Popularly known for his role in Rescue Me and Graceland, Daniel Sunjata is an American actor who has worked in various television, film, and theatre.
One of the most versatile actors of this generation, Daniel’s role changes with each frame. From Sailor to Poet to even social activists, with each role, he brings something new to the audience. And we devour it with our eyes to our heart’s content.
Today we will talk more about this versatile actor who has been in the industry for over a decade now. Well, let’s learn more about Daniel right now.
Before we move any further, let’s know more about him through these facts first.
Daniel Sunjata: Quick Facts
Daniel Sunjata Condon
December 30, 1971
Actor, Producer, Director
Evanston, Illinois, United States
6 ft 1 inch (185cm)
84 kg(185 lbs)
Daniel Sunjata Biography- Childhood and Parents
Daniel Sunjata was born on December 30, 1971, in Chicago. As of now, he is 48 years old. Sunjata is an adopted son of Bill and Catherine Condon. His father, Bill, is a police officer, and his mother is a civil rights worker. Both of Daniel’s parents are of Irish and Italian-German Descent.
At the same time, it has been told that his biological father was black, and his mother was a white teenager who ran away from home. Hence, it can be concluded that Daniel is of mixed ethnicity. However, their whereabouts are still unknown.
Moreover, Sunjata is named in honor of African King Sundiata Keita, founder of the Mali Empire. His name literally translates to a ‘hungry lion.’ He certainly lives off to his name.
Early Life and Education
Daniel attended an all-boys Catholic high school, Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. During his school life, Sunjata played football as a linebacker for two state championship football teams.
After Mount Carmel High School, Daniel attended Florida A&M University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for his undergraduate studies. Furthermore, the American actor attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for his Master’s Degree in fine arts from the Graduate Acting Program.
Daniel Sunjata: Career and Movies
After graduation, Daniel kicked started his career playing small parts in movies and TV shows. In 1998, he made his TV debut from the TV film- Twelfth Night, aka What You Will.
Then after two years, in 2002, he got cast as Burt Trevor in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Daniel was also cast in Sex and The City. He starred as a sailor on shore leaves in the first post-9/11 themed episode.
For the most part, Daniel played various roles, including fashion designer James Holt in The Devil Wears Prada, and Langston Hughes, a playwright, poet, novelist, social activist, and columnist- in the film Brother to Brother.
Breakthrough in Career- Rescue Me
But, it was not until 2004, where he starred in ‘Rescue Me,’ that the versatile actor got the national recognition he needed. The show aired for seven years from 2004-2011. This show gave his career the boost and placed him as one of the top actors.
After Rescue Me, Daniel was cast as Paul Briggs on Graceland, but the show was canceled after three seasons in 2015.
Nonetheless, the actor continued his profession and starred in The Bronx Is Burning as Reggie Jackson in the ESPN miniseries. In the same manner, the versatile actor starred as a love interest of Dr. Miranda Bailey in the hit TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Eli.
In 2012, the young star was cast in one of the most anticipated movies of the year, The Dark Knight Rises. In fact, the versatile actor appeared as a Special Forces Operative.
Alongside the silver screen, Daniel was also active in theater. Daniel starred in the Broadway play Take Me Out as a gay Major League Baseball player who comes out to the public. For his role in Take Me Out, Daniel won a Theatre World Award. In addition, Daniel was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award.
Net Worth and Income
With all the steady roles and diverse characters and his dedication to honing the craft has brought him significant success. Along with the recognition, Daniel has also made a fortune for himself.
As of 2020, Daniel Sunjata’s net worth is $2 million. Other information, such as his assets and cars are unknown. But we will get back into it as soon as possible.
Daniel Sunjata: Personal Life- Married or Dating?
The 47-year-old actor is still single and is enjoying his bachelor life. Daniel has always kept his personal life away from the prying eyes of the media. Because of this, nothing can be said of his love life.
Furthermore, the actor was accused of being gay a few years ago. The rumors might have spread during his time in the theatres. In one of the shows, Daniel portrayed the role of a gay baseball player in the play titled ‘Take Me Out.’ Similarly, it might have been his believable acting that got the audience to question his sexuality.
However, the rumor was dropped when the actor has seen dating women. Women we don’t know any information about. Sadly, it is the truth.
Well, wherever his interest lies, we hope Daniel finds his love without any delay.
Social Media Presence
Currently, the bachelor and a versatile actor, Daniel is only active on Twitter.