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Daniel Sunjata

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 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. 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. He was recently cast by Christopher Nolan for an unspecified role in The Dark Knight Rises. 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.