Riveting Facts About Daniel Sunjata’s Background, Filmography and Relationships

Daniel Sunjata Condon is an American actor who is contributing his quota to the entertainment industry through his acting talent in films and television series. Aside from appearing in films and TV shows, Sunjata is a voice actor and was featured in the TOCA Race Driver game as Nick Landers/James Randall. His recognition became massive when he appeared in the 2004-2011 FX series, Rescue Me as Franco Rivera.

Aside from his acting talent, Sunjata is known for his complexion, face, and physique. In 2003, he was named among the 50 Most Beautiful People by People’s Magazine. In the past, we have witnessed speculations about the actor’s sexuality which has been brought under the radar several times. Besides, Sunjata’s silence on the issue added fuel to the fire and the speculations keep rising by the day. Another fact that has led to speculations is his origin.

Daniel Sunjata Was Raised By Foster Parents

Daniel Sunjata was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the United States on December 30, 1971. He was born to a white teenage mother and an African-American father, however, the actor was not nurtured by his biological parents, Sunjata was adopted by an Irish and Italian-German parents, Bill and Catherine Condon. Bill earns a living as a police dispatcher while his wife Catherine is a civil rights worker.

His given name has always been a mystery to many since it is neither common nor English, Irish, or even German as his parents. His name is said to be of African origin in honor of an African King Sundiata Keita, who founded the Mali Empire. The name itself means “hungry lion.” When he came of age, the Chicago native was told that his birth mother absconded from home, probably because of her condition as a pregnant teenager. With his background information, his ancestry is said to be Black, German, and Irish.

His Academic History Reveals A Highly Educated Man With A Master’s In Fine Arts

The star of Rescue Me is one actor that is well-read, he graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. During his days as a high school student, Daniel Sunjata played football and was part of the State Championship football teams, playing in his capacity as a linebacker.

He later graduated from Florida A&M University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. To further his studies, Daniel attended the New York University’s Tisch School of Arts where he obtained a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Graduate Acting Program.

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Daniel Has Always Had A Place In Stage Productions

Daniel Sunjata has always been a part of the theatre since he started his career in acting. In 1998, he played the role of Valentino in Twelfth Night. He was cast in Take Me Out as Darren Lemming – a gay Major League Baseball player who comes out to the public in 2003. For his depiction of the role, the youngster got nominated for a Tony Award in the category of Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, as well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in A Play. The production which marked his breakout Broadway performance later won a Tony Award.

Sunjata has other acting credits on stage which include Cyrano de Bergerac where he was cast as Christian De Neuvillette. He played the role of Macduff in a 2013 theater production of Macbeth and showed up in The Country House, depicting the character of Michael Astor in 2014. The actor is still active in the theater, making a recent appearance in a stage production of Saint Joan as Dunois, Bastard of Orleans in 2018.

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His On-screen Debut Was Made In 1998

Sunjata began making onscreen appearances in 1998 where he played the role of Valentine in the television movie Twelfth Knight, or What You Will; he did this around the same time as his stage production of Twelfth Night. A couple of years down the line, in 2000 to be precise, Daniel Sunjata featured in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; he showed up in the Remorse episode, essaying the role of a Bomb Squad Officer. This role paved way for the actor, making him even more popular.

Also in 2000, he did some voice work in the video game series TOCA Race Driver, voicing the characters Nick Landers/James Randall. He also got roles in The Feast of all Saints in 2001 and All My Children in the same year. Daniel was in Sex and the City in 2002, depicting the character of a sailor on shore leave on the first post-9/11 themed episode. In 2004, he joined the cast of the movie Brother to Brother as the poet Langston Hughes and appeared as a fashion designer named James Holt in The Devil Wears Prada in 2006.

The prolific actor was part of the TV program Rescue Me in 2004, starring as firefighter Franco Rivera. The same year, he showed up in both Melinda and Melinda and Noel. The Bronx is Burning – an ESPN miniseries, featured him as Reggie Jackson during the summer of 2007. Daniel Sunjata was part of The Dark Knight Rises, a Christopher Nolan’s production where he appeared as a Special Forces Operative in 2012.

The Actor Became Quite Prolific With Several Other Productions To His Credit

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Daniel Sunjata on the set of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past image source

Between 2010 and 2011, the Chicago native was part of the cast of the television series Grey’s Anatomy as Nurse Eli. He was in At Risk (2010), the movie Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup featured him on set in 2009 and he started playing FBI agent Paul Briggs in Graceland from 2013. The show which aired on USA Network was later canceled three seasons later in 2015.

The actor’s other projects include At Risk and The Front (both in 2010), Smash (between 2012 and 2013), Notorious (2016), Animal Kingdom (2017), Manifest (2018), and recently, Simon (2019) where he featured in 3 episodes. Others are One for the Money, The Dark Knight Rises, and Gone. His most recent project is the series Prodigal Son, #FreeRayshawn, and The Twilight Zone all in 2020.

Who Is Daniel Sunjata’s Girlfriend Or Wife?

A lot is known about Daniel Sunjata but his intimate relationship has been kept away from the prying eyes of the media and remained a mystery to date. However, the actor has been seen in different places at different times with actress Rosalba Sierra and there had been speculations that they are dating. As in many cases with Sunjata, he has not come up to confirm or refute the claims.

Since his relationship status has always been unknown, it is very easy for people to speculate about his sexuality. His silence on the issue has further fueled speculations, leading many to label him a closeted gay, especially because of a few roles he has played. There is also no known fact as to whether or not Sunjata has any child.

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