Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje co-stars in ‘Concussion’ as real-life NFL player Dave Duerson, whose suicide marked a turning point in the discovery of a degenerative disease caused by repeated football injuries.
Here's Adewale with Will Smith, he plays the doctor who would later discover the condition known as ‘Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.’
Television audiences got their first glimpse of this in the ground breaking HBO original show “Oz”. Adewale played the heavily flawed character ‘Simon Adebisi,’ a murderous drug addict with intellect and brawn. The show received both widespread critical and audience acclaim which earned him two NAACP nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2000) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2001).
On the heels of Oz’s success, Adewale switched gears and took on the challenge of the big screen in the giant blockbuster “The Mummy Returns.” He then went onto “The Bourne Identity,” playing alongside Matt Damon in the iconic Jason Bourne action series. This was followed by Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’;” he stars alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and plays ‘Majestic,’ a brutally twisted drug lord.
Returning to the small screen in 2006, Adewale joined the cast of the hugely popular show LOST in its second season. The show’s rabid fan base was quick to embrace the mysterious ‘Mr Eko,’ and week after week he had the audience enthralled with his gripping portrayal. Adewale and the cast won the highly coveted “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) that year.
In the fall of 2013 Adewale was seen in two very different films. The first was the international box office hit “Thor: The Dark World” playing the dual villain roles of dark elf ‘Algrim’ and ‘Kurse’. The film has grossed over $600 million making it one of the biggest films of the year. Secondly, Adewale transitions from a major studio motion picture Blockbuster to the independent film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” with a role opposite of Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson.
Adewale’s other film credits include: “G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls,” “Congo,” “Unstoppable,” “Killer Elite,” alongside Robert DeNiro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham, and Universal Pictures classic remake of “The Thing.”
The last two years have been massive for Adewale in both television and film. In 2014 he starred opposite of Kit Harrington in Paul WS Anderson’s epic 3D film “Pompeii” and also played the role of Nash opposite of Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis in the remake of the classic Broadway musical “Annie.” No stranger to the small screen, the British Actor joined the cast of the NBC conspiracy thriller series “Odyssey” as well as appeared in the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones.”
Adewale continues to take Hollywood by storm as he recently started alongside Bryan Cranston in the critically acclaimed big-screen drama “Trumbo” which released earlier this fall. He can next be seen in Peter Landesman’s NFL drama Concussion for Sony opposite Will Smith, in which he portrays real-life NFL player ‘Dave Duerson.’
In 2015 Adewale joined the star-studded cast for the Warner Bros. adaptation of DC’s best-selling franchise, “Suicide Squad” including Viola Davis, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, due for release in 2016.
'Concussion' opens on Christmas Day.
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