December 30, 1971 |
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon, December 30, 1971) is an American actor who performs in film, television and theater. He is best known for his role as Franco Rivera in the FX television series Rescue Me. Sunjata currently stars as Paul Briggs in USA Network's series Graceland.
Sunjata was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He is the adopted son of Bill and Catherine Condon, a police dispatcher and a civil rights worker. He is of mixed African American, Irish, and German ancestry.
Sunjata graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, where he played linebacker for two state championship football teams. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He then received a master's degree in fine arts from the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Sunjata played the role of a sailor on shore leave on the first post-9/11 themed episode of Sex and The City. He has portrayed Langston Hughes in the film Brother to Brother and James Holt, a fashion designer in The Devil Wears Prada. He starred as firefighter Franco Rivera on the television program Rescue Me. During the summer of 2007, he also starred in the ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning as Reggie Jackson. He appeared as a Special Forces Operative in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
In 2003, he won a Theatre World Award for his breakout Broadway performance as a gay Major League Baseball player who comes out to the public in Take Me Out, the Tony award-winning play, which also earned him nominations for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.
Views on the September 11 attacks
On April 30, 2009, Sunjata announced his participation as narrator in Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup, which was the last in a series of documentaries, collectively known as Loose Change, that argue that the September 11 attacks were planned by the United States government. Sunjata has stated that he believes "absolutely, 100 percent" in this theory.
Producers of the show Rescue Me, inspired by Sunjata's views, created a subplot of the show that year (the show's fifth season) in which Sunjata's character, Franco Rivera, stirs up controversy in the firehouse when he announces these same views to a journalist.
|1998||Twelfth Night, or What You Will||Valentine||TV movie|
|2001||The Feast of All Saints||Christophe Mercier|
|2002||Bad Company||Officer Carew|
|2004||Melinda and Melinda||Billy Wheeler|
|Brother to Brother||Langston Hughes|
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada||James Holt|
|2009||Ghosts of Girlfriends Past||Brad|
|Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup||Narrator|
|2010||Patricia Cornwell's At Risk and The Front||Detective Win Garano||TV movies|
|2012||One for the Money||Ranger|
|The Dark Knight Rises||Captain Jones|
|2000||D.C.||Lewis Freeman||7 episodes|
|2000–2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||CSU Technician Burt Trevor / Bomb Squad Officer||16 episodes|
|2001||All My Children||Zachary Pell||Unknown episodes|
|2002||Sex and the City||Louis Leroy, USN||Episode: "Anchors Away"|
|2003||Ed||Danny Martin||Episode: "The Case"|
|2004–2011||Rescue Me||Franco Rivera||Main Cast; 93 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2005)
|2005||Law & Order||Kenny Tremont||Episode: "Mammon"|
|2006||Love Monkey||Diego||4 episodes|
|2007||The Bronx is Burning||Reggie Jackson||8 episodes;
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special (2008)
|2008||Great Performances||Christian de Neuvillette||Episode: Cyrano de Bergerac|
|2009||Lie to Me||Andrew Jenkins||Episode: "Blinded"|
|2010||30 Rock||Chris||Episode: "College"|
|2010–2011||Grey's Anatomy||Nurse Eli||8 episodes|
|2012–2013||Smash||Peter Gillman||4 episodes|
|2013–2015||Graceland||Paul Briggs||Main Cast|
|2002||TOCA Race Driver||Nick Landers/James Randall||Voice|
|2003||Take Me Out||Darren Lemming||Theatre World Award
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
|2007||Cyrano de Bergerac||Christian De Neuvillette|
|2014||The Country House||Michael Astor|
- "Daniel Sunjata on www.filmreference.com". Retrieved 14 May 2009.
- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
- Gil, Billy. “Microcinema Gets Rights to ‘Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup’,” Home Media Magazine. 4 May 2009.
- Stelter, Brian. “The Political Suspicions of 9/11,” The New York Times. February 1, 2009.
- Daniel Sunjata at the Internet Movie Database
- Daniel Sunjata on Twitter
- Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) on Twitter
- Daniel Sunjata at the Internet Broadway Database
Audio Interviews on 9/11: