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Born in Vienna, Austria and raised in Germany, Boris Kodjoe was previously named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine and has amassed an impressive list of film and television credits.
Boris Kodjoe is perhaps best known as one of the regulars from the Showtime drama "Soul Food," a show that introduced him to co-star and future wife Nicole Ari Parker and which garnered him three NAACP Award nominations. He would later star with Parker in the sitcom "Second Time Around," which he also produced.


Among his feature film credits are Spike Lee's "Love and Basketball," "Brown Sugar" in which he appeared alongside Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah, "The Gospel," "Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion," "All About Us" and "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder." Most recently, he appeared opposite Bruce Willis in the action thriller "Surrogates," and the Paul Anderson-directed thriller "Resident Evil: Afterlife".

In 2009, he made his Broadway debut in the Tennessee Williams classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," which included a talented cast that featured James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and Giancarlo Esposito.

Prior to launching his acting career, he modeled at the Ford Modeling agency, where he was involved in such campaigns as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent and The Gap. Given his fashion background, he recently started up the clothing company ALFA with his brother Patrick.

Kodjoe's main personal interest is to raise funds for Sophie's Voice Foundation, which he and his wife started in honor of their daughter, Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth.

He and Nicole have two children, and they reside in Los Angeles.


Born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula, a German psychologist, and Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician.
Parents divorced when he was six years old and he grew up in the vicinity of Freiburg.
Has a brother named Patrick and two sisters, Nadja and Lara.


Fact Sheet

  • Full Name: Boris Frederic Cecil Tey-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe
  • Birthday: March 08, 1973 (ageĀ 38)
  • Birthplace: Vienna , Austria
  • Height: 6'3''
  • His namesake is Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak.
  • He is fluent in French, English, and German, and speaks some Spanish.
  • He attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a tennis scholarship, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1996.



    Boris, Nicole, Sophie and Nicolas
    Boris married his Soul Food: The Series co-star Nicole Ari Parker on May 21, 2005 in Gundelfingen, Germany. She gave birth to their first child, a girl, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe, on March 5, 2005. Sophie has spina bifida, which was diagnosed at birth. Parker gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy, Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe, on October 31, 2006.