Gbenga Akinnagbe

Gbenga Akinnagbe

Highest Rated: 100% Big Words (2013)

Lowest Rated: 8% Phantom Halo (2014)

Birthday: Dec 12, 1978

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

Gbenga Akinnagbe was a film and TV character actor who was best known for his role as a murderous Baltimore drug dealer named Chris Partlow on HBO's "The Wire" (2002-08). The son of Nigerian parents, Akinnagbe was the first of his siblings to be born in the United States. He was born in Washington, D.C. on December 12, 1978, but grew up in the D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland. Although he always dreamt of being an actor, Akinnagbe spent the better part of his teens and early 20s as a star wrestler. He earned a wrestling scholarship to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where he studied Political Science and English. After graduating, however, Akinnagbe came to the realization that in order to pursue his dream of acting, he'd have to hang up his wrestling shoes for good. He then started acting in plays in and around Maryland, where he honed his craft while learning to perform in front of an audience. His true passion, however, was to act in film and on television. Then in 2003, Akinnagbe was granted the opportunity of a lifetime when he was asked to audition for the role of Chris Partlow on a new TV drama called "The Wire." Akinnagbe nailed the role and from seasons one to four he was one of the best-known recurring characters on the show. In 2008, as "The Wire" entered its fifth and final season, Akinnagbe was bumped up to series regular, which would prove to be the biggest break of his career. After his bump up to series regular on "The Wire," the roles started pouring in. Over the next few years, Akinnagbe landed supporting roles in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" (2009), "Edge of Darkness" (2010), and "Red & Blue Marbles" (2011), to name a few. He also landed recurring parts on several television shows, like "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009-2015), "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-16), and "The Following" (Fox, 2013-15). Returning to movies in 2015, Akinnagbe landed a supporting part in the crime thriller "Phantom Halo." The film was the directorial debut of Antonia Bogdanovich, daughter of Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich.

Highest rated movies

Big Words
The Savages
Fort Bliss




90% 85% Passing Dave (Character) - 2021
52% 61% The Sun Is Also a Star Samuel Kingsley (Character) $4.9M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Egg Wayne / Tina's husband (Character) - 2018
100% 40% Egg Wayne (Character) - 2018
23% 23% All the Devil's Men Samuelson (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 96% Heart, Baby! George (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 33% Mindhack Sun Moon (Character) - 2017
82% 79% Detroit Aubrey Pollard Sr. (Character) $16.8M 2017
63% 41% Detour Michael (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 75% Knucklehead Langston (Character),
- 2015
8% 40% Phantom Halo Roman (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 33% Mall Michel (Character) - 2014
75% 69% Fort Bliss Sgt. Butcher (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Children of the Wind Narrator - 2013
100% 79% Big Words James (Character) - 2013
88% 82% Home Jack Hall (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2013
71% 71% Newlyweeds Producer - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Somnambulist Alex Chandler (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 36% Overnight TMJ (Character) - 2010
34% 44% Lottery Ticket Lorenzo (Character) $24.7M 2010
55% 49% Edge of Darkness Det. Darcy Jones (Character) $43.3M 2010
51% 52% The Taking of Pelham 123 Wallace (Character) $65.5M 2009
90% 75% The Savages Jimmy (Character) $6.6M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet They're Made Out of Meat Merlin (Character) - 2005


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Old Man Julian Carson (Character) 2022
91% 80% The Blacklist Boukman Baptiste (Guest Star) 2022
68% 64% Modern Love Unknown (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Antiques Roadshow Guest 2021
No Score Yet 37% FBI: Most Wanted James Johnson (Guest Star) 2021
93% 80% Evil Lando Mutabazi (Guest Star) 2020
93% 84% The Deuce Larry Brown (Character) 2017-2019
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Chris Santumari (Guest Star) 2016
58% 85% Limitless Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
58% 67% The Following Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
93% 91% The Good Wife Pastor Isaiah Easton (Guest Star) 2010-2011 2015
87% 86% 24 Erik Ritter (Character) 2014
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Biobaku (Guest Star) 2009 2012 2014
86% 83% Graceland Jeremiah Bello (Guest Star) 2013
95% 89% Elementary Jeremy Lopez (Guest Star) 2012
66% 70% A Gifted Man Dr. Leo "Bax" Baxter (Guest Star) 2011
81% 87% Nurse Jackie Kelly Slater (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods Pierre (Guest Star) 2011
90% 77% Fringe Akim (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
94% 97% The Wire Chris Partlow (Guest Star) 2004 2006 2008
No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
22% No Score Yet Conviction Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
64% No Score Yet Barbershop Unknown (Character) 2005