Birthday: July 29
Ato Essandoh is perhaps best known for his starring role in the 2018 Netflix sci-fi series “Altered Carbon,” which was conceived, written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis. Essandoh played Vernon Elliot, an ex-soldier whose wife was imprisoned and whose daughter was killed.
Essandoh is known for his roles in “Chicago Med” as African-American Jewish doctor Dr. Isidore Latham; in the 1970s drama “Vinyl,” produced by Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter and Mick Jagger; and in BBC America’s “Copper.” His additional television credits include ELEMENTARY, “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife” and BLUE BLOODS, all on the Network.
Coming up, Essandoh will appear in the X-Men feature film “Dark Phoenix,” slated for release in June 2019. Previously, he appeared in “Jason Bourne,” “Django Unchained” and “Blood Diamond.”
Essandoh’s initial theatrical experience was done on a dare while studying chemical engineering at Cornell University. His first major role was as Titembay in the indie film “Garden State.” He has appeared onstage with luminaries such as Meryl Streep.
Essandoh is a native of Schenectady, N.Y. His birthday is July 29. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AtoEssandoh.