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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 13, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Harlem, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, musician

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A tall, handsome rising young star often cast as street-tough black youths, Bokeem Woodbine offered a number of startling performances in a succession of feature films and TV longforms since the early 1990s. Encouraged by his mother to apply for work as an extra in Ernest Dickerson's 1991 directorial debut, "Juice". he was hired as a stand-in and caught the notice of casting director Jaki Brown-Karman who later suggested Woodbine to Forest Whitaker for the latter's directorial effort, "Strapped" (HBO, 1994). In that film, Woodbine portrayed an inner city youth selling drugs on the street and information to the cops to help his girlfriend get out of jail. Hollywood and other filmmakers soon took notice and the actor landed a small part in Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" (1994) before Doug McHenry cast him the key role of the bad-seed brother in "Jason's Lyric," (also 1994). The following year, Woodbine appeared as an Oakland youth who becomes a cohort of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in "Panther" and lent his magnetic screen presence to the role of a preacher who becomes enmeshed in a heist in the Hughes Brothers' "Dead Presidents". He went on to headline the critically-derided "Caught Up", supported the late...

A tall, handsome rising young star often cast as street-tough black youths, Bokeem Woodbine offered a number of startling performances in a succession of feature films and TV longforms since the early 1990s. Encouraged by his mother to apply for work as an extra in Ernest Dickerson's 1991 directorial debut, "Juice". he was hired as a stand-in and caught the notice of casting director Jaki Brown-Karman who later suggested Woodbine to Forest Whitaker for the latter's directorial effort, "Strapped" (HBO, 1994). In that film, Woodbine portrayed an inner city youth selling drugs on the street and information to the cops to help his girlfriend get out of jail. Hollywood and other filmmakers soon took notice and the actor landed a small part in Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" (1994) before Doug McHenry cast him the key role of the bad-seed brother in "Jason's Lyric," (also 1994). The following year, Woodbine appeared as an Oakland youth who becomes a cohort of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in "Panther" and lent his magnetic screen presence to the role of a preacher who becomes enmeshed in a heist in the Hughes Brothers' "Dead Presidents". He went on to headline the critically-derided "Caught Up", supported the late Chris Farley in his final film "Almost Heroes" and was involved in a kidnapping that goes awry in "The Big Hit" (all 1998).

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1991:
First film appearance, was an extra in "Juice"
1993:
TV acting debut in the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" entitled "Love Off Limits"
1994:
Had featured role in "Jason's Lyric"
1995:
Breakthrough screen roles in "Panther" and "Dead Presidents"
1996:
Co-starred in "Freeway," a modern riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story
1998:
Starred with Cynda Williams in "Caught Up"
1999:
Played a deaf mute named Can't-Get-Right in "Life," co-starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence
2000:
Featured as a regular on the NBC midseason sitcom "Battery Park"
2001:
Portrayed a detective who teams with a vampire cop in "The Breed" (aired on Starz!)
2001:
Co-starred in the feature, "3000 Miles to Graceland"
2004:
Portrayed Fathead Newman in the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" starring Jamie Foxx
2007:
Cast as a convict in the TNT drama, "Saving Grace"
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Education

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts: New York , New York -
The Dalton School: New York , New York -

Notes

As a youngster, Woodbine lived with his mother in a community of artists housed in a converted piano factory.

"I've been in this business for twelve years, and it's taken me that long to get to do a picture that has such importance and prestige. So there ain't no turning back now."---Woodbine on starring in the film "Ray to Venice, November 2004.

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