Bokeem Woodbine grew up in Harlem New York. At the age of 19, he secured the lead role in the HBO production of Forest Whitaker’s directorial debut Strapped.
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1. Bokeem Woodbine was born in Harlem, New York, on April 13, 1973.
2. Woodbine attended the prestigious Dalton School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side before transferring to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in the city.
3. He made his TV acting debut in the CBS School break 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 in 1993.
4. Woodbine has worked with other major African American filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles and the Hughes Brothers in the films Crooklyn (1994), Panther (1995) and Dead Presidents (1995).
5. He appeared in Tupac’s music video for “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” in 1996.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Woodbine was cast in the Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: Homecoming as Shocker, one of four villains, alongside Michael Keaton, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Chernus in 2016.