Daniel Sunjata is an American film and television actor who is widely recognized for portraying Frank Riviera on Rescue Me. Since he began his career, he has found consistent work as a performer on the stage and beyond. He established himself as one of the veritable actors of the last decade, garnering fame and millions of fans in the process. The actor has been featured as the lead in several notable screen projects such as Graceland in which he starred as Paul Briggs. His other appearances include Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Notorious, One for the Money, The Bronx is Burning, The Dark Knight Rises, Bad Company, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
The Tony-nominated actor has received a number of honors over the course of his career. He has also been named on People’s 50 Most Beautiful People list. Asides from his professional achievements, Sunjata is also famous for his controversial political opinions. He is a strong believer in the conspiracy theory that the deadly 9/11 terrorist attack was orchestrated by the United States Government, and he has shared his views on the subject during several interviews as well as in some of his television roles.
Daniel Sunjata Bio
The actor was born Daniel Sunjata Condon on December 30, 1971. His biological mother was a runaway white teenager, while his father was a black man, which makes him an individual of mixed race. Shortly after he was born, he was adopted by Bill and Catherine Condon. Bill works as a police dispatcher and his wife was a civil rights activist. His adoptive parents named him Sundiata Keita, the famous African King who built the Mali Empire.
Sunjata was raised in Chicago. He attended Mount Carmel High School. He was a very athletic teenager, so he was a part of his school’s football squad where he played as a linebacker and helped the team bring home state championship titles. After he graduated from high school, he pursued his bachelor’s degree at Florida A&M University as well as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He then went to the Tisch School of Arts at New York University where he obtained an MFA.
He began his acting career by starring in Twelfth Night, or What You Will in 1998. His next television role was in D.C, followed by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He was then cast to play a sailor in a 9/11 themed episode of the hit series Sex and the City. In 2003, Sunjata made his debut Broadway appearance in the award-winning play Take Me Out, playing a gay baseball player. He received a Theatre World Award for his outstanding performance and picked up a Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nomination along the way.
In 2004, he starred in Brother to Brother as a fictionalized version of the poet and civil rights activist Langston Hughes. Daniel Sunjata also featured in The Devil Wears Prada, The Bronx is Burning, The Dark Knight Rises, and Rescue Me, earning national recognition for portraying the character, Franco Rivera. Sunjata other memorable roles were as Nurse Eli, one of the men who dated Dr. Miranda Bailey for a brief time on Grey’s Anatomy; and Paul Briggs, an FBI agent on the series Graceland. You might also recognize him from his theatre, television, and film appearances in The Country House, Macbeth, Animal Kingdom, Smash, Notorious, Love Monkey, One for the Money, Lullaby, Noel, and Small Town Crime.
Sunjata lent his voice and views as a narrator on the documentary, Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup, which explores the theory that the U.S. Government was involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Is He Gay, Married or Have a Girlfriend?
Daniel Sunjata’s love life has been the subject of much controversy over the course of his career. He has managed to keep his personal life under wraps and away from media attention by refusing to talk about his dating life during interviews except to say that he would never date anyone at work because that would only mess with the workflow if things were to go awry.
The actor has been rumored to be gay because he once played a gay character on Broadway, however, Sunjata has since dispelled these rumors by stating that he is straight. He is believed to have had a relationship with Rosalba Sierra and was pictured with her at several events and gatherings. Sunjata never confirmed their relationship status. At the moment, he doesn’t appear to be dating anyone and the handsome actor is still relishing his bachelor life.