C." and the following year on the soap opera "All My Children." For four years he had a recurring part on "Law & Order: SVU" and during that time he made numerous television and film appearances (including a memorable turn as poet Langston Hughes in the indie feature "Brother to Brother.").
He was recently featured in the pilot for "Graceland" and is starring in the darkly comedic series as an undercover narcotics agent for the USA Network slated to premiere this year.
Sunjata can be seen as the handsome dramaturge involved with Debra Messing's character in the NBC musical drama "Smash."Q: You've done so many different kinds of roles between your film, stage and TV work; I'm curious what character you most often get recognized for?
A: Believe it or not, it was one episode of "Sex and the City." Not because my performance was so amazing.
Welcome to Questions of Characters, the column that puts a name to some of the most familiar faces in movies, on television, the stage and commercials who either hail from Chicago or have spent enough time here to consider it home. He originally thought of being an actor as a child after seeing the Goodman's annual production of "A Christmas Carol" but it wasn't until he attended Florida A&M University that he returned to his dream and began to take acting seriously.
He attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and was a linebacker for its football team, which took two state championships during his tenure.
Adopted at the age of 2 months and raised by parents Katherine (who died in 1996) and Bill Condon.
He later attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and finished his last year of undergrad at University of Southwestern Louisiana.
This was followed by a master's degree in acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Career overview: He began his career in theater in the late 1990s in New York City.