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Isaach De Bankolé

Highest Rated:   100% Otomo (2000)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
16% The Last Witch Hunter
  • Max Schlesinger
2015
No Score Yet Where the Road Runs Out
  • Actor
2015
89% Calvary
  • Simon Asamoah
$5.1M 2014
No Score Yet Délibáb (Mirage)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Run
  • Actor
2014
93% Mother Of George
  • Executive Producer
$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
88% 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
42% The Limits of Control
  • Lone Man
$0.4M 2009
33% The Guitar
  • Roscoe Wasz
2008
55% Battle in Seattle
  • Abassi
2008
94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Laurent
$5.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Black Widow
  • Waiter
2007
No Score Yet The Fifth Patient
  • Capt. Mugambe
2007
95% Casino Royale
  • Steven Obanno
$167.1M 2006
47% Miami Vice
  • Neptune
$63.5M 2006
No Score Yet 5up 2down
  • Hunter
  • Producer
2006
50% Manderlay
  • Timothy
2006
No Score Yet Getting High
  • Producer
  • Hunter
2006
27% Stay
  • Professor
$3.4M 2005
No Score Yet The Black Widow
  • Actor
2005
38% The Skeleton Key
  • Creole Gas Station Owner
$47.8M 2005
38% From Other Worlds
  • Abraham Kanga
2004
65% 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
73% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Larry Oliver
  • 2015
89% 24
2001-2014
  • President Motobo Ule Motobo Ule Matobo
  • 2009
  • 2008

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