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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (/ˌædeɪˈwɑːleɪ ˌækᵻˈnuː.eɪ ɑːɡˈbɑːdʒeɪ/ was born on the 22nd of August 1967. He is a British actor and former fashion model.

He is best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost, and Simon Adebisi on Oz.

His more recent roles include Malko in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones, providing the voice to the title character on the animated series Major Lazer, Dave Duerson in the NFL biopic drama Concussion, and Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK. He is fluent in several languages, including Yoruba, Italian, and Swahili. He can “get along” in a few other languages, including French.

When he was only six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in Tilbury. His foster parents had at least ten African children, including Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s two sisters, living in their house at certain points. His foster father made a living as a lorry driver and struggled to support the family financially.

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When he was eight years old, his biological parents brought him back to Nigeria but, as he was unable to speak the Yoruba language and forbidden by his parents to speak English, he was returned to Tilbury shortly thereafter. The brief exposure to Nigeria left him struggling to reconcile his heritage with the distinctly English culture and environment he was raised in.

As a teenager facing a cultural identity crisis, he joined a local skinhead gang in order to escape racial persecution at their hands. At 16 years old, having become a violent thief, his foster parents sent him to a boarding school in Surrey where he ultimately attempted suicide before coming to terms with his background and turning his life around

He went on to earn a Law degree from King’s College London and a Masters in Law from the University of London. While a university student, Akinnuoye-Agbaje worked in a clothes shop where he was introduced to the world of modeling. His modeling career eventually led him to Hollywood, where he began his acting career with a 1995 role in Congo

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His best known acting roles have been as the imposing convict Simon Adebisi in the 1990s HBO prison series Oz and as Mr. Eko on ABC’s survivor drama Lost. He has numerous film credits since he began acting in 1994 and has appeared in many top films, including The Bourne Identity, in which he played a deposed African dictator, Hitu the police officer in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, and Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

In 2009, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was in talks with Marvel Studios to play the superhero Black Panther in a proposed film of the same name. In an interview, he stated his excitement about the possibility, saying that “the timing is so right” for a black superhero, and “while I’m in my prime, this is the time… I’m going to keep knocking on their door.” In 2014 Marvel did announce a Black Panther film, though with Chadwick Boseman in the title role.

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Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also stated that he will be directing a film about his life story. More recently, he guest starred in the second episode of season 8 of Monk, and played Derek Jameson in the 2011 film The Thing. He portrayed Kurse in the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World. He portrayed the character Malko in the fifth season of Game of Thrones. In 2015 it was reported that Akinnuoye-Abaje voices the lead character of Bilal, a film about the life of Bilal Ibn Rabah set to be released in the second half of the year. In 2016, he co-starred in the action film Suicide Squad, as the Batman villain Killer Croc.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje has went from a skinhead thief to a Nichiren Buddhist and a member of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje previous asked to be written off Lost, citing a desire to return to London after his parents’ deaths and to direct a film there.

Here’s a list of films, television series and music video; Mr. Akinnuoye-Agabaje has been in! Check them out, all I know is that he’s definitely something nice to watch!

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Film

Year Title Role Director Notes
1995 Congo Kahega Frank Marshall  
1995 Delta of Venus The Clairvoyant Zalman King  
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Hitu Steve Oedekerk  
1996 The Deadly Voyage Emmanuel John Mackenzie  
1998 Legionnaire Luther Peter MacDonald  
2000 Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble Joe James Keach  
2001 The Mummy Returns Lock-Nah Stephen Sommers  
2001 Lip Service Sebastion Shawn Schepps  
2002 Bourne Identity, TheThe Bourne Identity Nykwana Wombosi Doug Liman  
2004 Unstoppable Junod David Carson  
2005 Mistress of Spices, TheThe Mistress of Spices Kwesi Paul Mayeda Berges  
2005 On the One (Preaching to the Choir) Bull Sharky Charles Randolph-Wright  
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin’ Majestic Jim Sheridan  
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Heavy Duty Stephen Sommers  
2010 Faster The Evangelist George Tillman, Jr.  
2011 Killer Elite The Agent Gary McKendry  
2011 Thing, TheThe Thing Derek Jameson Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.  
2012 Best Laid Plans Joseph David Blair  
2013 Bullet to the Head Morel Walter Hill  
2013 Thor: The Dark World Algrim the Strong / Kurse Alan Taylor  
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Pike George Tillman, Jr.  
2014 Pompeii Atticus Paul W.S. Anderson  
2014 Annie Nash Will Gluck  
2015 Trumbo Virgil Brooks Jay Roach  
2015 Concussion Dave Duerson Peter Landesman  
2016 Bilal Bilal Khurram Alavi Voice only
2016 Suicide Squad Waylon Jones / Killer Croc David Ayer  

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Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 New York Undercover Cliff Ramsey  
1996–1999 Linc’s Winston Iwelu  
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Cabe Attucks  
1997–2000 Oz Simon Adebisi  
2005–2006 Lost Mr. Eko Main Cast (Season 2–3): 21 episodes
2009 Monk Samuel Waingaya  
2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn    
2012 Hunted Deacon Crane  
2015 Major Lazer Major Lazer/Evil Lazer (voice)
2015 Game of Thrones Malko  
2015 American Odyssey Frank Majors  

Music videos

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