Isaach De Bankolé

Highest Rated: 100% Otomo (2000)
Birthday: Aug 12, 1957
Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Though perhaps most famous for his work with director Jim Jarmusch, distinguished African-born actor Isaach de Bankolé actually spent his first 20 years onscreen building up a formidable resumé of collaborations with many maverick filmmakers, from Claire Denis to Julian Schnabel. That fact alone qualifies de Bankolé as something of a stalwart of contemporary independent cinema, a status helped to no small degree by his individualistic onscreen presence. Born as the tenth of 16 children, de Bankolé grew up in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan. As he reached his 17th birthday, he quickly made plans to move to Paris, enroll in university, and establish himself as an engineer. De Bankolé spent the next half-decade earning a degree in mathematics and a noncommercial pilot's license, but acting soon beckoned, much to the dismay of his family.Never one to be daunted, de Bankolé landed one of his first major roles soon thereafter, with a memorably complex lead in Claire Denis' Chocolat (1988). In that film, the actor played Protée, an intelligent and cultured African servant erotically drawn to his married Caucasian master (and she to him), but bound by the confines of a bigoted colonial society. De Bankolé then won a Best Actor César for his performance in Black Mic Mac (1986), which opened numerous doors for him. The actor subsequently teamed with some of the world's hottest contemporary directors, including Jarmusch, with Night on Earth (1991, as a put-upon Parisian cab driver), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), and Coffee and Cigarettes (2003); Nicolas Roeg, with the telemovie Heart of Darkness (1994); Marc Forster, with Stay (2005); and Michael Mann, with a small role in Miami Vice (2006). In 2007, de Bankolé essayed a small supporting role in Schnabel's offbeat drama The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
38% A Violent Man Actor 2019
95% This Is Congo Voice of Kasongo 2018
96% Black Panther River Tribe Elder $501.2M 2018
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) Jacques $3.9M 2017
17% The Last Witch Hunter Max Schlesinger 2015
No Score Yet Where the Road Runs Out Actor 2015
90% Calvary Simon Asamoah $5.1M 2014
No Score Yet Run Assa 2014
No Score Yet Délibáb (Mirage) Actor 2014
93% Mother Of George Executive Producer Ayodele Balogun $0.2M 2013
No Score Yet Black Mic Mac Actor 2013
No Score Yet Désordres (Chaos) Actor 2013
71% OKA! Mayor Bassoun $10.5K 2011
87% White Material The Boxer $0.4M 2010
No Score Yet I Am Slave Bah 2010
No Score Yet Ada dans la jungle (Ada in the Jungle) Actor 2010
43% The Limits of Control Lone Man $0.4M 2009
33% The Guitar Roscoe Wasz 2008
56% Battle in Seattle Abassi 2008
94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Laurent $5.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Fifth Patient Capt. Mugambe 2007
94% Casino Royale Steven Obanno $167.1M 2006
46% Miami Vice Neptune $63.5M 2006
No Score Yet 5up 2down Producer Hunter 2006
50% Manderlay Timothy 2006
No Score Yet Getting High Hunter Producer 2006
27% Stay Professor $3.4M 2005
No Score Yet Before It Had a Name Waiter 2005
37% The Skeleton Key Creole Gas Station Owner $47.8M 2005
38% From Other Worlds Abraham Kanga 2004
64% Coffee and Cigarettes Isaach $2M 2004
No Score Yet The Killing Zone Malcolm 2003
No Score Yet 3 A.M. Angus 2001
100% Otomo Otomo 2000
82% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Raymond 2000
No Score Yet Cassandra Wilson: Traveling Miles Director 2000
No Score Yet Cherry Menu Man 1999
77% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Mamadou 1998
17% The Keeper Jean Baptiste 1996
40% Heart of Darkness Mfumu 1994
No Score Yet Casa de Lava Leao 1994
75% Night on Earth Driver 1991
No Score Yet No Fear, No Die Dah 1990
14% How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer) Man 1990
No Score Yet Vanille-Fraise Hippolyte N'Go 1989
70% Chocolat Protee $0.2M 1988
No Score Yet Noir et Blanc Actor 1986

TV

CREDIT
54% Instinct
2018
Ben Richfield
  • 2018
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Larry Oliver
  • 2015
86% 24
2001-2014
President Motobo Ule Motobo Ule Matobo
  • 2009
  • 2008
84% The Unit
2006-2009
General Gardiah Togar
  • 2006

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