Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi

Highest Rated: 91% The Spectacular Now (2013)

Lowest Rated: 14% Cavemen (2013)

Birthday: Jun 14, 1988

Birthplace: Jos, Nigeria

A striking Nigerian actor, Oladayo A. Okeniyi (pronounced O-la-die-o Okay-ni-yi) appeared in several elementary school theatrical productions before his family moved to the United States in 2003. At the insistence of his father, a customs officer, and his mother, a literature teacher, Okeniyi earned his bachelor's degree in visual communications design in 2009. Following his dreams, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, cutting his professional teeth in the short films "Eyes to See" (2010) and "Lions Among Men" (2011). Okeniyi achieved a major breakthrough when he landed the role of the deadly but honorable Thresh in "The Hunger Games" (2012). As one of the 24 young men and women forced to fight to the death on a gruesome reality show, Okeniyi made a strong impression as the mysterious Thresh, who saves then spares the life of fellow competitor Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) after hearing how she honored his murdered fellow countrywoman, 12-year-old Rue (Amandla Stenberg). The acclaimed futuristic film, based on the immensely popular trilogy by Suzanne Collins, was poised to become a global blockbuster.


Highest Rated Movies



77% 69% Emperor Shields Green (Character) - 2020
33% 41% Good Kids Conch (Character) - 2016
27% 53% Terminator Genisys Danny Dyson (Character) $89.8M 2015
16% 58% Endless Love Mace (Character) $23.4M 2014
14% 58% Cavemen Andre (Character) - 2013
91% 76% The Spectacular Now Marcus (Character) $6.9M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Slew Hampshire Bro (Character) - 2013
84% 81% The Hunger Games Thresh (Character) $408M 2012


No Score Yet 74% Shades of Blue Michael Loman (Character) 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2016
90% 82% Bones Jarrick Henry (Guest Star) 2014
67% 65% Revolution Unknown (Guest Star) 2013


Clove says: [To Katniss] *Clove has pinned Katniss to ground and has knife to her neck* "Where's lover boy? Oh, I see. You're gonna help him, right? Well, that's sweet. You know, its to bad you couldn't help your little friend. That little girl. What was her name again? Rue? Well, we killed her and now we're gonna kill you." *Picks up smaller knife and is about to stab her in chest*

Thresh says: *Appears behind Clove, picks her up by neck and pins her to Cornucopia* D'you kill her?

Clove says: No!

Thresh says: I heard you.

Clove says: CATO!

Thresh says: You said her name. YOU SAID HER NAME! *smashes head on Cornucopia twice then drops her body. A canon is then heard. Turns to Katniss* Just this time twelve. For Rue.

Thresh says: I'll let you go this one time! For Rue.

Thresh says: Only this one time Katniss!

Thresh says: Did you kill her? I heard you! You said her name.

Thresh says: Just this once, 12. For Rue.

Thresh says: Just this once district 12, For Rue

Thresh says: Just this once district 12, for Rue.