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Boris Kodjoe Biography

Birth Name:
Boris Frederic Cecil Tey-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe
Birth Place:
Vienna, Austria

Fast Facts

  • First job was at age 9, feeding the animals when a circus came to his German town
  • Played junior tennis and in 1988 was ranked seventh in the world; awarded tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University, and was the first VCU player to win the Rolex Region II Indoor Tennis Championship (in 1995); an injury forced him to quit the sport
  • Had a successful modeling career in Europe
  • Introduced to the TV audience in 1999 on The Steve Harvey Show
  • Featured in the TV adaptation of the 1997 hit movie Soul Food, during which he met his future wife, costar Nicole Ari Parker
  • Big-screen debut was in the 2000 romantic film Love & Basketball
  • In 2002, named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine, and received the first of several NAACP Imagine Award nominations
  • After daughter was diagnosed with spina bifida, started Sophie's Voice Foundation to assist other children coping with the birth defect
  • First performed on Broadway in April 2008 in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Can speak four languages: German, English, French and Spanish
  • Likes to sing and has recorded an album that was never released


  • Patrick Kodjoe -- Brother
  • Sophie Tei Naaki Lee Kodjoe -- Daughter
  • Eric Kodjoe -- Father
  • Ursula Kodjoe -- Mother
  • Nadja Kodjoe -- Sister
  • Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe -- Son