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

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Falling into an acting career on a whim, Bokeem Woodbine was born in Harlem in 1973. His first love was music; he was playing guitar in a number of rock bands and saving up to have a tattoo of the continent of Africa inked onto his arm when he landed a chance to work as an extra on the film "Juice" (1992). The 18-year-old jumped at the chance to earn some extra money, and though his face never turned up in the finished film, the casting director on the film saw something in him. She called him in later to audition for Forest Whitaker's directorial debut, the HBO film "Strapped" (HBO, 1993). Soon, Woodbine was landing roles in highly relevant films like "Crooklyn" (1994) and "Dead Presidents" (1995). Taking his career as an actor ever more seriously, he would go on to co-star on series like "Battery Park" (NBC, 2000) and "Saving Grace" (TNT, 2007-2010), as well as in movies like "The Rock" (1996), "Ray" (2004), and "Total Recall" (2011). In 2015, Woodbine appeared in the acclaimed role of hitman Mike Milligan on the series "Fargo" (FX, 2014-), earning him major praise from audiences and critics alike. He would go on to play the villain Shocker in "Spider-man: Homecoming" (2017) before joining the cast...

Falling into an acting career on a whim, Bokeem Woodbine was born in Harlem in 1973. His first love was music; he was playing guitar in a number of rock bands and saving up to have a tattoo of the continent of Africa inked onto his arm when he landed a chance to work as an extra on the film "Juice" (1992). The 18-year-old jumped at the chance to earn some extra money, and though his face never turned up in the finished film, the casting director on the film saw something in him. She called him in later to audition for Forest Whitaker's directorial debut, the HBO film "Strapped" (HBO, 1993). Soon, Woodbine was landing roles in highly relevant films like "Crooklyn" (1994) and "Dead Presidents" (1995). Taking his career as an actor ever more seriously, he would go on to co-star on series like "Battery Park" (NBC, 2000) and "Saving Grace" (TNT, 2007-2010), as well as in movies like "The Rock" (1996), "Ray" (2004), and "Total Recall" (2011). In 2015, Woodbine appeared in the acclaimed role of hitman Mike Milligan on the series "Fargo" (FX, 2014-), earning him major praise from audiences and critics alike. He would go on to play the villain Shocker in "Spider-man: Homecoming" (2017) before joining the cast of the true crime series "Unsolved" (USA, 2018-).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Overlord (2018)
2.
 Spider-Man (2017)
3.
 Night Crew, The (2016)
4.
 AWOL 72 (2016)
6.
 Guardian Angel (2014)
7.
8.
 Host, The (2013)
9.
 Riddick (2013)
10.
 1982 (2013)
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2001:
Co-starred in the feature, "3000 Miles to Graceland"
1991:
First film appearance, was an extra in "Juice"
1995:
Breakthrough screen roles in "Panther" and "Dead Presidents"
2007:
Cast as a convict in the TNT drama, "Saving Grace"
2000:
Featured as a regular on the NBC midseason sitcom "Battery Park"
1999:
Played a deaf mute named Can't-Get-Right in "Life," co-starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence
1996:
Co-starred in "Freeway," a modern riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story
2001:
Portrayed a detective who teams with a vampire cop in "The Breed" (aired on Starz!)
2004:
Portrayed Fathead Newman in the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" starring Jamie Foxx
1998:
Starred with Cynda Williams in "Caught Up"
1993:
TV acting debut in the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" entitled "Love Off Limits"
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Appeared in the sci-fi actioner "The Last Sentinel."
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Played Moss in the sci-fi adventure film "Riddick."
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Made his screen debut in the HBO urban drama "Strapped."
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Acted in "Crooklyn" and "Jason's Lyric."
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Played Sergeant Crisp in the action film "The Rock."
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Became a series regular alongside Holly Hunter on "Saving Grace."
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Appeared in the remake of "Total Recall."
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Gave a critically acclaimed performance as Mike Milligan on the second season of "Fargo."
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Played Shocker in "Spider-man: Homecoming."
2018:
Joined the cast of the series "Unsolved."
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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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