|Born||April 13, 1973|
Harlem, New York City, U.S.
Bokeem Woodbine (born April 13, 1973) is an American actor. In 1994 he portrayed Joshua, Jason's troubled brother, in Jason's Lyric. He won a Black Reel Award, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award for his role as Kansas City enforcer Mike Milligan in the second season of Fargo. Woodbine also portrayed Daniel in season 2 of the WGN series Underground and Herman Schultz/Shocker in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Early life and education
Woodbine was born on April 13, 1973, in Harlem, New York. He attended the 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. He is a lifelong martial arts practitioner having studied Hapkido and Shaolin Kung-Fu.
With the encouragement of his actress mother, Woodbine entered show business at age 19 as a stand-in and extra in Ernest Dickerson's directorial debut, 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.
In 1996 he appeared in Shakur's music video for "I Ain't Mad at Cha" 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 Shakur's death. In 1999 Woodbine appeared in an episode of HBO's The Sopranos as New Jersey Gangster rapper Massive Genius.
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, 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. Additionally, he appeared in the Wu-Tang Clan's music videos for their songs "Protect Ya Neck II (The Jump Off)", "Gravel Pit", and "Careful (Click, Click)". Woodbine went to portray saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman in the Oscar-winning Ray Charles biopic Ray.
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 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 became a series regular, as Leon Cooley, an inmate on death row, in the TNT crime/drama series Saving Grace alongside Holly Hunter.
In 2009, Woodbine appeared in the blaxploitation film Black Dynamite and followed it up the next year with the M. Night Shyamalan-produced supernatural thriller Devil. He has also appeared as a police officer on the critically acclaimed series Southland (2011). He next appeared in the 2012 remake of Total Recall and then Riddick the next year.
In December 2015, he received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role as Mike Milligan in Fargo.
In 2017, Woodbine appeared in the Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: Homecoming, as Shocker, one of four villains, alongside Michael Keaton, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Chernus.
|Jason's Lyric||Joshua Alexander|
|Dead Presidents||Staff Sgt. Cleon|
|The Rock||Gunnery Sergeant Crisp|
|1998||Caught Up||Daryl Allen|
|The Big Hit||Crunch|
|1999||Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies||Mr. Farralon||Video|
|Life||Can't Get Right|
|It's the Rage||Agee|
|2001||The Road to Graceland||Franklin (voice)||Short|
|3000 Miles to Graceland||Benjamin Franklin|
|The Breed||FBI Agent Steve Grant|
|2002||Run for the Money||Rock|
|Sniper 2||U.S. Army Sniper Jake Cole||Video|
|Blood of a Champion||Shadow||Video|
|2006||18 Fingers of Death!||Billy Buff||Video|
|The Champagne Gang||Rock Star|
|2007||The Last Sentinel||Anchilles|
|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|
|Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright||Miller||Video|
|License to Reproduce||DEA Agent Troy Peterson||Short|
|2013||Caught on Tape||Tyrone|
|They Die by Dawn||Bill Pickett|
|2014||For Love or Money||Jacoby|
|Jarhead 2: Field of Fire||Danny Kettner||Video|
|Guardian Angel||Detective Jackson|
|The Night Crew||Crenshaw|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Herman Schultz / Shocker #2|
|2018||Billionaire Boys Club||Tim Pitt|
|2019||In the Shadow of the Moon||Maddox|
|Queen & Slim||Uncle Earl|
|2021||Ghostbusters: Afterlife||Sheriff Sherman Domingo|
|TBA||The Inspection||Leland Laws||Post-production|
|1993||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Steve Newberg||Episode: "Love Off Limits"|
|Strapped||Diquan Mitchell||TV movie|
|1995||The X-Files||Sammom Roque||Episode: "The List"|
|1997||New York Undercover||Mobster||Episode: "No Place Like Hell"|
|1999||The Sopranos||Massive Genius||Episode: "A Hit Is a Hit"|
|2000||Sacrifice||Agent Gottfried||TV movie|
|Battery Park||Detective Derek Finley||Main cast|
|Soul Food||Detective Conrad||Episode: "Bad Luck"|
|City of Angels||Dr. Damon Bradley||Recurring cast (season 2)|
|2003||Fastlane||Super G.||Episode: "Overkill"|
|Jasper, Texas||Khalid X||TV movie|
|Blitt Happens||TV movie|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Byron Middlebrook / B-Slick||Episode: "Pro Per"|
|2005||Bones||Randall Hall||Episode: "The Man in the Wall"|
|2006||The Evidence||Chaz Roberts||Episode: "Stringers"|
|Blade: The Series||Steppin' Razor||Recurring cast|
|2007||Shark||Willy Tarver||Episode: "The Wrath of Khan"|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Gordon 'G-Man' Thomas||Episode: "Flipped"|
|2007–10||Saving Grace||Leon Cooley||Main cast|
|2011||Flesh Wounds||Jackie||TV movie|
|2011–12||Southland||Officer Jones||Recurring cast (season 3–4)|
|2013||Payday||Simmons||Episode: "The Elephant"|
|2014||The Fright Night Files||Isaiah||TV movie|
|2015||Battle Creek||Devin||Episode: "Old Wounds"|
|Chicago P.D.||Derek Keyes||Episode: "Life Is Fluid"|
|Life in Pieces||Officer Wood||Episode: "Sleepy Email Brunch Tree"|
|2015–20||Fargo||Mike Milligan||Recurring cast (season 2), guest (season 4)|
|2016||Drunk History||George Washington||Episode: "Hamilton"|
|The Infamous||Shannon Reese||TV movie|
|2017||Underground||Daniel||Recurring cast (season 2)|
|Snowfall||Knees||Episode: "A Long Time Coming"|
|2018||Unsolved||Officer Daryn Dupree||Main cast|
|2019–21||Wu-Tang: An American Saga||Jerome||Recurring cast|
|2013||Payday 2||The Elephant|
Awards and nominations
- "Bokeem Woodbine Profile - Metacritic". Metacritic.
- Berkshire, Geoff (June 9, 2016). "Scene Stealer Bokeem Woodbine on Life he was also in Jason's Lyric. Before and After 'Fargo'". Variety.
- Rowles, Dustin (November 16, 2015). "8 Times You've Seen Fargo's Bokeem Woodbine And Didn't Know It". Pajiba.
- "Tupac Month: Bokeem Woodbine Remembers Working With 'Pac". XXL. September 14, 2011.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 224. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- Michael, Brett (February 25, 2016). "Bokeem Woodbine On Life After 'Fargo,' His Mysterious 'Sopranos' Character, And His Hazy Wu-Tang Memories". Uproxx (Interview).
- "Bokeem Woodbine Rides with the "DEVIL"". Fangoria. July 10, 2010. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
- Gallagher, Brian (May 3, 2011). "Total Recall Wants Bokeem Woodbine". MovieWeb. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- Gallagher, Brian (November 3, 2011). "Riddick Wants Katee Sackhoff and Bokeem Woodbine". MovieWeb. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- Gray, Tim (December 14, 2015). "Critics' Choice Award Nominations: Complete List". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation.
- Carpenter, Nicole (June 23, 2016). "Spider-Man: Homecoming Casts Third Villain in Fargo's Bokeem Woodbine". IGN. San Francisco, California: j2 Global.
- "Bokeem Woodbine". IMDb. Retrieved 30 December 2017.