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Boris Kodjoe

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The Star of Showtime's Original Series "SOUL FOOD", Boris Kodjoe, was born in Vienna, Austria, to Ursula Kodjoe, a psychologist from Germany, and Eric Kodjoe, a physician from Ghana, West Africa.

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He grew up in Germany with brother Patrick and sister Nadja, where he went to school and where his parents exposed him to athletics and the arts early in his life. He became one of the best Tennis players in the country and was amongst the top ten junior players in the world when a severe back injury cut his professional Tennis career short. In the fall of 1992 he decided to accept a Tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

While studying in Richmond, he was approached by an agent of the Ford Modeling agency in New York, but went on to earn his marketing degree in May of 1996. In June he joined Ford in New York and his career skyrocketed immediately when he booked twelve campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent, the GAP, within the first seven months. He worked with photographers like Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Mathew Rolston, and Marco Glaviano for all the major publications, such as Vogue, GQ, and Esquire, making him one of the few recognizable faces amongst male Supermodels. Boris' impressive track record was awarded with a Supermodel Award at the Fall '98 fashion shows.

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Hollywood soon took notice in Boris. While studying with acting coach Janet Alhanti, he started guest starring on such sitcoms as "Steve Harvey" and "For Your Love", and he was featured in the Spike Lee produced feature film "Love and Basketball", starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.

Soon he was starring in "Brown Sugar", a film also starring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, and Nicole Ari Parker. Audience test screenings for 'Brown Sugar' rated Boris higher than any other cast member, prompting an instant onslaught of scripts from all major studios. During hiatus from Soul Food he also starred in the feature film "The Playmaker", then sold a pitch, named "Papa was…", to Fox Searchlight. He will star and produce. In January he wrote and sold a Reality TV show, named "Undercover", to VH1. He will be the Executive-producer.

In April, Boris will star in the Sony/Screen Gems produced "Hard Time". He will be a Co-executive producer. He will also produce and star in the Paramount/UPN pilot "Second Time Around". A project he developed with Paramount and writer/producer Ralph Farquar.

Boris received three NAACP Award Nominations for 'Outstanding supporting actor in a drama', and one for 'Outstanding supporting actor in a feature. "Soul Food" the series continues to be one of TV's biggest hits, raking in record-breaking ratings and winning three NAACP Awards for best drama.

Boris Kodjoe

Boris' website (www.BorisOnLine.com) is one of the most popular sites amongst women and men of all ages. His main personal interest is to encourage young people to value their education and strive for their own individual goals. He feels blessed and fortunate, and believes he has a certain responsibility to share his views and experiences with others, i.e. motivate them to reach for their stars.

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