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American Actor Starring in TV Series, "Fargo"

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 Bokeem Woodbine Biography

With the encouragement of his actress mother, Woodbine entered show biz at age 19 as a stand-in and extra in Ernest Dickerson's directorial debut, the hip-hop classic Juice (1992), starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. In the following year, he made his TV acting debut in the CBS Schoolbreak Special entitled "Love Off Limits." His appearance was noticed by casting director Jaki Brown-Karman who later recommended him to Forest Whitaker for the latter's directorial effort, the HBO television movie Strapped (1993), in which he co-starred with Michael Biehn.

After playing a small part opposite Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly and Zelda Harris in Spike Lee's semi-biographical film Crooklyn (1994), Woodbine landed a featured role in Doug McHenry's romantic drama film Jason's Lyric (1994), as the title role's (played by Allen Payne) bad brother Joshua, who was obviously bound for a violent end, dealing drugs for short-term cash and joining a gang plotting a bank robbery. In the following year, he secured breakthrough screen roles in writer/director Mario Van Peebles' semi-historic film about the origins of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, Panther, portraying a Panther member named Tyrone, and in the Hughes brothers' fact-based action/thriller film Dead Presidents, as Cleon, a religious yet deadly staff sergeant. Woodbine subsequently co-starred with Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland and Brooke Shields in writer/director Matthew Bright's dark comedy/thriller film Freeway (1996), a modern riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story, and was cast alongside Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris for Michael Bay's blockbuster action movie The Rock (1996), as Gunnery Sergeant Crisp. That same year, he also appeared in 2Pac's music video for "I Ain't Mad at Cha."

In 1997, Woodbine had an uncredited role as Mud in Vondie Curtis-Hall's directorial debut, Gridlock'd, an intelligent dark comedy starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth and Thandie Newton, and was spotted as a guest in an episode of Fox's cop drama series New York Undercover. Afterwards, he was paired with Cynda Williams, playing her ex-con new boyfriend Daryl, in writer/director Darin Scott's crime/drama film Caught Up, played an assassin team member for a mob boss in Kirk Wong's comedy-action movie The Big Hit, starring Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips, and co-starred with Chris Farley and Matthew Perry in Christopher Guest's comedy film Almost Heroes (all three in 1998). In 1999 he collaborated with John Goodman, Courteney Cox, Ron Eldard and Joe Mantegna in Ron Moler's drama/thriller The Runner and portrayed a deaf mute named Can't Get Right in Ted Demme's comedy drama Life, starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.

Entering the new millennium, Woodbine was featured as a regular on the NBC midseason sitcom Battery Park and played Dr. Damon Bradley, who later turned out to be a serial rapist, in the short-lived CBS medical drama City of Angels, the latter of which earned him a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also guest starred in an episode of Showtime's popular drama series Soul Food, starred as FBI Agent Gottfried in Sacrifice, a TV movie based on Mitchell Smith's novel of the same name, and teamed with Justin Pierce playing two desperate con-men trying to blackmail a psychotic doctor who may just be a serial killer in the Baluzy brothers' thriller film BlackMale. Additionally, he appeared in the Wu-Tang Clan's music videos for their songs "Protect Ya Neck", "Gravel Pit", and "Careful (Click, Click)".

2001 saw Woodbine teaming up with Kevin Costner, Christian Slater and David Arquette to plan a daring raid on the Riviera hotel and casino in Las Vegas during International Elvis Week in the thriller feature 3000 Miles to Graceland, and also lent his voice to its short animated prequel film Road to Graceland. He also played an FBI agent who teams with a good vampire cop (played by Adrian Paul) in The Breed, which aired on Starz! in lieu of a theatrical release.

After reteaming with Christian Slater in the action/adventure film Hard Cash (aka Run for the Money, 2002) and co-starring with Elizabeth Berkley and Randall Batinkoff in Jonathan Winfrey's action/drama thriller film Detonator (2003), Woodbine went to portray prolific saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman in the Taylor Hackford-directed and Jamie Foxx-starring Oscar-winning biopic Ray (2004), about legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. Meanwhile, he starred in the made-for-TV movies Sniper 2 (2002), Jasper, Texas (2003), and Why Blitt? (2004), as well as guest-starred in an episode of Fox action series Fastlane and CBS cop/crime drama CSI: Miami.

