Happy Birthday To New Rochelle’s Ato Essandoh

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Ato Essandoh, turns 42 on Tuesday.
Ato Essandoh, turns 42 on Tuesday.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Ato Essandoh!

Ato Essandoh, who graduated from New Rochelle High School, turns 42 on Tuesday.

Essandoh, a television and film actor, was born July 29, 1972, in Schenectady, N.Y. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1990. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He is also a playwright, and authored "Black Thang." which is published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2003. He also studied acting at the Acting Studio in New York City. Essandoh is also the co-founder of The Defiant Ones writing and performance group.

Essandoah joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Cornell University, and through that organization, the Irving Literary Society.

Some of film and television roles include the following:

  • "Elementary" (TV series) (2012-13) .... Alfredo Llamosa
  • "Django Unchained" (2012) .... D'Artagnan
  • "Damages" (TV series) (2011) .... Bomb Tech
  • "Get Him to the Greek" (2010) .... Smiling African
  • "Falling for Grace" (2007) .... Jamal
  • "Blood Diamond" (2006) .... Commander Rambo
  • "Dawn's Early Light" (2005) .... James
  • "Prime" (2005) .... Damien
  • "Garden State" (2004) .... Titembay
  • "Roger Dodger" (2002) .... Bouncer
  • "The Experience Box" (2001) .... Daniel
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