Birthday: March 8
Kodjoe is best known for his role in the television series “Soul Food.” The show earned him three NAACP Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor. His other television credits include “Second Time Around,” “Last Man on Earth,” “Undercovers,” “Franklin & Bash,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Crossing Jordan” and “Boston Public.” Currently, he can be seen in “The Last Man on Earth” and “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which earned him two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Last year, Kodjoe and his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker, took on new roles as daytime talk show hosts in “The Boris & Nicole Show.” It had a four week run in over 20 markets, including New York and Los Angeles, and presented their take on everything from current events to parenting and relationships, as well as featured celebrity interviews.
His film credits include “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” “Baggage Claim,” “Love and Basketball,” “Brown Sugar,” “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” “The Gospel” and “Surrogates.” Kodjoe made his debut on Broadway in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” opposite James Earl Jones.
Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Germany with his brother Patrick and sister Nadja. In school, he was exposed to athletics and the arts. He became one of the best tennis players in the country, and accepted a tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in fall 1992.
While studying in Richmond, he was approached by the Ford Modeling agency, which he joined after earning his marketing degree in May 1996. Immediately, he booked 12 campaigns, including Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent and The GAP. His career skyrocketed as he quickly became one of the most recognizable faces among male supermodels, and ultimately led to him being awarded a Supermodel Award at the fall 1998 fashion shows.
Recently, he launched the clothing company ALFA (Affordable Luxury for All) with his brother, Patrick Kodjoe, bringing the luxury of custom made clothing to everyone at affordable prices.
Boris’ primary interest is raising funds for Sophie’s Voice Foundation (www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org), which he started with his wife in honor of his daughter Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth.
Currently, Kodjoe lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nicole, and their two children, Sophie and Nicolas. His birthday is March 8. Follow him on Twitter @BorisKodjoe and Instagram @BorisKodjoe.