In the next years, Woodbine played a cop in the drama/thriller The Circle (2005), played a prisoner in Stuart Gordon's adaptation of David Mamet's play, Edmond (2005), starring William H. Macy, and starred as Deborah Cox's once-promising boxer husband who spent ten years in prison and finds it difficult to readjust to civilian life, in the dramatic film Blood of a Champion (2006). He also appeared alongside Tamala Jones in a small drama/sci-fi film called Confessions and in an independent film titled The Champagne Gang (both in 2006). On the small screen, he could be seen in an episode of Fox's ongoing crime-drama Bones and ABC's short-lived cop drama The Evidence, as well as two episodes of Spike TV's Blade: The Series, based on Marvel Comics' character and popular film series.

As recently as 2007, Woodbine appeared in Sticky Fingaz' musical drama film A Day in the Life, starring Omar Epps and Mekhi Phifer, and two films by Jesse V. Johnson: the low-budget sci-fi/action movie The Last Sentinel (alongside Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Katee Sackhoff), and the action film The Butcher, opposite Eric Roberts. He also landed a series regular, as Leon Cooley, an inmate on death row, in the TNT crime/drama series Saving Grace, starring Academy Award–winning actress Holly Hunter in her first TV series. Meanwhile, he was spotted as a guest on CBS legal drama Shark starring James Woods, and the USA Network crime/legal drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also appeared in the TV commercial for VisitLasVegas.com.

In 2008 Woodbine completed his next film, Jesse V. Johnson's The Fifth Commandment, and The Poker House, a drama directed by Lori Petty. He then filmed writer/director Jake Torem's Letting Go and Sticky Fingaz's feature Caught on Tape, along with Vivica A. Fox and Cedric the Entertainer. His 2010 films were Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright, with Aidan Quinn and Andy Garcia, Little Murder, with Josh Lucas and Terrence Howard, and the M. Night Shyamalan-produced supernatural thriller Devil. He has also appeared as an officer on the critically acclaimed series Southland (2011).

Woodbine's scene-stealing role as killer Mike Milligan in 2015's Fargo (season 2) was originally written as a 50-year-old potbellied Italian man. Woodbine's audition so impressed showrunner Noah Hawley that he gave Woodbine the part. In December 2015, he received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries for this role.

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Bokeem Woodbine Biography

With the encouragement of his actress mother, Woodbine entered show biz at age 19 as a stand-in and extra in Ernest Dickerson's directorial debut, the hip-hop classic Juice (1992), starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. In the following year, he made his TV acting debut in the CBS Schoolbreak Special entitled "Love Off Limits." His appearance was noticed by casting director Jaki Brown-Karman who later recommended him to Forest Whitaker for the latter's directorial effort, the HBO television movie Strapped (1993), in which he co-starred with Michael Biehn.

After playing a small part opposite Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly and Zelda Harris in Spike Lee's semi-biographical film Crooklyn (1994), Woodbine landed a featured role in Doug McHenry's romantic drama film Jason's Lyric (1994), as the title role's (played by Allen Payne) bad brother Joshua, who was obviously bound for a violent end, dealing drugs for short-term cash and joining a gang plotting a bank robbery. In the following year, he secured breakthrough screen roles in writer/director Mario Van Peebles' semi-historic film about the origins of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, Panther, portraying a Panther member named Tyrone, and in the Hughes brothers' fact-based action/thriller film Dead Presidents, as Cleon, a religious yet deadly staff sergeant. Woodbine subsequently co-starred with Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland and Brooke Shields in writer/director Matthew Bright's dark comedy/thriller film Freeway (1996), a modern riff on the Little Red Riding Hood story, and was cast alongside Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris for Michael Bay's blockbuster action movie The Rock (1996), as Gunnery Sergeant Crisp. That same year, he also appeared in 2Pac's music video for "I Ain't Mad at Cha."

In 1997, Woodbine had an uncredited role as Mud in Vondie Curtis-Hall's directorial debut, Gridlock'd, an intelligent dark comedy starring Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth and Thandie Newton, and was spotted as a guest in an episode of Fox's cop drama series New York Undercover. Afterwards, he was paired with Cynda Williams, playing her ex-con new boyfriend Daryl, in writer/director Darin Scott's crime/drama film Caught Up, played an assassin team member for a mob boss in Kirk Wong's comedy-action movie The Big Hit, starring Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips, and co-starred with Chris Farley and Matthew Perry in Christopher Guest's comedy film Almost Heroes (all three in 1998). In 1999 he collaborated with John Goodman, Courteney Cox, Ron Eldard and Joe Mantegna in Ron Moler's drama/thriller The Runner and portrayed a deaf mute named Can't Get Right in Ted Demme's comedy drama Life, starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.

