At age 19, Harlem native Bokeem Woodbine secured the lead role in HBO’s Strapped, Forest Whitaker’s directorial debut. He moved to Los Angeles shortly after completing the film Jason’s Lyric, with Jada Pinkett Smith. Since then, Woodbine has pursued his dream of becoming a film actor while balancing a passion for music. Along the way, he has worked alongside Academy Award®-winning actors and with many of today’s top directors, producers and television networks.
To date, Woodbine has appeared in films of all genres, including Ray, alongside Jamie Foxx; Life, with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence; Devil; Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi thriller The Host, with Saoirse Ronan; and most recently Riddick, with Vin Diesel.
Woodbine’s other selected film credits include Len Wisemen’s recent remake of the cult classic Total Recall, where he starred opposite Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale; Scott Sanders’ Black Dynamite; Michael Bay’s The Rock; the Hughes brothers’ Dead Presidents; and the independent films Five Thirteen and 1982 .
Woodbine has appeared in numerous television series and movies, including recurring roles on Saving Grace and the gripping police drama Southland. Woodbine can also be seen in AMC’s Battle Creek, from creator Vince Gilligan.