodes of Spike TV's Blade: The Series, based on Marvel Comics' character and popular film series. The next year, Woodbine appeared with his Blade: The Series co-star, Sticky Fingaz in his musical drama film A Day in the Life, starring Omar Epps and Mekhi Phifer, and two films by Jesse V. Johnson: the low-budget sci-fi/action movie The Last Sentinel (alongside Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Katee Sackhoff), and the action film The Butcher, opposite Eric Roberts. He also landed a series regular, as Leon Cooley, an inmate on death row, in the TNT crime/drama series Saving Grace, starring Academy Award–winning actress Holly Hunter in her first TV series.

In 2009 onward, Woodbine appeared in the blaxploitation film Black Dynamite[3] and followed it up the next year with the M. Night Shyamalan-produced supernatural thriller Devil.[7] He has also appeared as an officer on the critically acclaimed series Southland (2011). He next appeared in the 2012 remake of Total Recall[8] and then Riddick the next year.[9]

In December 2015, he received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries for his role as Mike Milligan in Fargo.[10]

In June 2016, Woodbine was cast as Shocker (comics), one of three villains, alongside Michael Keaton, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Chernus in the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios film, Spider-Man: Homecoming.[11]


Film/TV Shows
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Strapped Diquan Mitchell TV movie
1994 Crooklyn Richard
Jason's Lyric Joshua Alexander
1995 Panther Tyrone
Dead Presidents Staff Sgt. Cleon
The X-Files Sammom Roque TV series; episode: "The List"[12]
1996 The Elevator Malcolm
Freeway Chopper
The Rock Gunnery Sergeant Crisp
1997 Gridlock'd Mud Uncredited,
1998 Caught Up Daryl
The Big Hit Crunch
Almost Heroes Jonah
1999 Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies Farralon Direct-to-video,
Life Can't Get Right
The Sopranos Massive Genius TV series; Episode: "A Hit Is a Hit"
The Runner 477
2000 Sacrifice Agent Gottfried TV movie
BlackMale Jimmy Best
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Franklin
The Breed FBI Agent Steve Grant
2002 Run for the Money Rock (a.k.a. Hard Cash)
2003 Detonator Jack Forrester
Sniper 2 U.S. Army Sniper Jake Cole Direct to video
Jasper, Texas Khalid X TV movie
2004 Ray Fathead Newman
2005 The Circle Cop
Edmond Prisoner
2006 Blood of a Champion Shadow Direct-to-video
18 Fingers of Death! Billy Buff Direct-to-video
Blade: The Series Steppin' Razor 2 episodes
Confessions Miles Adams
2007 The Last Sentinel Anchilles
Saving Grace Leon Cooley 28 episodes (2007–2010)
2008 The Poker House Duval
The Fifth Commandment Miles Templeton
2009 Black Dynamite Black Hand Jack
A Day in the Life Bam Bam
The Butcher Chinatown Pete
Three Bullets Bo Short film
2010 Caught on Tape Tyrone
Devil Guard
2011 Little Murder Lipp
Southland Officer Jones 5 episodes (2011-2012)
2012 Total Recall Harry
2013 The Host Nate Small cameo
Riddick Moss
1982 Scoop
2014 Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Corporal Danny Kettner
2015 AWOL72 Myron Co-Producer
Fargo Mike Milligan 10 episodes
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
2016 Drunk History George Washington Episode: "Hamilton"
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Herman Schultz/Shocker Post-production
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2013 PAYDAY 2 "The Elephant"


  1. ^ "Bokeem Woodbine Profile - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ Berkshire,Geoff (June 9, 2016). "Scene Stealer Bokeem Woodbine on Life Before and After 'Fargo'". Variety. 
  3. ^ a b c Rowles, Dustin (November 16, 2015). "8 Times You've Seen Fargo's Bokeem Woodbine And Didn't Know It". Pajiba. 
  4. ^ XXL (September 14, 2011). "Tupac Month: Bokeem Woodbine Remembers Working With 'Pac" (Interview). 
  5. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 224. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  6. ^ Michael, Brett (February 25, 2016). "Bokeem Woodbine On Life After 'Fargo,' His Mysterious 'Sopranos' Character, And His Hazy Wu-Tang Memories". Uproxx (Interview). 
  7. ^ Fangoria Staff (July 10, 2010). "Bokeem Woodbine Rides with the "DEVIL"". Fangoria. 
  8. ^ Gallagher, Brian. "Total Recall Wants Bokeem Woodbine". MovieWeb. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ Gallagher, Brian. "Riddick Wants Katee Sackhoff and Bokeem Woodbine". MovieWeb. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ Gray, Tim (December 14, 2015). "Critics' Choice Award Nominations: Complete List". Variety. 
  11. ^ "Spider-Man: Homecoming Casts Third Villain in Fargo's Bokeem Woodbine". IGN. 
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