Ger Duany

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Ger Duany
Ger Dunay.JPG
Dunay in 2011
Born Ger Duany
(1978-11-09) November 9, 1978 (age 39)
Akobo, South Sudan
Alma mater University of Bridgeport
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2004–present

Ger Duany (born November 9, 1978) is a South Sudanese actor and model based in the United States.[1] He is also one of the UNHCR’s high profile supporters as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for the East and Horn of Africa Region.

Early life[edit]

Duany was born in Akobo, South Sudan in 1978. He was forcefully recruited as a child soldier during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Duany successfully fled to Ethiopia at age 14, then to Kenya, and finally sought refuge in the United States when he was sixteen, becoming one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.[2][3][4][5][6]

Duany attended the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.[7][8]


Duany made his debut as an actor in the 2004 philosophical comedy film I Heart Huckabees, in which he played a refugee called Stephen Nimieri.[9] Duany was picked for the role because the film's producer and director David O. Russell wanted someone who had endured the real-life experience of being a refugee.

In 2010, Duany made an uncredited appearance in another Russell film, The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. He later had an important role in the 2011 drama Restless City.

In mid-2011, he co-produced and starred in the documentary Ger: To Be Separate, about his journey from war child to refugee to Hollywood actor and international model. The film also showed his return to South Sudan, voting for the first time and celebrating the country's newly acquired independence on 9 July 2011.

Duany played a limo driver in the 2012 film, Isn't It Delicious? by director Michael Patrick Kelly.

In 2014 he appeared alongside other refugees and award-winning Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie, inspired by the story behind the Lost Boys of Sudan.

As a model, Duany has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines such as Heed (magazine), Bleu Magazine, and Numéro.[10]

During the 2015 World Refugee Day, Duany was announced as the UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador for the East and Horn of Africa Region by the Kenya Country Representative, Raouf Mazou in Kakuma. Duany is currently one of the UNHCR's high profile supporters as its Goodwill Ambassador.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 I Heart Huckabees Stephen Nimieri Comedy
2010 The Fighter Extra/uncredited Drama
2011 Restless City Rocky Drama/Music
2012 Ger: To Be Separate Himself Documentary
2012 Isn't It Delicious? Limo driver
2014 The Good Lie Jeremiah Drama
2017 The Nile Hilton Incident Clinton Drama


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