Known for his roles in Rescue Me and Graceland, Daniel Sunjata is an American actor who works consistently in television, film and theatre. In Graceland, he played one of the undercover agents from various law enforcement agencies who live together in a confiscated beach house in Southern California, called Graceland, which they all use as their base of operation.
In Rescue Me, he played Franco Rivera, a firefighter of Puerto Rican/Mexican descent who is one of the reliable and most skilled members of the main group of firefighters. He is also the resident ladies’ man until he finds out he has a five-year-old daughter he didn’t know about when her mother died of a cocaine overdose. Franco delivered a layered and acclaimed performance during his run on Rescue Me, gaining him public recognition.
Daniel Sunjata Bio
Daniel Sunjata Condon was born on the 30th of December, 1971 in Chicago. He attended Mount Carmel High School, an all-boys Catholic high school in Chicago. He played football while he was in high school and was a linebacker for two state championship football teams.
After Mount Carmel High School, he attended Florida A&M University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for his undergraduate studies. He later attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for his master’s degree in fine arts from the Graduate Acting Program.
Parents & Ethnicity
He was adopted by a civil rights worker and a police dispatcher – Bill and Catherine Condon. His parents are of Italian, German and Irish descent. His adoptive parents named him after the African King and founder of the Mali Empire – Sundiata Keita. His name means ‘hungry lion’.
Daniel Sunjata was told that his birth father was black and his birth mother was a white teenager who ran away from home – which simply means that Daniel is biracial and of mixed ethnicities.
Gay, Married, Wife, Girlfriend
Daniel Sunjata has made special efforts to keep his private life…well, private. As a result, not a lot is known about his previous relationships even though there have been speculations about his sexuality. Currently, he has not addressed the rumours to either confirm or deny them. But he has exclusively been in relationships with women (that the media know little about.)
What is known, however, is that Daniel Sunjata is currently unmarried and still a single guy.
Net Worth & Career
Daniel Sunjata currently has a net worth of $2 million. His wealth is as a result of years in the industry and his prolific career path.
In 1998, he made his television debut in the TV film – Twelfth Night, or What You Will. He later appeared in the television series D.C. as Lewis Freeman. D.C. also starred Gabriel Olds, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jacinda Barrett and Kristanna Loken. Later in, 2002, he got cast as Burt Trevor in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
He was cast in the first post-9/11 themed episode of Sex and The City as a sailor on shore leave.
On the movie front, he appeared as a fashion designer, James Holt, in The Devil Wears Prada and then he played Langston Hughes – a playwright, poet, novelist, social activist, and columnist – in the film Brother to Brother.
However, he didn’t receive national recognition until he was cast in Rescue Me which ran from 2004 till 2011. He also starred as Reggie Jackson in the ESPN miniseries, The Bronx Is Burning. From 2010-2011, he played Nurse Eli on Grey’s Anatomy – his character had a relationship with Dr. Miranda Bailey.
In 2012, he was cast in the one most anticipated movies of the year, The Dark Knight Rises, where he appeared as a Special Forces Operative.
On the theatre front, he starred in the Broadway play Take Me Out where he played a gay Major League Baseball player who comes out to the public. For his role in Take Me Out, he won a Theatre World Award for his breakout performance. He was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award.
After Rescue Me, he was cast as Paul Briggs on Graceland, which was cancelled after three seasons.
It is all these years of steady roles, diverse characters and overall wise choices that have brought his total net worth to this present $2 million.
Daniel Sunjata Height, Weight And Other Facts
Full Name: Daniel Sunjata Condon
Profession: Actor, Producer, Director
Height: 6ft 1inch (185cm)
Weight: 84 kg (185lbs)
Race: Mixed Ethnicity
Date of Birth: December 30, 1971
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Marital Status: Single
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Net Worth: $2 million