Isaach De Bankolé

Isaach De Bankolé

Highest Rated: 100% Otomo (2000)

Lowest Rated: 14% How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (1989)

Birthday: Aug 12, 1957

Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

With chiseled, sphinx-like features, Isaach DeBankolé is a striking presence in the independent film world. Born on the Ivory Coast of Africa, he moved to Paris to study engineering. The acting bug bit him there and, at the age of 19, he landed his first starring role in the cross-cultural Thomas Gilou comedy "Black Mic Mac" (1986). Two years later, he was working with internationally acclaimed director Claire Denis on her celebrated "Chocolat," an interracial romantic drama set amidst the prejudices of colonial French Cameroon. In '91 he began a career-long collaboration with the godfather of modern indies, director Jim Jarmusch. First playing a put-upon cabbie in the "Paris" segment of the slice-of-life anthology "Night on Earth," he later accumulated similar roles in the urban fable "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" and the "No Problem" segment of 2003's "Coffee and Cigarettes," a filmic collection of conversational vignettes. These smaller roles culminated in a lead part in Jarmusch's moody crime piece "The Limits of Control" ('09). He has also worked with famed director Nicolas Roeg on a television version of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," with Marc Forster in the mind-bending "Stay," and with Julian Schnabel in the extraordinary biopic "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." DeBankolé is known to a far wider audience as Ule Matobo, the president of the fictional country Sangala on season seven of the explosively popular action series "24."

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
62% 41% French Exit Julius (Character) $181.5K 2020
33% 94% Shaft Pierro "Gordito" Carrera (Character) $21.4M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Me! Bernard (Character) - 2017
44% 72% A Violent Man Pete (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Is Beltza Wilson Clever (Voice) - 2017
No Score Yet 60% Double Play Ernesto (Character) - 2017
18% 43% The Last Witch Hunter Max Schlesinger (Character) $27.4M 2015
No Score Yet 33% Mirage Francis (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Run Assa (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 44% Where the Road Runs Out George (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2014
89% 80% Calvary Simon (Character) $3.6M 2014
91% 65% Mother of George Ayodele Balogen (Character),
Executive Producer
$142.5K 2013
71% 43% Oka! Amerikee Bassoun (Character) $18.4K 2010
No Score Yet 76% I Am Slave Bah (Character) - 2010
43% 43% The Limits of Control Lone Man (Character) $425K 2009
86% 64% White Material The Boxer (Character) $302.8K 2009
80% 67% 24: Redemption President Ule Matobo (Character) - 2008
33% 55% The Guitar Roscoe Wasz (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 42% The Fifth Patient Mugambe (Character) - 2007
56% 65% Battle in Seattle Abassi (Character) $223.5K 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet 5up 2down Unknown (Character) - 2006
94% 89% Casino Royale Obanno (Character) $167M 2006
46% 43% Miami Vice Neptune (Character) $63.4M 2006
No Score Yet 75% 5 Up 2 Down Hunter (Character) - 2006
38% 58% The Skeleton Key Creole Gas Station Owner (Character) $47.8M 2005
50% 75% Manderlay Timothy (Character) $74.2K 2005
No Score Yet 8% Before It Had a Name Waiter (Character) - 2005
38% No Score Yet From Other Worlds Abraham (Character) - 2004
64% 75% Coffee and Cigarettes Isaach (Character) $2M 2003
No Score Yet 42% 3 a.m. Angus (Character) - 2001
100% 83% Otomo Otomo (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 50% Cherry Menu Man (Character) - 1999
83% 86% Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Raymond (Character) $3.3M 1999
77% 72% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Mamadou (Character) $1.8M 1998
17% No Score Yet The Keeper Jean Baptiste (Character) $8.3K 1996
No Score Yet 55% Down to Earth Leão (Character) - 1994
40% 37% Heart of Darkness Mfumu (Character) - 1994
75% 91% Night on Earth Driver (Character) $2M 1992
No Score Yet 78% No Fear, No Die Dah (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanille Fraise Hippolyte N'Go (Character) - 1989
14% No Score Yet How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired Vieux (Character) $29.8K 1989
70% 67% Chocolat Protée (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Cops Unknown (Character) - 1987

TV

Credit
54% 62% Instinct Ben Richfield (Guest Star) 2018
93% 91% The Good Wife Larry Oliver (Guest Star) 2015
87% 85% 24 Ute Matobo (Guest Star) 2009
84% 79% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
92% 98% The Sopranos Father Obosi (Guest Star) 2001
77% 81% The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 1992

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