Isaach de Bankolé

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Isaach de Bankolé
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Isaach de Bankolé in Karlovy Vary (2009)
Born (1957-08-12) 12 August 1957 (age 58)
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Isaach or Isaac de Bankolé (born 12 August 1957) is an Ivorian actor.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Abidjan, to Yoruba parents from Benin.[3] His grandparents are from Nigeria.[4] He studied Acting at Cours Simon and earned an M.A. from the University of Paris.


He has appeared in over fifty films, including Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes and The Limits of Control.[5] He has been based in the United States since 1997.[3] He appeared in the movie Machetero, in the role of journalist interviewing an imprisoned Puerto Rican revolutionary, along with the members of the New York City-based punk band Ricanstruction.

He has also appeared in Lars von Trier's Manderlay. He portrayed Steven Obanno, a terrorist, in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, and "The Lone Man", an assassin in Jim Jarmusch's film, The Limits of Control (2009).[6] In 2013, he starred as Ayodele Balogun in Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was the closing night selection for Maryland Film Festival 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Isaach is fluent in Yorùbá, Bambara, English, French, German and speaks some Italian.[3] He is married to musician Cassandra Wilson.


Director Jim Jarmusch (left) and de Bankolé (right) promoting The Limits of Control at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September 2009.



  1. ^ "New York Times". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Isaach De Bankolé An Unexpected Gentleman". MADMUSEUM. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Segun Oguntola (June 6, 2011). "Isaach De Bankolé: A Flower of the Tribe". Nigerians in America. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jim Jarmusch interviews Isaach De Bankole" (in German). Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Limits of Control". The Guardian. United Kingdom. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla (30 April 2009). "New York Times". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 

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