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daniel sunjata us actor

Daniel Sunjata (born Daniel Sunjata Condon;[1] December 30, 1971) is an American actor who performs in film, television and in the theater.
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* 1 Career
* 2 Personal life
* 3 9/11 Related Activity
* 4 Filmography
* 5 References
* 6 External links

[edit] Career

Sunjata played the role of a sailor on shore leave on the first post-9/11 themed episode of Sex and The City. He has portrayed Langston Hughes in the film Brother to Brother and James Holt, a fictitious fashion designer in The Devil Wears Prada. He currently stars as firefighter Franco Rivera on the television program Rescue Me. During the summer of 2007, he also starred in the ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning as Reggie Jackson.

In 2003, he won a Theatre World Award for his breakout Broadway performance as a gay, Major League Baseball player who comes out to the public in Take Me Out, the Tony award-winning play, which also earned him nominations for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.
[edit] Personal life

Of Irish, German, and African-American heritage, Sunjata grew up in Chicago, the adopted son of a police dispatcher and a civil rights worker. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, where he played linebacker for two state championship football teams. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He then received his master's degree in fine arts from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
[edit] 9/11 Related Activity

On September 9, 2007, at Webster Hall in New York City, Sunjata gave a speech at a 9/11 fund-raising event sponsored by We Are Change.[citation needed]

On September 27, 2007, Sunjata was honored at The Latin Pride Awards (held in Boston, Massachusetts) with a special recognition entitled "Voice of the Millions" which is awarded to people who use their public visibility to speak out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. The award was given for his advocacy of a new and independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks, and also for his representation of the Latino community on the television series Rescue Me, as Puerto Rican firefighter Franco Rivera.[citation needed]

On September 12, 2008, Sunjata spoke at another New York fundraiser sponsored by We Are Change to benefit 9/11's first responders who were told by the Environmental Protection Agency that the air at Ground Zero was safe to breathe.[citation needed]

Also in September 2008, Sunjata revealed that plotlines featuring 9/11 alternative theories and the plight of the first responders would be featured in the fifth season of Rescue Me.[2]
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