More Boris Kodjoe Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Madea's Family Reunion)Boris Kodjoe, was born in Vienna, Austria, to Ursula Kodjoe, a psychologist from Germany, and Eric Kodjoe, a physician from Ghana, West Africa. He grew up in Germany with brother Patrick and sister Nadja, where he went to school and where his parents exposed him to athletics and the arts early in his life. He became one of the best tennis players in the country and was amongst the top ten junior players in the world. In the fall of 1992 he accepted a Tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
While studying in Richmond, he was approached by an agent of the Ford Modeling agency in New York, but went on to earn his marketing degree in May of 1996. After graduation in June, he joined Ford in New York and his career skyrocketed immediately when he booked twelve campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent, the GAP, within the first seven months. He worked with photographers like Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Mathew Rolston, and Marco Glaviano for all the major publications, such as Vogue, GQ, and Esquire, making him one of the few recognizable faces amongst male Supermodels. Boris' impressive track record was awarded with a Supermodel Award at the Fall '98 fashion shows.
Hollywood soon took notice in Boris. While studying with acting coach Janet Alhanti, he started guest starring on such sitcoms as Steve Harvey and For Your Love, and he was featured in the Spike Lee produced feature film Love and Basketball, starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.
Soon he was starring in Brown Sugar, a film also starring Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, and Nicole Ari Parker (for which he was nominated for an NAACP Award for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture) and in the Showtime series Soul Food. The roles prompted an instant onslaught of scripts from all major studios. He also starred in the feature film The Playmaker, then sold a pitch, named Papa was..., to Fox Searchlight. 'Papa was..' is currently in development. He also wrote and sold a Reality TV show, named Undercover, to VH1.
In April 2004, Boris starred in the Sony/Screen Gems produced Hard Time. He then produced and starred, alongside Nicole Parker, in the Paramount/UPN pilot Second Time Around. 2005 brought a starring role in The Gospel.
Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Madea's Family Reunion" (08-Apr-2006)
Biography #3 (for Brown Sugar)Boris Kodjoe was seen in LOVE & BASKETBALL with Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. He is currently developing a project for Fox Searchlight entitled PAPA WAS, in which he will star and produce.
Kodjoe received a 2002 NAACP Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his second season on Soul Food. He has also guest-starred on the sitcom For Your Love.
Kodjoe joined the Ford Modeling agency in 1997. His career skyrocketed immediately when he booked 12 campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent and the GAP, within the first seven months. He worked with photographers like Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Mathew Rolston and Marco Glaviano for major publications, such as Vogue, GQ and Esquire. His impressive track record was awarded with a Supermodel Award at the Fall ë98 fashion shows. He can currently be seen in magazine ads and on billboards worldwide for Polo Ralph Lauren.
Kodjoe's website (www.BorisOnLine.com) is one of the most popular sites among women and men of all ages.Queen Latifah will next be seen in Miramax's CHICAGO with Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger. She recently completed work on BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, in which she stars and serves as executive producer.
Bio courtesy Fox Searchlight for "Brown Sugar" (31-Oct-2002)