Olugbenga Enitan Temitope "Gbenga" Akinnagbe / / BENG-gə ə-KEEN-ə-bay is an American actor and writer, best known for his roles as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire and as Larry Brown on the HBO series The Deuce.
Akinnagbe in 2012
|Born||1978/1979 (age 40–41)|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Akinnagbe was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Yoruba Nigerian parents, and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the second oldest of six children, with one older sister and four younger brothers, and the first in his family to be born in the United States. He attended Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. He attended Bucknell University on a wrestling scholarship, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and English. Akinnagbe's cousin is rapper Wale.
Akinnagbe played Ben Ellis in the episode "Contenders" on the TV series Numb3rs. In the summer of 2006, Akinnagbe performed the role of "Zim" in the NYC Fringe Festival's "Outstanding Play" award-winning production of Modern Missionary. In 2003, Akinnagbe auditioned for the role of Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire and starting in 2004 began a frequent recurring role. In 2008 during the show's fifth and final season, he was promoted to a series regular.
In 2007, Akinnagbe appeared in the film The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura Linney, and Philip Bosco. He appeared in the remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, which was released by Sony in June 2009. Akinnagbe made a guest appearance on a season 10 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode entitled "Hell" as Elijah Okello, a former Ugandan child soldier living in New York, facing deportation. Akinnagbe's former The Wire castmate Robert Wisdom also appeared in that episode as Father Theo Burdett. In 2010 in Seattle, Washington Akinnagbe starred in the world premiere play The Thin Place at The Intiman Theatre. He was also in the movie Lottery Ticket and appeared on The Good Wife as Pastor Isiah Easton. His former co-star from The Wire, Frankie Faison, portrayed his father on The Good Wife in several episodes. He also starred as Kelly Slater, a nurse in the third season of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. He also starred in leading roles in two independent films, as Jack in Home, directed by Jono Oliver, and as James in Big Words, directed by Neil Drumming. He appeared as a drug lord in the USA series Graceland and starred as Tom in The Following. He also starred as CIA Agent Erik Ritter in 24: Live Another Day. In October 2016 he began shooting the feature film Starbright.
Gbenga has had two articles published in The New York Times, one detailing a trip to Nepal to climb the Himalayas, and the other outlining the medical procedures he underwent to correct his severely flat feet.
|2005||They're Made Out of Meat||Merlin||Short film|
|2009||The Taking of Pelham 123||Wallace|
|2010||Edge of Darkness||Darcy Jones|
|2011||Clap (One Day)||Police Officer||Short film|
|2013||Fort Bliss||Sgt. Butcher|
|2014||Render to Caesar||Dipo|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||Agent Travis|
|2017||Detroit||Aubrey Pollard Sr.|
|2018||All the Devil's Men||Samuelson|
|2019||The Sun Is Also a Star||Samuel Kingsley|
|2004–2008||The Wire||Chris Partlow||28 episodes|
|2006||Conviction||Gary Wade||1 episode|
|2007||Numb3rs||Ben Ellis||Episode: "Contendors"|
|2008||Cold Case||Victor Nash '05/'08||Episode: "Street Money"|
|2009||Fringe||Akim||Episode: "The No-Brainer"|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Elijah Okello||Episode: "Hell"|
|2009||Dark Blue||Dante Rollings||Episode: "August"|
|2009||Maggie Hill||Elliot Springer||Television film|
|2010–2015||The Good Wife||Pastor Isaiah Easton||7 episodes|
|2011||Blue Bloods||Pierre||Episode: "All That Glitters"|
|2011–2012||Nurse Jackie||Kelly Slater||8 episodes|
|2011||Chase||John Macon||Episode: "The Man at the Altar"|
|2011||A Gifted Man||Dr. Leo 'Bax' Baxter||2 episodes|
|2012||Damages||Walid Cooper||4 episodes|
|2012||Elementary||Jeremy Lopez||Episode: "The Leviathan"|
|2012–2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Father Biobaku||2 episodes|
|2014||24: Live Another Day||Erik Ritter||11 episodes|
|2015||The Following||Tom||11 episodes|
|2015–2016||Limitless||Quentin Walker||2 episodes|
|2016||Madam Secretary||Chris Santumari||Episode: "Desperate Remedies"|
|2017||Mercy Street||Saga||Episode: "House of Bondage"|
|2017–2019||The Deuce||Larry Brown||Main cast|
|2020||Evil||Lando Mutabazi||Episode: "Justice x 2"|
|2001||The Oedipus Plays||Soldier|
|2002||Romeo and Juliet||Ensemble|
|2002||Cyrano de Bergerac||Le Bret|
|2003||Henry V||A French Messenger|
|2005||The Controversy of Valladolid||A Black Servant|
|2007||A View From 151st Street||Dwight|
|2010||A Thin Place||Isaac|
|2013||The Rainmaker||Bill Starbuck|
|2018||To Kill a Mockingbird||Tom Robinson|
- Kim, Jae-Ha (24 May 2011). "Celebrity Traveler: Nigeria to Mexico, actor finds charm". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Bale, Miriam (21 November 2013). "A Place, and Prescription, of One's Own". New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Berkowitz, Joe (15 September 2017). "Here's Everybody From 'The Wire' Who Now Works on 'The Deuce'". Fast Company. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
- Drake, David (25 June 2013). "20 Things You Didn't Know About Wale". Complex Music. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- He also featured in limitless Modern Missionary
- Berson, Misha (17 May 2010). "Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe stars in Intiman Theatre's 'The Thin Place'". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Ausiello, Michael (21 October 2010). "Exclusive: 'The Wire' grad Gbenga Akinnagbe joins 'Nurse Jackie'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Steed, Munson (19 July 2013). "'Big Words' Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe finds comfort in the uncomfortable". Rolling Out. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Andreeva, Nellie (20 December 2013). "24: Live Another Day Adds 2 New Regulars". Deadline. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Gbenga Akinnagbe on IMDb
- Gbenga Akinnagbe at AllMovie
- Gbenga Akinnagbe interview on HoboTrashcan.com
- Gbenga bio from HBO's The Wire Website
- Insomniac Magazine Interview by Dirty Angel November 17, 2006, Retrieved February 26, 2007
- Gbenga Akinnagbe NY Times article 9/27/2009 "In Nepal, a Long, Cold Climb to Inspiration"
- Gbenga Akinnagbe NY Times article 5/3/2010 "My Left Foot: The High Cost of Fallen Arches"