• Daniel Sunjata is an American-born film, TV, and theater actor.
• He was born in Evanston, Illinois and raised by adoptive parents of mixed Italian, German, and Irish roots.
• He is an animal lover, philanthropist, and gym enthusiast.
• His career began in 1998 and he has appeared in numerous acclaimed series, films, and plays.
• He has earned an estimated net worth of around $2 million as of 2022.
Daniel Sunjata is an American-born film, TV and theater actor, who’s appeared in many acclaimed series such as “Rescue Me,” “Graceland” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” among others.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Daniel Sunjata Condon is a native of Evanston, Illinois, and was born under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 30 December 1971, which makes him 50 years old as of 2022. He spent his childhood days in Chicago, and was brought up by his adoptive parents, the civil rights worker Catherine Condon, and the police dispatcher Bill Condon, who are of mixed Italian, German, and Irish roots. Daniel’s second name means ‘hungry lion,’ and was given to him in honor of the Mali Empire founder and Mandinka ruler, Sundiata Keita. He was adopted when he was two years old – it’s believed that his biological parents were a white runaway teenager and an Afro-American man. When Daniel was asked about his take on adoption during an interview, he revealed that he believes that love is stronger and thicker than blood.
Sunjata went to the Chicago-based Mount Carmel High School, where he was physically active and was a linebacker for the school’s state-championship American Football team. He matriculated to Florida A&M University to study business, but later changed his course to fine arts. Thereafter, he joined the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, from where he graduated with a BA degree. Daniel later joined New York University Tisch School of Arts’ Graduate Acting Program, and eventually graduated with an MFA.
Hobbies and Facts
Sunjata is very keen on traveling, and has toured many US states for work and leisure. He has also toured many European destinations such as Italy, France and England.
He is an animal lover who has kept several pet dogs, is a dedicated philanthropist who regularly donates to animal charities, as well as to underprivileged children.
Moreover, the “Rescue Me” star loves working out to maintain his athletic body. He hits the gym at least four times per week, and follows a strict diet – he does not take sugar or fast food.
Daniel is a big fan of films and TV series and his favorites are the film series “The Matrix,” “Les Misérables,” and “The Sleepers.” His best-loved actors are Keanu Reeves, Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.
Theater and Film Appearances
Daniel made his theatrical debut in 1998 as Valentine in the play “Twelfth Night”, and five years later, he performed in another play, “Take Me Out.” In 2007, he appeared in “Cyrano de Bergerac”, and his recent appearances have been in the productions “Macbeth” (2013), “The Country House” in the year that followed, and “Saint Joan” in 2018.
Sunjata made his film debut as Officer Carew in the 2002 action-comedy movie “Bad Company”, sharing the screen with the likes of Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. In 2004, he appeared in four films including “Brother to Brother” and “Melinda and Melinda.” In 2006, he landed a role in the Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, and Anne Hathaway-starring drama movie “The Devil Wears Prada.” Before the decade ended, he was seen in the films “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup.”
2010 saw Sunjata starring as Alejandro in the movie “Weakness”, before he appeared in the films “One for the Money” and the Christopher Nolan-directed action thriller, “The Dark Night Rises,” which starred Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. In 2014, he appeared in the drama “Lullaby”, and later in the 2017 thriller “Small Town Crime.”
Daniel made his TV debut in 2000 as Lewis Freeman in several episodes of the series “D.C.” and in the same year, he appeared in an episode of the acclaimed series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In 2001, he appeared in the hit soap opera “All My Children” before he made his career breakthrough with the starring role of Franco Rivera in the hit comedy-drama “Rescue Me.” He shared the screen with Steven Pasquale, Michael Lombardo, and Denis Leary and appeared from 2004 to 2011. In 2007, he appeared in eight episodes of the drama “The Bronx is Burning” and his following roles were in single episodes of several series, such as “Lie to Me” (2009) and “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2010.
Daniel’s fame skyrocketed when he was cast for a recurring role in the drama “Graceland,” in which he appeared in 38 episodes (2013-2015). In 2016, he appeared in 10 episodes of the TV series “Notorious”, and one episode of “Animal Kingdom” in the year that followed. Some of his recent appearances have been in “Happy!” in 2019 and “The Twilight Zone” and “Prodigal Son” in the year that followed.
Correction: The guest actor in these photos is Daniel Sunjata (FOX listed the wrong name on their website) https://t.co/g0TgaWCSC2
— Prodigal Son (@prodigalmalcolm) January 23, 2020
Previously, Daniel appeared in an infomercial for the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime. He also voiced James Randall and Nick Landers in the 2002 video game “TOCA Race Driver.”
In 2003, Daniel was nominated for a Broadway Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance in Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play “Take Me Out.” 2003 also saw Daniel ranked among the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine and he also scooped a Theater World Award in the same year. Additionally, he won an Image award (NAACP) nomination in the category of Outstanding Actor in a TV movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special for his role in “The Bronx Is Burning” in 2008.
Daniel’s sexuality has been the subject of controversy – some believe that he’s gay because he’s portrayed many gay characters in productions such as “Take Me Out,” “Brother to Brother,” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” He’s never confirmed or denied these rumors; he’s unmarried and without children as of 2022.
In 2005, Daniel was dating an unidentified girlfriend before he rose to stardom; the duo had even moved in together in his Harlem-based apartment. Then he allegedly dated a woman named Rosalba Sierra, a Venezuelan immigrant, but their relationship was short-lived. The duo first met in 2006 at an eatery where Sierra worked and made several public appearances together – they were spotted at Cyrano Opening Night and Party in 2007. Most of Daniel’s fans thought that he had secretly walked the aisle with Sierra, while others assumed that he had paid her to pose as his lover to cover up the fact that he’s gay.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Daniel is of mixed Black, Irish and German ethnicity, and has a pair of dark brown eyes and black hair. He stands 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (82kgs). One of his distinctive features is his prominent jawline; he also likes to maintain short stubble or a box-shaped beard.
Sunjata’s prolific acting career has seen him earn a good sum. He’s appeared in several high-value films and TV series since 1998, such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Sex and the City” among others – the former had a box office collection of over $1 billion. He‘s earned an estimated net worth of around $2 million, as of 2022.