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Biography #2 (for Duma)British actor Eamonn Walker has portrayed Americans, Africans and Caribbean characters in motion pictures, television, and on stage thanks to his proficiency in many dialects. His recent roles include career soldier Zee in the Bruce Willis film Tears of the Sun, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day); Tony the Tiger in Laurence Fishburne's Once In The Life; Dr. Mathison in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable; and Baptiste in the recently completed Nicholas Cage feature Lord Of War.
Television viewers are perhaps most familiar with Walker from his portrayal of Kareen Said in the critically acclaimed HBO series Oz, for which he won a CableACE Award as Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. He starred as John Othello in the London Weekly Television production of Andrew Davies' modern day Othello and co-starred in the Showtime movie Whitewash: The Clarence Brantley Story. Walker's other television credits include Homicide: Life Everlasting, Linda La Plante's highly regarded mini-series Supply and Demand, The Governor, The Governor II, Goodnight Sweetheart, Love Hurts, Bergerac, The South Bank Show, Blind Justice, In Sickness and In Health and The Bill.
In London, Walker founded the Flipside Theatre group and co-starred in their production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. He also appeared on stage in Punchbag, Pecong, The Housekeeper, Anthony, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Ridley Walker and Arriverderci Mill Wall, and he is currently in rehearsals for his Broadway debut as Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, starring Denzel Washington.
Biography #3 (for Tears of the Sun)Eamonn Walker is well known for his electrifying portrayal of the vulnerable Muslim inmate Kareem Said, prisoner 97S444, on HBO's gritty prison drama Oz, a role that earned him a Cable Ace Award nomination.
Born in London, Walker began his career on the English stage, auditioning for the Explosive Dance Theatre Company. Although a leg injury curtailed his dance aspirations, he turned to acting, making his debut in the 1983 musical Labeled With Love. He continued working on the British stage in such productions as Ridley Walker, Pecong and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, before founding his own acting troupe the Flipside Theatre Company, where he starred in the heralded production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
Television work followed, including regular roles on the BBC sitcom In Sickness and in Health and, as constable Malcolm Haines, on ITV's police drama The Bill. He also appeared in The Governor, an ITV prison series co-starring Oscar nominee Janet McTeer.
Walker returned to prison for his American acting debut on HBO's Oz. The show's creator, Tom Fontana, next cast Walker as an embittered news cameraman in the NBC telefilm Homicide: The Movie. His most recent television triumph was in Othello for PBS and the Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre.
Walker made his feature film debut in the British production Young Soul Rebels, a period piece about London's latter-day soul movement, and was next featured in Shopping, a 1994 drama about a pair of outlaws (played by Jude Law and Sadie Frost) who crash stolen cars into shop windows for thrills. He co-starred in actor Laurence Fishburne's directorial debut Once in the Life and had a role in M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural drama Unbreakable.
Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Tears of the Sun" (09-Mar-2003)