Who is Daniel Sunjata? Wiki Bio
Daniel Sunjata Condon was born in Evanston, Illinois USA, on 30 December 1971, so his zodiac sign is Capricorn and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, best known for portraying Franco Rivera in the comedy drama TV series “Rescue Me”.
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Early life and education
Daniel has been told that his mother ran away from home as a teenager leaving him behind, and that his father is black. They named him after Sundiata Keita, an African prince who founded the Mali Empire, and it means ‘a hungry lion’. Daniel was raised in Chicago by his adoptive parents Bill Condon, who was working as a policeman, and Catherine Condon who was a civil rights worker.
Daniel grew up being interested in football, and during the time spent at Mount Carmel High School he played for two football teams which were competing in the State Championship. He became interested in acting upon enrolling at Florida A&M University l,ater switching to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, from which he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1993. He continued his education at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, obtaining his Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 1996.
Appearances in movies and theatre plays
He made his debut film appearance in the action comedy film “Bad Company” in 2002, appearing alongside Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock and portraying Officer Carew.
He appeared in three films in 2004 entitled “Melinda and Melinda”, “Noel”, and “Brother to Brother”, while the year 2006 saw him portray a side role as James Holt in the critically acclaimed comedy drama film “The Devil Wears Prada”, which starred Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt. He appeared as Brad in the romantic comedy movie “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”, and was then invited to serve as the narrator of the film “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup”, which covered how the 9/11 attacks were actually planned by the US government – Daniel has stated that he believes in this theory.
He starred as Alejandro in the film “Weakness” in 2010, and then appeared in three movies in 2012, entitled “One for the Money”, “Gone”, and the critically acclaimed “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Two of his latest roles in movies have been in “Lullaby” in 2014, and “Small Town Crime” in 2017. Daniel made his debut theatre appearance in 1998 as Valentine in “Twelfth Night”, and was then praised for his performance as Darren Lemming in “Take Me Out” in 2003, being nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, and a Drama Desk Award for an Outstanding Actor in a Play, while he won a Theatre World Award. He went on to portray Christian De Neuvillette in “Cyrano de Bergerac” in 2007, while his latest roles in theatre plays have been in “Macbeth” in 2013, “The Country House” in 2014, and “Saint Joan” in 2018. Daniel also voiced both Nick Landers and James Randall in the video game “TOCA Race Driver” in 2002.
Roles in TV series
Daniel made his debut TV series appearance in 2000, playing the recurring character Lewis Freeman in seven episodes of the drama series “D.C.”, and in the same year portrayed the Bomb Squad Officer in the episode “Remorse” of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.
He appeared as Zachary Pell in the award-winning soap opera “All My Children” in 2001, and was then invited to guest star in “Sex and the City” in 2002. Daniel gained recognition after he portrayed CSU Technician Burt Trevor in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” from 2002 to 2004, as the directors decided that they wanted him back in the show after the episode “Remorse”. In 2003, “People Magazine” voted him among the 5, in the story 0 most beautiful people.
He became famous all around the US after portraying the lead character Franco Rivera in the comedy drama series “Rescue Me”, which also starred Denis Leary, Michael Lombardo and Steven Pasquale in the story of a firefighter frightened of his job, and the fact that his ex-wife is seeing another man.
Daniel was shooting for the show from 2004 to 2011 and he and his colleagues were rewarded with a Satellite Award for the Best Cast in a Television Series.
He appeared in a single episode of “Law & Order” in 2005, and four episodes of “Love Monkey” in 2006, before portraying Reggie Jackson in eight episodes of the drama series “The Bronx is Burning” in 2007 – for this performance, Daniel was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for an Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
He went on to appear in single episodes of many series, such as “Great Performances” in 2008, “Lie to Me” in 2009, and “30 Rock” in 2010 before appearing in eight episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012 and 2013, Daniel portrayed Peter Gillman in four episodes of the musical drama “Smash”, and was then praised for his portrayal of the lead character Paul Briggs in the drama series “Graceland”, appearing in all 38 episodes between 2013 and 2015. He was then seen in 10 episodes of “Notorious” in 2016, and a single episode of “Animal Kingdom” in 2017, while some of his latest appearances in TV series have been in “Happy!” in 2019, and “Prodigal Son” and “The Twilight Zone” in 2020.
Is Daniel Sunjata married? Girlfriend or gay?
Rumors started circulating the internet about the popular actor being gay, after he portrayed the gay character Darren Lemming in the play “Take Me Out”. However, instead of addressing the rumors, the actor decided to bring his girlfriend Rosalba Sierra with him to the Cyrano Opening Night & Party in 2007.
Rosalba is an immigrant from Venezuela, and the two reportedly met at a restaurant in 2006 at which Rosalba was working. It is widely believed that they broke-up in 2009, while some of Daniel’s fans still claim that he is gay and how he paid Rosalba to act as his girlfriend so that he could stop the rumors.
Daniel currently appears to be single, hasn’t married, and has no children. He has stated how he does not like dating his colleague actresses, as he believes business and love shouldn’t be mixed.
Hobbies and other interests
Daniel likes to exercise and has four to six training sessions at the gym each week – thus his muscular body – and he is also following a somewhat strict diet plan as he doesn’t eat fast food nor sugar, but has one cheat meal every week and mostly chooses pancakes and pizza for it. He is a lover of animals and has a pet dog, while he has donated money to animal shelters as well as to charity organizations helping underprivileged children.
He is keen on travelling, and has been all around the US for both work and pleasure, and has visited several European countries too, such as England where he has also worked, France and Italy. Daniel has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Robert De Niro, Keanu Reeves, and Anne Hathaway while some of his favorite movies are the trilogy “The Matrix”, “The Sleepers”, and “Les Miserables” among others.
Appearance and net worth
Daniel is 48 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, is 6ft 1ins (1.85m) tall, and weighs around 178lbs (81kgs). As of April 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $2 million.