American actor Bokeem Woodbine is known for his appearance in Fargo Season 2, where he played the role of Mike Milligan. His role in the series brought him to the big screen, as he has since been given further roles in well-known films. After winning several awards for his role in Fargo, he continued to prove himself in the industry. It will be interesting to learn more about the actor’s career and private life.
Bokeem Woodbine Bio
He was born on April 13, 1973, in Harlem, New York. Bokeem’s mother, an actress, became a strong inspiration for her son, who would eventually pursue her profession. He attended the Dalton School in Manhattan and later moved to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where his acting skills were honed.
Bokeem Woodbine made his acting debut in 1992 in the film Juice, directed by Ernest Dickerson. The film, starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps, drew much attention to the actor and he began to get more and more roles. In 1993 he played the leading role in Love Off Limits. Woodbine was remarkable in the CBS Schoolbreak Special and caught the attention of Jaki Brown-Karman, who drew the attention of director Forest Whitaker to the talented boy.
Whitaker subsequently cast him in the film Strapped, also in 1993, and his appearance in the film made him popular and he began working with such renowned filmmakers as Mario Van Peebles, Spike Lee, and many others. In 1994 he played the leading role in Spike Lee’s Crooklyn. The following year he played a role in Mario Van Peebles’ Panther and also starred in the Dead Presidents of the Hughes Brothers.
After starring in several films with Tupac Shakur, Woodbine remained friends with the legendary musician over the years; the two worked together musically and also starred in films. He appeared in Tupac’s 1996 music video I Ain’t Mad at Cha. The two also played together in the film Gridlock’d directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall. However, Tupac did not live to see the release of the film.
Woodbine received a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the medical drama series City of Angels. In Ray (2004) he played the role of David Fathead’ Newman in David Fathead’ Newman, a saxophonist. The film is a biopic that tells the story of Ray Charles, the legendary musician. Woodbine has appeared in a number of films and television series. He played the lead role in two episodes of Blade: The Series. He also starred in the music drama A Day in the Life with Omar Epps in the lead role.
In 2009 he starred in Black Dynamite and the following year he starred in the thriller Devil. He was cast as one of the four villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) by Marvel Studio. In 2018 he played the role of Officer Daryn Dupree in the series “Unsolved”.
Family – Parents, Mother
Not much is known about the actor’s father, who is also known as Bo. But as already mentioned, it is a fact that his mother, who is also an actress, influenced his decision to become an actor himself. After Bo’s father and his mother divorced, they went separate ways and the actor stayed with his mother.
Personal Life – Wife, Kids
Bookeem Woodbine talks very privately about his private life. But that does not prevent the curious media from digging into his life. The actor is married to Mahiely Woodbine. The dates are not fixed, but the couple has been married for a long time.
The Woodbines always perform together at award ceremonies and other events. Together they have a daughter. Woodbine loves to spend time with his wife and daughter and is always with them during the vacations.
Other Facts You Need To Know
- Bokeem’s role as Daryn Dupree in the Netflix series “Unresolved” was that of real Officer Dupree, who was one of the investigators of the murder of Tupac Shakur and the murder of Notorious BIG.
- Bokeem Woodbine first greeted the screen at the age of 19 when he starred as an extra in the musical film Juice.
- Bokeem’s role in Fargo made him famous in the industry.
- Some of his awards include prizes and nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics’ Choice Television Award.