Entering the new millennium, Woodbine was featured as a regular on the NBC midseason sitcom Battery Park and played Dr. Damon Bradley, who later turned out to be a serial rapist, in the short-lived CBS medical drama City of Angels, the latter of which earned him a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also guest starred in an episode of Showtime's popular drama series Soul Food, starred as FBI Agent Gottfried in Sacrifice, a TV movie based on Mitchell Smith's novel of the same name, and teamed with Justin Pierce playing two desperate con-men trying to blackmail a psychotic doctor who may just be a serial killer in the Baluzy brothers' thriller film BlackMale. Additionally, he appeared in the Wu-Tang Clan's music videos for their songs "Protect Ya Neck", "Gravel Pit", and "Careful (Click, Click)".

2001 saw Woodbine teaming up with Kevin Costner, Christian Slater and David Arquette to plan a daring raid on the Riviera hotel and casino in Las Vegas during International Elvis Week in the thriller feature 3000 Miles to Graceland, and also lent his voice to its short animated prequel film Road to Graceland. He also played an FBI agent who teams with a good vampire cop (played by Adrian Paul) in The Breed, which aired on Starz! in lieu of a theatrical release.

After reteaming with Christian Slater in the action/adventure film Hard Cash (aka Run for the Money, 2002) and co-starring with Elizabeth Berkley and Randall Batinkoff in Jonathan Winfrey's action/drama thriller film Detonator (2003), Woodbine went to portray prolific saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman in the Taylor Hackford-directed and Jamie Foxx-starring Oscar-winning biopic Ray (2004), about legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. Meanwhile, he starred in the made-for-TV movies Sniper 2 (2002), Jasper, Texas (2003), and Why Blitt? (2004), as well as guest-starred in an episode of Fox action series Fastlane and CBS cop/crime drama CSI: Miami.

In the next years, Woodbine played a cop in the drama/thriller The Circle (2005), played a prisoner in Stuart Gordon's adaptation of David Mamet's play, Edmond (2005), starring William H. Macy, and starred as Deborah Cox's once-promising boxer husband who spent ten years in prison and finds it difficult to readjust to civilian life, in the dramatic film Blood of a Champion (2006). He also appeared alongside Tamala Jones in a small drama/sci-fi film called Confessions and in an independent film titled The Champagne Gang (both in 2006). On the small screen, he could be seen in an episode of Fox's ongoing crime-drama Bones and ABC's short-lived cop drama The Evidence, as well as two episodes of Spike TV's Blade: The Series, based on Marvel Comics' character and popular film series.

As recently as 2007, Woodbine appeared in Sticky Fingaz' musical drama film A Day in the Life, starring Omar Epps and Mekhi Phifer, and two films by Jesse V. Johnson: the low-budget sci-fi/action movie The Last Sentinel (alongside Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Katee Sackhoff), and the action film The Butcher, opposite Eric Roberts. He also landed a series regular, as Leon Cooley, an inmate on death row, in the TNT crime/drama series Saving Grace, starring Academy Award–winning actress Holly Hunter in her first TV series. Meanwhile, he was spotted as a guest on CBS legal drama Shark starring James Woods, and the USA Network crime/legal drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also appeared in the TV commercial for VisitLasVegas.com.

In 2008 Woodbine completed his next film, Jesse V. Johnson's The Fifth Commandment, and The Poker House, a drama directed by Lori Petty. He then filmed writer/director Jake Torem's Letting Go and Sticky Fingaz's feature Caught on Tape, along with Vivica A. Fox and Cedric the Entertainer. His 2010 films were Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright, with Aidan Quinn and Andy Garcia, Little Murder, with Josh Lucas and Terrence Howard, and the M. Night Shyamalan-produced supernatural thriller Devil. He has also appeared as an officer on the critically acclaimed series Southland (2011).

Woodbine's scene-stealing role as killer Mike Milligan in 2015's Fargo (season 2) was originally written as a 50-year-old potbellied Italian man. Woodbine's audition so impressed showrunner Noah Hawley that he gave Woodbine the part. In December 2015, he received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries for this role.

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  • How to book Bokeem Woodbine?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bokeem Woodbine for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bokeem Woodbine, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bokeem Woodbine or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bokeem Woodbine?

    Booking fees for Bokeem Woodbine, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bokeem Woodbine, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bokeem Woodbine?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bokeem Woodbine for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bokeem Woodbine for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bokeem Woodbine or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bokeem Woodbine or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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