Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe


3/8/1973, Vienna, Austria

Birth Name

Boris Frederic Cecil Tey-Natey Ofuatey Kodjoe



Also Known As

Boris O. Kodjoe
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Boris Frederic Cecil Tey-Natey Ofuatey Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria to a German mother, and a Ghanaian father. He has one sister, Nadja, and a brother, Patrick. As a teenager, Boris was extremely focused on building a tennis career. He was accepted to Virgina Commonwealth University in…more


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    • Boris Kodjoe (on his life): I count my blessings every day. I really have to pinch myself every once in a while. It's like, Wow! This is really my life.

    • Boris Kodjoe (on birth of his daughter): Ever since she was born, I'm a different person. This is what I've been waiting for. This is what I've been put here to do. That's my purpose. Perspective has changed. My heart is just opened up; there are places in my heart that I didn't even know existed, you know? So it's made me a better actor, a better man, a better person, a bigger man--I feel like I'm a superhero now. It's incredible. When you come home to these two women--that's my motivation, and I feel I can do anything. It's really incredible.

    • Boris Kodjoe (on being offered the lead role in The Gospel): I had a record deal early in my life and they offered me the movie, but they said that I had to come in and sing because they needed a singer.

    • Boris Kodjoe (on preparing for The Gospel): I went back and researched the history of gospel; where it came from, slavery times, communicating with each other without their master knowing what they are saying, and that gospel artists view themselves differently.

    • Boris Kodjoe : I had to study acting to basically educate myself.

    • Boris Kodjoe: I was looking to show people I could act. I was looking for something that would take me away from the whole hunk riding off into the sunset thing that people wanted me to play after Brown Sugar.

    • Boris Kodjoe (on preparing for The Gospel) : The Southern Baptist Church is a specific culture in itself. So, I had to study, talk to people, watch tape and go to performances to see how Gospel artists move compared to secular artists.

    • Boris Kodjoe: Some of the best actors in the world are very exterior actors, Anthony Hopkins being one of them. He knows exactly how to turn his face to get a certain expression. He knows exactly what to do with eyes, and with his voice. It's very exterior.

    • Boris Kodjoe: (on being a sex symbol): I don't know what to do with that title. I'm flattered because I know what it means in our culture and I know it comes from a loving place, but it's nothing achieved.