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Also Known As: Clayton Pinney Died:
Born: August 22, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Islington, England, GB Profession: actor, model, producer, screenwriter, insurance salesman, aerobics instructor, English teacher

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A tall, well-built and striking performer of African descent, London-born, Nigerian-raised Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was a physically imposing presence with a booming voice, cool exterior and impossible-to-ignore onscreen charisma. Working his way through higher education as a model, Akinnuoye-Agbaje headed for the States after earning his Master's degree in law and was quickly scooped up for the 1992 hit music videos "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" by En Vogue and "Love No Limit" by Mary J Blige. Just bubbling under the surface, Akinnuoye-Agbaje did more modeling work and began to win acting roles in hits like "Congo" (1995) and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (1995) His unique look, compelling accent and penetrating stare would separate him from fellow performers, and he landed significant roles in the thriller "The Deadly Voyage" (HBO 1996) and an updated take on "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (ABC 1997). His breakthrough came with a three-year arc as villainous drug dealer Simon Adebisi on edgy prison drama "Oz" (HBO 1997-2003). While appearing on "Oz," Akinnuoye-Agbaje also essayed the kinder, gentler cabbie Winston on the comedy-drama "Linc's" (Showtime 1998-2000), created by...

A tall, well-built and striking performer of African descent, London-born, Nigerian-raised Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was a physically imposing presence with a booming voice, cool exterior and impossible-to-ignore onscreen charisma. Working his way through higher education as a model, Akinnuoye-Agbaje headed for the States after earning his Master's degree in law and was quickly scooped up for the 1992 hit music videos "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" by En Vogue and "Love No Limit" by Mary J Blige. Just bubbling under the surface, Akinnuoye-Agbaje did more modeling work and began to win acting roles in hits like "Congo" (1995) and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (1995) His unique look, compelling accent and penetrating stare would separate him from fellow performers, and he landed significant roles in the thriller "The Deadly Voyage" (HBO 1996) and an updated take on "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (ABC 1997). His breakthrough came with a three-year arc as villainous drug dealer Simon Adebisi on edgy prison drama "Oz" (HBO 1997-2003). While appearing on "Oz," Akinnuoye-Agbaje also essayed the kinder, gentler cabbie Winston on the comedy-drama "Linc's" (Showtime 1998-2000), created by Tim Reid. During this period, he also appeared in cable biopic "Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble" (Showtime 2000) and the direct-to-video comedy "Kat & Allison" (2001). The over-the-top sequel "The Mummy Returns" (2001) offered Akinnuoye-Agbaje the opportunity to wow his largest big-screen audience yet as the bloodthirsty Lock-Nah, mastermind behind the scheme to reincarnate the mighty Imhotep. Key supporting roles in action blockbuster "The Bourne Identity" (2001) and hip hop-themed gangster drama "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" (2005) raised his screen identity prior to his TV return as the mysterious Mr. Eko on hit ABC drama "Lost" (ABC 2004-2010) in its second season. After his story arc on that complex series was completed, Akinnuoye-Agbaje returned his focus to films, beginning with a starring role in ensemble action hit "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009), followed by key roles in science fiction horror reboot "The Thing" (2011), British-made John Steinbeck adaptation "Best Laid Plans" (2012), Sylvester Stallone thriller "Bullet to the Head" (2013) and Marvel Cinematic Universe effort "Thor: The Dark World" (2013). Akinnuoye-Agbaje continued in this varied fashion, co-starring in films ranging from special effects blockbuster "Pompeii" (2013) and musical reboot "Annie" (2014) to Oscar-contender dramas "Trumbo" (2015) and "Concussion" (2015). Along with the starring voice role in animated action-adventure "Bilal" (2016), Akinnuoye-Agbaje co-starred as supervillain Killer Croc in DC Comics supervillain ensemble "Suicide Squad" (2016).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Elizabeth Blue (2017)
2.
 Suicide Squad (2016)
3.
 Concussion (2015)
4.
 Trumbo (2015)
5.
 Pompeii (2014)
6.
 Annie (2014)
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 Faster (2010)
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1994:
Made TV debut on an episode of Showtime's "Red Shoe Diaries"
1995:
Had early feature credits in the films "Congo" and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"
1996:
Appeared in HBO adventure thriller "Deadly Voyage"
1997:
Played Cabe Attucks in the updated ABC miniseries production of "Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
1997:
Guest starred on an episode of "Cracker" (ABC) playing a priest who doesn't remember murders he may have committed
1998:
Had a recurring role as a Nigerian cab driver on the Showtime comedy series "Linc's"
1999:
Acted in the gangster-themed "Legionnaire"
2000:
Featured in "Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble" on Showtime
2001:
Played a villain in the sequel "The Mummy Returns"
2005:
Co-starred in the semi-autobiographical drama about rap artist 50 Cent "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'" directed by Jim Sheridan
2005:
Joined the second season of the ABC drama "Lost" as Mr. Eko, a mysterious man dwelling on the island
2010:
Landed a bit part opposite Dwayne Johnson in "Faster"
2011:
Cast opposite Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, and Jason Statham in the action feature "Killer Elite"
2011:
Cast in the sci-fi mystery feature "The Thing"
2012:
Joined the cast of the BBC action series "The Hunted"
2013:
Co-starred opposite Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in "Thor: The Dark World"
2017:
Nabbed a supporting role in the drama "Elizabeth Blue"
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Education

King's College London: -

Notes

The name Adewale means "the crown has arrived".

Akinnuoye-Agbaje on his brutal "Oz" character Adebisi: "I think, essentially, they're the same. But it's just that, in society, you learn to curb your natural instincts when they go too far. In terms of the drive, the determination, the conviction, it's the same. It's just that I don't go killing people, I don't rape people. You curb yourself outside." --quoted in a 1999 interview at the "Oz" homepage at HBO.com/OZ

"Being a black man in Europe and then an Afro-European in Africa, you have your foot in both places but don't really belong in any of them and you're trying to find your voice. In Europe, we were very familiar with the black American experience, but [in America] they're not that familiar with the Afro-European generation that existed. So this is really the Afro-European black voice that has not really been heard." -- Akinnuoye-Agbaje to Daily News, April 15, 2001, describing a film project based on his own life.

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