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Daniel Sunjata Biography

Birth Name:
Daniel Sunjata Condon
Birth Place:
Evanston, Illinois, United States

Fast Facts

  • "Sunjata," originally his middle name, is a Guinean word for "hungry lion" and was given to him by his adoptive parents
  • Played on two state championship football teams in high school
  • Performed in a student play his sophomore year at Florida A&M, which prompted him to switch majors from business to fine arts
  • Began making a name for himself on stage in the late 1990s, particularly in Twelfth Night with Helen Hunt, and then on TV, most notably as a sailor attempting to woo Sarah Jessica Parker on a 2002 episode of Sex and the City
  • In 2003 won a Theater World Award and earned his first Tony nomination for playing a gay baseball player in Take Me Out
  • In 2003 was named by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people of the year
  • Came to the public's attention as New York firefighter Franco Rivera on Rescue Me in 2004 and as Nurse Eli on Grey's Anatomy in 2010
  • Has shown support for the 9/11 Truth Movement that wants the 9/11 attacks to be reinvestigated; in a 2009 interview with Russia Today said he believes the 9/11 attacks were an inside job


  • Leah Condon -- Sister